Hello, We are Tara and James and Eli, too. First and foremost, we want to say thank you! we are so pleased to meet you! You are very brave to be taking this journey, and we are so grateful you are.
Our hearts break for the sacrifice you are making, but at the same time they are overflowing with gratitude for the selfless decision you are making to trust us with such a precious gift. We have so much wanted to grow our family, and we feel this child will make our family complete.
You will learn more about us as you read our profile, but the most important thing for you to know is that we will love and nurture this child so that they can grow up to be the most wonderful, loving, creative, and strong person they can be. Our home in Upstate NY is brimming with love and just awaiting the addition of your little one.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US
We have been married for 9 years and have an awesome 5 year old son who is very excited about his future role of Big Brother the Protector. While fertility has been an issue, we know adoption is a great way to grow our little family. Our niece was adopted, and we see firsthand how fortunate our family is to have her be a part of it.
Our favorite thing to do is to spend time together as a family. We are just as happy being outside playing (we live in a beautiful area and love to explore) as we are having a pajama day playing board games (Candyland and Uno are becoming favorites). We truly enjoy each other’s company and look forward to growing together with a new little one.
HOW WE MET:
We met in February 2008. Tara had been living in the area for a little over a year, and James had moved back to his nearby hometown 6 months earlier to start his medical practice. Tara’s cousin set us up at a Super Bowl party, and soon after we were on our first date. Almost immediately we fell in love, and by October of that year we were engaged. We got married in October 2009.
Whether you know James as a husband, father, friend or doctor you are instantly aware of how kind and caring he is. How lucky am I to see it every day in how we raise our family. He takes his family time very seriously and makes us a priority, from helping with cub scouts and t-ball, to using his expertise as a family doctor to attend to every little scrape and ear infection.
James is the perfect combination of a calm and patient parent, with “big little kid” mixed in. Not a day goes by that he isn’t on the floor playing or running around with our son; peek-a-boo has graduated to hide-and-seek. James is exceptionally gifted at being able to laugh at himself. My favorite sound is the two of them laughing together and I am grateful to hear it daily. We are both excited to add another little giggle to the mix.
DO WHAT YOU LOVE, LOVE WHAT YOU DO
James works as a Family Medicine physician locally. He takes care of patients of all ages, from birth to over 100 years old! It is his life’s passion to treat people when they are sick and work to keep them healthy.
Meet my wife, Tara – a one-woman dynamo! Whether it’s her work-from-home job as a statistician for a world-renowned pharmaceutical company, to organizing fun nights for the neighborhood ladies, to working behind the scenes to keep our household on track, she is always on the ball.
Tara also is incredibly artistic. She has been doing pottery for nearly 20 years now, and I consider her work to be masterpieces. Many pieces decorate our house! And she loves passing along her gift to Eli whenever they frequently do arts and crafts together.
Yet, most important of all, Tara is such a wonderful mother to our son. She is the most thoughtful and generous person I have ever met, which shows through so brightly every day as she cares for our little guy. I know for certain, deep down in my heart, that she will be just as fantastic of a mother to the new child joining our family.
DO WHAT YOU LOVE, LOVE WHAT YOU DO
Tara loves numbers and is a statistician. She uses her number crunching in research helping get medicines to people in need. This will come in very handy when it is time to help with math homework. She is lucky enough to work from home and have a flexible schedule, which lends itself nicely to raising our family.
OUR NECK OF THE WOODS
We live in beautiful Upstate New York, where summers are warm and there’s plenty of access to parks and playgrounds. We often visit Tara’s parents at their summer place on one of the nearby lakes, where we can swim and go boating. The winters are cold and snowy, but still lots of fun, with sledding, skating, and snowman building.
Our house is 6 years old. We moved here right after Eli was born. It is filled with wonderful books and art supplies, as well as a big toy room on the lower level and a playground in the backyard. The local school system is second to none for education and experiences – as James can attest to given that this is his hometown.
MEET OUR SON ELI
Eli is 5 1/2 years old, and he can’t wait to be a big brother. He loves life! Whether he’s acting out scenes with his toys, singing his favorite songs at the top of his lungs, or running and playing outside, he always has fun. Whenever we ask where he gets his energy, he tells us he keeps extra in his pocket, and we can have some if we want.
INTERESTS AND HOBBIES
We do all sorts of things as a family – including listening to music; traveling; going to the children’s museum and zoo; hiking, swimming, and kayaking; apple picking in the fall; and sledding and building snowmen in the winter.
Tara has many interests, such as pottery, quilting, reading, and yoga. She loves spending time with family and friends, too.
James loves music and plays in a rock’n’roll band. He is a huge Star Wars fan, but also loves his Boston Red Sox and Ohio State football. And he and Eli spend a lot of time together building LEGO.
Eli is only 5 years old, but loves to do all sorts of things. Playing with his toys, reading, creating artwork, learning to swim, and playing t-ball and soccer are among his many interests.
Tara: This Is Us
Tara: Chocolate Anything
James: Lego Store
Room at home
Both: Big family get togethers
James: Disney World
Tara: Mr. Rodgers
James: Sesame Street
Food to bake
James: Playing electric bass
Time of year
Tara: ‘The Monster at the End of this Book’
James: ‘Wump World’
MEET OUR FAMILY
James’s folks live 2 miles away, and are always available at a moment’s notice to help. They have been a huge part of Eli’s life so far.
Tara’s parents live in her hometown 2 hours away. They are closer in summertime, along with her brother, sister-in-law, and their daughter (who has a special adoption story all her own that has given us insight into this path). We spend lots of time with them boating, fishing, and barbequing. In the winter, we take an annual vacation to visit Tara’s parents in Florida.
We have plenty of cousins who live nearby and love to help out and play with Eli, adding extra love to the mix. We get together as a big family as often as we can, especially for the holidays.
Our neighborhood is full of young families, whom we count as close friends. Every week brings a new opportunity for us to feel the love and support of our neighbors. We also have numerous friends we like to visit (or have visit us!) up and down the east coast – they are like extended family for us.
It takes a village to raise a child, and our village is full to the brim with loving support.
OUR HOPES AND DREAMS AND PROMISE TO YOU
Our hope for our children is that they grow up to be thoughtful, compassionate, humble, intelligent, and resilient adults. Therefore, our promise to you is to provide this child with a home in which they always feel loved, supported, and safe – unconditionally, no matter the situation. We also promise to give them the opportunity to play and sing and dance whenever and wherever, and to let their imagination run wild.
We look forward to introducing them to our family traditions, especially spending time around the holidays with family and friends, going on winter and summer vacations, and sharing our love of both the outdoors and music.
We also plan to nurture this child so that they can develop the strengths and interests that will make them happy to be the unique and special person that they are meant to be.
We cannot thank you enough for taking the time to view our profile. Already, we are incredibly blessed to be a family of three, yet having another child enter into it would make our family just that much more special. And we promise to love and support your child in every way possible.
We truly are in awe of your strength and courage to go along on this journey with us – thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We definitely are more than happy to provide photos of and updates about your child, if you would like to receive them.