Married Since: 2010

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We are excited to become parents and to give your child a loving home environment, one that encourages him or her to pursue their dreams and ambitions, surrounded by unconditional love.

Thomas and Angela

from Pennsylvania

Thomas

Ancestry: Italian

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Carpenter Foreman

Education: Some College

Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Concerts, Brewing

Angela

Ancestry: Slovenian, English, Irish

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Scientist

Education: B.S., CMA

Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Reading, Concerts

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Caucasian / Asian, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Middle Eastern, Caucasian / Native American, Hispanic

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

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From Us to You

Dear Courageous, Expectant Mother,

Thank you for taking the time to consider us. We cannot fathom the difficult decision you are facing at this time in your life. We want you to know that we are excited to become parents and to give your child a loving home environment, one that encourages him or her to pursue their dreams and ambitions, surrounded by unconditional love.

We met online in 2007, brought together by our shared love of the outdoors and music, and have been married since 2010. We are best friends and love to tease each other with sarcastic banter. I, Angela, laugh at (most) of Tom’s jokes even when they’re not too funny. He puts up with all of my nagging. Even though we may be a bit sarcastic and teasing, at the heart of it we are super supportive of each other.

We have many great memories of hiking, backpacking and camping together that we are looking forward to sharing with a child. We have two dogs that we consider to be family members that also join us in our outdoor adventures. We have many friends we have met through hiking who are now starting their own families, and one who recently adopted. We can see future hiking and camping adventures with these friends evolve as the kids are able to come along.

We visit Angela’s family in Salt Lake City, Utah at least once a year and enjoy spending time with our two nieces (ages 8 and 10), who are excited to welcome a cousin into the family. Upon visits to Salt Lake, your child would have a wonderful time with his or her cousins, aunts and uncle, and grandparents. Locally in Pennsylvania, your child would have a grandfather nearby and an aunt who lives in Virginia Beach.

We look forward to sharing updates and pictures with you about your child, so you can see him or her grow up and be aware of their life’s adventures. And if it works out for all of us, we would consider more openness in the adoption. We would be forever grateful if you were to choose us to raise your child. This is one of the most important decisions you will make, and your sacrifice would make our dreams come true.

We know that our profile cannot convey everything about us, nor can it answer all of the questions you must have. We encourage you to reach out to get to know us better, as we are looking forward to getting to know you.

Lovingly,
Angela and Tom

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Why we are Choosing to Adopt

We have struggled with infertility but still have a desire to become parents. Angela has always wanted to adopt at least one child, and is now so excited to be on this journey. Tom has always really wanted to be a father. We both look forward to welcoming a child into our home, which is too large for just the two of us. We know we can give a child a loving home, surrounded by support from friends and family. Our two fur-babies are well-behaved around children; they’ve figured out that children tend to drop little morsels so are worth paying attention to!

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About Angela

As cheesy as it sounds, Angela is my soul mate and best friend. She laughs at my jokes, even though they’re not very funny. Angela is compassionate and caring, and has a passion for all things outdoors. She is always looking for our next adventure. Her smile is contagious and can be seen for miles. Angela has a thirst for knowledge and enjoys learning new things. She is a great teacher. Angela is kind, caring, and thoughtful. We both come from a close loving families. I often tell her I would like to go into business with her just so I could spend all day with her.

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About Tom

Tom is a wonderful husband, loyal friend, and devoted son. He has a great sense of humor, and always tries to keep a smile on my face. I fell in love with him through his sense of humor and love of music and hiking. Since he works in construction, people may not believe it, but he is a softie at home. It melts my heart seeing how caring he is with our two dogs, and I can only imagine how much more love he would give to a child.

