Angeline and Leah
We are Leah (left) and Angeline (right). Thank you for reading our letter. The two of us were brought together thirteen years ago by friends who thought we would be a good match. We’ve been in love ever since and have enjoyed lots of laughter, quality time together, a shared love of social justice, and exploration of the world around us. We have spent most of our relationship living in Seattle with a close community nearby. We are excited and ready to expand our family and become parents.
Angeline is a vision assistant for public schools. She loves to create tactile graphics and braille for her students. A romantic at heart, she plays guitar and writes Star Trek love songs. She sees art everywhere and is so excited to share the beauty she sees in the day to day with her child. Ever the optimist, she threads hope and gratitude into her life by taking joy in small moments such as walking amongst trees, hugs, and meals with loved ones.
Leah is finishing up a PhD degree in geography and migration – she plans to transition into a job as a professor in the next couple of years. She likes to laugh and make other people laugh. No matter what she’s doing, she loves being active and engaged. Some of her favorite things to do are swimming in the lake, walking in the woods, working on food projects in the kitchen (sauerkraut! fresh bread!), going to music shows, and seeing movies. Before working at the university level, Leah was a teacher at an elementary school. Her favorite part of the job was the field trips – she gets personal joy from bringing kids to interesting places and being active with them. She can’t wait to bring her own kid (or kids!) on all kinds of outings.
We live together in a spacious two-bedroom apartment where there is always music playing and fun projects in the works. Our two gentle, affectionate kitties are named Odo and Dax and they both play very nicely with our nieces and friends’ kids. We are eco-conscious and emphasize saving water, recycling and reusing items. We live near a big beautiful park with trails and playgrounds where we walk on the trails, have picnics, and bring our friends’ kids.
We got married in October 2019 and are excited to grow our family through an open adoption. We envision a family life that allows for our child’s true self to grow and that instills an understanding of shared responsibility for our world by teaching empathy and interconnectedness. We look forward to spending a lot of quality time with our child making things, playing, and learning together.
Openness aligns with our value of building a family in the spirit of togetherness. We are looking for connection, love and a path to building our family that benefits everyone. Our home and our hearts always have an open door – to our neighbors, friends, and family. We couldn’t imagine starting a family through adoption without transparency, and welcoming birthparents into our family. We look forward to spending as much time with our child’s birth parents as feels good for them and look forward to seeing our adoption relationship grow.
Leah and Angeline