Adam and Kris

Adam and Kris

Hello! We are Adam and Kris

In our heart of hearts, we cannot imagine how you must be feeling right now.  This must be an incredibly difficult decision to make, one of the most important and life altering that you will ever face.  Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about us as you consider your future plans.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

Facts About Adam
  1. Loves spicy food and once won a spicy food eating contest dressed as Darth Vader.
  2. Works as a music teacher and writes music for film in his spare time.
  3. There are very few instruments he can’t play
  4. Is a great driver and excellent parallel parker!
  5. Was an extra in a Hollywood movie
  6. Loves to garden
  7. Performed at Carnegie Hall once
  8. Makes his own hot sauce
Facts About Kris
  1. Grew up in New York
  2. The kitchen is her happy place.
  3. Is a bit of a Star Trek nerd and once met William Shatner
  4. Loves establishing new traditions as ways to celebrate life
  5. Can wiggle her ears
  6. Adores Christmas movies, but will only watch them during the Christmas season
  7. Collects and loves listening to vinyl records
  8. Loves to travel and have new experiences – like kayaking around a castle in Sweden or riding an elephant in Thailand

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parents,

We are Adam and Kris and want to start by letting you know that we are fully committed to an open adoption and want your child to know they were loved unconditionally from the beginning.  Your child should be raised feeling proud of who they are, always knowing that the decisions you made were ones of love. Know that we would spend the rest of our lives making your child feel loved, given the freedom to become the person they choose to be – always honoring the courageous choices you made.

As you continue reading, we hope you will get a better idea of who we are, our love for each other, the fun things we like to do together, and the parents we are and intend to be.  You may also find that we are a bit goofy and love to laugh.   Above all, we hope you can see the love your child would know as a part of our family.

A little about Adam

Adam grew up in Oregon as the youngest of three children.  His older brother, Tom lives with his family in Eugene, OR and we get together with them frequently for holidays, camping trips and football games.  His sister Shannon and her family live in central Oregon and we love visiting them whenever we can.   Adam’s mother lives only a few miles away and we get together regularly for family dinners.

Growing up, Adam was given the freedom to be creative and to “just be a kid” – riding bikes in the neighborhood, playing at the playground, building forts in the trees behind his house, and hanging out with friends.

He considers himself to be a bit music nerd, having degrees in both Music and Education. Adam has been a music teacher at the same K-12 school for over 20 years.  He genuinely loves his work and often helps out with extra-curricular activities like school plays and class trips.

He recently started composing music for short films and commercials and has been enjoying the new creative challenge. There’s always a song or beat playing inside his head and he’s very much looking forward to making some noise together with a little one.

A little about Kris

Kris grew up in western New York as the oldest of three children.  Her parents, grandmother and younger brother and sister still live in New York with their families and we travel to see them at least once a year.  Kris is still very close with her family despite living on the opposite coast and keeps in touch with frequent phone calls.  She is always looking forward to the next time she can video chat with her nieces and nephew.

Her favorite childhood memories are from summers at the lake where days were spent swimming, boating, exploring, playing games, and roasting marshmallows around the fire.  These were magical summers and something that she has always wanted to recreate with her own family.

Her degree is in English and she works in Procurement for a small, family run company.  She has flexible work days and the ability to work from home which will allow her time to be involved in activities and volunteer for school events.

Through the years, she has cultivated a love of photography and is often snapping pictures.  You can feel confident your child will have an abundance of photos taken to be shared with you.  Kris also enjoys reading and has collected a small library of children’s books that can be read together as a family.

A little about us

We were married surrounded by our closest family and friends in a small ceremony where we became a blended family of four.  Adam has two children, Ella and Grayson that are 15 years old (yes twins!)

We have so much love for each other and our children that growing our family through adoption has always been a part of our conversations together.

We are a pretty active family and love being outdoors.  We are blessed to live in an area with the expansive beauty of the mountains, lakes, and the coast close by and we take any chance we can to explore the world around us.   We love to go on hikes, hang out with family and friends, go camping, walk around our neighborhood, tend to our garden, have picnics in the park, and spend time at local community events.  There are so many amazing things to see in our world and each year brings new adventures for our family!

