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Tracy & Ashley

We are here on this earth to love others well. We hope to raise a child in love by giving them acknowledgement, acceptance, understanding, safety and freedom. We appreciate your honorable consideration of placing your child for adoption. We will do our best to equip a child to be confident, capable and successful. Every child has great value, and we want to instill that sense of worth in any child we adopt.

About Us

Marriage & Family Therapist
Nurse Practitioner
Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy
Master's Degree in Nursing
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

We Love Being in Nature!

All of the things we love to do will only be enhanced by sharing them with a child. Time with family and friends is something we treasure whether sharing a meal, playing games, sitting around the campfire, or vacationing together.

Tracy likes to sing and often sings on praise team at church and other functions. We both enjoy listening to music and dancing around as well as going to concerts. Nashville offers many great concert venues we take advantage of.

We have a good time watching football (Browns, Ohio State, University of Tennessee, Titans) and basketball (any team with LeBron). Tracy likes carpentry, and Ashley enjoys crafts. We appreciate any time we get to spend on the beach and in or near water.

We have a tradition every Fall of going on a trip to a cabin in the mountains with a large group of friends. Activities include hiking, making s'mores by the fire, being silly, playing games and putting puzzles together.

We often participate in seasonal activities such as visiting a pumpkin patch and corn maze in the fall, attending a Christmas show or holiday exhibit during December, grilling out with friends in the summer, and attending a 4th of July parade and watching fireworks for Independence Day.

Our Life Priorities

Warming Up by the Fire With Our Life Group at the Church Pavilion

Life is about growing with others learning how to love & serve people and glorify God. The key elements are relationship, growth, and love. We try to prioritize mental, physical, spiritual and social maintenance so we can continue to grow in each of these areas. When we put God first in our life, we benefit each other as spouses. When we put our spouse next, we will benefit our children by creating a strong, stable and predictable environment. When we focus on getting outside of ourselves we are better equipped to love others and help them see how valuable they are. Friends and family play a big role in our lives as well. It's richness in relationships that makes for a satisfying life.

Fun Facts About Us

About Tracy:

  • Had a joke published in Reader's Digest.
  • He's been surfing in Australia.
  • Larry Bird watched a football game Tracy was in where he caught an interception and ran it back 50 yards.
  • He was in a seven-man A Capella group that recorded a CD.
  • He won first place in an arcade video game competition in High School.
  • He did the graphic design for the menu on a popular food truck in Nashville.
  • He officiated a wedding in Barbados.
  • He's jumped off a cliff into the ocean while wearing a suit.
  • About Ashley:

  • She grew up going to the lake
  • She's been hiking in the Swiss Alps.
  • She's watched the sunset above the clouds from atop a volcano.
  • She went to Honduras 5 different summers to help with a VBS and work at a clinic.
  • She spent a semester in Italy in college.
  • She's been four wheeling in Hawaii on the rim of Waipi'o Valley.
  • She's seen the largest 4th of July fireworks display in the nation up close twice.
  • She went to 5 different countries in 5 days sleeping on trains every night.
  • Photos

    Hanging Out With Friends Around the Firepit
    Hanging Out With Friends Around the Firepit
    We Love Our City!
    We Love Our City!
    Tracy Loves Carpentry
    Tracy Loves Carpentry
    We Love Finding Murals
    We Love Finding Murals
    Enjoying a Waterfall Hike
    Enjoying a Waterfall Hike
    Exploring the Arboretum in Asheville
    Exploring the Arboretum in Asheville
    Being Silly With Our Nieces & Nephews
    Being Silly With Our Nieces & Nephews
    Experiencing Amazing Lights
    Experiencing Amazing Lights
    Checking Out the Hawaiian Shoreline
    Checking Out the Hawaiian Shoreline
    Relaxing in Gulf Shores
    Relaxing in Gulf Shores
    Christmas Eve Traditions at Uncle Joe's
    Christmas Eve Traditions at Uncle Joe's
    Enjoying a Breathtaking Vista After a Hike
    Enjoying a Breathtaking Vista After a Hike
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    Hanging Out With Friends Around the Firepit
    Hanging Out With Friends Around the Firepit
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    We Love Our City!
    We Love Our City!
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    Tracy Loves Carpentry
    Tracy Loves Carpentry
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    We Love Finding Murals
    We Love Finding Murals
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    Enjoying a Waterfall Hike
    Enjoying a Waterfall Hike
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    Exploring the Arboretum in Asheville
    Exploring the Arboretum in Asheville
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    Being Silly With Our Nieces & Nephews
    Being Silly With Our Nieces & Nephews
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    Experiencing Amazing Lights
    Experiencing Amazing Lights
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    Checking Out the Hawaiian Shoreline
    Checking Out the Hawaiian Shoreline
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    Relaxing in Gulf Shores
    Relaxing in Gulf Shores
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    Christmas Eve Traditions at Uncle Joe's
    Christmas Eve Traditions at Uncle Joe's
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    Enjoying a Breathtaking Vista After a Hike
    Enjoying a Breathtaking Vista After a Hike

