Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us. We are Lindsey and Jeff and it is our hope that reading this will allow you to see into our lives, hear our story, and give you some comfort in working through the very difficult decisions involved in making an adoption plan for your child.
We have an immense love for each other and our families and are incredibly excited to share this love as we become parents, through adoption. Although this process is not something we would have ever foreseen we truly believe that we are on the path we were meant to be on, and cannot wait to meet the child we were destined to have.
Please know that we feel a great deal of compassion for you in going through this process. We respect the fact that you are trying to create the best life possible for your child and hope that you can find peace in your decision. It is our hope that you can see the future for your child in our story.
We met for the first time in October, 2001 through Lindsey’s cousin, and started dating in 2002. We were both quite young, but knew there was something very special between us. We dated for five more years before getting engaged in 2007 and then married in July of 2009. We are both very social, and active, so we like to keep busy. We spend a lot of time down at the beach swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and relaxing (or snowshoeing once the snow comes!) We also love touring around to different mountain bike and hiking trails.
We also like to travel, and have visited many places like Jamaica, Mexico, St. Lucia, San Francisco, and Chicago and on our honeymoon we travelled around Italy and Ireland. We also spent 10 days exploring Alberta a few years ago which we absolutely loved. We very much look forward to having our children join us in the future so they can appreciate this beautiful world.
We both worked very hard to build successful careers, and bought our dream home in 2010. Once we had everything in place, we knew it was time to start building the family we had always dreamt of. For four years we tried to conceive a child and underwent several rounds of fertility treatments, with no successful pregnancies. Although this was a very difficult time, it lead to a lot of growth both as individuals, and as a couple. It has been a very important part of our journey, and we know with 100% certainty that one day when we are blessed with a child through adoption, that we will know exactly why things happened just as they did.
I grew up in a small town outside of Stratford. I am the middle of three girls, and my sisters are two of my best friends. For most of my childhood my father worked as a farm equipment salesman, but then changed career paths when I was in high school and became an insurance agent. My father was also a volunteer fire fighter on the local Fire Department for 35 years, making his way up to Captain, Deputy Chief, and then Chief for the last several years before retiring from the force. My mom was a stay at home mom, who also operated a daycare in our house. There was always a lot of other children around which was great, especially as a young child. We had a very loving household, and were a very active family. We were always running around to baseball, figure skating, swimming, basketball and volleyball. I have a very large extended family, especially on my mom’s side, which we are very close with. I have a lot of aunts and uncles, and a significant number of cousins and we really enjoy getting together with them for holiday’s and other family celebrations.
After high school I attended Conestoga College and did a three year program to get my Diploma in Business Administration – Accounting, and then continued for one more year through the University of Windsor to get my Bachelor of Business Studies Degree. After that I completed the programs and exams required to attain my Chartered Accountant designation. I spent the first several years of my career working in public accounting, and then spent the last five years as the Financial Analyst for a Hospital.
I am also very passionate about helping others, and a few years ago registered with the SWAT Institute (Simply Woman Accredited Trainer), to become a Master Empowerment Coach.
I grew up in the small town of Port Elgin with my parents and older brother. My dad was an engineer and my mom was a teacher. Despite being born with bilateral club feet, requiring corrective surgery as an infant, I was very active in sports playing hockey and soccer. When I was in high school I discovered mountain biking and my love for this sport. I have travelled all over North America for bike trips, my favourite being Utah, Colorado and British Columbia. Another life changing event happened in high school when the car I was a passenger in was hit by a drunk driver at highway speeds. I had many shattered bones, including my right femur. With rehab, physio, family support and strong determination I was back walking and biking within 18 months. This experience taught me to never take a moment for granted and to live each day to the fullest.
After high school I went off to Mohawk College to become an engineer technologist. However, halfway through my second year, I was offered the job of a lifetime as a Nuclear Operator and I took it. I am very lucky to have been doing a job I love for 14 years now. I had many great experiences during my relatively short time at College, but the best part was that it allowed me to meet the girl of my dreams, Lindsey.
We live in a wonderful small town along the shores of Lake Huron. We have a large yard with lots of room to play, and back onto a forest so we get to enjoy the beauty of nature and visits from deer! We have a spacious open-concept home including 4 bedrooms and a fully finished basement, so there is plenty of room for children.
We absolutely love living close to the beach, and take full advantage of being able to walk through peaceful trails, and along the beautiful shoreline. We have 5 parks within walking distance, including one at the community centre which is right across the street. In the winter, the community even makes an ice rink of the ball diamond. We have a wonderful community of friends and children who are very excited to welcome your child into their lives.
We have built a wonderful life together, and are very excited to bring a child into our family. Lindsey will be staying at home for the first full year, with Jeff also taking at least eight weeks off as well during this time. Lindsey will then be going back to work 25-30 hours per week, and we will use one of the wonderful local daycares available to us.
We were both raised to be kind and respectful, and accepting of people of different ethnicities, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and we will most definitely be raising our children to have these same values.
We would very much like to have an open adoption. We believe that children benefit greatly from maintaining connection with their birth family. We look forward to working together to create a plan that is comfortable for you, which we hope includes visits a few times a year, and regular contact via email or text. We understand that you may be looking for a closed adoption, or that circumstances may change for you and you may lose contact at some point. Please be assured that in this case, we will make sure that your child knows where they came from, and that they are loved, and we will welcome you back into our family when you are ready. We firmly believe that there can never be too many people in a child’s life to love them.
We want you to know that we will love your son or daughter unconditionally, and will do everything possible to ensure they always feel secure and loved. We will raise your child to truly understand and appreciate that you made an adoption plan for them out of love, and your hope for them to have the best future possible. We wish for you the strength and support you need to make this very difficult decision.
Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know our family.
Lindsey & Jeff