Hello! We are Ian, Gwen, Winter (8), Clara (6), and Jane (2) and we are so thrilled to be on this journey to adoption. We would be honored to be able to adopt a single child or sibling pair between the ages of 0 and 6.
Children of any sex or ethnic background would be a welcome addition to our family. We value lives from all cultures and will be faithful to honor cultural traditions and integrate them into our family traditions and activities. We also value relationships with other families that may have mixed backgrounds or adoptive children. We are currently working to broaden and deepen those relationships as we begin our journey.
We are also open to contact with the child(ren)'s biological and/or foster family if it is in the best interest of the child and we are willing to consider children with mild to moderate special needs.
Ian and Gwen Thompson have been married for 8 years and friends for 8 years before that. We met while working as volunteer staff for the middle school youth group at our church and we both still love being involved with the teens on a weekly basis.
Ian is 36 years old and works as a Maintenance Technician for TE Connectivity in Wilsonville, Oregon. Gwen, 39 years old, worked full time as a Library Assistant for the City of Tigard, but now only picks up shifts here and there so that she can primarily be home with the girls as a Stay-At-Home Mom.
We are an active family, but value our time together and have fun balancing activities and adventures with laid back times at home. We love to be outdoors hiking, camping, swimming, biking, etc., but we also can often be found having lazy days at home with piles of Legos, dress-up games galore, and movie nights.
Our girls like to participate in a variety of activities. Soccer, gymnastics, dance, and swim lessons are some of their favorites. They are also actively involved in their church and often visit local attractions such as the library, Children's Museum, OMSI and the Zoo.
We are Christians and our faith is very important to us. We go to church every Sunday and have a wonderful, supportive community there. We both have been actively involved in youth ministry for all of our adult lives and value service there and where other needs in our community arise. Ian also really enjoys serving as a sound technician for the Sunday services while Gwen gets her baby fix loving on babies in the nursery.
We also are very blessed to have Ian's mom, Sharon (aka Nana) living in our home. Sharon still works full time as an accountant for Columbia Sportswear, but has become an integral part of our core unit. We have loved the richness of multiple generations under the same roof and really value the relationship investment we and the girls get to have day in and day out with Nana around.
We live in the state of Oregon, just outside of Portland. Our home is in a quiet, safe neighborhood within walking distance of the schools. The Sherwood School District is very highly rated and prides itself on the education it is able to offer. Sherwood is less than 20 miles into Portland and therefore has easy access to some of the best hospitals and medical professionals in the state. We also have several wonderful parks within walking distance and frequent them often! Sherwood is a unique blend of rural and suburban life. We love to spend time bouncing on our trampoline, and playing in the yard and with neighbors, but we also have a bountiful apple tree and blackberries growing over the fence. We always look forward to harvesting in the summer and fall to make our own special goodies.
There are many activities around the area that we enjoy with our children. The Pacific Northwest has wonderfully mild weather that allows us to be outside most of the year (as long as you don't mind getting a little wet from time to time) and we love to take advantage of that. There are beautiful areas to hike, lakes for swimming, and we love Sherwood's parks that include plenty of fun features like splash pads and sand pits filled with toy dump trucks. Sherwood has a wonderful community and we often take part in the local events like movies in the park, parades, and library story times.
Ian and Gwen work hard to make sure there is almost always one of them at home with the kids to provide care and share in life experiences. Since Gwen works on-call, she makes sure to schedule shifts only when Ian is not working. In the event that both of them are booked for an evening, or when they need some extra time together, Nana is usually the go to person to provide childcare for the family.
Our family is extremely lucky to have very supportive family and friends. We have always been open about our intent to adopt and have found overwhelming support. We have a number of friends from church and families that our daughters go to school with who have adopted both internationally and domestically. We are also looking forward to making even more connections and deepening relationships with adoptive families through the connect group we have begun attending. They are a great resource to us and have given guidance, tips and encouragement already as we prepare for adoption.
We also consider it a great strength, not just to have parents that are willing and able to support us, but to have one under the same roof. There are so many times already when more love, more ideas, and more hands have come in handy. We are blessed to also have friends who might as well be family, who have been with us every step of the way, and who will continue to be there to love and support our family as always.