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  • Favorite Hobby

    T Photography

    A Running

  • Favorite Food

    T Cheeseburger

    A Mexican

  • Favorite Holiday

    Both Christmas

  • Favorite Movie

    T Star Wars

    A Legally Blonde

  • Favorite Animal

    T Yellow Labrador

    A Monkey

  • Favorite Vacation

    T Bora Bora

    A Tahiti

  • Favorite Actor

    T Tom Hanks

    A George Clooney

  • Favorite TV Show

    T The Daily Show

    A House Hunters

  • Favorite Band/Singer

    T Radiohead

    A Coldplay

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Meet Tim & Abby

Hi, we’re Tim & Abby! Thank you for taking the time to read our letter. We know that you are considering one of the most loving, but difficult, decisions, and we are so thankful that you are considering us.

We are from Southern California. We always knew we wanted to be parents, with the sound of lots of little feet running through our lively home. When our biological son, Benjamin, was born 5 years ago, our hearts grew larger than we ever could have imagined and all three of us now look forward to having a new baby to expand our family and hearts.

We hope that reading through this letter will give you a better idea of who we are as individuals and as a family. Our family believes in respect, love and laughter (and an occasional dance party!).

About Us & Our Home

We met on a sunny day nearly 20 years ago during our first week of college. Tim was shy, quiet and smitten with Abby. Abby was outgoing, loud and very interested in Tim. She thought his quietness meant that he didn’t like her. When really, he was trying to figure out a way to ask her out. It only took a few weeks for us to become an official couple, and the rest is history!

Since we met at such a young age, we’ve matured as individuals and a couple, and figured out what we wanted to do with our lives: raise a family together and work hard at careers we love while making a positive impact on the world.

Tim proposed in 2005, and we were married in 2006 on the top floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, where Abby’s parents live. We were surrounded by love. Our closest friends and family, who traveled from the East Coast (Abby was raised in Maryland) the Midwest (Tim was born in Iowa) and California (where our journey together began), were with us.

Our wedding was the best day of our lives…that is, until May 5, 2010 when Benjamin was born. As we look to the future, we hope and pray that we are given the opportunity to add to the best days and memories through the birth of a beautiful baby boy or girl.

We live in a sprawling community in one of the nicest suburbs in Los Angeles. Our community is very family and pet oriented, and a safe place to raise children. We are fortunate to have access to pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, recreation rooms and beautiful garden areas. There are many family friendly activities only a short drive away and highly rated schools, restaurants, stores, miniature golf, and even a large movie theater within walking distance.

We take advantage of everything city life has to offer. Our free days are filled with trips to the beach, mountains, science center, aquarium, amusement parks, or the zoo.

Tim and Benjamin love to try the city’s newest ice cream shops, while Abby looks for the best cup of coffee.

While we love our cozy home and city, we are passionate about travel. We feel the greatest gifts we can give are unique experiences and time together. We’ve traveled throughout the world.

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Meet Abby

ABOUT ABBY by Tim: Abby is an amazing woman. From the moment I first saw her, I knew she would be an important person in my life. I was most attracted to Abby’s energy when I got to know her in college. We are exact opposites in the best of ways. I am a fairly shy and quiet person, and Abby’s personality fills a room – and my heart. She is beautiful, charming, outgoing and funny – the funniest if you ask her! I can’t believe how lucky I am to be married to such a dedicated mother and wife.

Abby is extremely nurturing, loving and caring. She likes to make sure those around her are happy and always does whatever she can to ensure they stay that way.

She is also an awesome family planner! She’s always organizing weekend events and family trips to make sure that we never have a dull moment in our lives.

I really can’t wait for Abby to get to share the love she has in her heart with our future son or daughter. Our family is truly blessed to have her in our lives every day, and any new addition to our family will be just as blessed as well.

MORE ABOUT ABBY by Abby: I was born in Hershey, Pennsylvania and raised in Maryland. I have one sister and three half brothers. Being the youngest of five children definitely had an impact on me. Anyone who knows me would mention that I am a loud and animated person. Looking back, I think I needed to speak up for myself (and loudly) to be heard above my older siblings! Whether playing softball with neighborhood friends and family, video games with my siblings or swimming at the neighborhood pool, I was always ready to chat with the people around me.