It’s also important to us to be active members of our community, so we make it a priority to volunteer together as a family.  Once a month, we volunteer our time making lunch and serving it to the homeless in our community, we also work with an organization that provides needed items to foster children and their families.  We love animals and can often be found working with local animal sanctuaries as well.

We love to play board and card games and some of our favorites are Sorry, Clue, Parcheesi, Skip-Bo, and Exploding Kittens.  We also enjoy playing video games together as well and often have mini-tournaments on rainy Saturday afternoons where Ella is the usual champion.

Our home

We love our home.  It’s filled with lots of light, music and love.  The kitchen is at the heart of our house and we cook together most evenings – exchanging stories of our day, making dinner and dancing around to music while the food simmers away.  We very much look forward to the day when we have a little one hanging out in the kitchen and sharing this ritual with us.

Being hospitable and having friends and family over is something we love to do.  We think our home is cozy and joyful.

The area we live in was recently named one of the 100 best communities for young people and we live in a great neighborhood within walking distance of two parks, a community garden, and an elementary school.  Adam is close enough to bike to work on occasion.

We’d like to leave you with this…

We have much love to share and have created a life filled with laughter, music, silliness, good food, and impromptu kitchen dance parties.

If you decide that adoption is the best decision for you and your baby, we would be so pleased to get to you know you – and  we hope that our silly, fun and adventurous family is one that you can see your baby being raised in.  If you were to choose to have us as a part of your family, we look forward to sharing the milestones and smiles that are to come in the months and years ahead.

We wish you the most success in life and ease in making your decision. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to tell you a little about ourselves.  .

Love and Respect,

Adam & Kris

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Tim and Becky

Tim and Becky

Hello! We are Tim and Becky

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to view our profile. We can't imagine what
you are going through, and have so much compassion for you as you make these very difficult decisions.
The love you have for your child is beautiful and we are humbled by it.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

Facts About Becky
  1.  Her favorite food is pizza!
  2. She loves to visit Pismo Beach, CA, and anywhere family is.
  3. Her Favorite thing to do is going on adventures with her family
  4. Becky loves to create handmade jewelry, and other crafts, as well as loves to read.
  5. she loves her job as a preschool teacher, and loves kids. She also loves the sunshine! If the sun is shining, she wants to be outside enjoying it.
  6. Becky is from a large family ( she has 5 siblings, and her mom had 12 siblings) so she has lots of cousins and aunts and uncles.
  7. Becky as 2 nieces and a nephew under the age of 5, a nephew in high school, and a niece in 4th grade.
Facts About Tim
  1. His favorite food is Sushi!
  2. His favorite place to visit is  the beach, he loves the ocean.
  3. Tim’s favorite things to do are riding quads and motorcycles and fixing old cars up.
  4. His passions are working on a car or motorcycle project. He is also very passionate about taking care of his family and spending time with them.
  5. He has two sisters, and is the middle child.
  6. Tim has one nephew and 3 nieces as well as a 6month old great nephew.

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parents,

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to view our profile. We can’t imagine what you are going through,  and have so much compassion for you as you make these very difficult decisions. The love you have for your child is beautiful and we are humbled by it. We have the highest respect for you and your bravery, we promise to honor it always, and share that love with your child. Our prayers are with you as you go through this time, and we hope that God gives you wisdom and peace through it all.  We hope as you look through our page you get a little sense of us, and who we are.

We met through our families, our moms are best friends (and still are!) and Tim’s younger sister is one of Becky’s best friends. We only dated for a few months before we knew that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and got married about 6 months after our first date. It has been a wonderful 13 years together, and although there have been sad and tough times, we are each other’s best friend, and have grown closer and more in love through every circumstance.

We love to spend time outside exploring the area that we live in, whether going for long drives to new places, or going for walks and hikes along the many trails around our town, we love the outdoors.  We also spend as much time as we can with family; having get togethers on weekend evenings, barbequing, and playing games with family and friends is one of our favorite ways to spend our down time.

Becky is a preschool teacher, and has been for about 16 years.  She absolutely loves her job, and loves working with kids. Tim has always been a hands on guy who enjoys being outdoors and having a variety of projects to work on, so his job in Facilities Maintenance suits him perfectly!

