|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
|Holiday||Thanksgiving - we spend it with my family in a new location every year||Christmas - I love the holiday spirit and I put Christmas tree up as early as TJ will let me!|
|Vacation||Hawaii||London or Paris|
|Ice Cream Flavor||Butter Pecan||Mint Chocolate Chip|
|Favorite thing about each other||Katie's constant support for me and Ryan||TJ's motivation - once he sets his mind to something, he makes it happen!|
|Christmas Movie||It's a Wonderful Life||Elf |
|Childhood Memory||Family trip to Disney World||Summers spent "up north" in Michigan|
|Family Activity||Friday night cookies and movies||Books and prayers before bedtime|
|More About Our Family
|Our Special Interests|
We share many interests as a family. We love to travel - in our state, across the country (especially to visit family in Ohio, Chicago, the Carolinas, and Florida), and overseas. 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. Audio books are new family favorite, and we listen to them on drives. We read with Ryan regularly and he has grown to love books too.
We love any good sports game in our house. We are huge fans of our college teams (especially Notre Dame) and the Pittsburg Steelers. Katie's dad runs a hockey rink, our brother-in-law is a college soccer coach, and our nephew is a college swimmer -- so we are an all-around sports family!
We are very active both individually and as a family. We do 5K races together and include Ryan by pushing him in a running stroller. We've encouraged Ryan to be active through involvement in activities like his soccer league and swimming classes.
Separately, we have our own interests. TJ is the "green thumb" of our family and loves to take care of the yard and garden with Ryan. Katie loves to cook and try out new recipes. Of course, our greatest interest is in watching and supporting our son as he develops his own interests!
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. 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 on a family trip together - the last couple of years have taken us to Disneyworld and a state park in Ohio, and next year will be in Virginia. Our extended families are our best friends, so having these opportunities together are priceless.
|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.
We both are blessed to have careers that we love that also allow us to prioritize our family. TJ is a Vice President at a large manufacturing company. He is consistently viewed as a smart, caring leader. He is on the cutting edge of innovation in his industry and gets to do some really interesting things and go to very cool places. When possible, Katie and Ryan tag along on work trips. Katie works as an education consultant. She works with school systems (like school districts or state education agencies) on strategic issues such as how to implement new programs or how to shape new policies. She finds her work very rewarding because of the impact it has on so many children and families. She is able to do her work from home, which helps keep our family in a good rhythm.
|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.