Bryan & Lisa

Bryan and Lisa on nature walk

Dear Expectant Mother,

We’re Lisa & Bryan from Fairfax, CA, a lovely town in Marin County, North of San Francisco. We would be honored to make the life-long commitment to raising your child. We will provide unconditional love and a supportive family that your baby can rely on from childhood into adulthood.  We admire your decision, and want to thank you for considering us for the possibility of parenting your child.

Our Favorite Things
  • Outdoor adventures & experiencing new things.
  • Local Farmers’ Markets (cooking new recipes, growing our own vegetables).
  • Volunteering our time and donating to causes that are important to us.
  • Hiking trails and beaches with our dog, Sunny.
  • Camping in National Parks & traveling overseas.
  • Annual Christmas cookie baking parties.
About Us
We met 10 years ago through mutual friends skiing in Colorado, which is where Bryan lived at the time. We met up again in Alaska and it became clear that we were attracted to each other as much more than friends. Falling in love while sharing new experiences together, then planning our wedding at Yosemite National Park in 2016, are the best memories of our lives so far. We feel truly lucky to have met. We’ve found an emotionally supportive, life-long partner in each other.

We rejuvenate every day by hiking with our sweet dog Sunny, and we enjoy unwinding on weekends by going to our neighbor’s pool or BBQing fish that Bryan catches. We love to go on adventures together—whether whale watching by kayak in Washington, fishing in Alaska, biking in Canada, skiing in Colorado, or gorilla trekking in Uganda. We both work part time, which gives us plenty of free time and the freedom to create our own schedules. We are excited to make new memories and share our love and future lives with our child.

Our Family & Friends
Gathering with family and friends is a big part of our lives. We alternate Thanksgiving and Christmas every year between Bryan’s relatives in Colorado and Lisa’s in Florida (Lisa’s parents have passed, but she is very close to her Florida uncle and his family). Bryan’s parents recently organized a fun family vacation at a beach house on the Alabama shores. We’re also grateful that our friends and family enjoy coming to visit us in California.

We have maintained strong friendships throughout our lives—we have kept in touch with our childhood friends from our home towns of Brooklyn, NY and St. Charles, IL. We’ve had great fun on trips with friends to Alaska and Mexico. We’ve also enjoyed bonding with families in our neighborhood, by being actively involved in our community. Our child will have a strong and supportive network of friends and family.

About Lisa, by Bryan
Lisa was raised in Brooklyn, NY, by first-generation Italian parents, and went to Catholic school growing up. She had a family-centered childhood, eating Sunday dinner with her grandparents, watching her mom cook, and listening to her dad’s stories about serving in WWII. Throughout her life her family loved traveling together, and right up to Lisa’s father’s passing, she would make an annual trip with him to Italy to visit his siblings. Lisa’s father retired early, so growing up she always had two parents at home—an example we plan to follow.

Lisa finds her happiness in helping others. Growing up in a diverse city, she is very open-minded, and cares deeply about social justice issues. She graduated from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, studying sociology and African American studies. She now volunteers her time to several causes that she believes in. She always had two dreams: Living in the San Francisco Bay Area and working for herself. She achieved those dreams by becoming a landlord—renovating properties to rent, which provides a secure income and the flexibility of working from home.

When we first met, I was attracted to Lisa’s spontaneous, adventurous spirit. Later I realized how incredibly patient, selfless, and understanding she is as well. She is a very hard working and generous person. I know for certain that Lisa will be an incredible mother because I witnessed her natural abilities while fostering an infant last year.

About Bryan, by Lisa
Bryan is from the suburbs of Chicago. I love his warm, supportive, large family, who always chat weekly. Bryan’s parents now live in Colorado—he and his sister started the family migration when they went to the same college in the state. Bryan built a career in the hospitality industry, working at a ski resort, golf resort and a US national park. He’s currently preparing to obtain a license to fly private planes.

Bryan and I share a passion for adventure and travel. We love wildlife and have gone animal watching in many different National Parks. Bryan appreciates living in the moment—whether he’s snowboarding, kayaking, fishing, or playing soccer.

