S: Dan & Carolyn
FC: Dan & Carolyn
1: Our home We live in a lovely street with tall trees and lots of squirrels, five minutes walk from Lake Ontario. We love to walk, run and bicycle around our neighborhood and exercise our dog, Elsa on the nearby trails.
2: From the beginning... We met in 2005 when we were introduced by friends. From that first meeting we both knew that we had found our soul mate. We were best friends from the beginning. We fell in love and quickly came to realize that our lives would stay intertwined because we genuinely like each other! We laugh together, enjoy the same books, music, movies, the outdoors and good food. We love our home, our dog and the life have built together.
3: Dan is the kindest, most generous man I have ever known. He cares passionately for his family and for the children he teaches and coaches at the school where he works. | Dan is | Dan is a kind, generous and very nurturing man. He cares deeply about his friends and family and about the children he teaches and coaches at the high school where he works. In 2005 we traveled to Dublin, Ireland. Dan is a dedicated runner and had always wanted to complete the Dublin Marathon. | Dan playing rugby. His passion for the sport also has him involved in coaching, and refereeing.
4: Carolyn is warm and gentle with a great sense of humor. Her passion is writing fiction. She has played the classical guitar since she was 7 years' old. She loves music, cooking and sailing with friends, but more than anything, she wants to be a mom. | Carolyn enjoying the ocean and the sunshine on Spring Break in Bermuda.
5: Carolyn was born, raised, and educated in Nottingham, England where she was a lawyer before she moved to British Columbia. She lived in B.C. for 5 years before moving to Ontario in 1999. Dan was born and raised in Hamilton and has always lived in Ontario but has a special place in his heart for Ireland. We share so much together and hope we will one day welcome a wonderful child into our family to share our journey through life.
6: This was the day we got engaged, New Year's Eve on Mackenzie Beach, B.C. We love B.C. and especially the wild west coast of Vancouver Island where we hope to spend many more vacations.
7: Our wedding day........ We chose to share this special day with good friends and family, on the shores of Lake Ontario, enjoying wonderful food and dancing into the evening.
8: Elsa... Later that year we discovered the newest member of our family. Life has never been the same since!
9: Don't think: Look! -Ludwig Wittgenstein | With Dan's mom, Doreen, on Mother's Day | Spending time with family for celebrations and special occasions is a big part of our life. With Dan's dad, Mike and step-mom, Nisha, at Christmas.
10: One of our favorite things is spending time with our family on Georgian Bay. Our cousins Gayle and Dick love to take us fishing and exploring the 30,000 islands in their boat. Elsa comes along for the ride. | Visiting Carolyn's sister, Sharlene and cousin, Alison, in Vancouver, B.C.
11: Our friends, Meg and Andre and their daughter Madeleine who have agreed to be guardians of our children if anything should happen to us. | Our friend Karen with her children, Morgan and Emma. | Our friends Scott, Kelley and their daughter Sara. | Our friends mean a lot to us. Here are some families that are part of our life.
12: Dan with his grade 12 summer school class. Dan teaches English, philosophy and ancient history. He coaches rugby, both at his school and sometimes as the Ontario rep coach. He's a wonderful teacher who cares for everyone he teaches and coaches. He's learned how to be a great coach and an inspiring teacher and would make a natural and devoted dad. | Dan and his high school girls' rugby team. He thinks of them as his daughters...boyfriends beware.
13: As part of his commitment to his students, Dan has organized many school trips. Cross country skiing with the Nordic team, Rugby tours to Ireland, England, the USA and, most recently, New Zealand in 2009. | Dan with his school principal sailing in Milfred Sound. Dan organized a high school rugby team tour to New Zealand
14: All the world's a stage to Dan and he will do anything to inspire his students to reach their potential. The story he and Carolyn would like to write for your child would be one of tenderness, support and unconditional love.
15: Dan loves the outdoors and is happiest when he is in motion. He believes it's important to exercise both mind and body. | He stays young at heart because he knows the value of play!
16: Some of the places we love to go..... | Body surfing on Vancouver Island | Snorkeling in Bermuda | Whale watching in Maui | We love to explore the natural world. If we are lucky enough to adopt your child, we look forward to introducing him or her to all the beauty and diversity of creation. From the mountains of British Columbia to the to the green fields of Ireland. From the beaches of New Zealand to the grasslands of Africa we want your/our child see that he or she is a member of a global village.
17: Beach in New Zealand | Carolyn at Lake Louise, Alberta Dan on Vancouver Island, B.C.
18: You have had a glimpse at who we are, but there have been a few footsteps along the way to becoming the couple, partners, husband and wife, soul-mates who want to raise your child. Before there was Dan and Carolyn, there was a young man and woman who were blessed to have devoted parents who gave
19: us the opportunities and the love that we want to give your child. These are a few pictures of who we were.
21: Thank you for taking the time to look at who we are. Thank you for giving two people the opportunity to be parents. We hope to add you to our family story...our family tree. Dan and Carolyn