Married Since: 2011

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Your baby will be the central focus of our lives and will know every day how special they are, how loved they are, and that their hopes and dreams are all within reach.

Robert and Kimberly

from North Carolina

Robert

Ancestry: Italian, Swedish

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Cybersecurity Specialist

Education: B.S.

Hobbies: Fitness, Motorcycles, Reading, Travel, DIY

Kimberly

Ancestry: French, English

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Makeup Artist

Education: Some College

Hobbies: Fitness, Motorcycles, Reading, Travel, Concerts

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Robert

Animal
Honey badger
Book
"The Art of Racing in the Rain"
Color
Black
Family Activity
Movie night
Holiday
Memorial Day
Quote
"Yesterday's home runs won't win today's game"
Subject in School
English
Thing to Cook
Creamy scrambled eggs
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
Vacation Spot
Any place with no internet

Kimberly

Animal
Cheetah
Book
"A Wrinkle in Time"
Color
Fuschia
Family Activity
Road trips
Holiday
Halloween
Quote
"Be who you are and say what you mean."
Subject in School
English and science
Thing to Cook
Just about everything
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night owl
Vacation Spot
The mountains
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From Us to You

We can’t begin to know the spectrum of feelings and emotions that you must be experiencing right now and want you to know that we are here in whatever way you need us to be. We believe that the most important thing in the world is to do what is best for your child, and we want you to know that is exactly what we will always do. Your baby will be loved, protected, and cared for in a way that honors the blessing and incredible act of kindness you are offering to two complete strangers. We are awestruck by your strength, compassion, and courageous selflessness to consider what we can only imagine is the hardest decision in the world to make.

Your baby will be the central focus of our lives and will know every day how special they are, how loved they are, and that their hopes and dreams are all within reach. We will make sure your baby’s needs always come first. We will teach them that kindness, compassion, and courage are what makes them an incredible person and capable of achieving anything they set their mind to. We will encourage them to find things that they love and to always do what makes them happy. They will know that we will fight for them, and we will teach them to fight for what they believe in. They will always know they have a safe place to land no matter what comes their way and that our family will always be there no matter what.

We started talking about adoption in our early conversations when we first met. It is something that Kimberly always knew she would do. After 10 years of marriage, several years of infertility treatments, and more miscarriages than we care to keep track of, we know this is truly an emotional blessing and do not take it for granted. We always knew we would raise a child together and we knew God had a plan for how that would happen. Your baby will always know that you played one of the most important roles in our lives.

We have always had a solid vision of what our life would look like. It involved being surrounded by family for Sunday dinners, traveling all over the world and learning about other cultures, spending holidays with the entire family, family and friend game nights, and outdoor movie nights (weather permitting). If Kimberly has her way, we will also be surrounded by every stray dog and cat she encounters, a few chickens, some goats, and any other creature she decides to befriend. Above all else we will always be together. We believe that spending quality time with family and friends and making memories is one of the most important things we can do, and your baby will know how important that is.

We know there will be times that will be hard and if this is a journey that you would like to take with us, we intend to be here for you every step of the way. We would love to be here to support you and comfort you in any way that we can.

Always,
Robert & Kimberly

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Our Home

We live in a 5 bedroom house with plenty of room to play. Our backyard is fenced and would be the perfect place for a swing set. We live across the street from a wildlife rescue center and a family farm where we can pick strawberries in the spring and pumpkins in the fall. We live close enough to the city to enjoy all the amenities like museums, parks, and sporting events, but far enough out to feel like we are living in the country.

When we were looking for our home, the one thing that caught our attention were the children playing outside. That was very important to us because we knew one day we would have a family. We are surrounded by neighbors with young children, and they are always found outside playing. The neighborhood has a community playground, a pool, basketball, and tennis courts. There are trails behind the neighborhood where the children ride their bikes as well. Throughout the day, you will see people out walking their dogs, us included, on the sidewalks.