I love Bryan’s sensitive, loyal nature. He cares about my feelings and is always working to improve our relationship. Bryan is full of compassion for others, while his hardworking mid-western parents instilled a strong sense of morality and responsibility in him. He volunteered to help children overseas in Nicaragua, as well as fostered two children with me last year. Bryan loves visiting our nine nieces and nephews (ages 3-9), in Colorado, taking them skiing, playing broom hockey, or watching their dance performances. I have seen what a wonderful father he will be.

Our Home & Community
We recently purchased our home in Fairfax, in Marin County, and we’ve been busy furnishing it and gardening in our back yard. Our neighbors are super friendly and have young children. Our neighborhood has an abundance of scenic views, green mountains and open spaces, and is a short drive to San Francisco. We’re within walking distance to a great grammar school, parks/playgrounds, hiking and biking trails, restaurants and shopping on Main Street. Every week in the summer we look forward to our local farmers market, neighborhood festivals, and drives to nearby beaches.
Our Parenting Values
In 2020 we fostered a baby boy and his 16-year-old sister. That gave us a crash-course in parenting, and strengthened our communication skills as well as our love and commitment to each other and the process of parenting. It also clarified for us what we want to offer as parents to our child.

We will raise our child with all the love, security and validation we can provide. Our biggest wish for our child is to be happy in life, to feel grounded, and to have a good sense of self. We want our child to know that he or she is never alone in life, both through our support and thanks to God (or whatever name we give a Higher Power).

We want to encourage our child to explore all the things he or she is excited about. We will nurture those passions into aspirations and help our child achieve his or her goals. We want to introduce our child to fun experiences and the simple pleasures of life that money can’t buy. We wish to teach by example to have compassion for others. We want to foster an independent thinker who is self-sufficient and responsible. We are excited to raise a child who will share our adventurous spirits and our love of animals and the great outdoors.

Our Favorite Things

  • Outdoor adventures & experiencing new things.
  • Local Farmers’ Markets (cooking new recipes, growing our own vegetables).
  • Volunteering our time and donating to causes that are important to us.
  • Hiking trails and beaches with our dog, Sunny.
  • Camping in National Parks & traveling overseas.
  • Annual Christmas cookie baking parties.

About Us

We met 10 years ago through mutual friends skiing in Colorado, which is where Bryan lived at the time. We met up again in Alaska and it became clear that we were attracted to each other as much more than friends. Falling in love while sharing new experiences together, then planning our wedding at Yosemite National Park in 2016, are the best memories of our lives so far. We feel truly lucky to have met.  We’ve found an emotionally supportive, life-long partner in each other.

We rejuvenate every day by hiking with our sweet dog Sunny, and we enjoy unwinding on weekends by going to our neighbor’s pool or BBQing fish that Bryan catches.  We love to go on adventures together—whether whale watching by kayak in Washington, fishing in Alaska, biking in Canada, skiing in Colorado, or gorilla trekking in Uganda. We both work part time, which gives us plenty of free time and the freedom to create our own schedules. We are excited to make new memories and share our love and future lives with our child.

Lisa, Bryan, with dog Sunny
Hiking together with Sunny on vacation in Vermont

Our Family & Friends

Bryan and Lisa with Bryan's extended family at a beach
With Bryan’s large family brood on vacation at Alabama Shores

Gathering with family and friends is a big part of our lives. We alternate Thanksgiving and Christmas every year between Bryan’s relatives in Colorado and Lisa’s in Florida (Lisa’s parents have passed, but she is very close to her Florida uncle and his family). Bryan’s parents recently organized a fun family vacation at a beach house on the Alabama shores. We’re also grateful that our friends and family enjoy coming to visit us in California. 

We have maintained strong friendships throughout our lives—we have kept in touch with our childhood friends from our home towns of Brooklyn, NY and St. Charles, IL. We’ve had great fun on trips with friends to Alaska and Mexico.  We’ve also enjoyed bonding with families in our neighborhood, by being actively involved in our community. Our child will have a strong and supportive network of friends and family

About Lisa, by Bryan

Lisa was raised in Brooklyn, NY, by first-generation Italian parents, and went to Catholic school growing up. She had a family-centered childhood, eating Sunday dinner with her grandparents, watching her mom cook, and listening to her dad’s stories about serving in WWII. Throughout her life her family loved traveling together, and right up to Lisa’s father’s passing, she would make an annual trip with him to Italy to visit his siblings. Lisa’s father retired early, so growing up she always had two parents at home—an example we plan to follow.  

