Timothy and Kelly

Married Since: 2014

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Our goal is to put the best of ourselves into parenting; to not only give your child every opportunity, but also provide them with the love, guidance, and role models they need to become a thoughtful, caring person who can thrive doing the things they love.

Timothy and Kelly

from Washington

 

Timothy

Ancestry: Irish, British

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Goverment Services

Education: MA

Hobbies: Writing, Hiking, Music, Travel, Cooking

Kelly

Ancestry: Irish, Norwegian

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Physician

Education: MD

Hobbies: Reading, Hiking, Snorkeling, Travel, Baking

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

The very fact that you’re reading this letter speaks to a strength and courage that we can’t begin to imagine. Thank you for being that strong and courageous person. We know you face a difficult decision, one that requires a selfless and powerful act of love. Our hope is that, in reading this, you will find a family who can live up to the optimism and opportunity inherent in your decision.

If you choose to place your child with us, your child will be loved and cared for in our home. We’ve been married since 2014, and with both of us coming from large families, raising children together has always been one of our dreams. While this hasn’t happened exactly how we thought it would, over time we’ve come to see this as a gift; that in adopting a child, we can not only fulfill our dream of becoming parents, but also give a child chances they might not have otherwise had. So here we are!

Professionally speaking, we are both career military officers. Kelly is a board-certified OB/GYN, and Tim, though he has a master’s degree in economics, spends a lot his time running through the woods and playing in the mud with infantry soldiers. Outside of work, we both love the outdoors; hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling are our favorites. We also love (in no particular order) our food, our families, our dogs, our friends, and our vacations. Most important of all, though, we love each other; we’re the quintessential best friends, and can’t wait to be parents.

Our goal is to put the best of ourselves into parenting; to not only give your child every opportunity, but also provide them with the love, guidance, and role models they need to become a thoughtful, caring person who can thrive doing the things they love. And of course, there will be plenty of fun along the way! We dream of watching them grow up with our playful, fun-loving pups, of bringing them on journeys across the country and across the world, of introducing them to their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and many (many!) cousins, and letting them explore who they are and where they came from.

Being in the military, moving is a part of life, but we’ve always viewed this as a bit of an adventure. So far we’ve lived in Texas, had an incredible four years on the sun-soaked beaches of Hawaii, and are now looking forward to the spending the next five to seven years back in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where we first met. After that, it’s hard to say exactly what the future will bring, but you can rest assured that no matter where we go, your child will be loved and their well-being will always be our top priority.

When it comes down to it, it’s impossible to fit all of our thoughts and emotions, hopes and dreams onto a single page. But if you take away one thing from this letter, then please know this: we are immensely grateful that you have even considered us for the adoption of your child, and that if we are given this opportunity, it’s a gift and a privilege we will cherish for the rest of our days.

Respectfully,
Tim & Kelly

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About Us

We met by chance at a small 4th of July house party in 2012. Kelly was entering her last year of residency, while Tim was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. In short, it was hardly the ideal circumstances for beginning a serious relationship, and yet we couldn’t stop thinking about each other. Things between us grew gradually more serious until Tim left that winter. When we then endured that nine-month separation without a second thought, we knew it was meant to be. Tim came home in the summer of 2013, and we were married less than six months later. Since then, we strive every day to live our lives together to the fullest.

We spent our first few years of life together in Texas. Tim took some time away from the Army to pursue a Master’s Degree in Economics, and Kelly worked at the hospital on base. Throughout those years we enjoyed Texas’ world-famous music scene and world-famous Bar-b-Que. We didn’t so much enjoy it’s not-quite world-famous but nevertheless impressive summer heat, so when the offer came to move to Hawaii, we packed our bags and donned our Aloha attire in record time.

Our four or so years in the Pacific were simply incredible. We explored all the major Hawaiian Islands—the volcanos and lava fields of the Big Island were our personal favorites—and spent countless hours wandering the mountains and jungles of Oahu. For work, Kelly continued working for the local Army hospital, though this time she took on a teaching role as well. Tim used the move as an opportunity to continue his military career and conducted training both in Hawaii and in locations as far-flung as Malaysia, South Korea, American Samoa, and Oklahoma.

Though we loved our time in Hawaii, when an opportunity came to both advance Kelly’s career and bring us back to the Pacific Northwest, we jumped at it. With this latest move now behind us, we feel we are settled in a good place and ready to give a child the stable, loving home they deserve.

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

With both of us growing up in large households – Kelly is the oldest of five, and Tim is the third of four boys – having children of our own one day has always been a part of both our plans. We discussed having children early in our relationship, and as we fell in love, we both became confident in knowing that we would make a great parenting team.

