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Tom & Sara
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our family! We are an easy going and fun loving family who is eager to share our lives, our home, and our hearts full of unconditional love with a child through adoption. We've been married for almost 10 years now, and have always known we were meant to be parents. As part of our family, your child will see the world through travel and art, enjoy a love of sports and athletics, and be instilled with respect for the beautiful nature around us wherever we go.
Our Leisure Time
We love to travel and to see the world whether it be domestic or international travel. 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 of 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 include watching 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. Sara enjoys cooking and baking in her spare time. She is excited to pass down family recipes and share the joy of making food to share with others.
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 unsuccessfully for a few years to conceive a child biologically. After that long and emotional journey, we realized that our ultimate goal was to become parents, and we knew in our hearts that adoption was the perfect path for us to do so. We had always been curious about the idea, and it was something we had discussed even before we started our path to parenthood. Tom has friends who were adopted, and so he had grown up with a great respect and positive view of adoption from what he had learned from their experiences. We also recently have had a front row seat to the beauty of adoption as we have watched Tom’s sister and her family adopt our nephew from China. We are so grateful to have the support of our family through this process, and to know that we have others to call upon as we navigate this process and watch our children grow up together. We hope to not only be fortunate enough to add a child to our family, but to open our arms to the birth family as well, should you be willing. We have seen firsthand that a child does not have to be biological in order to be ours- and we cannot wait to provide endless love, security, and share our many passions in life.
Our House and Neighborhood
We couldn’t have found a more loving and supportive environment to call home. Our neighborhood is a network of cul-de-sacs, safe streets, and sidewalks and we are constantly seeing kids riding bikes and playing together outside. Everyone is friendly and stops to talk and check in on one another. We are within walking distance to local parks that include 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 local schools have wonderful ratings. We are fortunate that our community is filled with families of all races, cultures, and backgrounds, with kids of all ages- from babies to college age. The children grow up surrounded by diversity, and with plenty of friends to play with nearby!
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.
We are lucky to have one of the largest backyards in the neighborhood so we are able to play fetch with the dogs or pass the soccer ball around. Inside, the kitchen and living room are the hub of the house; we love to cook and eat meals together and then gather in the living room to discuss our day or play board games. We love our house and community and look forward to raising a child here.
Our Extended Families
We both come from amazingly loving and supportive families who are there for us in all aspects of our lives. While we may not live close by, we are able to keep in touch through the power of technology, like FaceTime, and are constantly reaching out to stay connected and involved in each other’s lives. This baby will be the first grandchild on Sara’s side, so her parents cannot wait to shower their love and attention! Tom’s parents are the ultimate grandbaby spoilers and cannot wait for another addition to the family. Tom has an older sister and a younger brother. His older sister is married with three children, one of which is adopted. 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 an older and younger brother. We are all soccer fans and can be competitive when our teams play each other. We also enjoy outside activities as a group like target shooting 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
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for considering adoption for your child. We hope that by reading our profile you’ve been able to get a glimpse into who we are as a family, and who we will be as parents. We’ve known since we fell in love that we were meant to have a child someday, and while we have tried on our own, we’ve been led to adoption and are so excited for what is in store on this amazing and beautiful journey.
We met as teenagers working a summer job and have been friends ever since. We remained close even when life took us in different directions: Sara to college and Tom to the Coast Guard. Despite the distance, our friendship grew into love for each other, and we were married in 2009. We have two dogs, Athena and Bubba, and one cat, Zelda, which we love very much. They are very much a part of our family, and they all love children. We have enjoyed the experiences and adventures we have had in our life so far, but we are excited to take on the new adventure of being parents. We look forward to being able to offer your child 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 adopted our nephew from China. Your child would be the first grandchild for Sara's parents, but both sets of parents are excited and looking forward to a grandbaby to spoil!
We are excited to share our passions like travel, art, sports, nature, and reading with your child, but we are also looking forward to seeing their own personality grow, and supporting whatever unique interests this child may develop. 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 it 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 important, so we hope to stay connected with you in the future in any way you are open to. We welcome the potential to talk on the phone, exchange emails, and even see each other again in person someday should you so choose. We are hopeful that the updates will provide you with peace of mind that your child is loved, safe, and well cared for, and only strengthen the confidence in your decision.
Tom & Sara
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