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Tom & Abbey

We are so honored that you would consider getting to know us better. As you read through this profile, we hope that it tells you the basics of who we are and helps you get to know us a little bit better. We are extremely thankful and excited to start the adoption process again.

About Us

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Doctor of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

Christmas Time

We always knew that we would start our family through adoption. Abbey was diagnosed with a rare condition when she was an infant and it impacted her ability to carry children. Even when dating, we would talk about starting a family someday and always knew that adoption would play a primary role.

We welcomed our daughter, Amelia, into our lives through adoption three years ago. When we adopted Amelia, we knew we were ready to be parents, but over these last three years she has taught us so much. Her personality has changed and grown at every phase and being a part of that has meant everything to us. We are very close with our parents, and when they would say things about raising us when we were little we never really understood until we experienced the joy ourselves. Some of our favorite moments are the small things, the little moments that we eagerly tell our friends and they tolerate our enthusiasm for the 100th time - like when Amelia goes down the slide for the first time on her own or chats up the Costco employee at check out trying to tell them all about how she ate a sample of cheese. We can't wait to help another child learn and grow, teaching them to be kind and curious about life, and supporting them as they learn to go down slides with their big sister.

Our Leisure Time

At the Park

Most of our free time is spent together and if possible, outdoors. We have always loved going to the zoo even before we were parents, so we have a zoo membership in our hometown and love going even for little quick trips so Amelia can see the bears or the frogs.

We love going for walks and hikes, often with Amelia helping walk our dog when she isn't pushing her favorite car or on her bike. Despite the snow in the winter, we still get out for hikes but, admittedly, watch a few more movies and enjoy trying new recipes in the warmth of our own home.

One of the things we love about where we live is we are also close to downtown, so we enjoy outings to the children's museum or science museum, can go to shows, and try out new restaurants as a family (although Amelia usually ends up with mac n cheese no matter where we go).

Family visits often and Amelia loves taking grandparents to her favorite places, and we can't wait for her to have that same excitement when she gets to go with her little sibling.

Cultural Diversity

In our home, differences are celebrated. Our families are full of wonderfully different, unique, stubborn, funny, loving, God-fearing people. Abbey's mom has a saying, "If we all were the same, what a boring world it would be." Valuing these differences is at the heart of what really makes us a family and is the foundation for how our friends have come into our lives. We love each other as people, as individuals. Our daughter brings her own flare to everything she does and we can't wait to see what she will teach us next. We love the idea of having another child and are so excited to get to know and love them for exactly who they are. If we are blessed with an adoption opportunity for a child of a different ethnicity, they will be loved for who they are with their heritage incorporated into our life.


Hike in Hawaii
Hike in Hawaii
Our Favorite Thing to Do
Our Favorite Thing to Do
Football Game
Football Game
All Dressed Up
All Dressed Up
Marathon Finisher!
Marathon Finisher!
Happy Hiking
Happy Hiking
Summertime in Michigan With the Cousins & Grandma
Summertime in Michigan With the Cousins & Grandma
Fall Festival
Fall Festival
Our Wedding Day
Our Wedding Day
The Entire Family
The Entire Family
Weekend in the City
Weekend in the City
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Hike in Hawaii
Hike in Hawaii
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Our Favorite Thing to Do
Our Favorite Thing to Do
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Football Game
Football Game
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All Dressed Up
All Dressed Up
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Marathon Finisher!
Marathon Finisher!
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Happy Hiking
Happy Hiking
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Summertime in Michigan With the Cousins & Grandma
Summertime in Michigan With the Cousins & Grandma
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Fall Festival
Fall Festival
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Our Wedding Day
Our Wedding Day
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The Entire Family
The Entire Family
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Weekend in the City
Weekend in the City

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home in Michigan

We have always loved living in Michigan and have built a strong and loving community around us there.

Local Hiking Trail

Our home has 4 bedrooms, our favorite being the upstairs bedrooms overlooking our backyard. The backyard has a big deck where we spend most of our time in the summer and fall. When looking out the upstairs window, you can see our planter fence with flowers starting to bloom in the spring and the big maple tree with leaves that turn yellow in the fall.

We love taking walks in our neighborhood, to the nearby grocery store, local bakery, and new donut shop! Our home is quite close to the "downtown," but has plenty of nature nearby which is great because Amelia loves to hunt for worms by the river, go on runs with dad, or visit the zoo and local children’s garden.

Our Extended Families

Abbey's Family

We both grew up in Midwestern towns, where family comes first. This common value has held true in our lives and we have become who we are today because of the love and support of our relatives.

Most of our family lives within a few hours of our home, meaning that we get to see our many nieces, nephews, siblings, and parents regularly.

Tom's Family

We are no strangers to road trips! Our daughter, Amelia, does great in the car and will often read us books or ask to listen to her favorite Disney soundtrack. We frequently make the drive for birthday parties, family barbecues, baptisms, or impromptu backyard camping with the kids.

Over the years, our separate family traditions have started to merge and holidays are often celebrated together as one big family with lots of food and games.

It is this sense of welcoming and openness that makes us so excited to raise another child with the help and support of those we love. We have been blessed through these relationships in our lives and can't believe the support and excitement that has been offered to us by each of our families as we start this adoption process again.