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    We live in a suburb of a Nashville, Tennessee. We love our house and community. Our home has plenty of room with a kitchen and den area that are open to each other where most of the socializing happens. Our walk-out basement has a gym, a home theater and a room with a bumper pool table. Our back yard has an amazing view with an area down the hill with a fire pit.

    Fourth of July Celebration

    We enjoy taking walks through the neighborhood, and there are several parks and greenways nearby. The neighborhood has a Facebook group so everyone can share needed information. There are many children in the neighborhood (plenty of potential friends).

    We attend a Fourth of July neighborhood parade with a potluck that feels like it's right out of a Norman Rockwell painting with a small orchestra playing patriotic songs and a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.

    There are many fascinating historical sites to visit in the area. We are within easy driving distance of many wonderful hiking trails and mountains.

    Our church has a flourishing children's and youth ministry. The ministry for marriage and family has a strong focus. We also have many serving ministries that have a positive impact on the community.

    Our Extended Families

    Hilton Head With Ashley's Family

    We enjoy going to Hilton Head Island every summer for a week with Ashley's extended family on her mom's side. We ride bikes, enjoy water and beach activities, play games and do puzzles. We always have loads of fun on this trip.

    We often play games or sing songs with guitar playing with Tracy's family in Ohio. There are always lots of laughs. We have vacationed with Tracy's family at Disney World and Gulf Shores.

    Game Night With Tracy's Family

    Ashley's mom and stepdad live about 12 minutes away and are excited to be very involved in the lives of our children. They have a houseboat and love to take us out on warm summer days. Christmas Eve at Uncle Joe's is a wonderful family tradition filled with fun Christmas activities such as decorating gingerbread houses, holiday games, and bumper pool. Ashley's dad and stepmom are about 4 hours away, and we always look forward to these visits. We traveled to Hawaii with them along with her aunt and uncle for an amazing trip filled with adventures such as four wheeling through the Waipi'o Valley, stargazing from atop a volcano, snorkeling, chasing sunsets, and exploring places like Volcanoes National Park and a Kona coffee plantation. Our child will be the first grandchild for Ashley's parents and step-parents. Both of our families are very excited about our adoption!

    From Us to You

    Thank you so much for taking the time to look at our profile. We would make sure your child grows up with emotional, physical and financial security. They will be loved, cherished, safe and understood. We will do everything we can to help them develop a high self-esteem and a solid sense of self. They will have loads of fun. They will laugh often. They will have direction and purpose.

    We believe God has been equipping us to be adoptive parents. Tracy has graduate degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy, which included training in child-centered play therapy. He also did a training in post-adoption therapy and has experience working with families that have adopted. He also spoke at a foster care and adoption conference in Belarus with the following topics: 1. Helping a child develop a healthy personality, 2. How to build trust and not lose it, and 3. Adoptive parents attitude toward biological parents. The agency he works for has three main components: Foster care and adoption, counseling and also a shelter for people that have experienced domestic violence. Ashley's mom owned a daycare, so she has lots of experience working with kids there and has experience teaching young children at church. She is a Nurse Practitioner, so her medical knowledge will be helpful in raising a child and keeping them safe. Tracy worked as a Youth Minister for a church one summer. We have six nieces and nephews that we love and enjoy spending time with. All of this training and experience will help us to meet the mental, physical, spiritual, social and emotional needs of a child. We have both chosen professions in helping fields because it's a core value of ours to love and serve others as a way to glorify and honor God.

    We are both involved in leadership for the marriage ministry at our church. Because we put such a strong emphasis on building and maintaining our marriage relationship, it creates a stable environment for a child to be raised.

    We both have large, loving extended families that are rooting for us and excited for us to bring another child into the family. We are part of a church family that highly values adoption and foster care, so it's a supportive community where your child will feel loved and accepted. The church has a thriving children's ministry and youth ministry. Relationships are very important to us, and our lives revolve around time with friends and family.

    We love being active, whether that be through regular exercise or exploring nature on a hike. We enjoy playing and watching sports. We love adventure, whether that be on a vacation, traveling or something fun and exciting like an indoor trampoline park.

