Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

My life is filled with laughter and happiness, and I can’t wait to share that with a child. I am incredibly grateful for being considered as a possible parent for your child and if I’m given the opportunity, it will be an honor that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

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from Tennessee

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Ancestry: German, English, Russian, Norwegian

Religion: Spiritual

Occupation: Event Director

Education: BA

Hobbies: Swimming, Reading, Cycling, Running, Music

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Spiritual

Favorites

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Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
Eating frozen Snickers in the summer at the pool
Color
Red
Food
Apple Pie
Hobby
Decorating cakes
Holiday
Christmas
Sport
Triathlon (swimming, biking, and running)
Thing to Cook
Tacos
TV Show
Schitt's Creek
Music
P!NK
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From Me to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

It has never been a question of if I would adopt but when. Being a mom is something I’ve always wanted. If you asked my 20-year-old self where I’d be at this stage in life, I would have said married with a house full of kids. Although I have not met someone to share my life with yet, I am ready to begin my family and feel confident embarking on this journey as a single mom. I’m lucky to have such a supportive family and many friends that will love your child as much as I do.

I’m truly humbled that you are considering me to raise your child. I cannot begin to imagine or understand what you are going through as you make this tough yet brave decision. I know that this must be a difficult time for you. Please know that I am here to support you throughout the process in whatever way I can. If you choose me to be a mother to your child, I will show them unconditional love and shower them with hugs and kisses every day.

After spending my whole life on the East Coast, I moved to Southern California and spent 15 years enjoying the beautiful weather. It was hard to move across the country and leave all my friends behind, but I had always wanted to live on the West Coast, and I was excited to be living in the same city as my sister for the first time since we were in high school. Living close to one another strengthened our relationship and allowed us to share in each other’s milestones. Almost three years ago I became an aunt when my sister had her first child. They left California when my nephew was 6 months old and now two years later, I have relocated to Tennessee to be closer to them. Being closer to family and a built-in support system is important to me so that your child and my nephew can grow up together, and can see their grandparents regularly. My sister can’t wait to be an aunt, and my parents couldn’t be more thrilled to have another grandchild to dote on.

I’m very active, love to be outside, and have a passion for fitness and competitive sport. I love swimming, going for bike rides, running, and hiking. I’m enjoying getting to know my new area and exploring the neighborhood. I also have a love and appreciation for all types of music as I grew up with parents who were classical musicians. I’m excited to share my passions with your child and can’t wait to see what theirs are. I look forward to coaching their sports teams, sitting in the front row of a concert or play, and being their number one cheerleader in whatever they choose to do.

As a prior Kindergarten teacher, education is very important to me. I enjoy fostering a love of learning and think it’s important to keep it fun. Not all kids learn the same way, but I will do everything to ensure your child has the tools and resources to learn to the best of their abilities so that they feel confident in school.

Your child is going to be adored and cherished by so many people. I grew up in a close-knit, loving family. My parents always supported and encouraged me and my sister to follow our dreams and passions, and to do what makes us happy. Both of my parents were passionate about their careers as violinists, and it was clear how much they loved what they did. I will instill the same values in your child and encourage them to be who they want to be.

My life is filled with laughter and happiness, and I can’t wait to share that with a child. I am incredibly grateful for being considered as a possible parent for your child and if I’m given the opportunity, it will be an honor that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

With Love and gratitude,
Holly

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About Me

I grew up on the East Coast, spent the last 15 years in Southern California, and recently moved to Tennessee to be near family. Growing up, I was very active and goal-oriented. I loved to play piano and flute but ultimately, I dedicated myself to swimming. Throughout high school, I competed at the state and national level and went on to swim throughout college while getting my degree in Elementary Education. I started my career as a Kindergarten teacher and relished the opportunity to help kids enjoy learning. I eventually transitioned to a career in event planning which I did for over fifteen years. In 2021, I transitioned to a position in marketing at a company that allows me to work remotely. Working from home allows me flexibility in my schedule and allowed me the opportunity to move.

While living in California I combined my passions for fitness, competitive sport, and helping others as a triathlete, coach, and philanthropist. Initially, I joined a triathlon team to learn a new sport, make friends and raise money for cancer research. I quickly became hooked on the sport which led to years of competing in Ironman triathlons as well as coaching others in the pursuit of their fitness dreams. I derive great pleasure in helping teammates overcome their fears and achieve their goals.

I also love being creative and bringing joy to other people’s lives. I love baking and decorating cakes for my friends and family, planning milestone birthdays, going to pop and country music concerts, traveling to new places, and volunteering for causes that are important to me.

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Why I Am Choosing to Adopt

I believe I was meant to be a mom and I knew it would happen when the time was right. Although I have not met someone to share my life with yet, I am ready to begin my family and feel grateful to have the opportunity to do so by adopting. I’ve always wanted children and knew that whether I had my own or not, I would one day adopt. It’s always been very easy for me to connect with children, and I love watching them learn and grow. Being able to witness the joys of adoption firsthand strengthened my desire to adopt. My cousin and her husband adopted three siblings, and I taught several students that had been adopted. I have a lot to give, and a child would bring much happiness to my life. I’m fortunate to have a good and fulfilling life with a great family and wonderful friends, and I want to share that with your child.

