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Tim & Elizabeth
Thank you for stopping by our profile and taking the time to get to know us. We feel so lucky that we found our soul mates in each other and we now look forward to sharing all that love with a child. We hope this will allow you to imagine the life we intend to share with them and one where they will be happy. While we cannot imagine the decisions you are confronted with, please know that there is endless admiration and appreciation for your consideration in selecting us as the parents for your child.
Being adopted will obviously be a huge part of our child's life, but it need not define them. We will be very open with the child about their background and about the adoption. We do not believe that adoption is something to be kept secret or that carries with it a stigma.
Tim's best friend has an adopted son and it makes no difference to them or to us that their son is adopted. We feel that the child should be age-appropriately informed--their ability to understand at 5 would be greatly different by 10. We are prepared to answer all their questions open and honestly when they ask and to provide resources beyond ourselves if they so desire.
In summary, the fact that they are adopted is not to be a secret and is something that should be celebrated as part of their uniqueness. We hope they will be as proud of themselves for that as we will be of them.
Our favorite family tradition centers around our preparation for Christmas. Every year we pick a weekend day in early December to go out and select our Christmas tree. We always have a fun time picking out the tree, loading it on top of the car and tying it down for the drive home (Elizabeth is always a little nervous about the security of the knots!). Once home we get it set in the stand and place it in the designated corner of the living room. Oscar (our cat) is always a bit disconcerted at first but quickly decides the tree is a nice place to sleep under.
Once the tree is ready to go, we get out all of our Christmas decorations that have been passed down through our family, collected from our single days, and those that we have acquired as a couple, and prepare to decorate the house. We put on Christmas music to set the mood and get to decking the halls! Tim usually puts the lights on the tree while Elizabeth sets up her singing snowmen. Once those are done, we each start putting ornaments on the tree, one at a time, until we place all our favorites and the tree is just perfect. Then it's time to relax with a cup of hot chocolate, turn on the lights and enjoy our work! This turns into a nightly routine of sitting by the tree or convincing the cat not to play with the ornaments!
Education We will Provide
We believe education is vitally important in this rapidly changing world. We intend to provide education that goes beyond the standard K-12. School learning is important--it provides the base on which everything else is built, but learning/education goes so far beyond that. This means taking them on education trips to museums and to important landmarks. Encouraging them to read on many varied topics, to search out answers to questions they have, and to explore the world around them--in short to learn how to learn for a lifetime. We feel that education beyond high school is important, but that does not mean a 4-year degree is required. Tim has a bachelor's and a MBA because that is what interested him and suited his career goals. Elizabeth has an associate's degree because that was what suited her career goals. Both of us are successful in our fields because of the educational path we chose and we will encourage our child to pursue the path that is right for them and will deliver the most meaning to their life.
Our Extended Families
We both come from large families with many aunts, uncles, and cousins--family gatherings are always rather boisterous affairs! While it can be overwhelming to the uninitiated, once you get to know them, you spend most of the time laughing. We are fortunate that Elizabeth's family lives fairly close and we try to spend as much time as possible with our nieces: Morgan, Kennedy & Raegan. Kennedy and Raegan are twins and we affectionately refer to them as "The Presidents.” We plan regular "family fun" outings with them and Elizabeth's parents and go bowling, or mini-golfing or hiking. We visit regularly with Elizabeth's mom--often going out to dinner or just having her over to the house.
Tim's family is a bit further away, living mostly in Connecticut, but we visit regularly, especially around holidays. Memorial Day picnics by the pool, and party games with Tim's parents, sister, and brother-in-law are fun pastimes and always illicit laughter. And now with our nephew, Finn in the picture, these visits are more precious. We always hope for a white Christmas when visiting Connecticut around the holidays--and if not, at least Tim's mom makes good cookies!
Both of our families are extremely supportive of our adoption plan and cannot wait to have another child in the family!
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our home! It is a bi-level house with 3 bedrooms, a large, high-ceiling living room, open kitchen, and two lower-level rooms that currently are a TV/game room, and an office for Tim.
There is a large patio out our back door that looks onto our garden, where we have a chiminea, vegetable and flower pots, and a table and chairs for eating out and relaxing. There are sizable back and side yards for playing, sports, and even a good sledding hill for the winter months!
Our house is on quiet, low-traffic street, in a safe and well-maintained neighborhood. We have very friendly neighbors (houses on either side and across the street) who are willing to help out and keep an eye on things when we are not around. The neighborhood itself has a clean and safe playground area and a pool open only to neighborhood residents. Additionally, within 15 minutes of our house, there are several parks, a family fun center, mini-golf courses, and a park/campground for hiking, cookouts, and camping.
One of the highlights of our neighborhood is Halloween trick-or-treating. We love handing out candy every year and cannot wait to be able to get out and participate with a little one! Overall, we love our house and neighborhood and would not want to live anywhere else.
From Us to You
We are Elizabeth and Tim from Pennsylvania and we thank you for taking the time to stop by our profile and get to know us a little better. While we cannot imagine what you are currently going through and the decisions you are confronted with, please know that the prospect of adopting your child is one of great joy, honor, and excitement. We are thrilled to add a little one to our family, but we will always have admiration for the means in which you made that happen. It is our intention to be very honest and forthcoming about his or her adoption and we will strive for them to understand and respect where they came from, which starts with you. We hope that the following will give you an insight into us as a couple and can allow you to imagine our household as one where your child will be loved and happy.
We met on match.com 5 1/2 years ago and it was an instant connection. We were initially attracted to each other's humor in our profiles. You could maybe say it was love at first sight... or at least by the third date! Tim popped the question a little over a year after our first date. We were married in September of 2013 and have been living happily ever after ever since. If we may say so ourselves, we have a very solid relationship built on love, communication, and trust. We laugh a lot and genuinely love to be around each other. Tim may be the more studious of the two of us, but he is also attentive, affectionate, and quite funny. He was an instant hit with Elizabeth's three nieces and they always love when their Uncle Tim is around to play with them. Elizabeth is the emotional core of our relationship. She is warm and caring and fiercely devoted to those that she loves. She is a role model to our nieces and is a doting auntie to our nephew. It is exciting to think about Elizabeth focusing that love and devotion on our own child.
We waited about a year after our wedding to start building our family. We felt it was important to learn how to be married before we added children to the mix. What we thought would be an easy and straightforward process, quickly turned into disappointments, emergency surgeries, and multiple failed IVF cycles. All of this led to a very natural decision to adopt. Elizabeth is a firm believer that everything in life happens for a reason and the reason for all of those struggles and failed attempts led us straight to you.
We look forward to sharing our love of traveling (especially cruises), reading, hiking, football Sundays and "family fun days" with a child. From pancakes on the weekends to dinner with grandparents, and swinging at our local playground, to cruising the Caribbean; there is so much in which to include a child. We live in a quiet neighborhood and have plenty of room to build pillow forts and/or set up tea parties. There is an amazing hill for sledding in the winter and a neighborhood pool for hot summer days. We have a garden to watch flowers grow, get dirty, and if we are lucky enough we may see a strawberry or tomato!
Your decision to entrust your child with us is probably not an easy one, but we want you to know they will be as loved as is humanly possible by two people (and the cat). We want you to have comfort in your decision and would love to keep you updated on the milestones of their life through pictures and letters a couple of times a year.
Thank you for taking the time to consider us. Whether or not you decide we are the family for your child, know that we appreciate the gift you will be giving to a family. We are thinking about you and hope that you find peace in this process.
Tim & Elizabeth
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