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1: Leslie Educator, Parent, Actor Lover of Life Leslie grew up in Denver, Colorado in a vibrant African American community. She had a very close relationship with her parents and still has close ties with her childhood friends. She often goes back to Colorado for visits to be surrounded by family. Leslie loves being a parent and can’t wait for the new baby to arrive. Leslie bikes, bowls and sleds. She has acted for years and loves photography. Leslie truly believes that it takes a village to raise a child and is an active part of her community. | Dawn Educator, Mom, Dancer Passionate Dawn grew up biracial (Latino and Jewish) in the Southwest. She speaks, English, Spanish and Chinese. She has been in education for 15 years and loves her work. She is a professional dancer and choreographer and has toured nationally. She still teaches dance and dances daily. She is a mother and it has been the greatest joy of her life. Her immediate family lives within driving distance and are a big part of our lives. She also has a loving extended family (uncles, aunties cousins and their children) that will embrace a new addition with open arms. | Who We Are
2: Hello, We'd like to acknowledge your courage in considering an adoption plan for your child. We understand that this is a huge decision, and we know that whatever choice you make will be the right one for your situation. We are filled with admiration for this loving decision that you are making for your little one. The beginning... We met each other over 13 years ago on a charity bike ride in Canada. We knew right away that we were meant to be together. Over that time we have become each other’s best friends. We love and respect each other deeply and rely on each other even when life gets tough. We bought our house together 11 years ago. Over that time it has truly become a home. We have replaced siding, painted, redone every room in the house and put in a huge garden. It is full of love and a place for family and friends to gather. Why we want to adopt... From the beginning we wanted a family that included children. However, we took time to build a relationship and a community that was strong enough to support the children we knew we wanted to have. Three years ago Dawn gave birth to Ixaka. Being parents has been the biggest blessing of our lives and we very much want to have two child. We feel another child would make our family whole. For two years running, our son has asked for a baby sister or brother for Christmas and his birthdays. He swears that is all he wants, “No toys mama, just a baby.” We have all prayed for a child to complete us.
3: What we do... We are both educators and work with students who are in state custody. We love our jobs. Leslie’s students live in foster and group homes. Dawn runs a school for students who are in a residential facility. Our students and their challenges have taught us how to be better people, partners and parents. They have taught us to give back, to have patience and to appreciate the small things. Working in education also allows us time to be together. We make the most of our vacations and summer breaks and often travel. One summer we lived in Mexico while Dawn worked in schools there. Another summer we took a month driving down the California coast, camping in the Redwoods and exploring San Francisco. Our jobs are secure and they allow us the opportunity to provide a good life for our family. Family and fun ... We believe in exploring and adventure. We love going biking, hiking in the Columbia Gorge, camping, or seeing live music at the Blue’s festival. We often host friends and family for game nights or huge Mexican dinners that Dawn prepares from our garden. Family is of great importance to us. We are blessed that our families are so supporting and full of love. They visit and we visit them in the wonderful places they live Canada, Washington, Chicago and Colorado. Childcare plans... We believe the first years of a child’s life are crucial developmentally. Dawn plans on staying home and surrounding the baby with full-time love during its first year. With a combination of care from our families, and ourselves the child will not need to be in day care until preschool. Since we are both educators, we will spend summers and holidays together and will have the same schedule as the child once it reaches school age. Open Adoption... We are committed to honoring the incredible gift of open adoption and will warmly welcome the expectant parents and their child into our family. Thank you for taking the time to read our portfolio. We hope we get the opportunity to meet you and share more about our family and ourselves with you. We wish you and your child all the love and happiness in the world. With gratitude and respect, Dawn, Leslie and Ixaka
4: We Believe In ...our family and friends and the fact that they make us strong ...helping others and giving back ... the importance of a good education ... creativity and the arts | We are a part of the Big Brother, Big Sister Organization. Here we are with Nic, our little brother, on his first trip to the beach and reading in our living room, one of our favorites. | A birthday celebration in our backyard and at Uncle Bobby's art opening.
5: Left: Dawn and Ixaka with a community organization we helped found to assist women and their families. | Above: Getting ready for a bike ride. Left: Dawn performing with her dance company. | ......... ..........
6: Where We Live We live in Oregon and love it. We live in a safe and friendly neighborhood and own our beautiful home, that we have redone ourselves. We live close to 4 parks and go there daily. We hike, bike and camp in the mountains and at the beach. We enjoy our lives and LIVE THEM FULLY! | Our family in front of our home and roasting marshmallows in our backyard on a summer's evening | Leslie and Ixaka at the local pumpkin patch, a family tradition and building in the livingroom.
7: Left: Hiking to our favorite waterfall in the Columbia Gorge. Right: Playing basketball with neighbors. | Left: Skiing in Canada. Right: A stop on the way to a family vacation on the coast. | ski. sled. hike. explore. play ball. travel. laugh. gather. build. learn. celebrate. garden
8: What Holds Us Together We have been together for almost 14 years. We met in Canada on a bike ride for local charities. We knew right away that we would grow to love each other. Our bond is strong. As a family we believe in respect, communication and love for life and each other. We have seen each other through many beautiful blessed times and many challenges. We were with each other when Leslie’s mother passed and when Dawn father got sick and died. We have been together starting schools, through pregnancy and the early years of being parents. We have grown stronger through all these experiences. We are both educators and work with students who live with foster families, group homes and residential care. We love our jobs. We are both dedicated to our students and try to give them the skills they need to succeed. This bond in our work makes our personal bond even stronger. It also allows us to truly love and appreciate each day we are given and to parent our son in a much richer way. The patience and communication skills we have mastered allow us to really hear our son and to make decisions as a couple.
9: We believe strongly in education. Our son, Ixaka, is bilingual in Spanish and English. He attends a bilingual preschool and is starting to read and write. He is playing soccer and drums. In addition to school we believe in exploring the world by living fully. We go for nature walks and identify trees and flowers around us, we go to art openings and African Dance concerts. We travel, ride horses, and build play-doh planets in the kitchen. | We can't wait to share our lives with a new addition to the family.
10: Our Community ... Our Family | Ixaka at the fire station with our good friend and visting family in Denver for Spring Break | With Family: Thanksgiving and on a Christmas sleigh ride.
11: Ixaka's 4th birthday celebration in our backyard. | Ixaka with cousins at our annual New Year's Day Gumbo Feast. | With good friends for a evening picnic and outdoor movies in the Park. | A visit with the uncles. | Love & Happiness
12: We have so much to share and are waiting with open arms.