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Lisa and Emmett

picFAMILY FACTS

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Marital Status: Married 8 years

Children: 1 -Isabella Eve

Education: We both attendend college and graduate school

Religion: Catholic

Insterests:

  • Emmett: Water sports, boating, skiing and restoring old properties -
  • Lisa: Spending time with all her friends, shopping, searching for antiques and traveling. Together we love spending time with Isabella, family and friends.

We want to start by thanking you for choosing our family profile and for taking the time to learn a little about us. We are sure that it is a hard for you to read this letter as it is for us to write it…

We cannot imagine the feelings you have or will experience in your decision to plan an adoption for your child. We admire your courage and strength, and hope this letter and these photographs give an accurate image of who we are and the kind of parents we will be to your child.

Choosing adoption is a very brave, courageous, loving and selfless act.

We promise for as long as you have any desire to know how your child is getting on in life that we will be delighted to keep you informed with letters and photographs. Your child will always know who you are and how much you love them!

Our Beginning

We were both fortunate enough to be raised by loving supportive parents, and always had a lot of family and friends to care, guide and encourage us growing up. We both had very happy childhoods and have very close relationships with our family members. Family and friends are very important to both of us and play a large part in our lives and it was a family member that introduced us to each other!

We were both born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Dublin is the capital city in Ireland and it is a young vibrant European City. As we are located in Western Europe it allows us great access for travelling across Europe and we are also only a short flight away from the USA.

Our Life Together So Far

Emmett and I are truly best friends and are able to count on each other no matter what life has in store for us. Our communication, trust, love, friendship, and dedication to each other is what makes our marriage successful. We love spending time together and are grateful for the experiences we have had. Taking vacations is one of our favourite things to do.   We just celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary and are looking forward to many more to come. My Godmother introduced me to Emmett at a music event that I had arranged for all my family in 2001. It sounds cheesy but I knew he was the one for me. When I saw him I confided in my mother that he would be the man that I would marry, and he still reminds me of that to this day! We dated for 2 years and had a great time travelling and spending many weekends away in our holiday home on the banks of the River Shannon in the west of Ireland where we go boating and doing water sports.We travelled to Rome our favourite city in 2003 to get engaged at the Coliseum. Emmett proposed to me during a thunder and lightning storm which was magnificent, we promised each other that no matter what issues were ahead that we would work together to overcome and resolve them and also to really celebrate the good times. We got married in Kinnitty Castle in Ireland and spent our Honeymoon in Florida where we spent most of our time in Disneyland, Universal and also travelling the East Coast. Florida holds very special memories for us and we love spending time there. Friends and family have holiday homes there so it gives us the opportunity to spend our vacation time in Florida.

Why We Are Choosing Adoption?

Isabella EveWe always knew we wanted children and have tried to get pregnant since we got married in 2005. Unfortunately we had a long battle with Infertility and began the IVF process in the hope that we would be fortunate enough to have a viable pregnancy but we suffered from 8 failed IVF cycles. It has been a long road for us and it has been both financially and emotionally demanding, we never gave up hope that one day we would have our own little family and we hope that this adoption will finally give us this opportunity. Although infertility was very hard news to deal with, both Emmett and I believe that adoption is for us and we are very excited about it!

We were very fortunate to be able to adopt our beautiful daughter Isabella from Florida in 2011. She is the light of our lives and we could not imagine life without her. Our entire family welcomed her and she is now part of a large family with lots of cousins, aunties, uncles and grandparents. We are really looking forward to adopting a second baby and bringing the new baby home very soon and are very excited for Isabella to have a new sister or brother. Isabella is an amazing little girl, beautiful, full of fun and mischief, she loves exploring, playing with all her cousins in the playground and loves the mother & toddler playgroups where she sings her songs and plays with all the kids.

        

She loves swimming and going on vacation with us around Europe, she has a fantastic little personality is great company and is very clever, we love seeing her develop, grow and learn, she is thriving. Our entire family spoil her, she is a very happy little lady and we would love her to have a little sister or brother.

