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Thank you for taking the time to learn about us! We are a loving family that offers a stable home and positive environment, and we are excited to grow our family through adoption. As an adoptee herself (along with her twin sister), Katie looks forward to sharing this unique bond with our next child. Together with our son, we are excited to offer your child a lifetime of love, adventure, and opportunity!

About Us

We have been happily married for five years and live in Michigan with our son, Ryan, where we are surrounded by family and life-long friends. After the birth of our son, we learned that Katie could not carry another pregnancy. We believe we are called to adoption and look forward to this journey!

The Christian values we were raised with have shaped who we are as people, as partners, and as parents. We also deeply value education and the opportunities it provides. Our families instilled in us a strong work ethic and integrity, which we hope to pass on as values to our children, along with our sense of adventure and love for life. 

We are a very active family and love to spend our family time outside, playing at local parks or taking walks or bike rides. We love sports in our family too and never miss a good football game! We enjoy traveling and take an annual family trip to northern Michigan and the Carolinas, along with visits to new places each year. We look forward to sharing our active lifestyle and love for travel and learning with our children.

About TJ

“Hard-working, motivated, generous, and loyal” are the words that best describe TJ. He is a very involved dad, and our son absolutely adores him. They’re always “wrestling”, throwing the football around, or just hanging out together.

TJ is an avid reader, and reads every morning with his cup of coffee. He loves learning about history, whether it’s in a book or at a museum. He is also the “green thumb” of our family and enjoys working on the yard. He’s very active and gets a run or gym time in almost every day. TJ was a star wrestler and football player, and looks forward to coaching our kids in any athletic activities they may pursue. 

About Katie

Katie is a loving wife and mom who makes taking care of “her boys” and making our home happy and healthy her priority. She is genuine, funny, adventurous, and inquisitive. She easily makes friends with people from all walks of life, giving our family richer and fuller experiences and perspectives. 

Katie loves art – whether it’s visiting art galleries, painting, or taking art classes. She also loves to cook, and looks forward to making a healthy family dinner nearly every night. Decorating for the holidays and hosting family gatherings are among her favorite things to do. She looks forward to making sure our children know how to cook healthy meals!

Our Son and Family

Our son, Ryan, is always on the go! He attends a Christian preschool, plays in a toddler soccer league, and loves his weekly swim classes. He is very loving and kind-hearted, and we know he will be an amazing big brother!

We are blessed with a large, very close extended family. We enjoy spending time together whenever we can. Our family is down-to-earth and funny! There are always a lot of laughs involved when we’re together. We see our parents and siblings regularly and they are all looking forward to loving another child.

Our Home in Michigan

We live in a large, five-bedroom home, filled with light and love. We especially love our newly finished basement and our redone backyard which both offer space to run and play. Our town is located just outside of a large city, offering us the best of both worlds: having a small, tight-knit community and having access to large city amenities. Our community has multiple large parks, an ice rink, trails, and community events like a halloween parade and winter festival. We have the top-ranked schools in our state. It is the perfect place to raise a family!

Our Promise

We promise to give your child every opportunity to develop into the special individual they are meant to be – by loving them, giving them opportunities to explore their interests, challenging them to be their best, and instilling in them a strong set of values. We promise your child will always know his or her birth and adoption story, and that he or she is loved beyond measure.

To learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

Learn More About TJ & Katie

  TJ Katie
Our EducationMasters in Business AdministrationMasters in Business Administration
Our ProfessionsExecutive ManagementEducation Consultant
Stay-At-HomeNoPart-time and works at home
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasianCaucasian
Some of TJ & Katie's Favorites
MusicClassic Country or AmericanaAll over the board!
VacationThe Carolina CoastLondon or Paris
Book1776All the Light We Cannot See
Children's BookDigger Dozer Dumper (trucks!)Where's Spot?
Christmas MovieIt's a Wonderful LifeElf or Love Actually
Childhood MemoryFamily trip to Disney WorldSummers spent "up north" in Michigan
Family ActivitySwim classBooks 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!

Our Faith

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.

Our Traditions

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

Twins

Yes! Katie is an adopted twin, and we would love to adopt twins!

Gender

We would love either a boy or girl.

Sibling Group

Yes with the oldest up to 2 years old.

Ethnicity of ChildCaucasian, Caucasian/Asian, Caucasian/Hispanic
Future Contact with Birth Family

We are open to creating a plan with birth parents including photos, letters, and visits

In Closing

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.

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