Hello! We are Angela and Kim from Vermont.
Dear Birth Mother: We want to express our gratitude for considering us as adoptive parents. Being a mother is about making selfless decisions; we admire you for making the most selfless and difficult decision a mother could ever make. We always knew that we wanted to have children; however, it took us ten years to conceive Solan due to infertility issues. The decision to adopt was a family decision. Solan desperately wants to have a baby brother or sister; he has already started making plans for all the activities they can do together and all the things that he can teach his little sibling. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to introduce our family and for considering us as possible adoptive parents. If chosen, know that your child will be greatly wanted, encouraged, supported, and loved “to infinity and beyond.”
We met freshman year of college. After an evening of talking over popcorn and coffee, we were inseparable. Although our personalities are different, our overall outlook on life is the same. We both believe in honesty, kindness, compassion, and open-mindedness. We have always been very supportive of each other’s dreams. Twenty four years later, we are still as in love as the day we met. We have traveled and lived all over the country, and finally decided to settle down in northern Vermont to raise our family. Our son, Solan was born in 2008. He is a kind and compassionate child who will be a great big brother. Kim is a veterinarian who owns her own practice, and Angela is the practice manager. Thus, our schedules are flexible, and one of us will always be at home with our child. The vet clinic is definitely a family affair. Solan loves to come to work with us and pet all of the cute puppies and kittens that come in for wellness exams! On days off, we enjoy hiking in the woods surrounding our home, traveling, impromptu trips to the outdoor ice cream shop, and “couch potato days” where we all snuggle on the couch and watch movies or play board games. We are all eagerly anticipating the addition of a new little one to complete our family.
3 Ways We Show Each Other Our Love:
- We always strive to be supportive of each other’s dreams and goals in life.
- We find that it is usually a small act instead of a large act that shows our love on a daily basis.
- Sharing the last candy bar, watching a football game (when you really don’t want to), doing the dishes when your partner has had a rough day, and just being a shoulder to cry on for those very difficult times all show our love for one another.
A Little About Angela: I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia with my parents and younger brother. My childhood was spent playing in the neighborhood with friends and enjoying time with my family. In college, I received my criminal justice degree and later a Master’s in public administration. I worked for 15 years as a juvenile probation officer for the State of Georgia. The job was hard but rewarding and allowed me the opportunity to work with young adults of various backgrounds and cultures. I was able to advocate for them and be the voice that many of them never had. When we decided to move to Vermont and purchase the animal hospital, my career changed so that I could help out with the business. I love my new job as the practice manager, because I am able to work with the clients and the staff. Also my job is very flexible and allows me to work from home and be involved in all of our child’s activities. Owning a business also allows more free time. For fun I love to cook, work outside on different projects, watch football and spend time with our son. Our most recent activities have been enjoying winter sports such as ice skating, hockey, and snow shoeing. I love taking Solan to hockey practice and watching him grow with his new sport. I also enjoy spending time with our pets, including our 9 chickens.
A Little About Kim: I grew up with my younger brother and parents in a small town in Georgia. My childhood was filled with outdoor adventures. My dad would take me on hikes in the woods and teach me the names of all the trees and animals we’d see. My mom loved gardening; my brother and I always helped harvest the yummy fruits and vegetables (although a lot of the food ended up in our mouths instead of the baskets). My family always had numerous rescued pets; my love for animals eventually led me to my chosen career. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a doctorate of veterinary medicine. Being a veterinarian is my dream job. I am able to help both the animal and their human during times of need. Plus, I get to see the most adorable kittens and puppies! When not surrounded by dogs and cats, I love hiking, reading, playing video games (I will never be too old for that), and playing outdoors with Solan. We have a “fort” in the woods where we paint, build things, and have adventures. I am a true kid at heart, and I love sharing my passions with our child/future child.
Our Loving Families
Meet Big Brother: Solan was born in 2008. He is an amazing kid. He loves animals, sports, art, music, and especially Star Wars. He has always played soccer and just recently starting playing hockey. His best hockey moment so far was scoring his first goal. Solan is a very kind and gentle child. He is quick to befriend the new student at school and is patient enough to listen to his grandfather tell the same story for the 10th time. Solan loves school and is so excited about becoming a big brother. He can’t wait to help teach his new sibling everything that he knows. We realized what a great big brother he will be when we saw him at a birthday party. There was a young child (4 years old) that was alone and playing by himself. Solan left his friends and went to play soccer with the young child, letting him score some goals and telling him how great he was playing. Adopting a child is as important to him as it is to us. This is something that we are doing together as a family.
This Is Our Village: Although most of our family resides in Georgia, we maintain close family ties through frequent visits, daily phone chats, and surprise gifts sent back and forth. Kim’s parents have been married for over 50 years and provide a wonderful example of what a relationship should be. Kim’s mother and father absolutely love their one grandson and are eagerly anticipating the addition of more. Kim’s younger brother is the best uncle. He is still a kid at heart and loves playing with Solan. He also has a knack for finding the coolest toys. In addition to being a great brother, we consider him to be one of our best friends. Kim’s extended family is very large and consists of over 60 aunts, uncles, and cousins. Family get togethers are loud but full of love. Angela’s parents were married for almost 50 years before her mother passed. Angela is very close to her father and they talk daily. Angela’s father loves to hear about Solan’s activities. During his visits he always involves Solan with outdoor projects. Solan has learned a lot about tools and woodworking from his Pappy. Family is very important to us. We always visit for a few weeks during the holidays. During the summers, the grandparents drive to Vermont and stay for a month to spend quality time with us.
Our Home and Closing Thoughts
Home Sweet Home: We live in northern Vermont near the Canadian border. We own a 4 bedroom house located on 10 acres of land. The property has a trail that runs the perimeter of the land; we enjoy hiking this trail during the summers and snow shoeing in the winters. Solan even has a 2-story fort in the woods that he loves to play in. The area is very beautiful with views of the mountains and the ability to see wildlife every day. The community is small enough where you recognize neighbors and parents from school when we are out shopping, but large enough to have numerous activities. Our new favorite tradition is renting out the entire movie theater a couple of times per year to watch the latest sci-fi movie. The area is known for being kid friendly, and all of the kids grow up playing sports or going to fun day camps. Since we are located a few miles from Canada, the kids go across the border to play on the only American/Canadian hockey team.
Our Fury Friends: Pita, our oldest pet, is an 8 year old Maltese mix that was rescued as a puppy. She loves to play fetch and enjoys chasing chipmunks in the woods. Pita has grown up with Solan and will follow him anywhere. We also have 3 cats that all came from different rescue situations. Willow was brought into the vet clinic after being hit by a car. Her leg was badly broken; Kim was able to surgically repair her leg, and she is now doing wonderfully. Willow loves to play with the dog’s toys and will lay in your lap during tv time. Meko is a Siamese who was rescued shortly after Willow. He is a sweet boy who absolutely loves Solan. He knows when it is bed time and quickly leads Solan up the stairs eager to go to bed. Pippi is our most recent rescue. Although he only has three legs, he doesn’t let that slow him down. Pippi is the best cat; he loves everyone. His favorite activity is to throw his toy frog in the air and see how high it will go. Finally, we have 9 chickens. We got them last year and they are a lot of fun to watch. Not only do they provide entertainment, but we always have fresh eggs.
A Special Message To You: Thank you for taking the time to learn about our family. We respect and admire your courage for giving your child the best possible life that they can have. Please know that your child will be loved unconditionally and have every opportunity possible. We look forward to hearing from you and learning about your dreams and wishes.