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Our Sweet Pups

Our four-legged fur babies are Carly and Bonnie. Both dogs are rescued, great American mutts. Carly is around 10 years old, but still quite frisky – she has black and tan coloring like a German shepherd. Bonnie is around six, black brindle in color with a body type like a Labrador retriever. Both mutts are around 35 pounds, so they are (in our opinion) the perfect size! Both dogs were quite anxious when first arriving in our family, but with lots of patience and love, they have both come out of their shells and are living a full life. Carly is now an attention hog, but Bonnie is still timid toward strangers and gets scared by loud noises and thunderstorms.

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Our Home

We live in a 60-year old Cape in a quiet neighborhood. It is a sought-after neighborhood, as most homes never make it to market and are sold purely by word of mouth. When we purchased our home, it had “good bones” but needed a major facelift. Every inch of the walls was covered with wallpaper, even the ceiling! But we painstakingly stripped the wallpaper from the walls and painted them with a soothing blue in the living room, and a neutral green in the rest of the house. Tom used his talent as a carpenter to make craftsman style trim throughout the house. We are currently in the process of remodeling our (formerly) purple 80’s bathroom. We dream of setting up the nursery in the small bedroom across the hall from our main bedroom, with the option for your child to move upstairs to one of the large bedrooms when they are older.

Three of the five houses on our street have small children. There is very little traffic on our street, as our neighborhood could be considered an island of sorts because there are no through streets. If you’re driving in our neighborhood, you’re either a neighbor or visiting one! Oftentimes, neighbors will wave to each other as they pass on the street. More than half of the homes have dogs, which is readily apparent in the evenings as neighbors go for an evening dog walk. Kids are often seen biking and skating through the neighborhood or attending pool parties at the house down the street.

The local high school hosts Independence Day fireworks, which is almost across the street from our development. In the past we have invited friends over for a barbecue and then walked over to the high school to watch the fireworks and roam the carnival on the school grounds. Our neighbor, who lives across from the school also hosts a barbecue and we can see the fireworks from their yard. Additionally, the neighbor across the street hosts a holiday/birthday party for his wife each December, and almost everyone from the neighborhood attends. It’s a great time to catch up with everyone, and to meet any newcomers who have moved in.

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Our Families

We are both emotionally very close to our families. Locally, Tom’s father lives 5 minutes away, and we have cousins in the area who we spend holidays with. Tom has a sister who lives in Virginia Beach. Angela’s parents and two sisters live in Salt Lake City, Utah where she is from. One of Angela’s sisters is married and has two daughters. Our two nieces adore Tom and always ask Angela when she comes to visit if he will be coming to visit as well. One of them even named her giant Teddy Bear “Uncle Tom Valentine”. Angela’s mother comes to visit a few times a year, and Angela visits Salt Lake at least twice a year, and Tom comes along at least once.

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Family Traditions

We have lively cousins and sisters who join in our holiday celebrations. For Thanksgiving, we have hosted a few in past years since moving to our larger home. Angela’s turkey is “almost” as good as her Granny’s. If celebrating at home, we include Tom’s cousins in the celebration, or Angela’s family if they can come to visit. If celebrating in Salt Lake City, holiday get-togethers (both Thanksgiving and Christmas) can be quite large – I think our record is 30 people!

Christmas is celebrated differently between our families, which has worked out well for us to celebrate with both families in the past. Tom’s Italian American family celebrates Christmas Eve with a meal of Seven Fishes. Angela’s family celebrates on Christmas Day. There used to be a direct flight first thing on Christmas Day that landed in Utah by 10:30 am, allowing us to celebrate with Tom’s family on Christmas Eve, and then travel to Utah to celebrate with Angela’s family Christmas Day. Christmas Day traditionally ends with a lively group game – either Heads Up, Pictionary, or Cranium. Another tradition for us is to travel to the White Mountains in New Hampshire in the wintertime to snowshoe in and stay at an AMC hut. We have been doing this for the past 10 years, with one exception in 2020.

