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Tom & Abbey

We are so honored that you would consider getting to know us better. As you read through this profile, we hope that it tells you the basics of who we are. We are extremely thankful and excited to start the adoption process. We have always looked forward to starting our family through adoption and are thrilled to move forward with that plan today.

About Us

Resident Physician
Resident Physician
Doctor of Medicine
Doctor of Medicine
Legally Married

Cultural Diversity

Silliness Runs in the Family

In our home, differences are celebrated. Our families are full of wonderfully different, unique, stubborn, funny, loving, God-fearing people. Abbey's mom has a saying, "If we all were the same, what a boring world it would be."

Valuing these differences is at the heart of what really makes us a family and is the foundation for how our friends have come into our lives. We love each other as people, as individuals. We cannot wait to raise a child in that kind of environment; an environment that will support our child for who they truly are and love them because of what makes them unique.

If we are blessed with an adoption opportunity for a child of a different ethnicity, they will be loved for who they are with their heritage incorporated into our life.

Our Leisure Time

The Butterfly House

We love spending time together and with the people in our life whom we love. How we spend time changes as the seasons do. In the spring, we love to work on our garden and plan out that summer's projects. We usually invite our nieces and nephews to the local butterfly house, where we work to find each child's favorite type of butterfly (this year it was the big blue ones and the little orange ones).

In the summer, we grill out with friends and go camping on the weekends. There is usually a road trip or two where Harper gets to come along and sleep in the backseat.

In the fall, we go to football games and long walks in the woods to see the trees change colors. Our city also has a large arts festival every fall where we enjoy walking the streets of downtown and exploring the incredible sculptures, paintings, and murals created by people from all over the world.

Despite the snow in the winter, we still get out for hikes but we, admittedly, watch a few more movies and enjoy trying new recipes in the warmth of our own home.

Our Favorite Vacation Spot

The Family Cabin

Tom's grandparents built a cabin with the help of his entire family in the early 1990's. It is tucked away in a small neighborhood near the water. It has been the spot where his family comes together almost every Fourth of July since it was built, random weekends throughout the summer and fall, and for us, every New Year's Eve since we met. It has a homey kitchen, plenty of room for sleeping bags to be unrolled when the whole family comes, no cable or internet, and a big stone fireplace. Trips to the cabin are full of long walks, home-cooked meals, games, and peaceful rest. It is one of our favorite places. We are so excited to take a child there and build memories of playing in the lake for the first time, giggling upstairs with their cousins and finishing puzzles by the fire.



We Can't Wait to Become Parents!
We Can't Wait to Become Parents!
Football Game With Our Nieces
Football Game With Our Nieces
After Abbey's First Marathon
After Abbey's First Marathon
When the Kids Get Tired of Hiking
When the Kids Get Tired of Hiking
Exploring With Harper
Exploring With Harper
All Dressed Up
All Dressed Up
Backyard Camping
Backyard Camping
Bundled Up
Bundled Up
Enjoying the Shoreline
Enjoying the Shoreline
Us Being Typical Us
Us Being Typical Us
Uncle Duty at Its Best
Uncle Duty at Its Best
Out at the Park
Out at the Park
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We Can't Wait to Become Parents!
We Can't Wait to Become Parents!
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Football Game With Our Nieces
Football Game With Our Nieces
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After Abbey's First Marathon
After Abbey's First Marathon
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When the Kids Get Tired of Hiking
When the Kids Get Tired of Hiking
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Exploring With Harper
Exploring With Harper
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All Dressed Up
All Dressed Up
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Backyard Camping
Backyard Camping
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Bundled Up
Bundled Up
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Enjoying the Shoreline
Enjoying the Shoreline
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Us Being Typical Us
Us Being Typical Us
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Uncle Duty at Its Best
Uncle Duty at Its Best
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Out at the Park
Out at the Park

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We have always loved living in Michigan and have built a strong and loving community around us here.

Our home has four bedrooms, our favorite being the upstairs bedrooms overlooking our backyard. The backyard has a big deck where we spend most of our time in the summer and fall. When looking out the upstairs window, you can see our planter fence with flowers starting to bloom in the spring and the big maple tree with leaves that turn yellow in the fall.

Many nights we take a walk around the neighborhood after dinner with our dog, Harper. We have a few parks and a nature trail nearby that we often will walk through on the weekends.

Our home is quite close to the "downtown" and we enjoy walking the river trail, exploring the countless festivals and events, and visiting the museums and galleries throughout the city. We are also just a few miles away from the children's museum and the zoo and we look forward to exploring all this and more with our new family member.

Our Extended Families

Holidays With Family

We grew up in Midwestern towns, where family comes first. This common value has held true in our lives and we have become who we are today because of the love and support of our relatives. Most of our family lives within a few hours of our home, meaning that we get to see our many nieces, nephews, and siblings regularly. We are no strangers to road trips. We often make the drive for birthday parties, family barbecues, baptisms, or impromptu backyard camping with the kids. Over the years, our separate family traditions have started to merge and holidays are often celebrated together as one big family. It is this sense of welcoming and openness that makes us so excited to raise a child with the help and support of our family as a whole.

College Friends

Not only are we blessed with an incredible immediate family; we have found and created an equally important family through friendship. At each phase of life, we have found exceptional, caring, and kind individuals whom we have come to know and love as family. We have been blessed through these relationships in our lives and can't believe the support and excitement that has been offered to us by each of these families as we start this adoption process. We are humbled at the opportunity to raise a child and excited to know that they will experience the same love and support that we have through these relationships.

