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Tom & Sara
Hi! Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile. We are an easy going family, looking to share our lives and love with a child through adoption. As part of our family, your child will see the world through travel, sports, and nature. We will provide your child with encouragement, support, and unconditional love. Thank you again for considering adoption and for taking a look at our profile page.
Our Leisure Time
We love to travel and to see the world whether it be domestic or international travel. Early in our marriage we decided that we would rather have memories than gifts, so we take the money we would spend on special occasion gifts and go on trips. We have been to some exciting places: Las Vegas, Disney World for a belated honeymoon, New Orleans to watch the Saints play, Philadelphia to explore America's history, Seattle which is our favorite city in the US, San Francisco so Sara could see the Pacific for the first time, and Christmas in London for our five year anniversary. We have been to other places as a couple and individually but those were some the most exciting. We look forward to sharing our love of travel and seeing the world with a child. We will also use travel as a way to expose a child to diversity and different cultures.
We also love sports. We both played soccer growing up and it is an important part of our lives. Many of our travels including watch various sports teams. Tom continues to play soccer in an adult league in the area. We look forward to introducing sports to a child and including them in our love of playing and watching soccer and college football.Tom also likes to bird watch, hike, and generally enjoy nature in his spare time. He will be able to introduce a child to various aspects of nature and encourage the love of exploring.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Tom About Sara: I love Sara more than anything else in the world. I'm so glad that our life has turned out that way that it has because she makes me the happiest person in the world. Sara has been my friend for almost 20 years, and we have been married for almost nine of those years. If she had her way everything in the world would be planned out perfectly, but luckily I'm there to throw a wrench in her by the book planning by being more spontaneous (when we need to be). She likes just about everyone she meets and will give the shirt off her back to make you happy if that's what needs to be done. Sara makes me want to become a better person, through her caring for others. I think she will make a great mother because she wants everyone to excel and become the best person that they can be. She will help provide structure and routines to help with learning and caring for other people.
Sara About Tom: Tom is the love of my life and has been since we were teenagers. We didn't date or become serious until our late 20's, but he has always been a friend and someone I could rely on to support me. Tom is a loving, spontaneous, and charismatic person who is able to find humor in even the most difficult times. When my grandfather was in the hospital he was able to bring humor and wit to family members to help with the tension and sadness, which is probably why my Grandmother loves him so much. Tom is patient and understanding with children and will make an excellent father. He loves to teach children new things and believes everyone should continue to constantly learn new things. When I watch Tom with our nieces it makes my heart flutter because I know that he was born to be a father.
Why We Chose Adoption
We tried for a few years to conceive a child but we were unsuccessful. We mutually decided that we did not want to pursue any additional medical intervention, so we started researching adoption options.
Even before we decided to try and have biological children, we have always been open to adoption to build our family. Tom has childhood friends that were adopted and so he has always been interested in the idea. We are not the only ones in Tom's family adopting as his sister and her family is adding an internationally adopted child to the family in early 2018. We have done a lot of research on adoption and the many types, and we look forward to an open adoption. With an open adoption we are not only fortunate to add a child to our family but also the birth family.We do not feel like a child has to be biological in order to be our child. We have endless love, security, and many passions to share with a child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We looked at many neighborhoods before deciding on the one we live in. We wanted a child friendly neighborhood. We live in a community that has sidewalks throughout the city. We are within walking distance to local parks that includes, baseball fields, a water park, ponds with ducks, and a playground. The local YMCA is less than a mile from us and includes a large indoor pool. The high school has a 96% graduation rate and offers advance placement courses. Our subdivision has multiple families with children from babies to college age. We see kids riding bikes and playing during the weekends. Everyone is friendly and stops to talk about local events. We are also fortunate that our neighborhood has many races and cultures so a child will be surrounded by diversity.
On the Fourth of July, the town has a fantastic firework display that we can view from our backyard. On Halloween all the neighbors are involved with trick-or-treating. The entire community gets involved to make sure that all the kids have a fun, safe night.
Our Extended Families
We both come from a loving and supportive family. We do not live close to our immediate family so we only get to see them on holidays and special occasions, but we make an effort to keep in touch with them through technology. Sara's parents do not have any grandchildren and are looking forward to showering their love on your child. Tom's parents are looking forward to the addition of another grandchild to spoil.
Tom has a younger brother and an older sister. His older sister is married with two children and will be adding an adopted son in early 2018. When we lived closer to his sister’s family, we spent time with the kids by taking them to the zoo, the natural science museum, and camping in our backyard. The kids have a nickname for Tom, Uncle Knucklehead. A special tradition for us is to spend Christmas Eve at Tom's sister's house. We have cookie decorating contests and play board and card games.
Sara has a younger and an older brother. Tom and the brothers went to Glacier National Park for a week long camping/hiking trip. We are all soccer fans and can be competitive when our teams play each other. We also enjoy outside activities like target shooting when we are together at my parents' house. Holidays are filled with cooking, movie watching, and just a lot of laughter. We cannot wait to add the joy of having a child around the house for the holidays.
From Us to You
Hi! We are Tom and Sara. Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and getting to know us. We met as teenagers working a summer job and have been friends ever since. We remained friends even when life took us in different directions: Sara to college and Tom to the Coast Guard. We took our friendship to the next level in 2008 and were married in 2009. We have two ten year old dogs, Athena and Bubba, which we love very much. They are very much a part of our family, and they both love children. We have enjoyed the experiences and adventures we have had in our life so far, but we are excited to take our family to the next level with a child. We look forward to being able to offer your child with a loving and stable home that encourages education, being adventurous, having strong character, and being who they are no matter what.
Both of our families are very supportive of us and our decision to adopt. Tom's sister and her family are in the process of internationally adopting a boy in early 2018. Your child would be the first grandchild for Sara's parents, but both sets of parents are looking forward to a grandbaby to spoil.
We are excited to share our passions like travel, sports, nature, and reading with your child, but we also are looking forward to seeing their own personality grow and develop into a unique personality. Many people stop traveling once they have a child but we want to introduce the world to your child so they can see all the beauty that the world has to offer. Tom is an avid reader. We will read bedtime stories to your child and encourage the joy of reading. Tom owns almost every Calvin and Hobbs book so I am sure that they will be in the rotation. Due to our enthusiasm for sports, your child will learn all about soccer, football, and other sports. We will watch games as a family, even if we don't cheer for the same teams. Hopefully we will be able to introduce your child to the thrill of watching sports live as we like to attend games in person.
We live in a kid friendly neighborhood that offers parks with playgrounds and even a water feature in the summer. There is opportunity to play many sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, football, and others. Some of our fondest childhood memories are of sports and the friends we made while playing, and we cannot wait to give a child that same experience. Tom even has experience coaching soccer. Our community has many cultures and races, so your child will be surrounded by diversity in school and in other community activities.
We imagine that the decision you are making for your child is not one that you have taken lightly or without a lot of thought. We look forward to not only extending our family with your child, but also with you. We will always tell your child their birth story and we will speak of you only in a positive light. We believe that an open relationship with you is what is best for your child, so we will work to maintain that relationship. We are happy to send email with pictures and letters so that you can be updated on your child's growth and experiences, if you desire. We want the updates to provide you with information that conveys your child is loved, safe, and well cared for so that you can have comfort in knowing that you made the correct decision.With love and respect,
Tom & Sara
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