|Our Education||Masters in Business Administration||Masters in Business Administration|
|Our Professions||Executive Management||Education Consultant|
|Stay-At-Home||No||Part-time and works at home|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Caucasian|
|Some of TJ & Katie's Favorites
|Music||Classic Country or Americana||All over the board!|
|Vacation||The Carolina Coast||London or Paris|
|Book||1776||All the Light We Cannot See|
|Children's Book||Digger Dozer Dumper (trucks!)||Where's Spot?|
|Christmas Movie||It's a Wonderful Life||Elf or Love Actually |
|Childhood Memory||Family trip to Disney World||Summers spent "up north" in Michigan|
|Family Activity||Swim class||Books and prayers before bedtime|
|More About Our Family
|Our Special Interests|
We love to travel - in our state, across the country (especially the Carolinas), and oversees. We really enjoy learning about history, art, and different cultures through travel, as well as just connecting and having fun as a family. We both love to read -- TJ mostly reads nonfiction and Katie enjoys fiction. Katie is currently trying to read all the Pulitzer Prize fiction winners. Audio books are new family favorite as well! We love any good sports game in our house. We are huge fans of our college teams, and football season is our favorite time of year. We are very active both individually and as a family. TJ likes to hit the gym nearly every day. We like doing 5K races together and include Ryan by pushing him in his running stroller. We've encouraged Ryan to be active through involvement in toddler activities like his soccer league and swimming classes. TJ is the "green thumb" of our family and loves to take care of the yard and garden with Ryan, while Katie loves to cook and try out new, healthy recipes (TJ likes to eat them!). Of course, our greatest interest is in watching and supporting our son as he develops his own interests!
We were both raised Catholic, and attend a Catholic church near our home where our son was baptized. Our Catholic faith and community is important to our family and our extended families. Our Christian values - especially faith, love, and compassion - really define our approach to daily life. Instilling strong Christian values in our children and ensuring they live them out on a daily basis is our priority. We look forward to continuing our faith journey with our children.
While we consider ourselves to be adventurous people, we absolutely love the familiarity and consistency that our family traditions give us. In particular, we do an annual family vacation to northern Michigan (which is among the most beautiful places on earth!) with Katie's family. This offers us a chance to unwind, relax, and reconnect with nature and with each other. We always order the same pizza from the same pizzeria on Friday night, make s'mores over a campfire, watch the same old movies, and float on tubes in the lake. It's definitely gotten "busier" as more kids have come into our family, but we wouldn't have it any other way! We also have long-standing family holiday traditions. We do a large family dinner on Christmas Eve, which we now hold at our house and which both TJ and Katie's families attend. Every year brings the same menu - a roast, cheesy potatoes, and veggies. It's our family's chance to sit around the table and reflect on all that we've been blessed with over the previous year. The 4th of July brings a huge family barbecue and a fantastic fireworks show at Katie's uncle's house. Thanksgiving is always spent with TJ's family in Ohio or on a family trip together - last year was at Disneyworld, and we sure wouldn't mind making that a new tradition!
|Our Volunteer Work|
Being involved in our community is really important to us. In particular, we enjoy supporting national and local organizations promoting kidney health and organ donation - both of which have touched our family. We support fundraising initiatives through an annual drive we organize at TJ's work, as well as by participating in events such as charity runs and walks. Our extended families participate with us, which makes these events so rewarding and fun for our entire family. Katie has also been on the board of various nonprofit organizations, particularly for schools and education.
|We live in the state of...|
Michigan. There's so much to explore in our state, including beautiful lakes, forests, and beaches. The fall is especially beautiful here! There is no better place than a cider mill on a fall day in Michigan, complete with freshly-picked apples and homemade doughnuts! The summer offers every outdoor activity you can imagine, from boating to hiking to golfing. And if you can handle the cold and snow, Michigan winters are a great time to get outside and go skiing or ice skating or just build a snowman in the backyard. We live in a metropolitan area full of kid-friendly museums and a zoo. There's so much to explore here!
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...
|Age of Child|
Newborn - 2 years
Yes! Katie is an adopted twin, and we would love to adopt twins!
We would love either a boy or girl.
Yes with the oldest up to 2 years old.
|Ethnicity of Child||Caucasian, Caucasian/Asian, Caucasian/Hispanic|
|Future Contact with Birth Family|
We are open to creating a plan with birth parents including photos, letters, and visits
We look forward to welcoming your child into our home and hearts! We promise to surround them with love, guidance, and support on life's journey. Thank you for considering our sincere desire to love your child.