It had always been our biggest dream to be parents.  We actually began trying to build our family pretty soon after we were married, but after 13 years of infertility, with one heartbreaking miscarriage, having biological children was just not to be.  We had always planned on adopting as a way to expand our family; Becky has 2 adopted siblings, and we both see it as a beautiful way to be parents.  We are so excited to begin our journey into parenthood, and are eager to see what the future brings for our family!

Thank you again for getting to know us.

From our hearts to yours,

Tim and Becky

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Kyle and Gwendolyn

Kyle and Gwendolyn

Hello! We are Kyle and Gwendolyn

Thank you for taking the time to read our story. We are in awe of your courage and selflessness as you make this decision. If choosing our family is what is best for you and your baby, please know that we welcome you into our family with the same anticipation as we do your baby.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

Facts About Gwendolyn
  1. Gwendolyn is an Infant & Early Childhood Therapist who works with small children.
  2. She grew up working in her family’s gardening and landscaping business.
  3. She is trying to visit every National Park at least once in her lifetime.
  4. Gwendolyn loves to paint.
  5. Her favorite thing to do is make Kyle laugh, and convincing him to go on adventures.
Facts About Kyle
  1. Kyle has always loved spending time with kids — from spoiling his younger sister to working as a camp counselor to volunteering with the Boys & Girls Club.
  2. Kyle’s parents are both journalists.
  3. He loves running and cooking things up in the kitchen (he’s the family chef).
  4. He has only been sick once in the 7 years he has been with Gwendolyn.
  5. He is a math whiz.

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parents,

Thank you for taking the time to read our story. We are in awe of your courage and selflessness as you make this decision. If choosing our family is what is best for you and your baby, please know that we welcome you into our family with the same anticipation as we do your baby.

We’ve been together for seven years.  A lot has happened since we first met — graduate school, new jobs, our wedding, big moves, and buying our first home. We’ve been inseparable since our first date. We live in a friendly neighborhood down the street from a beautiful park and playground. We are a short walk away from a public library. There is an award-winning elementary school less than a block away, where kids can learn foreign languages. Diversity is at the heart of our community.

We are a very active family and love to travel. We are always planning adventures, whether they are in our own backyard, at a National Park, or across the globe. We can’t wait to explore the world with our growing family. In the last few years we have been able to see South East Asia, Arizona, and Morocco.

We have known for years that an open adoption would be part of our story. Gwendolyn has dedicated her career to helping small children in need and has always wanted to adopt. Kyle’s life-long friend was adopted, Gwendolyn’s grandfather was adopted, and another friend recently adopted a baby of his own. Adoption has always been a part of our lives.

We are supported and inspired by our loved ones. Your baby would have three aunts, five grandparents, and six great grandparents ready to spoil him or her with love and attention! Gwendolyn’s grandfather (also known as the Deacon) was adopted as a small child. He can’t wait to become a great grandfather.

We hope to provide your baby with a loving, nurturing, and safe home. Creativity, education, and laughter are all important to us as a family. We hope to help your baby explore the world and discover what matters most to them.

We don’t know you yet, but we hope to build a strong and deep relationship with you in the coming years. We are in awe of your strength and courage. Thank you for considering making our family part of yours.

Kyle and Gwendolyn

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Joel and Kate

Joel and Kate

Hello! We are Joel and Kate

We thank you for considering us for your precious baby, and acknowledge the emotional and
challenging decision you are facing. We pray that you would have a peace with your decision, no matter
what your choice.

OUR LETTER

Dear Birth Parents,

We thank you for considering us for your precious baby, and acknowledge the emotional and
challenging decision you are facing. We pray that you would have a peace with your decision, no matter
what your choice.

Adoption was put on our heart during our struggles through miscarriage and infertility. We ended up
being able to have biological children, though our pregnancies are very high risk. We would like to add
another child to our family, but it would be unwise to try for another pregnancy.

We have faced grief and loss, and understand all the emotions that ensue. Our experiences have given
us a deep appreciation for our kids and a bigger perspective on the value of this stage of life. We
genuinely enjoy each other and our kids, and make our family a priority.

