Colleen and Lindsey
Thank you for reading our letter. We are Colleen (left) and Lindsey (right). We live on an island outside of Seattle with our son Hank, who we adopted through OA&FS in 2015. We also have two cats and a dog, and Hank’s grandma (Colleen’s mom) lives next door. We are so excited to continue to grow our family.
We met at summer camp—seriously! We were both camp counselors and knew very quickly that we had something amazing together. After more than 16 years of countless adventures, including two cross-country moves, trips around the globe, dinner parties and family holidays, and becoming parents to Hank, we’re ready to share our lives with another kid.
Colleen is a gifted artist and photographer—throughout our home you will find her favorite photographs, knitting projects, crafts supplies, and a collection of vintage cameras. Colleen’s favorite camera is one from the early 1900s—the same camera her great-grandmother used! Colleen runs the fundraising department for a Seattle-based contemporary dance organization.
Lindsey is a big baseball fan and has been one ever since she was a little kid. She loves to watch and play baseball and has a massive collection of baseball memorabilia. Lindsey is also into “figuring things out.” From solving brainteasers and puzzles to teaching herself how to play the guitar, she loves to find challenges and work towards solutions. Lindsey works for a national non-profit organization, using digital media to get people involved in the equal rights movement.
Hank is an active toddler—he’s constantly on the go from the moment he wakes up until bedtime. He loves trains, coloring, stickers, and eating all sorts of cheese and spicy things. With Mommy (Colleen), Hank loves to have dance parties, snuggle on the couch, and make cookies. With Mama (Lindsey), Hank loves to build tall towers out of blocks and Legos, walk the family dog, and have sing-a-longs on car rides. Several weekends throughout the year, we spend time with Hank’s birth family in Portland. We exchange pictures and updates via text as often as possible.
We’re excited to welcome another child into our hearts and home, and Hank is super excited to become a big brother. Our kids will grow up in a close-knit family and will continue the “kids table” tradition at our family Thanksgiving. They will also have the opportunity to go to summer camp (the same camp where we met), take music lessons, play sports, make sand castles on the beach minutes from our house, run amok in our yard, and so much more. With Hank, we’ve been sharing our love of traveling – seeking out new and unique foods, visiting historical places, adding to our squashed penny collection, and taking lots of family photos – and there’s room for another kid to join those adventures and more.
They’ll enjoy never-ending bedtime stories and homemade cupcakes in every flavor. They’ll hold Hank’s hand when we go hiking in nearby national parks, dig for treasure on the beach, and cheer on our local baseball team. Throughout everything, we’ll help our kids develop respect, responsibility, openness, compassion, and honesty. And Hank has told us that he wants to teach them how to share toys.
Open adoption was such a natural choice for us. We strive for honesty and openness in our own lives, and that’s exactly what open adoption is about. We’re excited to continue growing our family through adoption, not just with the addition of another child, but also the relationship we are looking forward to developing and maintaining with their birth family.
Thanks for reading our story and hoping we get to hear yours soon!
— Colleen, Lindsey and Hank