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Tom & Kelsie
Hello! We are Tom and Kelsie. We love each other very much and have been happily married for eight years. The desire to welcome a child into our marriage is our forever dream. We have so much love ready to share and we cannot wait to share our lives with a child!
Why We Chose Adoption
We moved in together in 2011, shortly after finding out we were pregnant. It was not planned, but we were both very excited. Kelsie had always dreamed of being a mother. Her sister was also pregnant at the same time and that added to the excitement. Tom realized how much he loved Kelsie and knew he was ready to start a family with her.
When Kelsie was 24 weeks pregnant, she suddenly had dangerously high blood pressure and had to be rushed to the hospital. The doctors said it was pre-eclampsia and she needed to have an emergency c-section. We held our daughter 28 hours later as she took her last breath. It was a life changing loss that broke us both in many ways.
A few years later, when we were ready to get pregnant again, Kelsie was diagnosed with Endometriosis. She ended up needing to have a hysterectomy. We knew we still wanted the chance to raise a family. We researched a lot of options and decided adoption was right for us. A child sharing our DNA is not important to us. We strongly believe that adoption is the right path for us and we look forward to where this adoption journey leads us!
Our Leisure Time
In our off time we do lots of stuff for fun. Kelsie does arts and crafts and Tom plays guitar. We like to go camping and fishing. We also enjoy hunting for morel mushrooms every spring. We love taking road trips, including things like going to the beach and many different amusements parks. We are visiting family almost every weekend and going on family outings throughout the year.
Tom has family that lives in Idaho, near Silverwood Theme Park and we go there often in the spring and summer. We even bought season passes this year and have loved it! It's a wonderful way to spend time together as a family and we look forward to the day when we can share it with a child.
We went on a trip to southern California with our family, where we visited Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and Legoland. We had an amazing time and the best part was watching our nephews having the best time of their lives. These are the type of memories we have been longing to make for a child and our family.
We intend on learning as much as we can about the heritage of our child. Understanding and respecting this is honoring the birth family and the child. Our family has friends from different backgrounds and nationalities to help us.
We would have children's books that show different heritages to teach and appreciate diversity. Multicultural movies and music are other ways to celebrate each other. Our belief is that all people are valued. It is our intention to expose the child to all cultures and teach appreciation for what others stand for. There are many books that feature young people from around the world that the reader can identify with.
We would display art that reflects our child's birth culture, as well as, decorating the child's room with the same theme. If our child comes from a culture with a different language than us, we would learn it together. We would point out positive role models in real life that match the culture of our child. We want the child to understand his own uniqueness while respecting the qualities of those around him. We would adopt our child's birth race and culture as an important part of our family.
Our Extended Families
We are very close with our families, calling and also visiting them often. Most of Tom's family live about 3 1/2 hours away by car, but we go visit regularly. Kelsie's family live in another town about 30 mins away. We spend a lot of time together with them as a family.
We both have siblings with young children and Kelsie's live nearby. When we start our own family we plan to get a home that is in the same town as Kelsie's family, so that we can be closer to family support and traditions.
We love to take family trips. We have been on some amazing family vacations where we have enjoyed camping and fishing, but the best one was when we all went to Disneyland together! We had an amazing time and we enjoyed the opportunity to share it all with our nieces and nephews. We made many awesome lifelong memories!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a rural college town in Washington state. It is a relatively small town around 18,000 residents. We have been living in an apartment close to the university where Tom has worked for several years. The apartments we live in now are wonderful, but we plan on buying a home in the near future. We currently have two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and bathroom. With lots of help from excited family members our second bedroom is fully furnished for a new addition to the family. We have everything a baby would need, including, a crib, changing table, strollers, car seat, baby monitor, lots of baby clothes, lots of toys and more.
We believe our town is a great place to raise a family in. There are several parks in town that we like to visit with our nieces and nephews. There are parks with playground equipment, sports fields and basketball courts. We also have many trails to enjoy a beautiful walk or hike, including, a lake front park with public swimming. There is also a great indoor city pool for the public to enjoy.
On Labor Day weekend we have a huge rodeo in town, along with the county fair and parade. When Tom was a kid growing up, the rodeo was something he and his friends enjoyed and would look forward to all year long.
From Us to You
We are Tom and Kelsie and are both extremely grateful for you taking the time to look through our profile and learn more about us and our family. Our promise to your child is that they will be accepted into our family with open arms with many loving family and friends. The child will know the amazing gift you have given us and our family.
We were introduced by a mutual friend in 2010 and shortly after knew we would live the rest of our lives together. In 2011 we were excited to find out we were pregnant. Kelsie ended up having medical problems that were affecting our baby and the doctors had to do an emergency c-section. She was very small and ended up having some trouble. The next day we held our daughter as she took her last breaths. That moment has changed our lives forever. We went through many emotions and our love for each other only grew more then we could ever imagine. After trying to grow our family again a few years later we were faced with infertility problems. We went to multiple doctors and it ultimately led Kelsie to needing a hysterectomy. We discussed many options going forward, but both of our hearts have led us to the path of adoption. We both have so much love to give and want nothing more than to raise a child.
When discussing our choice of adoption with family, they were all ecstatic. Then before we knew it they all immediately began filling the nursery with everything that a child might need. We have many family and friends waiting anxiously with us to welcome a child into our family. We currently live about thirty minutes from Kelsie's family, but plan to buy a house in the near future closer to her family. We spend a lot of time together as a family; even having lunch together almost every weekend. We go on family trips many times a year. What we enjoy being a part of the most is the pure excitement we see on our nephews faces. We loved seeing the looks on their faces at Disneyland seeing all the different characters throughout the park. Also seeing the smiles as they are on the rides at Silverwood. We have always loved watching our nieces and nephews enjoy themselves. We love taking them to the many parks around town to enjoy nature.
We are eagerly waiting to create amazing memories as the child grows. We know how precious life can be and want to capture all these moments that we will remember and feel our love forever. This child will always know where they came from. We plan to be open with them about their adoption. We will start at birth with books about open adoption. We will also discuss the journey we went through and the birth parents who chose us. We want this child to know about their birth parents and plan to share special moments with you through letters, photos and video. We can't wait to meet this child and make lasting memories.
Tom & Kelsie