Daniel and Lisa
Hi, we’re Daniel, Lisa, Owen (10), and Neil (5)!
Thank you for getting to know us. We met in college and have been married for 14 years. Lisa fell for Daniel’s dimples and his gentle and supportive nature, while Daniel fell in love with Lisa’s strength, compassion and height (she’s 6’2”!). We have two silly and affectionate biological sons and we are excited to welcome a daughter and her birth family into our hearts and home. After four miscarriages and a deep sense that our family isn’t yet complete, we decided to adopt a child. Having two boys already, we are choosing to adopt a girl, who we will love and nurture for who she is, whether she is a girlie-girl or a tomboy or anywhere in-between.
After working as a labor and delivery nurse for several years, Lisa chose to be a stay-at-home mom when our youngest was a baby. Lisa is passionate about being a mom. She takes the kids to events at the library, to play at the park, and she volunteers in the kids’ classrooms and as a Cub Scout Leader. She also LOVES to dance (especially Salsa) and spend crafting time with her closest friends. She sees the best in people and makes them feel at ease and welcomed.
Daniel is a loving and supportive husband and father. He is thankful that he can make a difference through both his work in IT for a public utility and many volunteer commitments. At the same time, he can’t wait to get home each day to see Lisa and the kids! Daniel takes time off from work to participate in school activities and to go on family vacations. He is easy-going and jumps in to play and explore with the kids, like building volcanos in the sandbox. In his personal time, he plays the piano or bass guitar or heads outdoors, especially enjoying kayaking and backpacking.
We live on an acre of land with lots of big trees in a suburb near Seattle. We have friendly neighbors who help each other out and we’re so happy to live close to Daniel’s parents and spend time with them often. Lisa’s parents visit us from San Diego every chance they get, and we have a close-knit extended family in Oregon who we visit often. They are all excited to welcome an adoptive child and birth family into their hearts.
Our family time during the week is pretty balanced, with after-school activities like Cub Scouts, vegan dinners around the table (we eat plants, but that doesn’t mean everyone else has to!) and reading stories at bedtime. We kick the weekend off with Daniel’s waffles, then enjoy activities like camping, children’s museums, and playing around the house. Our parenting style is affectionate and openhearted, with a big emphasis on teamwork. We try to teach our children to see the best in people, including themselves, and make a point to have open conversations with our children every day. While most of our time is spent with the kids, we enjoy evenings out and long conversations after the kids are in bed.
Having an open adoption is something we truly believe in, and we are thrilled to extend our family in this way. We’re excited to have a relationship with a birth family in whatever way is most comfortable—from attending family BBQs in the summer to exchanging pictures and texts throughout the year. For us, the more, the better! We welcome you into our lives and hope you feel connected and loved. Thank you for considering us!
Daniel and Lisa