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Tripper & Keely
We believe adoption is a true blessing that brings complete strangers together for one very special purpose - to provide the best life possible for a new child. We are so thankful you are taking the time to read our profile so you can get a glimpse into our life of love, support, respect, and joy that we want to share as parents. We hope our story encourages you to consider us.
Favorite Vacation Spot
Tripper's grandfather, "Pop," built the third house in the development just a block from the beach in a small fishing town on the Florida panhandle in 1964. Initially it served as a vacation home for Tripper's dad and uncle just after college, and they still have memories of catching crabs in the pass and swimming across the harbor. Gradually the town started to attract more visitors, and beginning in the 1980s, the home became the summer vacation destination for Tripper's family. He has vivid memories of playing in the white sand with his two brothers and fishing off the dock behind the house using shrimp for bait.
Fast-forward to today, and Tripper's parents now spend about two-thirds of the year in their "beach house." The once small fishing village has become a primary tourist destination and home to high-end retail shops, five-star dining, and celebrity sightings. But this is not what brings us every year for a week in July, we return because of the memories, relaxation, and time with family and friends that the house provides. Since we met in 2012, Keely has been able to appreciate the area more with each visit, and every year we look forward to returning to our favorite vacation spot. As we begin this exciting journey to build our own family, we cannot wait to create new memories with a child who will be the 4th generation in the family to enjoy "Pop's" house.
Our Leisure Time
We are fortunate that we both enjoy doing the same activities – listening to music, traveling, and hiking. Our love of music is what initially brought us together… our first date was a concert, and since then we have seen over fifty concerts. Atlanta provides easy access to great venues close to our house – Variety Playhouse, Fox Theater, Tabernacle, or Chastain Park. We love the experience and the opportunity to connect with friends. Additionally, we recently converted a room in our house into a "Music Room." The centerpiece is a 1975 record console, and we enjoy shopping for vinyl records together as we build our collection. We love to hang out in the room, listen to music, and play with our cat and dog.
Our friends have commented that every time they see us on Facebook we seem to be traveling somewhere new. We love to explore different cities or to visit family and friends. Tripper is the planner and Keely appreciates not having to plan, so the two of us are actually a good match for traveling together. Our biggest trip was to Dubai and Sri Lanka in November 2017, but we have traveled to San Francisco, New York City (twice), Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Colorado, Niagara Falls, Savannah, and Nashville.
Our best escape from the hustle of everyday life is to go hiking. We explore parks and trails around Atlanta or take a weekend trip to somewhere in northern Georgia. We love the opportunity to disconnect and appreciate nature.
Our Family Traditions
Well, there is no other way to describe us other than we are the "Griswolds." Both of us grew up in families that cherished spending time together over the holidays, especially Christmas, and much of that time was decorating the house. Each year Tripper's father would take his family to cut down a Christmas tree on property that was about thirty minutes away from their home, and then everyone would hang ornaments and lights together. Keely remembers how her family would watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and then erect the Christmas tree while listening to holiday music. Of course, Christmas Vacation and The Christmas Story were "must-watch" movies in December in both families, no matter how many times everyone had seen them.
The memories we have from holiday decorating with our families have inspired us to continue the tradition throughout our marriage. However, it's not just for Christmas (although Christmas is by far our favorite). We also decorate for Thanksgiving, Easter, July 4th, and especially Halloween since we host an annual party during the neighborhood Halloween parade. In fact our house is decorated for nearly three straight months from early October through early January. We are so excited to share this great tradition with a child so that our family can create new memories that will be cherished forever.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our neighborhood and community. Nestled within the city of Atlanta, Georgia, our home has walkable access to over 100 restaurants and shops, five parks, several churches, an elementary school (rated #1 in the county), and a public swimming pool. Our community is known for the many family-friendly festivals that keep neighbors engaged throughout every season – in fact the annual Halloween parade passes right in front of our house. We enjoy living in an area where families ride bikes, take evening walks, or play in the park next door and cannot wait to share this great environment with a child.
The first time we saw our home it was not even for sale, but we knew it seemed perfect for us. A year later, just before our wedding, we were ecstatic to hear it was on the market, and within two days we were under contract. We live in a three-story, 3,300 square foot townhome located in the middle of thirteen units surrounded by terrific neighbors. Our home has three bedrooms on the top floor and an open kitchen/living space on the main floor. Our bottom floor has a fourth bedroom currently converted into a study, an "unfinished room" we plan to make into a playroom, and our favorite room – the "music room" – where we listen to vinyl records and play with our dog and cat. The bottom floor opens into a patio with a grassy courtyard that leads to our garage.
Our Extended Families
We are both blessed with strong and loving families and friends who share the same values – honesty, compassion, respect, and integrity. Our families are very supportive of our adoption and are excited to welcome a new child into their lives.
Tripper is the oldest of three boys and is close to his brothers, but it's his dad who inspired him to be a dad himself because of his patience, wisdom, and humility. A few years ago, Tripper and his brothers surprised their father with an overnight mule ride down the Grand Canyon … his life-long dream that will be remembered forever! Tripper loves to spend time with his nieces who occasionally visit Atlanta to explore the zoo, Coke Museum, or aquarium. He shares his love of music with his youngest brother – the two of them have attended over twenty concerts together. His parents live six hours away on a beach in Florida where Tripper spent his childhood summers.
Keely is the older of two daughters and is very close to her sister who recently had a baby. They are so excited to have an opportunity to raise children together. Keely's family is rich in tradition holding annual reunions in eastern Georgia, eastern Tennessee, and upstate New York. Keely's inspiration for adopting is from her entire family who has always been close, supportive, and loving of each other through thick and thin. Her family lives ninety minutes away and will be a great resource in raising a child.
From Us to You
Six years ago, Tripper boarded a plane to San Francisco and happened to sit next to a couple from Tennessee. After five hours of good conversation and a few laughs, Tripper asked the couple if they knew anyone in Atlanta who might like to attend a concert with him the following weekend. When the flight landed, Keely answered her phone when her friend called and accepted the invitation. Four years ago we were married on a beach in the Dominican Republic and then hosted a celebration party for friends and family in Savannah, Georgia. Two years ago we started trying to build a family, and one year ago we learned we could not conceive our own children. Nine months ago we started our adoption journey, looking for the best agency we could find, and one week ago we started to write this letter. We do not necessarily believe in luck, but we do believe events happen for a reason. We hope that our story and our commitments connect in a way that encourages you to join us in this next part of our journey. Thank you for taking the time to see if we are the parents you were hoping to find to offer your child a life of opportunities surrounded by love, support, respect, and joy.
We have tried to imagine ourselves in your position so that we could understand what you would like to know about us, but we realized it would be best to simply speak from our heart. As the parents selected to raise your child, we hope that these commitments help you to picture the world that we will create:
You have made an unbelievably selfless choice that we admire and respect greatly. Although we cannot necessarily relate to what has brought you to this decision, we can relate to why we have been connected through this adoption process - to provide the best life possible for your child. We want to thank you again for learning more about who we are and the parents we plan to be, and look forward to taking this next step in our journey to build a family.
With love and sincerity,
Tripper & Keely
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