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Tim & Robyn
We are sincerely thankful that you've chosen to give your child an opportunity to make his or her imprint on the world. We're hopeful that you allow us the privilege of raising your child in our family. In return, we promise to love your child unconditionally and will support, encourage, and nurture him or her to become a kind, respectful, and productive member of society.
Why We Chose Adoption
We love being parents! We have a son, Timothy (aka "Deuce"), who is the light of our lives! He is a fun-loving, sweet little boy who will make a fantastic big brother.
We have always pictured our family with more than one child; however, we cannot conceive again. Adoption has become the path for us to complete our family and we are so excited to be on this journey! We are hoping to adopt a precious child who needs a family like ours to help him or her thrive.
We know a number of people who were adopted or have adopted a child and they have all been very supportive.
We look forward to providing our children with a multitude of learning opportunities and exciting experiences. In addition, they will grow up with a sibling to share adventures with - a best friend for life!
Our Professional Lives
Robyn graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in homes, hospitals, schools, and skilled nursing facilities with patients ranging in age from 5 to 105. Robyn also has a Master of Business Administration and currently manages the daily operations of the physical, occupational, and speech therapy departments in two different buildings.
Tim graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics. After graduating from college, Tim and his brothers started a company that sells bags lined with chemicals that prevent steel and other metals from rusting. Tim is also a partner in two other much smaller companies that sell packaging such as boxes, bags, and wood pallets and is the head football coach for his high school alma mater. We both have a good deal of flexibility at work and can arrange our schedules so that someone will always be home with the children.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
We love to travel and will expose your child to different cultures throughout the country/world. There is much to learn about the world through actual experiences. Travel is one of life's great joys!
Between us, we have traveled to five different continents and have visited a number of countries. Robyn has traveled to Morocco, Prague, Germany, Ireland, Costa Rica, Peru, and Italy amongst many other countries. During those trips, Robyn has rappelled, parasailed, zip lined through rain forests, snorkeled, and kissed the Blarney Stone. Tim has had the unique pleasure of doing business in China, where he has walked along the Great Wall of China. He has also enjoyed vacationing in Hawaii and Alaska. Robyn and Tim just returned from a trip to Malaysia and Vietnam. Deuce is three years old and has already visited five states and has two stamps in his passport. This year, we spent a week at Beaches Resort in Turks & Caicos.
In summary, we don't have a favorite vacation spot. Anywhere in the world where we're together is our favorite place to be.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our community! It is a great place to raise a family! We live in a stone house with a slate roof in a community with very little traffic. On average, we may see 5 cars pass our house in an hour. We have a nice-sized home with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a sunk-in living room, eat-in kitchen, dining room, game room, and enclosed sun porch. Our property sits on approximately a quarter of an acre of land, which is perfect for sledding in the winter and a baseball or football game! We also have a flagstone patio where we love to grill. We are just a few miles from several parks, playgrounds, walking trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, an outdoor hockey rink, etc. Additionally, we live in an excellent school district that will provide our children with many educational opportunities.
We also own a townhome in State College, Pennsylvania. We love cheering on our favorite team - the Penn State Nittany Lions - in Beaver Stadium, so we spend a fair amount of time in that home during the fall. Behind our townhome there is a swing set and sand box and across the street there is a clubhouse with a pool and exercise room. We have made many wonderful family memories here and cannot wait to share the fun with another child!
Our Extended Families
We have a very supportive extended family consisting of parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and a grandfather who can't wait to meet our new bundle of joy! Both sides of our immediate family live within 40 miles of us so we see everyone often. Holidays are filled with lots of food, laughter, and general chaos with all of the little ones running around! Fortunately, we have a schedule for each holiday that enables us to visit both sides of the family without being rushed. For example, Robyn's parents host Thanksgiving dinner the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Tim's mother hosts dinner on Thanksgiving Day. We celebrate Christmas Day with Robyn's side of the family and celebrate Christmas with Tim's side of the family the following weekend. One of our favorite Christmas traditions on Robyn’s side of the family is opening bags full of fun gifts bought at garage sales throughout the year. A favorite tradition on Tim’s side of the family is picking a present out of a bag hoping to get the lucky one with a $50 bill inside of it! We are very blessed to belong to such a great combined family who we're anxious to introduce to your child!
From Us to You
Writing this letter to you has been the most challenging part of the adoption process for us thus far. It is impossible to describe in words how much love we have for a child that we have never met. It is equally difficult to describe how thankful we are that you are considering adoption for your child. We applaud your strength, selflessness, and commitment to find the perfect family for your baby. Are we that perfect family? Yes! We will instill good morals and values, teach him or her to be kind, respectful, and generous, and raise him or her to be a productive member of society. Obviously, there is no one specific manual on parenting and we are going to make mistakes. We have definitely received some on-the-job training as parents with most of that training coming from a toddler. Fortunately, we are quick learners, have a strong support system, and parents who are excellent role models.
We aren't perfect, but we're perfect for each other! As a couple, we genuinely enjoy each other's company. We share the same Christian beliefs, political views, and have a number of similar interests. We both enjoy traveling, watching the national news, and love sports. Your child will probably grow up watching and playing a number of sports since Tim played football at Penn State and is currently the head football coach at a local high school. We also own box seats to every home Penn State football game, 5 NFL season tickets, and belong to a country club with unlimited golf and an outdoor pool. We are both established in our chosen careers and have a lot of flexibility with our schedules. Tim is able to work from home and Robyn works less than five miles away enabling her to come home for lunch. Robyn is independent, thrifty, patient, and loyal. Tim is assertive, generous, athletic, and intelligent. Together we make a great team!
We have purchased season passes to our local amusement park and have been going for at least a few hours each week. We also love going to a nearby park that has a huge sandbox and a frog that sprays water in the summer. Most days, however, are spent at home blowing bubbles in the yard, drawing with chalk on the driveway, or sitting on the front porch guessing what color car will pass next. Evenings in our house are typically spent with "Gigantosaurus" on the television while Deuce races his Matchbox cars. We love to build puzzles with Deuce and read him several books each night before bed. Robyn gets a goodnight hug and kiss easily, but Tim has to work for his by first having to catch Deuce as he runs back and forth in front of him. We love sharing these activities with our son and look forward to introducing all of these simple pleasures with your child, too!
We believe it is important for your child to know that he or she was adopted as early as he or she can understand what the concept means. Your child will know that you loved him or her so much that you put aside your wants for his or her needs. We are open to remaining in touch through emails and photos so that you can feel a part of your child's life and be reassured that you made the right decision in choosing our family.
We recognize that there is a great deal of trust shared between us during this process. We have put our faith in God and trust in His plan for us and your child and we hope that you trust us to give your child a loving and stable home where there is no shortage of hugs and kisses!
Tim & Robyn
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