Firstly, we want to acknowledge the brave decision you are considering making to place your baby for adoption. We understand that this can be an extremely difficult time and process for you, and we admire your courage and strength. We appreciate that you are taking the time to consider us as parents to your precious child. Our home will be a place that will be filled with unconditional love, encouragement, warmth, safety, happiness and guidance. We want to provide as many opportunities as possible for him or her to explore all the things they are interested in, to live a balanced life and to reach their full potential. Every day is an opportunity to show this child that they are important, that they matter and that they have a specific purpose in this world. If you were to choose to give us this incredible gift you would forever hold a special place within our hearts.
Justin and I met in 1991 while working at a day camp for inner city kids in downtown Toronto. After spending many summers getting to know each other at camp, Justin began to attend the same church I went to, and our friendship continued to grow stronger over the next 5 years. After a while, neither of us could deny the feelings that had been growing for some time, and we started dating while we were both studying at York University. Fast forward a few years and Justin and I received our teaching degrees, got engaged, and were married on July 12th, 2002. Now, here we are in 2017, and we have been married for almost 15 years. We consider ourselves so blessed to have a very strong marriage, filled with trust, openness and love. Not being able to conceive for over a decade has definitely been difficult emotionally, physically and spiritually. We are aware that for some couples this can cause in irreparable strain on their relationships, but thankfully for us it has been a journey that has brought us closer together and has made our marriage even stronger.
Sally is the oldest of 3 children and enjoys a very close relationship with both her siblings. Her younger brother is married and currently lives in California where he owns his own business, while her younger sister recently graduated from law school in England. Sally grew up in a very happy and stable family, and has been blessed with extremely caring and loving parents who have always supported her and encouraged her to try and be her best. They sacrificed a lot to put Sally and her 2 siblings through private Christian schooling and always emphasized the importance of education and respect for everyone around them. Both of Sally’s parents are still alive and healthy and spend their winters in their home in Egypt and their summers here in Woodbridge. They are extremely excited at the opportunity to welcome their first grandchild into the family!
Sally earned her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from York University. After graduating she chose to supply teach and pursue her Real Estate license. She presently works as both a supply teacher at a local school and as a successful Realtor.
Sally has 22 first cousins (most of whom live in Toronto). As you can imagine, it’s a growing extended family with many young couples and children. During the last 3years there has been a flurry of newborn babies begin born in to the family. Any child added to our family will already have many small cousins to play with and grow up with. The love of the family unit is at the foundation of everything that we believe in, and it is this very love that binds us so closely. With so much family here in the GTA we look forward to raising a child in our home surrounded with that same family love and support.
Justin is the youngest of 7 children. He has 4 siblings on his mother’s side, and 2 on his father’s side. We are very close to his siblings in the GTA and we see them multiple times per month. He has many nieces and nephews, and they are all very excited about having another cousin join the family.
Justin grew up living with his mom in Malton, ON. Growing up, Justin enjoyed playing sports, going to camps in the summer and hanging out with his friends. As he grew older a passion for God and music emerged in his life. As he taught himself to play the guitar he discovered that he had a natural musical gift and a keen ear.
Justin stays fit through regular exercise and healthy eating. He loves to read and always looks forward to carving out time to read his favourite books. Justin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto. He has been teaching in the Jane and Finch area for over 16 years and absolutely loves it! Teaching children in low-income communities is his passion, and it is his desire to inspire his students to see their potential and their worth, regardless of their nationality, gender, religion or skin colour.
Justin is the most amazing man I know and I believe that it is his great passion for God that makes him who he is. He never puts himself first and is always willing to help others, even if it means inconveniencing himself. He has a gentle, calm spirit that attracts people to himself, as well as a genuine love for others. He is kind, compassionate, loving, intelligent, understanding, soft-hearted, sympathetic and considerate. He is generous not only with his time, but also with his money. I know Justin will be the most amazing father. I watch him with his students, his nieces and nephews, and our Godchildren, and I see how patient he is with them, how they react to him, and how much he longs to be a father.
I am extremely blessed to have this man’s love and to be called his wife. I know that any child would be extremely blessed to call him Dad.
I’ve had the privilege of being able to call Sally my wife for almost 15 years, and I can’t say enough about the type of person that she is. She is strong, generous, thoughtful, kind, trustworthy, funny and wise.
Sally has an amazing faith that drives everything she does, from the way she conducts business to the way she treats strangers, family and friends. Her love for God inspires me and motivates me. She also has a unique love for the people around her. She is an extremely empathetic person who genuinely feels what others are feeling and wants to make sure that everyone around her is treated well, even if it means she will have to do without. Sally is the most loyal person I know, willing to do anything she can to make sure that those she loves are taken care of and feel valued. Any child would be blessed to have Sally as a mother, because she will love them with everything that she has.
We currently live in Woodbridge, ON in the house I grew up in. When my parents retired they moved to their home in Egypt and Justin and I took over their home in Woodbridge. We shared the 3000 sq. ft. home with our beloved dog Teddy who we sadly had to put down this past July. The house is located on a small court that houses only 7 homes and backs onto a golf course. I remember growing up playing all kinds of sports in the middle of the court and building huge forts in the winter months and playing tag all summer long. It’s an amazing place to live. There is also a park in walking distance from the house, great schools in the area and many community centres and libraries with wonderful activities for children to enjoy.
Justin and I love to travel. We have visited Greece, Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Spain, Dubai, England, Egypt, many Caribbean islands, and various places in the United States and Canada.
Growing up in such a multicultural city as Toronto, we feel strongly that travel is a great way to expand our understanding of peoples and cultures around the world. Travel provides an education that cannot be learned from books and classrooms and this will definitely be something we hope to have our children experience as often as possible. We are amazed at the uniqueness of people around the world and we want our children to learn and appreciate that as well.
When Sally and I were dating we always talked about having a family. We always envisioned having children biologically as well as through adoption. After a few years of marriage we decided to try to start our family. However, after many years of unsuccessful fertility treatments it was clear that conceiving a child was not going to be the way our family grew. We are excited about the opportunity that adoption gives to both adult and child to experience the love of a family. A child who is raised in our home will be safe, loved and treasured. To us, parenting means shaping a little person into the best version of themselves. It means offering them the same unconditional love that God has shown to us. What a privilege.
Thank you for considering us to be parents to your precious child.