Jonathan and Yolanda
Thank you for taking time to read our letter. Our names are Jonathan and Yolanda and we want to share with you a little about our lives and our values. We came to know each other in our church community. On our first date we went on a bike ride and had a picnic lunch together. Sparks flew as we talked. Yolanda was impressed with Jonathan's home baked cookies. We continued dating and after two wonderful years, we married in the summer of 2012. We have a very loving relationship that is based on honesty, friendship, mutual respect, a deep care for each other, and our shared faith. Three years ago we moved into a new home in a vibrant multicultural neighbourhood. We love our neighbourhood, which has nearby schools, libraries, community centres, playgrounds, open fields and forests.
We value spending time with family and share regular family meals together. Each of us has grown up in a loving family who have taught us about unconditional love. We love celebrating special events such as birthdays, Christmas, Mid-Autumn festival, Chinese New Year and Thanksgiving. We have fun taking care of our 3 1/2 year old niece who enjoys sharing books and playing games with us. We also enjoy spending time with our friends and their children as well. Our family and friends have supported and encouraged us in our decision to become adoptive parents.
In our home we have some pets. We have two Russian dwarf hamsters, Fyodor and Peter, named after an author and composer who we appreciate. We also have an 8 month old puppy named Forrest who is a friendly and loveable Bernedoodle. We have had a lot of fun taking puppy obedience classes with him. Forrest has been attending daycare sometimes while we are at work so that he has opportunities to socialize with other dogs. Forrest is a calm and gentle dog who plays well with children including our niece and adults of all ages.
One of our shared interests is spending time in nature together. We enjoy walking through forests, hiking to waterfalls, biking through parks, snow shoeing up mountains, and camping under the stars. We want to nurture within our adopted child an appreciation for the beauty of nature.
Traveling is also something we enjoy doing together. We have traveled to places across Canada and internationally. The world is an amazing place with many cultures, natural wonders, and historical places to learn about and we desire to show our adopted child some of these places.
We both work as healthcare professionals and are happy to have found work that we find meaningful and fulfilling. Yolanda has worked with children for nearly 20 years and Jonathan has worked with adults for the past 18 years. We are both compassionate people and we have used our knowledge and skills to assist people in achieving their goals. We have learned that education can open doors for a child to develop their gifts. We desire to assist our adopted child to learn as they go through school and support our adopted child in discovering their particular interests and talents. We are in a stable financial situation that would allow Yolanda to stay at home full time with our adopted child in the first few years of the child's life before they enter school.
We both love reading a variety of books including children's literature. We believe that reading books can teach children about important values of courage, honour, friendship and love. We plan to introduce our adopted child to the joy of reading stories and to help our adopted child to learn to read and find books and topics that they enjoy.
We also love music. We enjoy going to concerts, listening to music and playing our own music. Yolanda learned to play the piano when she was growing up and has also taken violin lessons. Jonathan enjoys playing the guitar and has taken lessons in playing the piano as well. We desire to share our love of music with our adopted child and to give him or her opportunities to learn to play music as they are growing up.
We are actively involved in a Christian faith community that is multicultural and has been a source of support and encouragement to us in our lives. We also have served in a kitchen that offers meals to men and women who are homeless and living with drug and alcohol addiction. Our church community has been supportive to us as we have shared about our desire to adopt a child.
With regards to openness in adoption, we are open to having meetings in person and sharing pictures and letters. We appreciate the importance of a child growing up knowing their biological family. If you were to entrust us with your child, we would do our best to provide the child with unconditional love and support so the child has opportunity to become who they want to be.
Jonathan and Yolanda
We would love to hear from you. You can learn more about us, or reach us through our social worker, Andrea Flanderkova. She can be reached at 1.866.582.3678 or 604.736.7613, ext. 4003 or by email at email@example.com.
"Each of us has grown up in a loving family who have taught us about unconditional love. If you were to entrust us with your child, we would do our best to provide the child with unconditional love and support so the child has opportunity to become who they want to be."