Dear Expectant Parents, thank you!!!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to consider our profile. We hope that it gives you an idea of who we are and the hopes and dreams we have for our future family. Please know that we can provide a warm, secure and caring upbringing for your child, and we truly hope that you find the perfect match in us, and our loving home!
Fourteen Years ago we met each other and have been inseparable since. Our relationship has grown and flourished through the good times and the not so good times. We’ve learned so much about what a strong relationship takes throughout the years and how important it is for the both of us to show love, have each other’s backs no matter what and to always have open lines of communication with one another.
When we got married 11 years ago, we knew we wanted to have a family one day. With the both of us coming from large families, Luka being the youngest of 5, and Michelle being the youngest of 6, we had hoped to continue the tradition and have a large family of our own.
But God had other plans for us. With years of infertility struggles, enduring some of the toughest times of our lives, we never gave up hope and knew that one day our time would come, some way, somehow…
As you read on you will see what life is like with us. We love to be active together, attend sporting events and travel to wonderful destinations together, like Hawaii, Europe and the Caribbean!! We often spend quality time with our family and friends both in the city and in the suburbs, and we cannot wait to share all of these wonderful experiences with your child! We have a lot of love to give and are eager to start our family!
Luka was born and raised in Toronto and comes from a tight-knit family of 7. Luka and his family are passionate Croatians and take great pride in their culture and heritage. He is a true family man and shows extreme respect and love for his parents and siblings in his own ways.
Luka is an introvert. Very kind, gentle and observant. He is a strong role model, is one of the most dependable people I know and always he always follows through on promises. He is a manly man, who has a heart of gold and is the true depiction of a big teddy bear!
As much as he is serious, he is equally goofy, but usually around those he feels comfortable with. He has a side that not many see, and I am lucky to witness and be a part of that on a daily basis. He loves to sing and prance around the house, busting out in different dance moves while playing endless amounts of songs from his large collection of music.
Luka is passionate about health and fitness and grew up playing all different types of sports like football, basketball, and soccer. Like me, he is also passionate about Toronto Sports teams and attends many sporting events throughout the year like the Leafs, Raptors and Blue Jays. You can usually find Luka at the gym working out, perfecting his strength training and form. He likes to stay fit and eat healthy but has a huge sweet tooth that he tries desperately to control 🙂 He loves all types of candy, sour gummies, and jellybeans but his true love is Pizza. You’ll usually find him picking up a pie for our Friday night pizza parties at home!
I know in my heart that Luka will make an incredibly compassionate, fun, and loving father. He cannot wait for the day where he is woken up at 2AM for diaper changing, volunteer for school trips, and even attend parent teacher interviews. He is a great listener and gives the best hugs in the world! His love is one of a kind and I know in my heart that he will protect and care for your child with all of his heart.
Michelle was born in the Philippines and came to Canada when she was only 6 months old. She grew up in an extremely tight-knit family of 8 who loved to celebrate everything and anything. Her and her family loved to entertain friends and other extended family members at their home – and that hasn’t changed. She has continued on that tradition by hosting the best parties, with the best food and the most creative themes. She is a lover of life and lives it to the fullest!
Michelle is an extrovert. She is upbeat, bubbly, cheerful and active, and has tons of energy, and tons of love to give! She has many different groups of friends and has no problem striking up a conversation with strangers. As a child she played basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer and track & field. She was quite into the arts and was in multiple school plays and musicals as a child and adolescent. She loves the outdoors whether it is through biking, hiking, swimming or camping.
She loves to be goofy while singing and dancing and you can usually hear her belting out songs while she is cleaning or in the shower. Michelle loves exploring new things and can be spontaneous and fearless at times. She loves to travel and learn about different cultures. She is also a huge sports fan and is extremely passionate about Toronto Sport teams, she is a true fan with tons of team spirit!
On the flip side, Michelle also enjoys her downtime such as relaxing and catching up on TV shows and movies, she meets up with her sisters and close girlfriends regularly and looks forward to grocery shopping and church on the weekends. She is also a huge foodie and an amazing cook; you can usually find her flipping through cookbooks or Pinterest finding creative ways to make us delicious meals.
Through all the years I’ve known Michelle she has always been thoughtful, caring and affectionate. People are drawn to her infectious personality and lovable sweet nature. She is who everyone calls on when times get tough, she listens intently and gives great advice. She is a loyal fearless leader who takes initiative but also has a protective instinct and will go above and beyond to protect her family. Michelle is beyond excited to have a family of her own and I know she is going to make an amazing mom to your child. She is my Hero!
Both of us have been fortunate enough to grow up in loving households with parents who value communication, love and compassion.
We have learnt through our own experiences how important it is to encourage a young mind to dream big and to support these dreams with a stable familial foundation. We vow to do the same for your child so they may feel the security that we did while growing up.
Michelle is the youngest child of six siblings. All of Michelle’s siblings live in the GTA along with her parents who are both still happily married. She also has 3 nieces and 13 nephews and 1 great niece, all ranging between the ages of 4 years old and 32 years old. She has a large extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins who mostly live in the GTA and some in the Philippines. They all get together regularly for special occasions and to celebrate milestones.