From Us to You

As excited as we are to adopt again, we wouldn't even begin to think that we understand the emotions you are experiencing as you start down the adoption path with this child. Thank you for taking this step to get to know us better and trust that we are excited to get to know you and even more excited to love this child.

We met in college and dated for two and half years before we got engaged. We married young and have grown together as individuals and as partners over the last decade, experiencing so much during that time. We bought a home in Michigan that we have been blessed to call our own for more than 6 years. We've put a lot of time and love into this house and enjoy each year's projects, including growing our veggie garden from seeds each spring and adding a bedroom and bathroom all on our own for our growing family. We have watched our extended and immediate family grow, with 13 nieces and nephews to love, and of course our amazing daughter, Amelia, who is now 3 years old. She is spirited, active, and so funny! She brings us joy everyday with her sneaky smile and house-filling laughter, especially when she is reading to our puppy, Harrison, who is a golden retriever that thinks he is still little and tries to sit on any open lap he can find. We've grown our chosen family as well, with close friends who love Amelia as their own, taking her on her first boat ride, spoiling her on her birthday, and supporting us through the ups and downs of parenthood. We are so excited to have another child and raise them surrounded by such love and support.

When we aren't at home, we absolutely love our work. As physicians, we meet all kinds of people who are usually experiencing one of the worst days of their lives, either due to accidents, broken bones, cancer, infection, or an unexpected diagnosis. We never know what our work day will bring and that has created a unique appreciation of life and a focus on kindness and understanding for all those we meet.

It is that kindness and understanding that grounds all of the relationships in our personal life and it is what we guarantee to you. We don't know what kind of relationship you are looking for with us and this child, but we are excited to have you be a part of our lives in whatever way feels right to you. We know that our relationship with you will probably grow and change over time just as others have in our life together over these last 10 years and that's okay too. You are important to us and we have been praying for you and this baby. What you are doing is hard, and brave, and you are the strongest among us. You are always talked about with respect and honor in our home. We plan to send photos and updates to you often as this child grows and are open to more involvement depending on your preferences.

We want you, most of all, to know that we will love this child, every day, no matter what. We are open to and excited for the opportunity to adopt a child with any ethnicity. This child comes with a background and a heritage that is different from ours and we love that. There are always going to be challenges in parenting that we can't expect and we would be lying if we told you we have it all figured out. We may not have the perfect answers for when our child asks about adoption or why they don't look like us, but we promise that we will always be honest and loving. This child's heritage will be highlighted and we want this child to feel proud of who they are and how they came to be the best part of our family.

Thank you for reading this and taking the time to get to know us. You are such a strong woman and we would be honored to be in your life and have your support as we raise this child. Know that we are thinking of you and sending you all the positive thoughts we have.

Wishing you all the best,

Tom & Abbey


Chris Pratt
Matt Damon
Mila Kunis
Sandra Bullock
Malcolm Gladwell
J.K. Rowling
The Hunger Games
Candy Bar
Three Musketeers
Childhood Memory
Summers at the cabin
Bike riding with my mom
Childhood Toy
Hot Wheels
Stuffed Animal names bow wow
Children's Book
Little Joe Chickapig
The Mixed Up Chameleon
New York City
Classic Movie
Remember the Titans
James Bond
Day of Week
Ice Cream
Strawberry shortcake
Disney Movie
Dream Car
Ford Lightning
Ford lightning
Dream Job
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dream Vacation
Europe trip
Family Activity
Game Night
Watching a movie on a rainy day
Flower / Plant
Grilled Cheese
Any form of carbohydrate
Form of Exercise
Fourth of July
Holiday Song
Feliz Navidad
Hallelujah Chorus
Holiday Tradition
New Years at the Cabin
Family cabin for New Year (13 years running!)
Ice Cream
Birthday Cake
Cookies and cream
Junk Food
Sour patch kids
Leisure Activity
Travel and Leisure
Memory with a Child
Travelling home for the first time with our daughter
Amelia's first football game
Memory with Spouse
Hiking in Hawaii
Train trip up the east coast
Legend of Bagger Vance
Movie Munchie
Sour Patch Kids
Movie Quote
"You Shall not Pass!" -LOTR
"What's comin' will come, and we will meet it when it does" ~ Hagrid
Movie Type
Sports, Motivational, Inspiring
Rom Com
Les Miserables
Les Miserables
Musical Group
Zac Brown Band
Andy Grammar
Nursery Rhyme
Ring around the Rosie
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Olympic Event
Personal Hero
George Washington
Bobby Jones
The Importance of Being Earnest
Walt Whitman
Quality about my Spouse
How much she cares about other people
"In order to be truly great, one must be truly good" Patrick Henry in George Washington's Eulogy
"What is done in love is done well" ~ Vincent Van Gogh
San Chez
San Chez
Turkey and Salami
2 Corinthians 12 v9
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom" ~ 2 Corinthians 3:17
Shopping Store
TJ Maxx
"Life Changes" Thomas Rhett
Vienna by Billy Joel
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
Sports Team
MSU Spartans
Michigan State
Subject in School
Captain America
Captain America
Thing to Cook
Something simple- pasta?
Anything on the grill in the summer
Time of Day
Early afternoon
Games after dinner on Thanksgiving
TV Show
How I Met Your Mother
How I Met Your Mother
TV Show Character
Ted Mosby
Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy
Type of Music
Anything but heavy metal
Vacation Spot
Cedar Point
Family Cabin
Video Game
Mario Kart

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