From Us to You

As excited as we are to adopt, we wouldn't even begin to think that we understand the emotions you are experiencing as you start down the adoption path with this child. Thank you for taking this step to get to know us better and trust that we are excited to get to know you and even more excited to love this child.

We met in college and dated for two and half years before we got engaged. We married young and have grown together as individuals and as partners. Throughout our 10 years together there have been so many changes in each aspect of our lives, including family, friends, personal, and work. We have met and loved 13 nieces and nephews. Together we play games, go camping, work on house projects, and spend lazy Sunday afternoons watching TV on the couch. We have made friends who we often spend time with playing board games, trying new restaurants, or babysitting their children so they can have a date night. We welcomed Harper, our golden retriever, into our family and he continues to bring us joy every day. He is the most lovable dog, who always grabs a toy to greet us at the door every time we come home. We bought a home that we are excited to call our own. We've put a lot of time and love into this house and enjoy each year's projects, including growing our veggie garden from seeds this spring and adding a nursery for our future child this past fall. We graduated from medical school and are working as resident doctors. At work, we meet all kinds of people who are usually experiencing one of the worst days of their lives, either due to broken bones, cancer, infection, or an unexpected diagnosis. We never know what our day will bring when we are in the hospital, and that has created a unique appreciation of life and a focus on kindness and understanding for all those we meet.

It is that kindness and understanding that grounds all of the relationships in our life and it is what we to guarantee to you. We don't know what kind of relationship you are looking for with us and this child, but we are excited to have you be a part of our lives in whatever way feels right to you. We know that our relationship with you will probably grow and change over time and that's OK too. You are important in our lives and we have been praying for you and this baby. What you are doing is hard, and brave, and you are the strongest among us. You will always be talked about with respect and honor in our home - as you already have been when we talk about adoption with our friends and family. We plan to send photos and updates to you often as this child grows and are open to more involvement depending on your preferences.

We want you, most of all, to know that we will love this child, every day, no matter what. We are open to and excited for the opportunity to adopt a child with any ethnicity. This child comes with a background and a heritage that is different than ours and we love that. There are always going to be challenges in parenting that we can't expect and we would be lying if we told you we have it all figured out. We may not have the perfect answers for when our child asks about adoption or why they don't look like us, but we promise that we will always be honest and loving. This child's heritage will be highlighted and we want this child to feel proud of who they are and how they came to be the best part of our family.

Thank you for reading this and taking the time to get to know us. You are such a strong woman and we would be honored to be in your life and have your support as we raise this child. Know that we are thinking of you and sending you all the positive thoughts we have.

Wishing you all the best,

Tom & Abbey


Jason Segel
Will Smith
Mila Kunis
Drew Barrymore
J.K. Rowling
J. K. Rowling
The Hunger Games
Candy Bar
Three musketeers
Family Guy
Scooby Doo
Childhood Memory
Building a treehouse with my siblings
Tic Tac Toe with my grandpa at the kitchen table
Childhood Toy
Hot Wheels
Beanie Babies
Children's Book
But No Elephants by Jerry Smath
The Mixed up Chameleon by Eric Carle
New York
Classic Movie
The Sandlot
Day of Week
Ice Cream
Strawberry Shortcake
Disney Movie
Monsters Inc
Dream Car
anything that gets me from point A to point B
Any car from James Bond
Dream Job
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dream Vacation
Transatlantic cruise
Cruise around the word
Family Activity
Playing cards
Flower / Plant
Pulled pork
Form of Exercise
4th of July
Holiday Song
Feliz Navidad
I Know That My Redeemer Lives
Holiday Tradition
Thanksgiving dinner
Present wrapping competition - Everyone wraps one present in a way that gives a clue about the gift
Ice Cream
Cookie Dough
Junk Food
Sour Patch Kids
Sour Patch Kids
Leisure Activity
Home and Garden
Home and Garden Magezine
Memory with a Child
Putting together lego sets with my nephew
Holding my niece at her baptism
Memory with Spouse
Touring the east coast by train
Driving in a snow storm to pick up Harper when he was a puppy
Remember the Titans
Star Wars
Movie Munchie
Movie Quote
"Sometimes life is hard for no reason at all" - Remember the Titans
"It's supposed to hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great." A League of Their Own
Movie Type
Les Miserables
The Greatest Showman
Musical Group
Zac Brown Band
Nursery Rhyme
London Bridge is Falling Down
I'm a little teapot
Olympic Event
Personal Hero
George Washington
My mom
Twelve Angry Men
Oscar Wilde
Quality about my Spouse
Enthusiam for all that she does
He goes out of his way to be there for his family
"In order to be truly great, you must be truly good" Henry Lee
"It always seems impossible until it's done." Nelson Mandela
San Chez
Turkey Sandwich
Turkey and Salami on home-made bread
2 Corinthians 12:10 "That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
1 Peter 3:14-15 "Do not fear what they fear, do not be frightened. But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have."
Shopping Store
Life Changes by Thomas Rhett
Good Life by OneRepublic
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins
Sports Team
Michigan State University
Michigan State
Subject in School
Captain America
Captain America
Thing to Cook
Grilled Cheese
Anything on the grill
Time of Day
New Years Eve at the family cabin
Games after our Thanksgiving meal
TV Show
How I met your mother
How I Met Your Mother
TV Show Character
Ted Mosby
Gibbs from NCIS
Type of Music
Everything but heavy metal
Vacation Spot
Family cabin
Family cabin
Video Game
Age of Empires
MarioKart for Nintendo 64

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