This profile may be the place where our paths intersect in our journeys. We are full of gratitude for your consideration…we know this is not an easy decision. We’re committed to creating relationships that work for your adoption plan…we want our family to know love from all sides of the adoption.
We are Riela, Nazanin, and Maurey. We live in Toronto. Though Toronto is our home, we come from very different backgrounds. I grew up on a farm near a small town in Saskatchewan. Nazanin spent her childhood first in Tehran and then in Madrid. Our paths took us to Toronto…we both completed university here and fell in love with its multiculturalism, the arts, the opportunities, and the strong community that we’ve formed. Our diverse backgrounds enrich us and provide us with a unique view on the importance of community, respect, appreciation for different points of view, and cultures.
We have been together for 11 years, and Riela came into our lives 6 years ago.
We can’t say enough positive things about Riela. She amazes us every day. She is sensitive and caring, creative and brave. She loves being goofy and pretend-playing. She makes us laugh and beam with joy every day. Her kindergarten teachers adore her and she is loved by her classmates. Every time we drop her off a few kids run over to give her a big hug. Her teacher shared with us that Riela has taken on the role of mediator and is very good at calmly resolving disagreements with a solution that makes all parties content.
Riela is a gymnast (cartwheels galore!), a dancer, a cellist, a biker and a hiker. She swims, skates and downhill skis. She loves to sing! She speaks English, understands Farsi and knows some Spanish and French. She is an avid reader, writer, and sketcher. Her favourite book, at the moment, is ‘Princess Pulverizer’.
Hearing her laugh is the greatest sound in the world. She is so gentle and kind to younger kids and will make a wonderful and loving big sister. She is so excited to welcome a sibling into the family and be his/her guide and role model in this world.
A few of Riela’s favourite things: drawing, dancing, karate, biking, swimming, pizza, ice cream, chocolate, reading, play-dates with friends, puppies, kittens, unicorns, horses, and mermaids.
Nazanin is my best friend and closest confidant. She’s intelligent, driven, kind, loving, patient, and creative. She is our family’s rock. Nazanin spent her early childhood years growing up in Tehran, Iran. Her family migrated to Madrid, Spain when she was just 9 years old. She faced many challenges as a young girl when her family moved to a new unfamiliar country. That said, Nazanin loved growing up in both Tehran and Madrid and goes back to Madrid every year to visit her family. She moved to Toronto after high school to attend university on her own without knowing anyone in Canada. She went into medicine to become an emergency doctor and is now in a leadership role. She is passionate about helping marginalized populations and sustainable health care.
I love how active Nazanin is. She takes great care of herself and practices yoga and stretches daily. She really makes an effort to get the family out and about on weekends to have fulfilling experiences like hiking or wall climbing. And she is always willing to give a new activity a try.
She has a very motherly nesting side to her. Whether that involves making raspberry jam from the raspberry harvest on our deck, or re-organizing a closet, or planting the garden, she is always ready to do things to make our house a home. She is so amazing with Riela, seeing the two of them roughhouse, and giggle and cuddle together fills me with joy. She inspires me to be a better father and I’m sure she inspires Riela too.
A few of Nazanin’s favourite things: flamenco, music, non-fiction books, cooking, baking, gardening, yoga, chocolate, hot climates, travelling, and surfing.
Maurey is my best friend. He is intelligent, creative, generous, and kind. He is a loving person who makes a point of thinking about others. Maurey grew up on a farm near a small town in northern Saskatchewan where he learned about the value of hard work, community spirit, and treating others with respect. Maurey has very fond memories of growing up in a small tightly woven community. He led an active childhood playing hockey, playing saxophone in the school band and breakdancing (haha!). Hockey was a central part of life in his community. Maurey still plays hockey on a recreational team in Toronto.
He has over 20 years of experience in architecture and interior design and now works from home and sets his own hours allowing him to help out at home. What I love most about Maurey is seeing how caring, attentive, and loving he is with Riela. He adores Riela. Here are some examples of the light he brings into her life: he let Riela paint his nails and proudly showed everyone his fabulous painted nails; he turned her bedroom into a jungle gym with sheets and ropes to hang from her loft bed; they built massive lego towers together and knock them down; he created her a Spotify playlists called “Girl Power”; for her 5th birthday party Maurey designed and built a 25’ long cardboard pirate ship for her and her friends to play in…It was quite a sight! And then there is the amazing Sunday banana pancakes, a recipe he has been perfecting for years.
A few of Maurey’s favourite things: hockey, movies, beach volleyball, skiing, surfing, yoga, music, reading, writing, and spending time with Nazanin and Riela.
We believe in patience, communication, and listening. We find that listening, reasoning, and giving our child agency and recognition goes far.
We foster a supportive environment to allow our child/children to try new things and make mistakes. We want to empower them to set their own goals, evaluate their own work, and fail and succeed on their own terms. We’ll always encourage them and give them positive reinforcement to build their self-esteem and confidence.
We strive to let them explore their passions and find their own way in life. We work hard to create an environment where our children feel comfortable talking with us about absolutely anything. We make sure they are seen and heard.
We believe in equal rights for all. We believe in diversity. We do our best to support marginalized communities. We believe in doing what we can to help stop climate change. We try to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce the amount of meat we eat. We believe we should treat others as we would want to be treated.
We love to dance, we love to laugh, we love to get outside and enjoy nature, just as much as we enjoy spending a cozy night reading a good book or watching a movie with a bowl of popcorn.
At this stage in our lives, we feel we are more self-aware, calm, spiritual and appreciative of all things life has to offer. Our greatest strength may be our ability to relax and laugh when things aren’t going quite as planned and move on, hopefully with some lessons learned.
We believe that a good education is very important. That education can be fostered in many ways…through access to great schools, unique experiences, extracurricular activities, travel, and community service.
We enjoy great meals, time at the playground, and visits to local farmer’s markets. We spend barbeques, play-dates, and weekend getaways with our community of friends. We enjoy the many ballet and theatre shows that Toronto offers. We Skype Riela’s grandpas and grandmas in Saskatchewan and Spain. Riela catches up with her cousins, grandparents, uncles, and aunts during Christmas in Saskatchewan and a few weeks a year in Spain. We celebrate Norooz (Persian New Year). We go skiing and skating in the winters; swimming, hiking, picnics, and biking in the summers. We travel. We love being active, learning, and growing as individuals.
We are aware of how challenging and complicated this must be for you and appreciate your consideration. Whatever you choose to do, we hope you find peace with your decision. Please know that we will always act in the best interest of the children in our family.
We are so excited to have the opportunity to grow our loving family through adoption. We are committed to creating an open adoption relationship that benefits the baby.