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Ken & Tammy
We are so grateful that you are taking the time to learn about us! We have so much love and laughter to give a child and know that our best years are ahead of us as parents. Being parents has been a dream come true! We respect your selflessness and bravery and hope to begin this journey with you!
Just as our marriage is based on love, respect, openness, and honesty, so will our relationship with our child. Our child will know their adoption story as something to be proud of. Our child will know all the special people who made a selfless sacrifice for them.
Just as we did for our son Finn, Tammy will make a scrapbook of our child's adoption story. It will include pictures and the story of how we were brought together as a family. It will not only include us but also their birth parents.
"Before the day you were born, you were growing inside your birth mother's belly. She wanted you to be happy, cared for, and have the very best life. At this same time, mommy and daddy wanted to be parents again more than anything but we couldn't on our own. God brought your birth parents and us together, and they chose us to be your family and love you for always. You are very lucky to have two families who love you. God brings families together in many ways. Although you weren't born in my tummy, you were born from our hearts."
What Makes Us Unique
Tammy is an elementary school teacher. Her passion in life is children. Since she was a child herself, she always dreamed of working with children. Tammy is very patient, kind, and knows exactly how to encourage and motivate children. She knows how important it is for a child to feel loved and supported in order to succeed in life. It is important to Tammy for our children to have a great education. She works daily with our son Finn to help prepare him for school.
Ken is the oldest of 7 siblings. His youngest brother and 2 younger sisters were adopted. Ken, growing up in a house with a father who was not his biological father, knew the importance of being sure his adopted siblings shared the same love and closeness as his biological siblings. He learned from his parents how to be a role model and provide a loving and secure home. He truly understands the importance of every child feeling special and will welcome any child with open arms.
We are a very active family and truly value our time together. We love playing soccer, baseball, basketball, and tag in our backyard. Living in Florida allows us to enjoy many outdoor activities year round like going to the beach, playing at the park, swimming in the pool, having fun at splash parks and fountains, and walking through nature trails. Tammy and Finn enjoy going to mommy and me classes together such as music and gym. We are also huge sports fans! Depending on the time of the year, you could find us at golf tournaments and NFL, college, or basketball games. We are definitely looking forward to the day when we can coach our children in sports.
We value our relationships we have with our family and friends. We are so lucky to live close to our families so there are always cookouts, birthday celebrations, and pool parties. We also spend much of our time as a family playing and talking with the families in our neighborhood. We get together for cookouts, ice cream parties, and sports.
The value of giving back to others is something very dear to our hearts. As a child, Tammy had cancer and she is very dedicated to volunteering for the American Cancer Society and Make A Wish Foundation as they had a big impact on her life. Ken is also involved in Habitat Angel and our church. The tradition of giving back to those in need will be instilled in our children as well.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love living in the sunshine state! Our beautiful weather allows for many year round outdoor activities such as festivals, splash parks, and farmer's markets. We live very close to the beach and go there often as a family.
Our neighborhood is an amazing place for a child to grow up! It is filled with so many young, wonderful families. When you walk through our community, you will see kids playing and families gathering for neighborhood cookouts. We live at the end of a cul-de-sac where our son Finn and the neighborhood kids gather to ride their scooters, play ball, and play hide and seek. Our community includes 2 parks, tennis courts, 2 pools, several ponds for fishing, and a wonderful elementary school in walking distance. Our neighborhood is well-known for our Halloween trick or treating and many other holiday events throughout the year.
We love our home! It is bright and open, 3 bedrooms, Finn has his own large playroom, and plenty of room to grow our family.
Our Extended Families
Spending time with our family is the most important part of our life. We both grew up with very close-knit, loving, and supportive families. We are so fortunate to both have parents who have been married over 40 years.
We truly have the best of both worlds. Tammy has a small family and is the younger of 2. Ken has a very large family and is the oldest of 7. Both of our families live within an hour of us. Tammy is extremely close to her parents and her mom is her best friend. It's also important to us as parents to have a close relationship with our own children. Tammy's brother and his wife are expecting their first child. We spend a lot of time with Tammy's family having dinner, cookouts, watching sports, and having great conversations. During his childhood, Ken's parents were foster parents to over 100 children. Three of Ken's siblings are adopted. Ken has 5 nieces that we spend a lot of time with. Our children will be part of a wonderful, loving, large family.
Our family gatherings are filled with lots of fun and laughter. We truly have amazing families who are thrilled about our decision to adopt again. We can't wait to make even more amazing memories as we grow our family.
From Us to You
This is truly the most important letter we will ever write. There are so many things we would like to express to you. Starting with the fact that we are so happy you took the time to read our profile! We are Tammy and Ken. We love our life together and have been married for 3 years and known each other for 6 years. What started off as friends, grew into a very open, stable, and secure love. We have been through our share of difficult times together. Especially when we found out Tammy was unable to carry a baby. Through every hardship though, we have persevered and now have an even stronger marriage.
Ken About Tammy: Tammy is meant to be a mom! She always says: "It's the job title I have always wanted!" As an elementary school teacher, she truly understands the love, encouragement, and patience a child needs to grow, learn, and especially to be happy. She has so many amazing gifts to offer a child.
Tammy About Ken: Ken is a wonderful provider. He truly gives 100% effort in everything he does. He loves making others feel happy and special. He is the father who will never miss a teacher's conference, soccer game, or dance recital. He will always put his children first.
We always knew we would adopt. So when we found out we couldn't have a child on our own, we felt good knowing we could still be parents through adoption. Adoption is very personal to us. Ken was adopted and also has 3 adopted siblings. He grew up in a home where his parents always made him feel special and very much loved. We are both very lucky to have great role models as parents who have each been married over 40 years. They have taught us about true commitment, to love unconditionally, and to always put family first. Our families are thrilled about us adopting and expanding our family. Our family will truly be a great place for your child to grow up.
When we adopted our son Finn 2 years ago, our lives became so much sweeter. We couldn't imagine how we could love someone so much. Being parents has been truly a dream come true. We knew in our hearts we wanted to adopt again and make Finn a big brother. We believe there is great value in the gift of siblings and the special bond they will share from being adopted. We look forward to nurturing that lifelong relationship.
Although we cannot possibly understand all the thoughts and feelings that you are having as you consider this decision, we do know that we both have the same goal in mind...for your child to be nurtured, loved, respected, and empowered throughout their entire life. Please know we are here to support and reassure you any way we can. We can promise you these things: Your child will know their adoption story. Your child will know they are special and important because they have two families who love them and want the best life for them. Your child will always know how grateful we are for your selfless sacrifice and for making our dream to become parents true. We promise to update you on their life with pictures and letters. Tammy will be a stay-at-home mom. We promise your child will laugh and have fun every day. We promise your child will be surrounded by love and always know the value of family.
We hope we have been able to show you how excited and ready we are to grow our family. We hope you feel a sense of confidence that your child will truly be the center of our lives. We thank you so much for considering us to be your child's parents and we wish you much love and strength as you continue this journey.
Ken & Tammy
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