Colin & Nicole
OUR PROMISE TO YOU:
We are deeply committed to our role as parents, and we know the best gift we can give a child is love. We strive to show our love through all circumstances: sometimes that looks like hugs and quality time, sometimes it’s by teaching and encouraging. It is so important to us that our child (and possible future child) knows that they are worthy of our forever love, no matter what, and that their feelings are always heard and validated. Children crave and need connection; we will always make sure that we do our best to meet that need. We appreciate how each child is unique in their own way, and support who they are, and who they grow up to be. We recognise that all adoption stories are different, so while we have adopted once before, we know that if it happened again in our family, it would be a new story to be honored. We want our children to feel safe, to have a great sense of belonging, and to know they are loved unconditionally.
Nicole has been very fortunate to be able to be a stay-at-home mom, and she would continue to do so with another child. In her own time, she enjoys painting and searching for treasures at thrift stores for herself and others. Colin is an elementary school teacher who is living out his dream job. He loves being in a school environment and being involved with the school’s athletics. In his spare time, Colin loves playing ice hockey, biking, and watching movies. We complement each other very well and love spending time together. We enjoy the same types of comedies and crime dramas, making it easy to watch tv and listen to podcasts together.
We met in high school over 20 years ago and have been together ever since! We were married in 2007 and feel very fortunate to have both found someone that shares the same dreams for our family. We are so excited to grow our family once more; being a family of four is our ultimate hope. We have such confidence that our daughter would be an excellent big sister. She has a gentle and nurturing nature and a genuine interest in younger children. We are a family that prioritizes family, kindness, empathy, and gratitude. Our goal is to raise children to have an understanding that that world is much bigger than they are, and to give them tools to navigate it with confidence. Those that know us best would say that we are a unified team, consistent and intentional in the way we parent. Our strength is finding creative and fun ways to teach and grow.
ABOUT OUR FAMILY:
Our daughter Ava loves being around people, especially her cousins. We love having family get-togethers and planning fun activities. We’ve been lucky enough to go on vacations with both sides of our families, often renting a lake house in the summer.
For our own family time, we love going to the beach or a lake, and enjoy camping. In the summer, we always go strawberry picking, swimming in our parents’ pools, and make sure there are always popsicles in our freezer! We also love going to the library, waterparks and spending a day at the PNE. If we’re at home, we like to play games, work on Lego or puzzles, enjoy our backyard, make pizza, listen to music, or watch TV. A new addition to our home is an aquarium and we enjoyed naming all the fish. Watching the Olympics is always a big deal in our home—we even make medals to hang up for every Canadian winner. Another exciting time for our family is Christmas, our favorite holiday. We have many fun traditions in December – going ice-skating, reading lots of children’s Christmas books, volunteering at a food bank, making Dutch croquettes, decorating our tree with a new ornament each year, and going sledding!
We each have three siblings all of whom are married, and Ava adores all of her sixteen cousins. Colin’s parents and Nicole’s parents live quite close to us, and everyone in our family is very supportive of our adoption dreams. (They are also wonderful and willing babysitters when we need them!)
OUR HOME & COMMUNITY:
We bought our home in the Fraser Valley a few years ago and have loved exploring our community. The artwork hanging near our front door says “It’s so good to be home” because it is! We spend a lot of time with our neighbours, riding bikes, playing street hockey, making chalk art, being at the park, and having water fights. We appreciate the diversity that is in our circles and how we are exposed to different backgrounds and perspectives. Ava has an Indian background, and she has a lot of pride in that. Having a supportive community of family and friends has been a great blessing in our lives.
Adoption is how we have always envisioned building our family. It is important to us that our children are proud of their story and where they came from. We created a book for our daughter about her own adoption story with pictures and simple text that we started reading to her when she was very little. It tells of how we waited for her, how she is so special, who her birth parents are, and when we first met. We also left room to add photos of visits we have with her birth family. We think it would be very special if Ava and her future sibling could bond over their adoption stories and relate to each other in a way not many can share. While we do see the benefits that an open adoption has, it isn’t something we absolutely require. We will respect your wishes on openness and would love the opportunity to talk to you about them. Having an open communication and sharing hopes and expectations is a great place to start.