Dealing with issues of infertility and multiple miscarriages has been frustrating and downright painful at times, but it has in no way hurt our relationship. If anything, by going through these difficult times, our marriage has become stronger. These experiences have likewise only increased our desire to raise and nurture children of our own; to see each other grow and thrive as we navigate the triumphs and tribulations of modern parenting, and to watch our kids grow and thrive in turn.

As for why we’re pursuing adoption now, it’s hard to pinpoint one specific reason. Again, we’ve accepted that a natural pregnancy is unlikely, and we’re ready to go a different route. But even before the miscarriages, we’ve always been open to the possibility of adoption. We’ve known several couples who have adopted wonderful children, and have never seen them as different or less of a family because of it. And so, as we stand at this crossroads in our life, we’ve come to believe that maybe it was just meant to be. We’ve come to accept that all of the pain and loss have led us to this point for a reason, and since we’ve always been open to adoption, we have decided that now is the right time for us to start our adoption journey.

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About Tim

It’s impossible to fully describe my husband Tim in one paragraph, but here it goes: Tim is the childhood friend who is only a phone call away. He doesn’t let friendships die with time and distance. Instead, he is able to pick up a conversation right where it left off, even if that was months prior. At family gatherings, he is the uncle that all our nieces and nephews run to. Whether he’s telling a story or playing a board game, building sandcastles, or blanket forts, he is playful and creative. He encourages them to grow and develop while allowing their individual personalities to shine through. To his coworkers, he is a trustworthy guy who always has your back. He’ll stay late to help the team finish a project. He remembers birthdays and life events. And to me, he’s my best friend. He makes me laugh when I’m taking myself too seriously. With his sense of adventure and appreciation for new experiences, he’s my favorite travel companion. He’s loyal and loving, and he inspires me to be the best version of myself. Tim is truly a remarkable person, and one of his best qualities is making others feel remarkable as well. And as we start this journey toward adoption, I can’t be more excited than to experience it with him.

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About Kelly

Simply put, Kelly is an amazing woman; driven, selfless, and fun-loving in equal parts. I am beyond lucky to have her in my life. When I need to talk, she listens. When I need a boost, she’s there to push me along. And though, as both a physician and a military officer, her work can be demanding at times, she always finds a way to make our life together awesome. Whether it’s a weeklong adventure across Iceland or a quiet Saturday curled up on the couch, I count every minute I’ve spent with her over the past eight years as a blessing. What’s more, is that I know these same traits will make her an incredible mother. She’s more than ready to welcome a child into her life, and I can’t wait to see her have that chance.

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Our Home and Neighborhood

After nearly eight years away, we’re thrilled to be back in the Pacific Northwest where, for us, it all began. We’re also very happy to finally be settled into our new house, a spacious, beautifully updated craftsman. We couldn’t ask for a better home. The fireplace is great for the rainy winter months, and clear summer days give us a magnificent view of Mount Rainier. It also comes complete with a fenced-in yard that has plenty of room to play, a finished basement for games and movies, and even a bedroom with a built-in chalkboard that was pretty much made to be a kid’s room.

What we love most about this area, however, is that it offers a little bit of everything. The food is good, the people are diverse and friendly, and there’s no shortage of things to do. When we do feel like changing things up, both Seattle and Portland are easy day trips. Likewise, with less than an hour’s drive, we can leave civilization behind and get lost (but hopefully not literally) in the beautiful Cascade mountains. In short, it’s perfect for us, and we think it will be perfect for raising a child. They’ll be able to visit the zoo, play in the ocean, see the snow, and experience all of the other childhood firsts that were so important to us growing up.

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Our Lifestyle

With both of us being military officers, an active lifestyle is a must; hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking are among our favorite ways to enjoy the outdoors. With that said, we also enjoy a number of less physically demanding hobbies. We’re both avid readers, for instance, and Tim enjoys cooking while Kelly loves to bake.

Perhaps more than anything, though, our lifestyle can be defined by a love of new experiences; trying out a new recipe, or discovering a new trail. Travel is a particular passion of ours. We love seeing new places, experiencing different cultures, meeting new people. To date, we’ve visited places as far-flung as Italy and Samoa, and crisscrossed much of the United States as well.

When we’re not traveling, you can find us in the kitchen, or relaxing on the couch, or out and about the neighborhood with our two energetic, lovable dogs in tow. But no matter what we’re doing, as long as we’re together, we’re happy.

