Donna and Andrew
Hello! Our names are Donna and Andrew. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us a little bit.
We first met each other in college, way back in 2002. We started off as casual friends, but a couple of years later, when we finally got to know each other better, we quickly discovered that we wanted to be something more. Now we have been married for eleven years. Like any couple, we’ve had our challenges along the way, but we’ve remained best friends and life partners throughout it all. We feel so lucky to have found a relationship with another person that is grounded in respect, honesty, friendship and, of course, unconditional love.
We enjoy both going on adventures and relaxing at home. Andrew is more the adventurer. He loves getting out on his bike, be it for a Saturday morning trail ride or a trip to the store. He stays active, finding time for wall climbing and the occasional run. Donna is a bit more of a homebody. She enjoys puttering around the garden of our NE Portland home, reading on the back porch and being mildly crafty.
Together, we take our dog on long walks to the dog park and on hikes through the woods or along the coast. We also love the city life, both in Portland and when traveling. We have a great appreciation for the arts and regularly see plays and go to museums. We love to eat out, and to explore the Pacific Northwest’s brewery scene. Andrew likes to spend time in the kitchen cooking and Donna likes to eat what he cooks. We also enjoy cozying up on the couch with the dog and our two cats to binge watch a favorite TV show, or to read a book aloud together. From adventures near and far to quiet nights in, we strive to lead a balanced life.
We both feel lucky to be in a position where we are passionate about, and fulfilled by, our work. Donna has worked with children ranging from one and a half to six years old in Montessori classrooms for the past ten years. Andrew teaches fine and performing arts at a university and oversees an internship program that employs college students. We love the energy, humor, creativity and thoughtfulness young people bring to everything they do. While at times our work can be challenging, it is also extremely rewarding, often fun, and never boring!
It has been a long-time dream of ours to have children. For us, starting a family has led us on a longer journey than we had initially expected. While it has not been an easy path, we are so excited that it has finally led us here, to open adoption. As educators, we have long believed in the importance of respecting and loving every child for who they are. When we began to consider adoption, we looked to find a practice that would reflect those same values of love and respect for children. This led us to Open Adoption. No other approach offers more respect to the child and where they come from. And that same love and respect also extends to you, their birth family. We hope to work to create a relationship with you that is built around honesty, openness and love.
We cannot wait to welcome a child into our lives, to share with him or her all of the things we love, and to learn about the things they will come to love as well.
Wishing you the very best,
Donna and Andrew