Luka is the youngest child of 5 siblings. All of Lukas siblings live in the GTA along with his parents who are also both still happily married. He has 6 nieces and 4 nephews all ranging between the ages of 6 years old and 22 years old. Luka also has a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins, most of who live in Croatia. Lukas family travels to Croatia regularly to visit and vacation with loved ones.
Luka and Michelle have 2 lovable, sweet and playful fur babies named Stella and Cosmo, who are both 12-year-old chihuahuas. They love short walks around the neighbourhood, treat time, and lots and lots of cuddles and snuggles.
We were both raised in the Catholic Faith, which was taught to us by our parents. Today, we both continue to practice our beliefs and traditions. We attend church regularly and enjoy celebrating occasions such as Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving with family. Our faith lays the foundation of who we are as people who believe in treating one another with respect, love, patience and compassion.
Luka has a stable employment of 16 years in the Information Technology industry and is passionate about his work. He is always looking for ways to enhance his knowledge and is constantly updating his skills in continuing his education and obtaining certificates. He is a dependable worker and puts 110% in everything he does. He is constantly recognized at work by his colleagues and manager and receives rave reviews during his performance assessments.
Michelle has worked in the events industry for almost 10 years. She started her career in the healthcare sector as an Executive Assistant and has worked her way around the healthcare industry to discover her passion and love for event management. She had secured a position in the non-profit community healthcare sector for 8 years planning special events, conferences, seminars, and retreats and has recently transitioned into an Events Manager role for a non-profit organization in the education sector planning regional and national expositions. Michelle is hardworking and is extremely passionate about what she does. She is a natural at planning and staying organized and is extremely creative. Michelle also has a passion for the travel industry and runs a side business in planning group travel and destination weddings.
We are both very wise with our finances and have solid plans, budgets and savings already set aside for our family. Most importantly, both of our jobs allow us to work from home when your child needs our attention and to be flexible in our hours. We look forward to taking your child to and from school, coaching them in their sports, chauffeuring them to and from playdates and being proud audience members during school plays or recitals. We are eager to be present in your child’s life in these ways!
We live in a 1200 Sq ft 3-bedroom Condo in the city, in a neighbourhood filled with young families. Our home is very welcoming and cozy with an open main area where we enjoy sharing quiet time, or entertaining, or cooking up a meal. It is full of modern and comfortable furniture and is filled with bright lighting, floor to ceiling windows, a great view of the skyline and decorated with photographs of vacations, special occasions, and cultural artifacts from our travels.
We are fortunate to live in a condo that caters to families. From the large indoor pool, games room, bowling alley, gym, theatre room, rooftop party room and a social committee that plans the best children’s events, we are able to provide a large variety of activities to your child within the vicinity of our home.
Our neighbourhood has many services close by including well known hospitals which is where our family doctor practices, our dentist, eye doctor, many grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants and farmers markets in the summer. We are close to the lake, community centres, schools and are close to lots of different cultural festivals that happen in the city. Our home faces a city park that is always bustling with families and kids. There is also a large community of families who stay connected via social media to plan playdates, meetups, and daily outings with one another. Luka and Michelle cannot wait to be able to join in on all the family fun!
We have been reading, taking courses and enthusiastically preparing ourselves for the possibility of meeting you and we look forward to finding out the hopes and dreams that you have for your child. We hope to encourage an open adoption with you, your child and your family but we understand if this is something you are not comfortable with and we will respect that.
We look forward to developing a relationship with you through letters, pictures, emails and visits, if this is what you would like. We plan to make a life-book for your child that will include pictures of you, if you wish, so that we can answer your child’s questions about you and encourage them to explore this part of their heritage. We will always be honest with your child about their adoption and can ensure that your child knows that the decision you made for your child was made out of pure love for them.
We both share the same parenting beliefs in that we want to foster communication and love with your child and try as best we can to understand their needs, so we can best meet them. We have both learned through our own families that conflict can be addressed through compassion, understanding and unconditional love. We strongly oppose physical punishment of any kind.
As your child grows, we will encourage them to pursue whatever dreams and aspirations will bring them joy. As a couple, we believe that our differing educational and career paths have shown us that people can display their intellect and creativity in many different ways. We would encourage your child to strive for their best in school and in play, but we will never push them beyond their capabilities or comfort level.
We are committed to being a part of your child’s life through the good and the bad and will help them to stand up if they get knocked down. We will provide many opportunities for your child to grow into his or her full potential. We will introduce them to lots of different types of activities including music, sports, the arts and dance, and we will allow them to choose the ones that they enjoy doing the most. We are excited to be cheerleaders for them on the sidelines!
We will encourage travel and life exploration as much as education and work ethic. But most importantly, we will encourage your child to follow their dreams and to pursue happiness, with the knowledge that we will support them 100%. Our love and support will be unconditional and everlasting.
We sincerely hope that you made it this far in our profile, with good feelings building, as you read all about us. We want to thank you again for considering us as you work through the loving placement of your child and hope that we have the honour and privilege of meeting you someday soon so we can share in this journey together. We believe that fate brought us together as a couple and we hope that fate will prevail once again and bring you and your child into our lives.
WITH LOVE & RESPECT,
LUKA & MICHELLE