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Elizabeth & Pat

Hoping to Adopt (Oregon)

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Tom and Jan

Mom and Dad

We’ve known Pat for about 7 years and, of course, Elizabeth her entire life. Pat and Elizabeth have been married 5 years and have become the kind of people who make both sets of parents very proud. They both have good jobs, have become financially stable, are hard workers, are good neighbors, are happy, fun and active. The southern tall, gentleman perfectly balances the little, high-energy dynamo. We have seen how well they team to interact with the children with whom, even now at age 32, Elizabeth baby sits. Her joy in working with and being around children was evident when she was teaching tennis and babysitting while in high school and nannying and babysitting for families during graduate school. Pat, too, has helped coach secondary school sports, along with teaching young workers in his profession. At Pat and Elizabeth’s wedding, both were concerned about their reserved, young flower girl. She headed shyly down the short aisle toward Pat, but when she arrived, she turned to look for her parents and quickly turned to Pat for assistance. Immediately, he reacted, kneeling down and pointing her toward Mom and Dad. Afterwards, the two made certain to dance multiple times with every child in attendance, often being circled by little folks. They have given adoption a lot of study and thought; they know it is something they want to do. They will be loving parents and terrific role models at a time when both traits are very important for any child. They are a great team and we certainly have no reservations in highly recommending them to be adoptive parents.

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Alan and Hannah

Mom and Dad

We look forward to being grandma and grandpa to Pat's and Liz's child(ren)! Pat and Liz are a healthy, smart, hard-working, strong/athletic, self-confident, humorous, adventuresome, adaptable couple. They will be great parents who will love, hug, nurture, and teach their children. We can't wait to meet our grandchildren!

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Lynzi

Friend

April 21, 2020 To whom it may concern, I have known Elizabeth since we were in first grade. We were in many different clubs and extracurricular activities together. I have gotten to know Pat over the course of their relationship. I stood up in their wedding. Even though we live thousands of miles apart, we still make time to get together and talk frequently. Children need a strong family dynamic and stability at home. Pat and Elizabeth have a solid marriage and are committed to each other. They will make wonderful role models for their future children. They are also financially able to provide an enriching life to a child. Growing up Elizabeth was a nanny for multiple children. Her love of children has continued into her marriage with Pat. Pat is amazing with kids. They are automatically drawn to him. Pat has wanted to be a father is whole life. He natural with kids. Elizabeth is kind, genuine and reliable person who is always there to lend a helping hand. She is trustworthy and hardworking. Elizabeth is the type of person you can count on to be there for you when you need her. Being a mother myself, I know Elizabeth has the natural instinct to be a loving and nurturing mother. She is prepared to put her family first. I do not know of anything in their character or history that should prevent them from being loving, caring, successful adoptive parents. I wholeheartedly, without reservation, give my recommendation of Pat and Elizabeth to adopt a child. Best Regards, Lynzi Warner

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Erin Kinz

Friend

My name is Erin, I have known Liz and Pat for many years now. I first met Liz through an educational turned professional setting in which she quickly became both a mentor and close friend of mine. I was new to the area at the time, living far away from home, Liz and Pat took me in and quickly became an extended family to me. They invited me over for dinners, to family vacations and even to spend holidays with them. I have never in my life met a more giving, loving and hard working couple. Just last year, I was spending my Fourth of July alone, having been far from home, and they invited me to spend it with them at their family lake house. For the entire weekend, they brought me in and made sure I felt at home (pictured below, us watching fireworks on the water). It’s not everyday you meet people who are so selfless and welcoming and I think it’s safe to say these two have made such an incredible impact on my life. From birthdays to major life events like my Masters Degree graduation ceremony, Liz and Pat made sure they were there. As long as I have known them, I have hoped to become the kind of people I know Liz and Pat are. Now, I hope to someday become the type of parent that I know these two will be. Loving, caring, hard working, honest and above all - always there. I cannot recommend these two enough when it comes to being parents. I hope you take this recommendation into consideration!

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Hannah Helgerson

Friends

I have been friends with Liz and Pat for seven years. Liz and I were in grad school together and our friendship started when we both got stuck on the highway in the middle of a snowstorm. I thought I might have to sleep in my car when a Facebook message came through from Liz that she heard I was stuck. She was able to get a hotel room for herself and invited me to stay with her until the highway opened again. We were just acquaintances at that point, but she went out of her way to offer help. This act of kindness is not uncommon to see come from Liz and Pat. Since then, Liz, Pat, my husband and I have grown very close. From engagements to our weddings, celebrating holidays together and traveling, we have developed a lifelong friendship and I consider them to be dependable, loyal, honest and adventurous, and ready live life to the fullest. We now live a few hours apart but when I had a baby last year, I was struggling a bit in the beginning. Liz would call me frequently just to check on ME, see how I was feeling and see what I needed as a new mom. She was there for me to laugh if I needed or cry if I needed, no shame, no guilt. Not a lot of new moms have a support system like that. I will never forget the way I felt after talking with Liz on those days. I’m not sure she even knows that but she always just seemed to know right when I needed a call from her. Liz and Pat have so much love to share, they make an incredible team and are going to make amazing parents.

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Shawna Mixon

Friend

I could not be more thrilled to write a recommendation for Liz and Pat. They are an amazing young couple who are so dear to us. We met Liz when she was a grad student at Univ. of Oregon with our daughter. Liz has an infectious enthusiasm for life and we were thrilled she and our daughter became such great friends. We subsequently met Pat and he too is a amazing person. They are both such genuine down to earth people and will make amazing parents. We will be proud and honored to be part of their extended family when they welcome a baby into their loving home!

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Merryn Roberts-Huntley

friends / babysitters

I'm thrilled to write a recommendation for Elizabeth and Pat. I'm a mom of 3 (4, 6, 8 years old) so I know what it takes to be great parents. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Elizabeth and Pat. I first met them many years ago (I'm guessing it has been 6 or 7 years?!) when I found out that Elizabeth had a background as a nanny and was hoping she would babysit our daughter, who was pretty much a baby at the time. She jumped at the chance despite having a full-time job. It was immediately obvious how much she loves kids. Shortly thereafter I met Pat and could tell right away they would make the absolute best parents one day. It has been years and more babysitting nights than I can count and they have always exceeded my expectations of what it means to care for and love children. I have trusted them with all of my children for short and long periods of time including weekends away. There have been countless times when one or both of them has jumped in to help me with my kids and my kids have literally raved about them for days afterwards asking when will they be back or when can they go to Elizabeth and Pat's house. Not only will Elizabeth be an amazing mom, but one of things that has stuck with me the most is the times when I had a last minute request for help and Pat was quick to jump in. He was made to be a dad. My kids vouch for that every time they get to see him. Elizabeth and Pat are loving, kind, smart, very stable, fun, and pretty much the epitome of what ideal parents should be. This is THE couple you want to choose. I cannot say enough incredible things about the life filled with love that they would provide for a child.