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Lifestyle

I enjoy my career and it supports me well, but my work does not define me. Fortunately, my job is very family-friendly. I have reliable working hours and a lot of control over my day. Outside of work I have plenty of free time to work out, have fun with friends and family, and enjoy downtime at home. I like competing in endurance events such as triathlons and marathons and spent several years coaching athletes as well. Being in a new city has allowed me to explore and discover what the area has to offer. I’ve spent time hiking, checking out local farmer’s markets, and testing out all the ice cream shops with my nephew. I like to be social and keep busy but sometimes it’s just as fun to be lazy at home. I love getting wrapped up in a good TV series or movie, getting lost in a good book or podcast, or just relaxing to music.

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Home & Neighborhood

I recently traded in the sandy beaches of Southern California for the lush mountains of Tennessee to be closer to my family. I live in a wonderful, quiet, diverse neighborhood filled with kids of all ages. My neighbors are friendly and have been very welcoming. My house has a fenced-in backyard which provides a safe environment for kids to play in. There are several parks and trails within walking distance, and my sister lives two miles away. There is an elementary school is close by with several enrichment programs and small classes. I’ve only been here a short time but feel like I’ve been part of this community forever.

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Future Pets

I’ve always been a dog lover and grew up with golden retrievers my entire life. Although I currently don’t have a dog, it is something I want in my future. Now that I live near my sister, I get to play Aunt to their Australian Shepherd, Maggie. In addition to being the resident dog sitter, I love to take her on hikes, go to the beach, and throw the tennis ball for countless hours in the yard. The unconditional love a pet provides is priceless, and I want your child to experience the joys of growing up with a dog like I did.

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My Family & Friends

I grew up in a small family with supportive parents, a younger sister, and a golden retriever. Both of my parents were classical musicians, so we developed a love and appreciation for music at a young age. We spent many Sundays watching our parents play concerts, which sparked our interest to play an instrument as well. My parents, who have been married almost 50 years, left the fast pace of New York and retired in Georgia. My sister, brother-in-law, and nephew are very important to me, so I recently moved to Tennessee to be closer to them. I love being an aunt and spend as much time as possible with my almost 3-year-old nephew. Being closer to family and having a built-in support system is important to me, which is another reason I chose to move closer to family. I didn’t grow up near my cousins, so I want that for my kids.

I’m also lucky to have amazing friends that are like my extended family. Although I’ve only been an aunt officially for a year, I’ve had the privilege and joy of being “Auntie Holly” for many years to my friends’ kids. Some are in different cities so we don’t see each other often, but we get together when we can. My friendships are important to me, so I make it a priority to maintain them. My family and friends are very supportive of my decision to adopt, and they are as eager as I am to welcome the newest member to the family.

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Family Traditions

There are many family traditions that I cherish and look forward to continuing with a family of my own. While growing up, my dad would take me and my sister into New York City to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. We would eat donuts and soft pretzels as we watched the giant balloons go by. Even though I no longer live there I still watch the parade on TV every year. New Year’s Eve was always a highlight when we were growing up. We would bang pots and pans on our front porch at midnight, and my Gram would make us her favorite childhood dessert, Blinchiki (Russian crepes). Christmas was always a special day for my family that revolved around family time, food, giving, and of course, receiving gifts. Because I have such lasting memories of my childhood Christmases, I love the idea of helping to create fond memories for others who are in need, so over the past few years, I have adopted a family for the holidays. I look forward to continuing each of these traditions with your child, and of course, creating some of our very own as well.

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Vacation & Leisure Time

I always look forward to vacations! I have a passion for travel and love to explore new cities and countries, and I am excited to share this with your child and experience the world through their eyes. When I visit a new place, I like to immerse myself in the culture and take advantage of every minute I’m there, but it’s also nice to relax at the pool or the beach as well. I was lucky to go to Italy and France as a child and have been back to both countries several times as an adult. I had an amazing trip to Germany a few years ago and got to experience traditional German food and visit many historical sites. It’s a luxury to take big vacations so I plan them every few years. When I’m not going on a long vacation, I enjoy planning several long weekends throughout the year to visit family and friends, visit national parks, or explore other areas of the country I haven’t been to yet.

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What I Will Teach

I believe it’s important to lead by example, and I want your child to be surrounded by positive role models that they can learn from. Above everything, I will teach my children that they are loved by so many people, especially you. My children will learn to show kindness and compassion for others, as well as accept and embrace everyone’s differences. I will teach them the value of patience and perseverance and strive to instill in them confidence and independence. They will learn to be respectful and to treat others the way they want to be treated. I will encourage them to follow their dreams, pursue their passions, and do what makes them happy, and I will teach them not to take anything for granted.

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My Promise to You

First and foremost, I will always have the utmost respect for you and for the courageous decision you are making. I promise to respect and honor your wishes regarding the type of relationship you want to have during this journey, and I will be here in whatever capacity you wish. I will shower your child with unconditional love and support and provide them with a happy and safe home. If you trust me to be a mom to your child, I will be honest with them about where they came from and for the love you had for them to do what you felt was best for their future. Not only do I promise to love your child, but I will protect, nurture and educate them to become the best person he or she can be, and I will share with you whatever milestones you want to see. I cannot wait to experience the joys of motherhood and I am grateful you are considering turning my dream into a reality.

Message Holly

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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 Holly

  • 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!