    We greatly appreciate your willingness to consider us as adoptive parents to your child. It is an honor that we do not take lightly. We would welcome your involvement in the life of your child, and we know that you can be a valuable part of their development. You would only be spoken of in positive ways. Your child will know that you made a very brave and selfless decision for their sake. We believe adoption is a beautiful thing and an honor to take part in. We're happy to exchange phone calls, emails, pictures and letters at your comfort level. We are open to in-person visits.

    We have been praying about this process for a long time. We will pray for you and your child through this journey.

    Tracy & Ashley


    Michael Keaton
    Harrison Ford
    Olivia Newton-John
    Koala bear
    Neil Postman
    J. R. R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis
    The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
    Candy Bar
    Violet Crumble
    Danger Mouse (original version)
    A tie for The Smurfs and Scooby Doo
    Childhood Memory
    One sunny day with some fast moving clouds, I was in a big field and raced the shadows of the clouds on the ground
    Playing submarine in my grandparents basement with my cousins and slumber parties with friends
    Childhood Toy
    G.I.Joe figures
    My Fisher Price camera that took real pictures
    Children's Book
    The Missing Piece Meets the Big O by Shel Silverstein
    You are Special by Max Lucado and The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss
    Melbourne, Australia
    Nashville, my home city!
    Classic Movie
    Star Wars
    Wizard of Oz
    Day of Week
    Derby Pie
    Something that involves chocolate and caramel
    Disney Movie
    Pirates of the Caribbean Series and The Chronicles of Narnia Series
    Dream Car
    '57 Corvette
    Dream Job
    Lead singer in a rock band
    Personal Trainer or Pro Dancer on Dancing with the Stars
    Dream Vacation
    Somewhere in the Caribbean
    Visiting all the U.S. National Parks
    Family Activity
    Flower / Plant
    Stargazer Lily
    Thanksgiving Dinner with sweet potato casserole, broccoli casserole, green been casserole, stuffing, turkey and gravy, and pumpkin pie
    Form of Exercise
    Weight Lifting
    Variety of strength training, HIIT workouts, cycling, and dancing
    Working out
    Holiday Song
    Carol of the Bells
    Aretha Franklin's Joy to the World, Michael W. Smith's rendition of Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells, Bing Crosby's White Christmas, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Wizards in Winter
    Holiday Tradition
    Finding a new, unique Christmas event to attend
    Christmas Eve at Uncle Joe's my mom's extended family and friends. It's always a fantastic time!
    Ice Cream
    Moose Tracks
    Almost all Jeni's flavors are fabulous!
    Junk Food
    Leisure Activity
    Hanging out at a pool, enjoying the sun
    Women's Health
    Memory with a Child
    Playing a life-sized version of Candy Land with our nieces at Christmas
    Disney World with my niece and nephew
    Memory with Spouse
    Our trip to Hawaii
    Hiking in the Pololu Valley, Hawaii with breathtaking views!
    Joe vs the Volcano
    Stars Wars Episodes IV, V, & VI
    Movie Munchie
    Sno Caps
    Milk Duds
    Movie Quote
    "Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!"
    May the force be with you
    Movie Type
    Sci-fi and Adventure
    Les Miserables
    Musical Group
    Lake Street Dive and Mumford & Sons
    Nursery Rhyme
    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
    Mary Had a Little Lamb
    Olympic Event
    Personal Hero
    Edgar Allan Poe
    Quality about my Spouse
    Positive, fun, and funny- too many good ones to choose just one!
    I've failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed. - Michael Jordan
    "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -Martin Luther King Jr.
    any Brazilian Steak House
    Smiling Elephant, Sunflower Cafe
    Peanut butter and jelly
    Philippians 2:1-11
    Philippians 4:4-8
    Shopping Store
    Ann Taylor Loft
    Hole in Your Soul - ABBA
    Sport to Play
    Sport to Watch
    Sports Star
    LeBron James
    LeBron James
    Sports Team
    Ohio State Football
    Subject in School
    Wonder Woman
    Thing to Cook
    Breakfast food
    My Nana's spiced pecans and my stepdad's sweet potato casserole because everyone loves them!
    Time of Day
    Hilton Head Vacation
    Going to Hilton Head Island every summer for a week with my Mom's extended family which is always filled with fun times of water and beach activities, bike riding, games, and watching sunsets.
    TV Show
    The Mandalorian
    Dancing with the Stars
    TV Show Character
    Desmond from LOST
    Type of Music
    80s music always makes me feel good!
    Vacation Spot
    Hilton Head Island
    Hilton Head Island with my extended family every summer making great memories!
    Video Game
    Beat Saber
    Super Mario Brothers, Beat Sabor

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