We also attend a 3-day concert sponsored by our local PBS music station every year. We have never missed this since we started dating 14 years ago. We have the T-shirts to prove it; even a T-shirt featuring a mask for the cancelled 2020 show. The weekend consists of renting an Airbnb in old city Philadelphia and taking the ferry daily across to Camden, where the concert is held. There are lots of fun activities for children at this concert and we look forward to sharing this tradition with your child.

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Our Lifestyle

We love to hike but we also enjoy streaming TV during the week. We have done a lot of hiking in our time together, including backpacking. One of our favorite places is Ricketts Glen State Park, a wonderful state park near Williamsport that has 21 waterfalls along a 7-mile loop. We joined and now sponsor a dog-friendly hiking group on Meetup.com. Unfortunately we haven’t had much time in the past couple of years to plan hikes, but we have another hike leader who has kept that group alive. We hope to get back to regular hiking with that group (and our dogs). We look forward to teaching your child to appreciate nature, and to have fun roasting marshmallows by the campfire.

During a typical work week, we make dinner – we usually try new recipes every week. We have an app that will plan meals (including recipes) for us throughout the week so we are always trying something new. We do have some favorite recipes we keep coming back to as well. We hope your child will enjoy our culinary adventures as much as we do.

Angela grew up in Utah and travels there at least twice a year to visit with her family. Tom joins her as much as his work schedule will allow. Another interesting thing about us is that we have beehives! We enjoy this hobby and love the reward of gallons of sweet honey every year.

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Our Passions

Besides the outdoors, we both share a passion for music. Although we don’t play instruments (Angela knows how to play the piano but doesn’t do it regularly), we enjoy good music and attending live shows. Our local radio station used to offer a Free at Noon concert series that we cannot wait to start attending again, once they restart them.

Angela is passionate about traveling. When we decided to travel to Italy for our honeymoon, Tom suggested we take an adult’s beginner Italian course at the high school that he graduated from. Angela has continued taking Italian from this teacher ever since. She can’t wait until we return so she can test out her linguistic skills. She most recently traveled to Iceland with a friend to hike the Laugavagur trail (a 30-mile hut-to-hut hike through the volcanic and glacial scenery of Iceland). She is currently planning a hut-to- hut trip to the Dolomites in Italy.

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The Type of Parents we will be

When we imagine us as parents, we see us being the “fun” parents who aren’t afraid to get dirty playing in the yard with our kids and who aren’t too busy to spend quality time together as a family. We dream of camping trips with your child and our dogs, possibly in a trailer if we ever get around to buying one. We see planning camping adventures and attending music festivals together. Summer trips to Utah to visit their grandma, aunts and uncle, and cousins. Angela looks forward to helping your child with homework (if she can figure out that “new math” everyone is talking about).

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Our Faith

We were both raised Catholic, however we do not currently practice. We believe in God and an afterlife. We feel that being non-denominational is a strength, as it prevents any preconceived notions of any one religion be the “right” or “true” religion. We will raise your child not necessarily within the confines of a specific religion, but with the knowledge that there is a higher being and life after death

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What We will tell your Child about You

When the time is right, we will tell your child of the brave choice that you made. We will tell them that you wanted to give them the best opportunities in life and it was out of love that you made the decision to place them for adoption. This wasn’t a decision that was taken lightly, and after much consideration, you chose us to be your child’s parents.

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When We hold Your Child, these are our Thoughts

Gratitude comes to mind first when considering this statement. We would be honored that you have chosen us to be your child’s parents and will never forget the difficult sacrifice you made so that we could fulfill our dreams of becoming parents.

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Our Promise to You

We are excited to become parents and your child will be in safe hands. Your child will be supported in pursuing their dreams and will be loved unconditionally, with no judgment. We are financially stable, so we would be able to help pay for college, if that is what your child wishes. We are flexible with what you would like your relationships to be like (with us, and with your child). Ideally, we would like to send updates throughout the years but if you would like more interaction, we are open to that.

Message Thomas and Angela

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Thomas and Angela

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!