Brett and Caitlin
Hello – We’re Caitlin & Brett. We hope you are doing well through what must be an overwhelming time. We are sending lots of love as you make your way through this decision.
As we write this, it’s a typical Saturday. We walked to the Farmer’s Market, Brett made one of his famous breakfasts and we’re eating on the back porch. There’s music playing (there’s always music playing) and our neighbors come through the gate in the back fence for a visit. After we eat, we’ll head to the Gorge with our dogs for a hike.
We love welcoming people to our home. A friend once told us our home is “like walking into a warm hug” (best. compliment. ever.) We have monthly potluck dinners and our Portland farmhouse fills up with family and friends. Kids play hide and seek, some of us gather around board games, while others talk about politics and the environment in the kitchen or play guitars upstairs. We love the commotion and having lots of children around and we’re excited to add our own to the mix!
Both of us were “only children” growing up and chosen family became as important as biological. Caitlin is from New England, where she learned to run in the woods, sing, make maple syrup and ride horses. She shared a home with another family and has a “little sister”, now in Virginia. Caitlin is close to her mom, cousins, aunts, and uncles back east, and visits every year. During high school, Caitlin was reunited with an older, biological, sister. Now she and her spouse live in Portland, just down the street. Brett was born in San Francisco. His family went to the mountains each summer, where he developed a deep love of the outdoors. He and his dad share a passion for stand-up comedy and Mel Brooks movies and his Mom and stepdad visit regularly. Brett’s oldest childhood friends are still his closest today. Our house is often full of family and friends and they are all so excited to welcome new additions to the family!
Both of us are driven and passionate about the work we do. Caitlin works at a non-profit, tech company focused on privacy and security on the Internet. Brett went to school in L.A. and Connecticut and currently runs his own business helping organizations use technology to do greater good for the environment. When we’re not working, we’re in the outdoors or traveling. We are inspired by parents we meet camping, hiking and traveling with their kids and hope to follow their lead.
We are really looking forward to loving and raising a child. After college in Massachusetts, Caitlin was a nanny for a theater company with 5 kids, so she has lots of experience to share! Brett, who loves to play and laugh, is a favorite with our littlest cousins and the teenagers in our clan. Welcoming more people to our extended family, with open adoption, feels like a natural choice.
More than anything, we want our child to know they are loved by all their family, both birth and adopted. We hope they’ll feel supported, by all of us, in becoming their own independent person. We hope to build a trust with our child’s birth family that helps us communicate honestly during both wonderful and challenging moments. And we look forward to growing as a family more than we ever expected.
Most of all, we wish the very best for you on this journey and hope you find the path that is right for you and your child.
Much love, Caitlin & Brett