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Our Dogs, Freddie & Charlie

Our dogs have given us so much love and heartburn over the years that the Tim and Kelly story simply isn’t complete without the Freddie and Charlie chapters. They really do make quite the dynamic duo. Freddie, our six-year-old Poodle, Irish Setter, and Golden Retriever mix, is wonderful, but way too smart for his own good. He’s constantly outwitting us to snag cookies, or Burt’s Bees, or—his personal favorite—a fresh loaf of bread. Charlie, our two-year-old Tibetan Terrier, is equally loveable if not quite as bright. The two of them are best buds. They sleep hard, play harder, and keep us on our toes, but are always ready to settle in for a good snuggle when we need it.

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Our Family

Putting it mildly, we both come from pretty big families. Kelly is the oldest of five, and Tim the third of four boys. And, with five of our seven siblings being happily married, there’s plenty of nieces and nephews around as well. We’re up to eleven and counting. You can probably imagine that our family reunions can get a bit chaotic (but always entertaining!) at times.

Though living on the opposite side of the country means we don’t get to see them as often as we’d like, we make it a point to talk to our families weekly, and the time we do spend together is always a blast. Weeklong family beach trips are a regular event for Tim’s side of the family, with everyone cramming into a single house to share meals, catch waves, and stay up late into the night playing games and catching up. Kelly’s family puts on frequent reunions where making (and eating!) lefse and other Norwegian traditions are a must. And, of course, both of our sets of parents dote on their grandkids, as good grandparents should. We’re so excited to give them another grandchild to spoil, and for your child to meet, get to know, and get into childhood mischief with their cousins like we did when we were kids.

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Cultural Diversity

Throughout both our lives, living with, working with, and being friends with people from other races and cultures has been our normal. This is in large part a function of our careers – the U.S. military is such a melting pot that it’s impossible to succeed without embracing cultural diversity – but it was especially true of our four years in Hawaii. Living there, we were able to learn from and immerse ourselves in a unique fusion of Asian and Polynesian cultures materially different from our own. During this time, Tim also had the privilege of leading a military unit in American Samoa and spent an incredibly rewarding fifteen months working with these soldiers all over the Pacific. Likewise, many of Kelly’s patients and colleagues were from many different Pacific islands.

We say this not to pretend we understand all the nuances of different cultures, but to show that we appreciate these nuances exist. We know that culture is an important, powerful thing. Whatever their heritage, we want your child to understand their heritage, and embrace their unique identity. Moreover, we want to incorporate that heritage and identity into our family. Wherever we go, we want your child to know that they belong, and will strive to ensure they never feel unwelcome or out of place.

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Our Traditions

In building our life together, we’ve blended traditions from both our childhoods, carrying them with us even when we’re thousands of miles from our families. We’ve also developed some new ones of our own along the way. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a lot of these revolve around the holidays. Halloween sees us carving pumpkins and dressing up the dogs to receive trick-or-treaters. At Thanksgiving, it’s a feast of stuffing, duck, and pumpkin pie, and once we’ve recovered, we’ll set up the Christmas tree with the timeless cliché of Mariah Carey playing in the background. And of course, we go all-in for Christmas itself. After Christmas Eve mass together, we’ll get Chinese takeout—an inexplicable but non-negotiable tradition of Tim’s family—and watch It’s a Wonderful Life. The following morning we eat cinnamon rolls (a Kelly specialty) and exchange gifts, all of this accompanied by a cup or two of coffee. Then, after calling our families, we settle in for a nice relaxing day that’s crowned with Tim’s (AKA Gordan Ramsey’s) world-famous beef wellington.

We also have our fair share of little weekly rituals: our nightly walks with the dogs, dinners together, a weekend hike or adventure of some sort or another. Though perhaps not as extravagant as our holiday traditions, these are the little beats that keep us going, the times we know we’ll be able to share together no matter how long our day might be.

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What We Will Share With Your Child

It’s hard to say exactly what we will tell your child about you, their Birth Mother. We truly believe that you should have a say in what they know about you and your story. If you choose us, you’ll get that say. Whatever you choose to share, your child will always know this: they are adopted, and their Birth Mother loves them, loves them so much that she made a selfless and brave choice when she chose for us to be a family.

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Our Promise to You

If you choose us to raise your child, we promise that your selfless act of love will be the touchstone of our parenting. We will love them, care for them, and put their needs above our own. Please know that they will not only have every opportunity, but that we will also give them the guidance, support, and structure needed for them to flourish in adulthood. Compassion and critical thinking will be as much a part of their upbringing as academics and sports. And while we take our role of parenting seriously, know that we will make sure that their childhood is as joy-filled and exciting as humanly possible. We can’t wait to show them the world and see their eyes light up as they experience the wonders of life for the first time.

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