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we live in: Oakville, Ontario
Our neighbourhood: Suburban
Other Children: None
Pets: Our cat named Fiorenza ("Fia")

Dear Expectant Parent(s):

Hello!  Our names are Laura and Michael and we’re excited to “meet” you!  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for taking the time to read our story and learn about what we can offer as parents.  We hope we have the opportunity to meet and discuss your wishes for you and your baby.

ABOUT US

We’re a healthy, playful, and loving married couple.  We’re university sweethearts and have been in love for over 13 years.  Family and friends are important to us and we enjoy spending time with them often. We both come from close-knit families and they’re thrilled about our adoption plans. We value family traditions, spirituality, work-life balance, and treating others with respect.  We have established careers as a teacher and an engineer, we’re financially stable and responsible.  We have a cat named Fiorenza, (or “Fia” for short) who greets us at the door when we return home.  We raised her as a kitten and she loves people and cuddles. 

We love spending time together.  As a couple we enjoy yoga, cooking, listening to and playing music (piano, guitar).  We also enjoy the outdoors through hiking and neighborhood walks.  To unwind we enjoy cuddling up with our cat “Fia” and a good book, or watching a series on Netflix.  We love spending time with family and friends, and enjoy learning new things, like taking swing dance lessons.

We have been fortunate to travel both as a couple, as well as with family.  Traveling allows us to learn about different cultures, food, and histories, as well as meet amazing people from different backgrounds. We are looking forward to sharing our love for travel, and what you can learn from it, with our future child.

We live in a family-friendly neighbourhood in Oakville close to playgrounds, parks, hiking trails, excellent community resources, and some of best schools in Ontario. Our city’s downtown area has many family oriented activities, such as summer/winter festivals and movies in the park.  We can’t wait to share these family centred experiences with our future child. 

MICHAEL (by Laura)

Michael is my best friend and an amazing husband.  He has a huge heart and a great sense of humour.  I know he will be an amazing father because of the selfless love he shows to others. He is one of the most caring, intelligent, and humble people I know. He has always done well in school and grew up loving science, math, music, theatre, and sports.  I admire how outgoing, hardworking, and optimistic he is, and that he is a man of many talents.

Michael works as an engineer, which fits perfectly with his excellent problem solving skills, hard work, and dedication.  Michael has always been very close to his family. He is of Portuguese and Canadian ethnicity.  Spending quality time with family, and spending time with nature are two activities that I know Michael is so excited to share with our future child.

LAURA (by Michael)

Laura is very caring, thoughtful, and dedicated. She is my partner in life in all that we do. She is playful, nurturing, and has one of the warmest hearts.  I love that Laura wears her heart on her sleeve. She is an empathetic and loving person, often putting the needs of others before her own and this is one of the many reasons I know she’ll make her a wonderful mother.

Laura is a Science teacher, and has a quirky love for all things math and science. She is  very organized, responsible and creative. She loves teaching, and has such passion and genuine care for the students she teaches.  Laura enjoys co-leading the yoga club at her school as yoga is one of her passions.

Laura is the oldest of three and is close with her parents, her siblings, and their families. She grew up surrounded by music, as her mother is a music teacher and Laura has played piano since she was 4 years old. She was born in Canada and comes from Italian ancestry on both her mother’s and father’s sides.  I know Laura is excited to share these parts of her with our future child.

OUR LOVE STORY

We met in 2003 during the first week of university in Hamilton, Ontario.  We started as friends and since we had many similar interests, puppy babysitting dates, pickup soccer, watching Pirates of the Caribbean, going out for frozen yogurt, and learning to play the guitar, we spent lots of time together.  In 2005, we officially were a couple and we learned early on that we are soul mates, best friends, and complement each other’s personality perfectly. Seven years, and two moves across Ontario later, we were married in our church, in front of our friends and family. We have so much love to give and can’t wait to share our love with a child.

Marriage is our life-long promise to love and care for each other.  We believe effective communication is essential in marriage, and we share our feelings, goals, and beliefs with each other. We’ve shared many amazing memories, but also supported each other through challenges.  These challenges have offered opportunities for us to strengthen our relationship and inspire personal growth.

FAMILY & FRIENDS

One of our biggest blessings is the love and support of our family and friends. We have close relationships with both of our parents and Laura’s two siblings. This extends to a close relationship with Laura’s sister-in-law and 10-year old nephew, as well as her family. They can’t wait to welcome a grandchild, niece, nephew, and cousin.  Both sets of parents attended adoption education seminars with us in preparation for our growing family.

We cherish our family traditions such as Sunday family luncheons and summer travel.  We have food traditions in our family that are passed down through generations such as Laura’s family’s pasta sauce and Michael’s family’s carda pimenta (crushed peppers). As a family, we celebrate birthdays, major milestones, and holidays.

Friends are also an important part of our lives, and we spend time with them and their children often.  We enjoy time with friends through our annual cottage tradition, attending sporting events, dinner parties to celebrate holidays and birthdays, and board games nights.  We have a close support group that is very excited for us to expand our family, and ready to be there for us and our child in whatever way needed.

OUR FAITH

We are Catholic and attend mass regularly. We feel that faith offers us support, strength, inspiration, and opportunities for self-discovery. By including our child in our faith, they will have the benefits of a supportive, loving community of faith.  We believe that learning about spiritual and religious beliefs has helped shaped our values. We believe that we should show respect and kindness to others, without judgement.

WHY ADOPTION

We have always wanted to be parents, and have enjoyed spending time with the children in our family and friend groups. As “Auntie Laura” and “Uncle Mike” we participate in reading, cuddling, doing puzzles, playing hide-and-go-seek, and other games with the little ones in our lives.

We experienced fertility issues, however this has strengthened our relationship and made us more confident in our decision to become parents through adoption.  To us, parenthood through adoption is a life-long promise to love and care for our child.

OUR VIEWS ON ADOPTION

We are very excited about becoming parents through adoption and believe we were destined to become an adoptive family.

We believe that openness with a child’s birth family would play a role in their positive self-identity.  We would like a flexible and open relationship with you. We are open to visits, emails/letters and photos, but ultimately, we will respect whatever type of relationship you’re most comfortable with. We would be excited to come together with you to share in the naming of your child.

We honour your special connection as birth mother, as the person who brought them into this world, and will always speak of you with respect. We are so excited to create a life book with your child as a way to know their story.  We will speak of adoption openly and positively, and adoption will be part of their story from day one.

OUR VIEWS ON PARENTING

Good parenting involves developing the right skills, and staying true to your core values about parenting. To us, this means: being present, being patient, and unconditional love. Life-long learning is important to both of us, and we hope to instill a love of learning in our child.  We will encourage, support, and help to develop our child’s interests and talents through extra-curriculars, teams, and camp.  Our house will be a home filled with love, laughter, fun, and understanding. Growing up, we both had opportunities to try a range of sports, musical training, and arts programs and we plan to offer this for our future child.

THANK YOU!!

If something about our profile resonates with you and the dreams you have for your little one, we would love to hear from you to answer any other questions you have. We trust in God’s timing.  It might sound cheesy, but we believe if it’s “meant to be” we will hear from you soon!

Sincerely,

Laura & Michael