Michelle Lisa

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Michelle Lisa

Professional single (future) mom and her rescue dog seek child to nurture and adore!

PANDEMIC UPDATE: First things first; I know how hard the past few months have been. Whether you have found yourself in a bind related to the Coronaviris restrictions, or life just has just gotten in the way; I am here for you, even if it's short notice. I am open to driving across the state or country right now, if that's what's needed, and can ensure a safe and comfortable environment for baby's journey home. I will drop everything, at a moment's notice. Please don't hesitate to contact me!

Now that that's out of the way, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to get to know me. I'm 40 years old, and grew up in a small town on Long Island, in New York. I like to think I'm both worldly but tempered by a my small-town roots. Currently, I'm sheltering in place with my rescue dog Clarence in Oakland, California.

As a Behavior Analyst and former classroom teacher, I have an extensive background in education and working with kids of all ages. Children thrive on structure, and my parenting style will be one of both structure and flexibility.

I can't wait to share my love of food, gardening, and improvising in the kitchen with a child of my own. Exercise is also important, and we'll be active; hikes among the redwoods, family yoga classes, camping, and beach holidays. Education will never be out of reach, as I've already started a savings fund for college.

We'll travel a few times a year, visiting family in Boston, London, and Arizona. While I'll encourage, I won't overwhelm. There will be lots of time for childhood, pretend play, and relaxing. Our weekends will contain some appointments and chores, but also lots of time for long, leisurely pancake breakfasts, catching up with friends, bike rides, and Sunday Dinners.

Does that all sound okay?

I know that considering adoption can't be easy, and I thank you for taking the time to learn about me. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

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Who I Am

For the past 20+ years I've lived in the San Francisco Bay area, where I own a home, and work for a local school district as a Behavior Specialist. Human behavior has always fascinated me, and I love that I get to help both children and adults with special needs to live more independently, and with dignity.

I love to travel on school holidays, and traveled to India to receive my Yoga Certification in 2015. Currently, I teach yoga to adults with special needs on Saturdays, and am planning to travel to Thailand for a yoga training this summer.

My parents raised me to believe that I could do anything. I am passionate about helping others, and have a lot of experience with kids.

Here I am, pictured with a friend's son. I love camping, travel, and doing little things at home. I can't wait to share all of that with a child of my own!

Before I became a Behavior Analyst, I spent 9 years as a Special Education teacher. Since the time they were born, I have remained close with my brother's children, and my cousin's children, who now range in ages from 6-14. I love spending holidays with them, and they look forward having a new relative to carry on our family traditions with. I was raised Catholic on my mother's side, and Jewish on my father's side - so I like to celebrate all of the holidays!

I have great relationships with my friends. They come to me for advice, as I come to them. I am always learning, growing, and adapting. I think these are good traits for a parent to have.

I am financially stable and have lots of maternity leave saved up. My job is also flexible, and much of it can be done at home.

Adoption Diary

Another day, another hike..

I’m sure that, if you’ve been keeping up with my diary entries, you have this idea that all I do is hike. That’s completely not true, it’s just that when I hike, there’s always someone else there to take a picture.

In the past 2 weeks, I’ve been able to see a few friends as the world opens back up. 6 of us sat on a heated patio at a restaurant for my birthday, and I spent the 4th watching fireworks from a neighbor’s deck with a view.

Today, my friend Thoi and I hiked Milagra ridge in Pacifica. Thoi lives there, and it’s only about a 30 minute drive from where I live. The views were amazing, and we did a good 5 miles. Clarence really seemed to enjoy the strenuous hike and the cool winds coming from the beach. Also, Thoi is a pretty good photographer, don’t you think?

Albany Bulb

I’ve been trying to relax on the weekends. It’s summer, so school is out, but I still have some consulting work to keep me busy during the week. I’m also taking a 50 hour online yin yoga training.

On weekends, I try to stay as far away from laptops and email s possible, and catch up on hobbies, housework and friends.

Today I hiked around Albany Bulb with my friend Thoi. Thoi is really into plants and botany, so it’s always fun to hear about what’s growing in plain sight.

Albany Bulb is this maze of trails on the water, and it used to be a dump. Now, it’s been repurposed and has some amazing art installations built out of junk.

Here we are in front of one or the more interesting sculptures. Believe it or not, this statue is entirely constructed from discarded junk.

Thank You for Visiting Our Adoption Profile

We want to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Michelle Lisa

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