Growing up in Maryland, we had family living in New York, the Midwest, and California. My parents made sure that we knew our family and visited often. This is something that we will do for our children as well.

MY CAREER: I have worked for 11 years as a speech-language pathologist in a hospital. I love my work because I get to make a difference in people’s lives…and all while doing one of my favorite things, talking! I help adults re-learn how to communicate, understand and swallow after an illness. I help children develop speech, language and play skills. I also teach parenting classes that provide parents with information to help work with their children at home. I am fortunate to have a job that allows me to work part time, minimizing my time away from family.

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Meet Tim

ABOUT TIM by Abby: I am so thankful to have Tim in my life. While we are quite different, we are perfect compliments. When I am upset or overwhelmed, he is the calm, problem solver.

In addition to being creative and sensitive, Tim has dedication and determination. When I first met him, I asked what he wanted to do for a living and without hesitating he said, “I want to design album packaging for bands.” He never gave up on his dream and by the time he was in his mid 20s, he was designing for internationally known artists and even earned a few platinum records!

Tim also has dedication and determination when it comes to his roles of husband and father. After a long day of designing he comes home with a smile on his face and is immediately ready to help around the house (he doesn’t mind doing the dishes!) and getting our son ready for bed.

Tim provides an easygoing presence in our home, and we are so grateful for him. I look forward to seeing the joy and peace in him when he holds our future son or daughter.

MORE ABOUT TIM by Tim: I was born in Davenport, Iowa. I’m the son of a preacher and a dedicated mother who held whatever job she could to provide for our family. I don’t have many memories of Iowa because we moved to Northern CA when I was five after my parents divorced. Both of my parents remarried, so I was fortunate to have the support of my older brother, younger half brother and older step siblings.
I was always drawing and doodling when I was a kid, but I had no clue you could actually draw for a living. I was so excited when I learned years later that a professional doodler had a name – designer! I love sharing my passion for art, music and sports with Benjamin, and can’t wait to take pictures of our growing family.

MY CAREER: I have worked as a graphic designer for 20 years designing for musicians, entertainers, and businesses. I used to work for myself, but after the birth of our son, we decided as a family that steadier work would be best for our family. In 2011, I became the head of Design at a company that makes health-conscious and eco-friendly products for families. I am now the Creative Director of an interior design company.

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Meet Benjamin & The Ones We Love

Benjamin is a joy. It seems like he was born smiling and hasn’t stopped since. Whether playing at the local park, attending gymnastics or topping his frozen yogurt with gummy worms, Benjamin is excited to experience life. He enjoys riding his bike and scooter, swimming, trains, dogs and family snuggle time. Benjamin loves spending time with his cousins and friends. He is so excited to become a big brother, and we can’t wait to watch him take on his new role.

Abby is the youngest of five children. She has one sister and three half brothers. Abby’s parents live in Las Vegas – a quick drive from our home in Southern CA – and have been married for 40 years!

Tim comes from a blended family. His parents divorced when he was five. He has one older brother, two older stepsiblings and one younger half brother. His parents both remarried, and although his father passed away when Tim was a teenager, he is blessed with the support of his mother and stepparents. Tim’s mother and stepfather live in Northern CA.

We are fortunate to have relatively short drives to our families so we can spend time with parents, siblings, nieces and nephews often (Benjamin has 6 cousins and 1 on the way!).

At home in Southern CA, we have a close group of friends that truly are family. We celebrate births, holidays and birthdays, have barbeques, sleepovers and plan vacations and our annual camping trip with them. Benjamin named them “cousin friends,” as he knows our close friends (and their kids) are family.

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Our Message to You

To you, we promise to raise your child with unconditional love. We will be open and honest about the extraordinary way that we became a family. We will honor you and always respect your wishes regarding contact and involvement with your child.

To your child, we promise to provide a safe, respectful, loving environment. We will create balance…a home filled with love, laughter and structure; an environment where your child feels secure and free to be him or herself. We will give your child room to explore the world and develop self confidence to accomplish anything, but your child will always know that we are close behind when he or she needs us.

Thank you for spending this time getting to know us.