Brian and Liz
We are Brian, Liz and Estelle.
Thanks for giving us the opportunity to share our lives and ourselves with you through this letter. We cannot begin to imagine how difficult taking this path might be for you, and we can only hope that our letter will offer some peace and comfort in whatever you decide.
Our journey to parenthood was a long and difficult road, filled with every emotion you can imagine. That wait finally ended on October 3rd, 2014 when we adopted our beautiful baby girl Estelle. We have an enjoyable open relationship with her birthmother and stay in touch via text messages, photos and in-person visits. We have a deep respect and love for Estelle’s birthmother and are truly grateful she picked us to be her parents.
We met each other over 20 years ago and we’ve been married for 8. We cherish our relationship and feel we bring out the best in each other. We both enjoy spending time with friends and family, going to concerts, and doing anything outdoors. Camping trips to the Oregon coast are a quick and easy way for us to recharge after a workweek. Watching Estelle play in the sand and splash in the ocean, have only made those trips more special. Traveling has always been a big part of our lives and we’ve continued to travel with Estelle. She’s a seasoned veteran, having already been to Maui, Kona and Palm Springs. The planning takes a little more time, but the memories are priceless.
Who is Liz? She’s my best friend, biggest fan, an amazing mother and without a doubt my soul mate. She loves to laugh and there’s nobody I’d rather share life’s adventures with. Liz is one of the most caring people you’ll meet, which made a career in nursing a no brainer. Liz has been helping to change and touch lives as a cancer nurse for the past 12 years. Liz soaks up every opportunity to spend time with Estelle. You’ll often find them on an adventure to the zoo, a local park or at the children’s museum. Her mom instincts are crazy good; she’s always calm, cool and collected. Estelle loves it when Liz sings her fun nursery rhymes, but Liz is dreading the day when Estelle realizes her mom can’t carry a tune and has half the words wrong…haha!
Who is Brian? He’s my rock and someone I can’t imagine my life without. He’s outgoing and has a great sense of humor. His infectious laugh makes him someone you always want around. Brian is a great dad and his connection with Estelle has been awesome to watch. She’s the light of his life and he would do anything for his “little bug-a-boo”. Brian’s a music lover and enjoys discovering new artists and songs. This often leads to fun family dance parties. Brian is quite an athlete and pretty much good at everything he tries. This doesn’t bode well for my competitive side, unless we happen to be on the same team. Most of all, Brian is thoughtful and generous and I truly love that about him. Brian’s attention to detail has made him successful in his career as Vice President of an Inspection Firm in Portland.
Life as parents has been more fulfilling than we ever could have imagined. We cherish every aspect and each day has brought something new. As parents, we want to nurture, educate and empower our children to become the people they want to be. That is our pledge to you and something you can always count on from us. Thank you for reading a little bit about us and we wish you strength and peace in whatever you decide.
Brian, Liz and Estelle