Lisa finds her happiness in helping others. Growing up in a diverse city, she is very open-minded, and cares deeply about social justice issues. She graduated from University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, studying sociology and African American studies. She now volunteers her time to several causes that she believes in. She always had two dreams: Living in the San Francisco Bay Area and working for herself. She achieved those dreams by becoming a landlord—renovating properties to rent, which provides a secure income and the flexibility of working from home.

When we first met, I was attracted to Lisa’s spontaneous, adventurous spirit. Later I realized how incredibly patient, selfless, and understanding she is as well. She is a very hard working and generous person. I know for certain that Lisa will be an incredible mother because I witnessed her natural abilities while fostering an infant last year.

Lisa with niece decorating holiday cookies
Lisa & our niece with their baked goods

About Bryan, by Lisa

Bryan holding baby nephew
With nephew at family Easter celebration

Bryan is from the suburbs of Chicago. I love his warm, supportive, large family, who always chat weekly. Bryan’s parents now live in Colorado—he and his sister started the family migration when they went to the same college in the state. Bryan built a career in the hospitality industry, working at a ski resort, golf resort and a US national park. He’s currently preparing to obtain a license to fly private planes.

Bryan and I share a passion for adventure and travel. We love wildlife and have gone animal watching in many different National Parks. Bryan appreciates living in the moment—whether he’s snowboarding, kayaking, fishing, or playing soccer. 

I love Bryan’s sensitive, loyal nature. He cares about my feelings and is always working to improve our relationship. Bryan is full of compassion for others, while his hardworking mid-western parents instilled a strong sense of morality and responsibility in him. He volunteered to help children overseas in Nicaragua, as well as fostered two children with me last year. Bryan loves visiting our nine nieces and nephews (ages 3-9), in Colorado, taking them skiing, playing broom hockey, or watching their dance performances. I have seen what a wonderful father he will be.

Our Home & Community

We recently purchased our home in Fairfax, in Marin County, and we’ve been busy furnishing it and gardening in our back yard. Our neighbors are super friendly and have young children. Our neighborhood has an abundance of scenic views, green mountains and open spaces, and is a short drive to San Francisco. We’re within walking distance to a great grammar school, parks/playgrounds, hiking and biking trails, restaurants and shopping on Main Street. Every week in the summer we look forward to our local farmers market, neighborhood festivals, and drives to nearby beaches.

Lisa and Brian's two story home with yard
Our lovely home

Our Parenting Values

In 2020 we fostered a baby boy and his 16-year-old sister. That gave us a crash-course in parenting, and strengthened our communication skills as well as our love and commitment to each other and the process of parenting. It also clarified for us what we want to offer as parents to our child. 

We will raise our child with all the love, security and validation we can provide.  Our biggest wish for our child is to be happy in life, to feel grounded, and to have a good sense of self. We want our child to know that he or she is never alone in life, both through our support and thanks to God (or whatever name we give a Higher Power).

We want to encourage our child to explore all the things he or she is excited about. We  will nurture those passions into aspirations and help our child achieve his or her goals. We want to introduce our child to fun experiences and the simple pleasures of life that money can’t buy.  We wish to teach by example to have compassion for others. We want to foster an independent thinker who is self-sufficient and responsible.  We are excited to raise a child who will share our adventurous spirits and our love of animals and the great outdoors.

More Information

Thank You

Thank you for taking the time to read our letter. We hope to have the opportunity to connect with you and answer any questions you may have. We can be reached toll-free at 1-888-336-1253 or by email at bryanlisasunny@gmail.com. You can also reach our warm and helpful adoption attorneys, Karin Stoeckenius and Holly Wotherspoon at 1-800-U-Adopt-US (1-800-823-6788) or email them at info@adamsromer.com. You can also visit their website at www.adamsromer.com.