Our Home

We recently remodeled our house with our new family in mind. Our house is located in a very family & child oriented neighborhood in the suburbs of Dublin, Ireland. We have 4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Kitchen, 2 lounge areas and a large playroom filled with lots and lots of toys and books. Our kitchen and family room are both large and open and where we spend most of our time together. Our backyard is large with lots of room for play and parties, Isabella loves to spend lots of time outdoors and we love spending time at our home with friends and family. We live 7 miles outside Dublin City where we are very fortunate to be surrounded by acres of parks and woodlands where many outdoor activities take place such as hill walking, golf, pitch and put, horse-riding and children’s camps including baking schools. We are in a very safe and secure neighborhood and community where schools are very good and crime is virtually non-existent. We have great relationships with all of our neighbors and it is a very friendly community where there are many young families and children at play. We love it here and are really looking forward to having another baby in our home and brother of sister for Isabella.

Our Families

Family is very important to both of us and we spend a lot of time with our families. We are both lucky to be from large families and we have great times when both families get together, Lots of people, storytelling, food and laughter.

Lisa’s Family

I (Lisa) am the eldest of five sisters. Three of my sisters have very young children. My sister Caroline is mom to Kian and Ava, My other sister Alyson is mom to Sienna & Macee, Jamie and Daisy and sister Sarina is mom to Sophia. My Mom (Nana) and Dad play a large role with their grandchildren,they have a very hands on approach and are a great help and support with all the kids. All of their grandchildren adore them and love spending time with them.

Emmett’s Family

Emmett is the youngest of 5 children. He has two sisters and two brothers. All of Emmett’s siblings are married and haveyoung children. Emmett’s Mom is a fantastic grandmother known as “Gran” to her 6 grandchildren. Myself and Emmett have 15 nieces and nephews and 3 Godchildren between us, and more on the way!

 

My Husband Emmett (BY LISA)

Emmett is truly my best friend and the love of my life. He is someone I can count on when times are tough and celebrate with when good news comes our way. What I love most about Emmett is his patience and constant good humour.

Emmett is an amazing dad to Isabella. He adores her and is so delighted to be called Daddy. We hope to be lucky enough to adopt 2 children. Kids of all ages just adore him as Emmett is hard working, very friendly, generous, kind, energetic and loyal. He has a passion for life and lives his life to the fullest each day. He is a very happy person (with no grey hairs or wrinkles as a result!) with a very positive outlook. He enjoys water sports, boating, Skiing, restoring old properties and socialising with friends and family.

        

Emmett as a Dad

Emmett is fantastic with Isabella and with all children. He is a big kid himself. My nickname for him is “PETER PAN”, and his motto is that “We are never too old to play”. He is always the one down on the floor playing with Isabella and all of our nieces and nephews. His calm and caring nature make children naturally drawn to him. Our niece Sophia who makes strange with everybody except Emmett, we all look on in amazement when he picks her up and she is completely relaxed with him. We all say it must be his relaxed nature and charm! He is the favorite uncle for all our nieces and nephews, and is Godfather to 2 children. He is a wonderful father and hopes to be Daddy to another baby very soon…

My Wife Lisa (BY EMMETT)

Lisa has many great qualities; she knows how to enjoy life to the full. She is the one to get things organised and believes you get out of life what you put in. This is great for me as she gives me lots of love and so gets lots of love back in return. Since we meet and started dating we have been best friends enjoying each other no matter what we are doing, even day to day chores are done together with a bit of laughter. She loves spending time with all her girlfriends, shopping, searching for Antiques, and travelling. She project managed our new house build and loved having such a hands on role creating our new family home. Lisa is loyal, loving, trustworthy, and hardworking, so when you add to that a great attitude to family life I just knew that I had to marry her.Oh yes and she’s good looking too! What more could a man want?