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Our Family and Friends

Our families are very important to us. We were both raised by our mothers, so we came to an understanding early on that family is everything. Kimberly has a large family that we get to see throughout the year. Some of them live within a few hours of us so we get to see them more often, but we always get together with the entire family every summer for her family reunion. We also get to see Robert’s family throughout the year as well. Robert was lucky enough to be blessed with a daughter from a previous marriage. She is now married to an amazing man, and they blessed us with 2 beautiful grandchildren, Anaya and Andre. Regardless as to how often we get to see our families, we communicate with a lot of them daily.

We also have a chosen family. We believe that our dearest friends are also our family. They are some of the most supportive and selfless people we have ever known. They are always there to offer a hand, feed the cat and dog if we’re out of town, or just sit around a bonfire and laugh about the day’s events. We are thankful that in our adult life we were able to have such wonderful relationships.

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Our Sweet Pets

If you know us, you know about our pets. We adopted “The Marley Dog” 8 years ago when she was a year and a half. Oliver (Marley’s cat) came along 7 months later when he had just turned 8 weeks. They were two peas in a pod. We think Marley really did believe he was her cat because her mothering instincts kicked in and she carried him around by his neck like he was her puppy. And he imprinted on her immediately. Marley knows no stranger and thinks everyone she encounters is there to play with her. Oliver is cautious but will follow you around and chat with you as soon as he trusts you. They love spending the day together napping under Robert’s desk while he is in his office. We always joke that they work with him because they stay with him throughout most of the day while he is working. We talk to them both like people, so we can imagine there will be some very interesting and deep conversations between them and your baby. Of the two of them, Oliver is more likely to respond and carry on the conversation as he loves to run around talking to us. He loves to sit in front of you offering his opinion on everything. Marley is a great listener in her own right, but she would rather lay there and snuggle with you while you talk to her, keeping her thoughts to herself. We cannot wait to see the bond that will form between them and your baby.

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Our Lifestyle

Our lifestyle changed a lot over the past 2 years because of the pandemic. Before covid we spent a lot of time taking road trips by car or motorcycle. We often traveled with friends and enjoyed finding new places to visit. We loved taking food tours of every new area and immersing ourselves in the culture of the town or city. We spent a ton of time listening to live music. We enjoyed seeing a live show even if we weren’t huge fans of the music. Connecting to music on that level was something that we both loved. We have date night every Wednesday night, went out to breakfast together twice a week and we made sure we had dinner together when we were both home. We did this because between Robert’s deployments and Kimberly’s traveling work schedule, we would always have specific time set aside for each other.

Since our city went on lockdown, we have spent a lot more time at home. We turned our weekly theater movie nights into home movie nights curled up on the couch with our pets. With both of us working from home we are able to have breakfast together every morning and cook together every evening. We have small game nights with friends who live near us and spend time at their farm hanging out by the bonfire. The one constant is that we always spend time together. We really enjoy hanging out together and believe making memories is our greatest gift.

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About Kimberly

If I had to capture Kimberly in a sentence, I would have to say that isn’t nearly enough to describe just how special a human being she is. Kimberly has so many amazing qualities, which is why I love her so much and am so thankful she was put into my life. She is a natural nurturer, who always finds the positive in every situation. She is encouraging and loving, strong and dedicated, and probably the most giving and selfless person I have ever met. Kimberly connects deeply with people (and animals too), and whether she knows it or not, mentors nearly everyone she meets. She has an infectious smile, a genuine happiness in her heart that shines through in all she does, and a much-appreciated sense of humor. When she walks into a room, her confidence is apparent, and she makes sure to sincerely engage everyone to see how they’re doing. In short, she honestly cares about others in a way that is refreshing and inspiring. Her sense of humor and adventure are unmatched, and she is a world-class planner, down to the fine details of how many good restaurants are within walking distance of a potential AirBnB! It isn’t all rainbows though; she does forget to turn the closet light off from time to time, and she can sometimes take the spontaneity out of a vacation with her well thought out itinerary, unless there happens to be an animal adoption event going on. All kidding aside, she is a beautiful soul, a kindred spirit of kindness and love, a giver of joy who is deeply thoughtful and considerate of everyone else’s needs before her own. She inspires me to be the best version of myself and picks me up when I feel like I fall short. She is undeniably amazing!

