|Education||Masters degree||Masters degree|
Hello! We are Jen and Anne, welcome to our profile. We met 12 years ago at an indoor ball hockey game. Anne wondered who this short person in a dress was in front of her (the hockey jerseys were all men's XL size). Then the puck dropped, Jen got it, ran around her and scored. Anne realized she had to pay closer attention. A year later we were dating.
We've been through a lot together. Anne helped Jen through her Master's degree in Conflict Studies, before Jen went on to become a professional mediator. Jen helped Anne while she wrote a screenplay, worked on two books, and a documentary film. Two years ago, Jen went freelance too, and started working from home. We decided to move to Hawaii, where Anne could reconnect with her mother's ancestral roots. We both love living here. Such a big move was hard, admittedly, but it feels right for both of us, and we aren't afraid of hard.
Family is important to both of us. Jen is quite close to her sister, who keeps a downstairs apartment free for when we want to stay in Montreal and visit all our family there. We envision going there at least once a year to spend time with family. We live half a block from Anne’s aunt and uncle, whom we see at least weekly. Anne's Mom lives with her husband in Arizona now, but they come and stay with us in Hawaii once a year.
We both live spiritual lives, but have left the Catholic church in which we were both raised. Although we have left the church, a prayer of appreciation is uttered every day, sometimes every hour, in our household. We both feel organized religion has a lot of problems, but we also know that a life without God is bereft. The human condition is one of suffering, and it is only faith in an eternal reality that exists somewhere outside our five senses – the illusion of life – that we can find true solace and a lasting happiness.
Education is important to us. Our children will receive a great deal of education, especially during the critical developmental years, in language, art, music, and science, but also bodily movement, nature, the land, the sea, and the stars.
We are a very active couple. We both do Crossfit, and Jen is an avid cyclist, if you couldn’t already tell. Anne loves to paddle Hawaiian outrigger canoe, and also Canadian canoe (aka Olympic canoe). We have hiked a lot of beautiful places. We also do yoga, hula, downhill ski, skate ski, ice skate, in-line skate, swim, stand-up paddle,… but I only have 150 words here.
We travel a lot: In our time together, we've been to France, Italy, Croatia, England, Peru, Argentina, Japan, and also Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, California, Arizona, Detroit, Washington DC, New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles. Phew! We're trying to get as much travel in before any kids arrive 🙂
We're also involved in our community. Jen volunteers at local biking events to bring safe cycle commuting to the island; we also volunteer for invasive species removal from the sacred lands here on Kaua'i (Koke'e Conservation and Malama Huleia).
We are open to communication with you before and after the birth of the baby. We would like to travel to the annual picnic, where adoptive families meet up with birth families. We are also happy to send email and pictures.
We would very much like our child to meet their birth parents when our child is old enough to remember them. We think this is important to the child's well-being. From what we understand, most adoptive children benefit from knowing who their birth parents are.
Hawaii is a very multicultural environment made up of diverse ethnicities. If you add up all the minority groups, they outnumber the Caucasians here on the islands.
We were raised in culturally diverse families. Anne was raised by Japanese-Americans (from Hawaii) and Irish-Canadians, Jen was raised by Argentinians and Italians. We've both developed a sensitivity to the benefits and challenges that come from living in a multi-cultural or even multi-linguistic environment. And maybe it's because of the way we were raised, but we think it's better to have more exposure to diversity than less.
We both know and have lived as targets of prejudice and ignorance. Anne in particular is sensitive to the hazard of assimilation. Our hope is to maintain contact with the birth parents and to keep the child's ethnic history and culture alive within the child's life, as long as he or she continues to show interest in it.
|Genre of Music||Old school||Eclectic|
|Childhood memory||Chasing baby ghost crabs on the beach||Riding my red BMX bike|
|Quote||"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." Marianne Williamson||"All polishing is done by friction" – Mary Parker Follett|
|Subject in school||English Literature||Peace and Conflict|
|Magazine||Wired/New York Times||Pedal/Monocle|
|TV show||Marvelous Mrs. Maisel||Portlandia|
|Hero||Maya Angelou||Marina Abramovic|
|Dream vacation||Tibet||Anywhere with Anne|
|Bedtime story||Barbapapa||Go Dogs Go|
|Philosopher||Edward Said||Mary Parker Follett|
|Sport to watch or play||Rugby/canoe||Cycling/hockey|
|Author||Anita Desai||Margaret Atwood|
|Gadget||Rice cooker||Bike power meter|
|If your life was a theme song what would it be?||The Pretender (Foo fighters)||The Girl from Ipanema|
|Mac or PC?||Mac||Mac|
|Coffee or Tea?||Coffee||Coffee|
|Eat in or Dine out?||Both||I learned never to answer this question|
We wish you well for whatever the future may bring you, and leave you with this ʻōlelo noʻeau (Hawaiian wise saying or proverb):
He ʻohu ke aloha; ʻaʻohe kuahiwi kau ʻole.
(Love is like a mist, there is no mountaintop that it doesn't settle upon).
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