Here is a little about us:

Joel & Kate:
We met in college and have been married for 15 years. Throughout our time together we have enjoyed
the daily tasks of life, work, and fun things – like traveling, outdoor recreation, social outings, and family
vacations. Currently Joel is a District Manager for a tech company and Kate is a stay-at- home mom. We
are involved in our local church and community whenever we can be. We greatly enjoy being parents
and look forward to adding another child to our family.

Our kids:
Isaac (age 5) and Clark (age 3) are our boys and they are active, fun loving kids that we feel privileged to
get to raise. Isaac attends pre-school and is loving it, and Clark is excited to start next year. Our first-
born was our daughter, Ava. She was born prematurely and only lived for a short time. We celebrate
her life in our home and look forward to the day we get to be with her again in heaven.

Our home:
We live on 5 acres in a rural suburb of the city. We enjoy the space we have in our yard, letting the kids
run and play, and the community here. We love sharing our space with friends and family by hosting
get-togethers.

Our animals:
We have a 3 year old Doberman named Ilsa. She is sweet and polite, and loves our kids. Along with our
dog we have two barn kitties, Captain America and Nya. They are very friendly and follow the kids
around everywhere. We also have a 21-year- old mustang, Mariah. She is a grand prix trained dressage
horse and Kate has a great time riding and learning on her.
Thank you for considering our family. Please know that any child we bring into our family will be very
loved, supported and cared for.

Sincerely,

Joel and Kate

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Jessica and Josh

Jessica and Josh

Hello! We are Jessica and Josh

Our names are Joshua and Jessica McCarthy and we are very excited to meet you. We first want to start by telling you how honored we are that you have taken the time to look through our book and consider us for your child.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

Facts About Jessica
  1. Born in Ohio

  2. Loves to play board games

  3. Enjoys summertime barbeques with friends and family

  4. Loves her pets

  5. Can’t get enough of Harry Potter!

Facts About Josh
  1. Born and raised here in the greater Portland Metro Area

  2. Enjoys playing with our 2 dogs and cat

  3. Hanging out with friends and family

  4. Enjoys any and all electronics

  5. Everything IRISH!

OUR LETTER

Hello,

Our names are Joshua and Jessica McCarthy and we are very excited to meet you. We first want to start by telling you how honored we are that you have taken the time to look through our book and consider us for your child.

We first met back in 2008 at Best Buy where we both worked in retail and the rest is history! We started dating on January 16th, 2008, became engaged in April 2009 and finally married on November 13th, 2010 at Meriwether Golf Course in Hillsboro, Oregon.  We purchased our first home on August 12th, 2016 here in Hillsboro as well. We love the Hillsboro area because we are so close to just about everything; the mountains, the beach, and we are even walking distance to the Hillsboro Saturday/Tuesday market that is held in the spring and fall time. We are also just 5 minutes away from Jessica’s parents’ house and 15 minutes away from Josh’s parents’ house.  This makes it quite convenient for those holiday get togethers, summer barbecues, and any other type of celebration!

We love to go on vacations; from Hawaii, London, Jamaica, or even just staying in town to have a game night with friends. We enjoy playing board games, roasting hot dogs in the summer evenings at our parents’ or friends’ house, or even just having a nice quite evening in with a good book or movie; just the 2 of us!

Jessica was adopted when she was a baby herself and when we got together, she was very open about her being adopted and how much she wanted to adopt a child of her own someday. We have adopted 2 dogs and 1 cat from our local humane society and now we are eager to continue to build our family. We are both very excited to start this new chapter in our lives!  We are truly excited to make the same memories we both had growing up as children! We have always wanted children but knew we wanted to wait until we both had settled down and had purchased our home first. We both come from fairly large families where we both vacationed often, had family reunions, celebrated birthdays and graduations, and often came together just because we loved spending time with family. We want to continue these same traditions and create new ones.

Josh works in the IT field and Jessica works as a financial officer for a large dental office. We are both very happy that Josh is able to work from home, which in result, means he will be able to be a stay at home dad! This has been one of our goals that we have been working so hard to achieve. We both grew up with having our moms be able to stay at home with us. We both have parents that are such big influences in our lives, great role models, and our biggest fans. We have learned so much and continue to learn from them each and every day. We look forward to raising our child the same way.

We want to thank you again for taking the time to read a little bit about us and we wish you nothing but happiness in the future!

,Jessica and Josh

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