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About Robert

I waited a long time to get married because I had never met “the one.” And then Robert came along. From the moment I met him I knew he was different. There were little things like how he walked on the street side of the street, opened every door, and had no issue giving directions to strangers that were lost in a city that he was not familiar with. I quickly learned that chivalry was not dead. There was also something about him that immediately made me feel safe and that was very important to me. And then there were bigger things like not being afraid to plan a future for us, even in the beginning.

Communication and tradition are very big deals for him, and it shows. It was very easy to fall in love with him. He has a very tough and rugged exterior and I think a lifetime in the military helped to mold that image. When you peel back the layers, he is kind, genuine, compassionate, a little goofy and always ready for an adventure. That tough exterior is actually a little squishy. He is the constant protector and will always fight for his family and friends. He speaks with intention and doesn’t say anything unless he means it. He has taught me to be adaptable and that not everything needs to be planned. I wrote something about him years ago and it still holds true. “You are my light at the end of every tunnel. You are my calm to every storm. You are my breath when I find it hard to breathe. You allow me to be who I truly am with no judgment. You hold my heart so carefully that I know, no matter what, I am always safe.”

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How We Met

We joke that we bought each other online. In all reality we did, but it was not anything funny. We met on eHarmony at a time when online dating sites were taboo and meeting through an app on your phone wasn’t possible yet. Neither one of us was the type to go out to a bar and meet people and those we were picking to date were not the right fit for a long-term relationship. So, we decided to let someone else have a hand in prospective dates. We figured that after spending 45 minutes on a personality questionnaire, and not being able to choose those we were matched with gave us a better chance at a successful match for marriage. And we were correct. Once we were matched, we were able to really get to know each other before actually meeting in person. By the time we did finally meet in person, we already had a solid foundation in place, and by the third or fourth date, we were discussing our future. We both feel like this way of meeting allowed us to develop a deeper connection with each other and encouraged us to communicate in ways that we would not have in a normal dating situation.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

Kimberly has wanted to adopt for as long as she remembers. You will often hear her telling people that she was called to it when she was a child. Her grandparents adopted her oldest uncle before going on to have 5 biological children. She always knew her family would be diverse before she really understood what that meant. Her dream was to have a huge family, full of love and Sunday dinners. Adoption was something that we began talking about as soon as we started dating. We loved the idea of opening our home to someone that was not ours biologically. We also knew that timing was everything and while Robert was active-duty military that was not the right time for us. He was constantly deploying on very short notice, and we recognized that may not be an emotionally safe space for a child navigating the world of adoption. We knew we would wait until he retired. What we didn’t realize was that we would be unable to have children naturally. We spent countless years doing fertility treatments and have 7 babies that we were never able to meet. But with all that loss, the love for a child has never wavered. We always knew we were meant to raise children together.

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Family Traditions

We believe that traditions are very important, whether it is large family gatherings or things that we do on a weekly basis. We spend the holidays and birthdays surrounded by family. We alternate our Thanksgiving holidays between our home and Robert’s mom’s. We drive to Kentucky and spend time with his mom, dad, two brothers and their wives. When we are at our home, Kimberly enjoys spending the day cooking with her mom and entertaining the family that comes into town.

Kimberly’s favorite holiday is Halloween. She loves helping her friend’s children get ready. We spend the evening with friends while their children are trick-or-treating. We top the night off at a friend’s house, full of homemade caramel apples, and tons of other homemade goodies.

Since the first year we started dating we have spent Memorial weekend in Washington DC. That has always been something that was very important to us. Robert spent 26 years in the military and always wants to honor those that paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Every Spring we take a big trip with Robert’s daughter and her family. Robert’s mother comes along as well. We love finding fun things for the kids to do. We try to spend as much quality time with each other as we can since they live so far away, and we don’t get to see them as often as we would like.

Our smaller traditions are having breakfast out at our favorite breakfast spot at least twice a week. We have date night every Wednesday night where we completely unplug. We have been doing this since we got married. What started as a way to connect because Robert deployed so often turned into a habit we never wanted to break.

