We have known Lisa for nine years. We first met her when we moved to New York from Europe. Amelia and Lisa met through a mutual friend. They were both taking a course in psychotherapy.
Our connection and friendship with Lisa influenced our decision to settle in America. And to set our roots in New York City. Lisa was generous and helpful to us on many levels. Our connection with her made us feel at home.
Lisa’s big heart and loving nature continued to be a support for us when we decided to start a family five years ago. We now have a four year-old daughter, who adores Lisa, as well as her two cats, Bear and Juno.
We remember a day when our daughter asked Amelia, “Mommy, is Lisa our family? I really want her to be our family.” Lisa is family to us.
As a mother, Amelia came to Lisa on challenging days. Amelia struggled, because she felt she needed to be a perfect mother. She came to realize that this was an impossible and unhelpful goal. During our conversations with Lisa, we have both felt understood. We have never felt judged. Lisa has for many years helped families, kids and adults. This and her personality, make her a wonderful candidate for adoption.
We never hesitate to leave our daughter in Lisa’s care. We know that she will be safe, loved, and taken care of. Lisa always puts our daughter’s emotional needs first. We have seen this during many visits and times spent together. Especially when our daughter was having a difficult day/time.
We have seen Lisa’s empathic presence and how it helps healing.
As a mother, I (Amelia) felt grateful for Lisa’s kind and grounding presence. Recently, our daughter made a drawing of Lisa, Juno and Bear. She insisted on mailing this to Lisa (see attached). Our daughter worked on a school project to create a family board. It was only natural for us to include a picture of Lisa and Bear and Juno.
2020 was a difficult year. Covid-19 has confronted us with our own mortality. And the possibility of getting ill. We are grateful to have avoided getting sick. We are fortunate and blessed to have Lisa in our lives and to know that she would be there if our daughter needed.
We know any child would be fortunate to have Lisa as a mother. We hope that we get to celebrate the day that she becomes one. It would be a gift to that child.
– Amelia and Paul