V and Mort



We’re V (Vanessa) and Mort (Brendan). Thanks for taking the time to learn a little bit about who we are and our aspirations for parenting in an open adoption.

We met in our freshman college dorm and became friends after we both joined the ultimate frisbee team–a year later we were dating. V loved that Mort was smart, but easy-going, with a quirky flare not unlike her own. Mort was attracted to V’s sense of adventure and fierce independence.

After college we moved to London, then Boston, and finally to Portland, Oregon shortly after getting married. Oregon was a great fit for us and we quickly settled into the rhythm of exploring the Pacific Northwest with a growing community of friends. In 2013 we bought a house in a vibrant, diverse, and walkable neighborhood on the east side of Portland. We live close to several parks and our local elementary school. We share our home with a loving but opinionated cat named Weezy, who we adopted shortly after arriving in Portland and are thoroughly obsessed with.

V is a Physician Assistant, working in family medicine with underserved patients at a Community Health Center. She hails from Vermont, where she grew up with her time split between two families of chefs, artists, and hippies. She’s embraced cooking as an adult, starting a monthly cookbook club with her friends and experimenting with pickling and kimchi fermenting. She’s an extrovert and loves to spend her free time with friends.

Mort grew up in Maryland, the son of a doctor and nurse. He works in technology as a product manager for the website of a large clothing company. He’s an avid reader, reading a couple dozen books a year–mostly fiction, politics, or economics. Outside of work he stays busy between our local neighborhood association (which he runs), watching the occasional Blazers game with friends, and exploring Portland’s many bars and restaurants.

Together we begin the day with a cup of tea in bed and end it with an evening stroll after dinner. We love to get outdoors and go hiking, backpacking, or cross-country skiing most every weekend. When we stay in town, you’ll find us at a potluck or playing board games. We enjoy traveling as well, with trips to Europe, Asia and Latin America under our belts and hopes for many more adventures to come.

We have always envisioned building a family together and can’t wait to incorporate a child into our lives and traditions. Open adoption resonates with us as it allows a child to know their story and know how much they’re loved. Building community is important to us and we are excited for the opportunity to forge an ongoing relationship with you as birth parents. We hope you will truly feel like members of the family.

Thank you for getting to know us as you consider your path forward.


V & Mort (plus Weezy)

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