My name is Laurie Fortier. I am a teacher, wife and mother. I am also a gardener and a knitter. Originally from New York state, I have lived most of my adult life in Quebec City, Canada, with my French-Canadian husband, our two boys, two girls, and, at any one time, cats, dogs, rabbits, chinchillas and fish.
I have been extremely privileged in my life. I had wonderful parents who loved me and sacrificed to provide me with an extraordinary education at Vassar College and Stanford University. I have been in love with and happily married to the same man for 25 years. We have four beautiful, healthy and happy children.
I have been blessed and I am grateful. But saying it isn’t enough. One of the many things I learned from my parents is that we must show our gratitude. We must give back.
Knit-a-Square allows me to give in an extraordinarily personal way. I may never meet my KASKids in person, but the squares I knit with my own hands will. They will be wrapped around the shoulders of an orphaned child and she will be told, “Someone from across the world, that you don’t know, loves you and wants you to grow and be happy.”
I cannot imagine anything more rewarding, and that is why I write this blog.