As the eldest of five children helping out her mum with the younger one’s she learned all about childcare from a young age and now enjoys spending all her time with Isabella and her nephew’s and niece’s, so to answer my own question the only other thing this man could want is to watch her raise children of our own.

         

Lisa as a mom

We have a wonderful marriage, and we both knew that adding children would only make our lives that much better.

Lisa is a fantastic mom to Isabella. Isabella is a very happy little girl and wants for nothing. Lisa is devoted to Isabella and has chosen to be a full time stay at home mom and to devote herself to raising Isabella and providing our children with a loving home. She has been fortunate enough to have had an International career with Microsoft; however love of being a mom is greater than continuing with her career.

We have both worked hard over the years and are fortunate enough to have financial security which will allow Lisa to devote all of her time to our children. This adoption will be our second child.

Education

We moved to our community because of the quality of the school system. Our family home is within walking distance of the local school and we love the fact that it has small classes which will greatly benefit our children. Emmett and I both attended college and graduate school and found both periods to be great years of learning and development in our own lives. We will support our children in whatever direction their dreams and aspirations lead. This might be college, technical school, the arts or on the job experience. Our focus is to be supportive and involved in all aspects of their education and development.

How we spend our holidays

         

Holidays are always spent with family. Each year we always divide our time between both families. We are both Catholics so Christmas is a big deal in our house and a very joyous and busy time. On Christmas morning we wake up at our house and open gifts from Santa Claus and family. After a big breakfast, we head to visit our families for festive treats. By 5pm we all get together for a huge Christmas feast which lasts for hours with Christmas carols, films and family games. We also ring in the New Year with all the family. We love celebrating such a joyous holiday season with all of our family and can’t wait to celebrate with our new baby.

   

Easter -The Easter Bunny also visits us each Easter Holiday with Easter Egg Hunts and lots of chocolate...

Halloween -As Halloween is Lisa’s birthday it is an extra special celebration with all of our family and nieces and nephews dressing up in costumes and trick or treating, we especially look forward to Halloween each year and we love spending it with the children.

Birthdays - Birthdays in our family are also big events, each member of our family is made feel very special for their birthday and we all get together to celebrate and blow out the candles on the birthday cake with many gifts. We just celebrated Isabella’s 2nd Birthday and had a huge party which she loved.

Our Values

We will raise our children in the same way that we were raised: a positive outlook towards life, lots of encouragement, lots of love, and lots of affection. We will show them how important it is to have family values, to have compassion, and appreciate different cultures. We will teach them qualities such as respect, generosity, honesty, patience and friendship.

      

Parenting Style

We parent our children in as balanced a method as possible. We know that a certain amount of discipline is necessary. We will use timeouts when our child is young, and loss of privileges as our child gets older. We will never spank our children as our own parents never spanked us. We understand that each of our children will have his or her own individual personality and we would like to nurture this. We will encourage them to express themselves and use their imagination. We will also encourage our children to play sports they enjoy, and involve them with other activities with children. We will spend quality time with our children making them feel very loved and valued. Neither Emmett of myself smoke and we only take an occasional social drink. We would be very against drug use of any sort and would educate and encourage our children never to use drugs.

Our Friends

We have a large, close circle of friends that are more like an extended family, many of whom have babies and young children. We have shared many special occasions with each other -marriages, births, christenings & birthdays. Our friends were thrilled when we adopted Isabella and there were great celebrations had and they now can’t wait for us to be parents to a second baby they are all very excited and are looking forward tomeeting our new baby.

In Closing

We hope our family profile has given you an insight into our lives. Life has been good to us in many ways especially since we adopted Isabella. We hope we will be blessed with a second child to love and cherish as our own. If you choose us to be parents for your child, we promise to always provide a loving, stable home with lots of family and friends to surround and love him or her.

Thank you again for considering us as parents for your baby.

All Our Love,

Emmett, Lisa & Isabella