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Our Personalities

Our personalities are very similar at the core, but we both are unique in how those personalities shine through. Kimberly is the social butterfly whose inquisitive nature, natural kindness, ability to relate to personal stories and empathize with others endears her to everyone she meets. As a child they said she never knew a stranger. She can strike up a conversation with just about anyone, and you can tell by watching her conversations with others that she is a genuinely compassionate and caring person.

Robert is not the social butterfly and prefers to observe and evaluate from a distance before engaging. Once he welcomes you into his circle though, he is a loyal and devoted friend. He is also a man of few words, but is thoughtful, intentional, and direct in everything he says. Robert is above all a very caring and loving person once you get past his deceivingly rough exterior. He is quick to befriend a stray dog or cat, and always cheers for the underdog in every story.

Kimberly is definitely the one who will goof around and act silly. She doesn’t take herself seriously too often and tries to find the best in every situation. Because of this we are always laughing. Robert is the person who will sit back and manage the potential outcomes in his head, so he is always prepared. Our personalities really balance each other out. Kimberly brings out a lighthearted side in Robert while he helps to keep her grounded.

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Racial and Cultural Diversity

We never understood racial differences until we were old enough to experience them through our family and friends. Our family and friends consist of all ethnic, cultural, and social backgrounds. Because of this we started having conversations about how we would teach our children about diversity when got married. We knew that we needed to raise them to be a good human, to be compassionate, kind, and respectful of all people regardless of their differences. And now that there is a possibility that our child could be of a different ethnicity, the conversation has gotten deeper. We want them to always feel safe, but we do understand that not everyone thinks like we do. We will do everything in our power to make sure they understand where they come from. We will surround them with mentors who look like them. We will teach them how to live in this world, to understand what life may be like, and that their family will always stand beside them.

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Our Careers

Robert likes challenges, thrives in adversity, is committed to keeping his word and getting things done. He feels that this led him to the military. He believes in serving a cause greater than himself. He loves being a problem solver and being able to look at a situation and predict how to react to the outcomes before they happen. He loves being able to plan on a much larger scale and see the impact that he can make. He likes knowing that the work he does matters and impacts people’s lives in a positive way. All these things were constant in his military career. This also transferred over into his career after he retired from the Army. He chose a path that embodied everything he had always loved about serving his country.

When Kimberly started down her career path as a makeup artist, she realized it was more than just painting a face. In the beginning of her career, it was about connecting with someone on a personal level and building a relationship with them. She was able to create wonderful relationships with her clients that she still has years later. As the years went on, she realized what she loved about her industry was making her clients feel amazing in their own skin and empowering women to believe in themselves. After struggling with her own self esteem issues, she believes that it is important to help people see how special they are and to understand that we are all different and that is what makes us beautiful.

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What Attracted us to Each Other

Having met online, we became attracted to things we learned by emailing each other over the course of several weeks. We were able to be more vulnerable behind the safety of a computer screen. The most important thing that we both were looking for in a partner was the other person’s core values. It wasn’t long before we identified that we held many of the same core values and beliefs. We both felt that having those in common were key to building a solid relationship. Things like compassion, respect for others, dignity, integrity, selflessness, and being genuine in your actions are qualities that we both admire in others and work tirelessly to make a daily part of our lives. We can honestly say our initial attractions have resulted in a healthy relationship full of love, honesty, happiness, and a sincere appreciation for each other.

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Our Promise to You

Having been a father and always knowing we wanted to raise a family together, we understand the gravity of this decision you are making. Our promise to you is that we will cherish your child. We will do everything in our power to always keep them safe. We will love them beyond measure and make sure that they always know that your decision is one that will hold the largest space in our hearts. They will grow up knowing that we will always support them and put their needs first. We will lead by example, be the constant teacher, and give them the space they need to become who they are meant to be. We will teach them what it means to love unconditionally and that words matter. They will understand what it means to be brave, how to fight for what they believe in, and that we will stand behind them in every battle. We understand that life will not be perfect, but we will always strive to be everything they need.

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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!