BC: Love, Cathryn & Brent | We can't wait to meet the wonderful child who will be part of our family. | With our niece, Audrey
FC: Hi, we're Cathryn & Brent | W
1: Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We hope this book will give you a sense of who we are. Please be assured that your baby will be loved and nurtured within our family and close friends. We hope to get to know you and find out what your hopes and dreams are for the future. Meanwhile here's our story so far...
2: Cathryn: Growing up I was a very outgoing kid. I'd always be the first to raise my hand at school. I had lots of friends. I was often the class clown. I grew up in Brooklyn. I'm a New Yorker at heart. I love how cities are full of all different kinds of people and ideas. We now live in Los Angeles which is the perfect combination of city surrounded by nature.
3: Brent: I grew up in Kentucky. I have many wonderful memories of boating with my dad and my brother on the lakes near our house. In the summers we'd spend time helping out on the farm with my mom & step dad. I was a quiet kid, spending lots of time imagining myself on Star Trek and in Clint Eastwood movies.
4: We met in an acting class in 1997 and fell in love. We got married in 2004. We appreciate each other so much. We have the same sparkle now that we had when we first met.
6: We love nature. We go camping and hiking around California. We want to share the beauty of this earth with our child.
7: We're best friends. We laugh together, we support each other. We cherish each other every day.
8: Cathryn: I started acting when I was 11. I've worked on many TV shows such as Without A Trace, ER, NYPD Blue & more. I've been in lots of films too. Lately I've been doing commercials which are a lot of fun. What's great about being actors is that we both will be able to spend plenty of time at home with our child.
9: Brent: Yup, that's me wind surfing. I used to race around the country. I'm an actor too. Sometimes Cathryn & I even audition together. Below was taken on the set of the short film Cathryn & I wrote together and she directed.
10: Cathryn: Every day growing up was an adventure. My parents were always creating fun things for us to do. We were blessed to have such loving, innovative, and imaginative parents. | There was rarely a day that we weren't doubled over in laughter. | My brothers, Andy, Ivan & I are still close all these years.
11: My Mom, Julia is from Russia. She ran a family daycare for 25 years. She got her masters in early childhood education. She taught me to question things & never to blindly follow. She taught me to cherish every living thing. My mother is my inspiration | My dad, Nicholas was a high school language teacher. He spoke 6 languages; Russian, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese & English. His parents were from France & Latvia. He loved other cultures. I grew up listening to music from all around the world. Nick also loved film. He'd often shoot little movies with all of us. That's him holding a movie camera on our trip to Russia.
12: Brent: On the left is my brother, Brad & our dad, Bill. My dad was a composer of Christian music. Brad is in real estate. In the center is my mom, Linda. She lives on the beach in Destin, Florida where we all gather for Thanksgiving. That's me with our nephews, Henry & Elliott.
13: We often visit Brad & Clare's family in the summers at their lake house in Georgia.
14: Cathryn: On top are our nieces, Audrey & Azalea. Bottom are my brother, Ivan, his wife, Stephanie, Azalea & Mason. We love to visit them up in Oregon.
15: Ivan is a music producer, musician & radio DJ. Being a dad is his greatest joy.
16: We are blessed with wonderful friends who are supportive of the adoption process. We consider them all part of our Los Angeles family.
17: Erica & Cathryn have been best friends since they were 15. Erica lives 3 minutes away from us.
18: We will create a happy, warm family where we raise our child to be strong, creative, compassionate, patient, resilient and confident. We will keep our child close to us, physically and emotionally, providing love & support so they can expand into the person they're meant to be. Instead of day care our child will be part of play groups when he or she feels ready. Until that time comes our child will be safe at home with us. We will be directly involved in our child's education; ensuring that what they learn is enriching & empowering. | Our Parenting Philosophy
19: Based on our love & respect for each other, our child will learn to love & respect herself. We will encourage our child to think for himself. To learn to hear her inner wisdom so she can make choices in life that create happiness for herself & others. We will teach our child to appreciate other cultures, preparing him to be the type of person who can relate to all kinds of people in this constantly changing world. We will teach our child about their biological parents from an early age and the incredibly generous gift they gave to our family.