Hello! We are Meredith & Kip from Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about us. We can only imagine that considering an adoption plan for your child is not an easy choice to make, but we want you to know that without amazing women like you, our dreams of creating our family would not be possible. We love traveling, sports, food, and spending time with our mini golden doodle, Herbie. If you think we could be the right family for your child, we’d love to meet you! Regardless, we wish you the best!
Dear Birth Mother...
Why We Are Adopting
We have always wanted to be parents and raise a family together. After struggling to conceive naturally and through IVF, we knew adoption was the right path for us! These obstacles never diminished our passion to become parents because we know that our family will be created however it was meant to be.
We met in 2013 at work! We sat down at the same table at a company dinner and struck up a conversation! At this time, we were living in two different cities (Kip in Nashville and Meredith in Philadelphia), but we made conscious efforts to visit one another and talk daily. A few years later, we moved to Washington, DC, for new jobs.
In 2017, we were married in a New Jersey beach town that Meredith grew up visiting with her family. After almost eight years in Washington, DC, we knew it was time to move closer to one side of our families. Kip is from Omaha, Nebraska, and Meredith is from the suburbs of Philadelphia, so we decided to stay on the East Coast, and move to the town Meredith grew up in. We bought a house in early 2023 and are loving our new life together in Pennsylvania!
Hobbies and Interests
- We love to travel to new places and experience different cultures, inside and outside of the US. We've been lucky enough to travel to Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Spain, Canada, Hawaii, and many other parts of the United States over the last 10 years together. We plan to continue to travel with our future children.
- Kip loves to golf, and Meredith has enjoyed learning to golf over the years since Kip is an excellent instructor. We look forward to teaching our future child how to golf, as long as they are interested!
- In our free time, we like to attend sporting events. Kip's family has season tickets to the University of Nebraska football games, so if we are in Nebraska in the fall, we always go to a game. We also are fans of the local Philadelphia sports teams, and we try to make it to at least an Eagles or Phillies game every season!
- We also try our best to eat healthy and cook healthy food (though we both have a sweet tooth!), and exercise regularly. We take walks with our dog at local state parks, and around our neighborhood.
Meet Meredith, by Meredith
I was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, in the same house my mom grew up in, in a town where neighbors become close friends. I'm an only child but have a large extended family that we see often, many of them living right near us! Growing up, I played a lot of sports (tennis, rowing, and softball in particular), and was involved in the performing arts!
I attended Syracuse University, and received my Bachelor and Master degrees in Public Affairs. I work from home for the Federal Government at an agency focused on health research, in an operational role, to give back to the community and enhance health for all.
I love to travel whenever I can, listen to music (specifically classic rock), and be in nature (preferably at the beach) whenever possible.
I can't wait to be a mom and give our child the same love and support that my parents gave to me!
More About Meredith, by Kip
Meredith is an extremely loving wife. She brings a "can do" attitude to everything we encounter together. When presented with a challenge, we always tell each that we will figure it out, but Meredith often takes the lead to figure out a solution. Meredith and her mother, Jan, have a very close relationship and speak with each other every day. She also has an uncanny ability to stay in touch with friends and maintain close relationships with nearly everyone. I have no doubt Meredith will be an amazing mother and will lean on her positivity to get through anything. Meredith is very passionate about her job. She wakes up each day inspired to make a difference in the health and well-being of people's lives. She works from home five days a week and has a flexible schedule.
Meet Kip, by Kip
I was born in Peoria, Illinois, but moved around a lot because of my father's, Patrick, career in the home mortgage industry. Most of my childhood was spent in Omaha, Nebraska and Saint Louis, Missouri with my two younger siblings. Now my brother Zach and his wife Megan, live in Kansas City, Missouri. My sister, Gracie, her husband, West, and their two little girls, Lillian and Helen, live in New York City. Growing up I enjoyed reading, playing with Legos, and eventually started to play golf at a young age. I attended Creighton University and received my Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration. Today, I work for a business and technology consulting company partnering with organizations to help them achieve their business objectives and solve complex challenges. I enjoy being outside, taking walks or playing golf, and listening to country music.
I look forward to not only sharing my hobbies and passions with our future child, but encouraging and supporting their interests as well.
More About Kip, by Meredith
Kip is an amazing husband and partner in life. I knew early into our relationship that Kip was an incredible person, but when my family was going through one of the most difficult times in our lives during my father’s battle with cancer, he stepped up more than I ever could have imagined. My mother had been the full time caregiver for my father, but when Kip rode in the transport ambulance with my father so my mother could have some much deserved time off, it confirmed he was just the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. Kip shows the same love and care for his side of the family, always finding ways to visit them in Nebraska, Missouri and New York. I have no question that Kip will be an amazing, dedicated father when the time comes.
Kip also finds joy in his work as a consultant, helping clients solve business problems. He has been in consulting his entire career, and truly loves it. Kip also has a flexible work schedule, allowing him to work from home often, which will allow each of us to be present parents.
List of Favorites!
Favorite Sports Team
Meredith: Syracuse Orange
Kip: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Can't Live Without
Meredith: Our dog, Herbie
Kip: Our dog, Herbie
Kip: Carrot Cake
Sport You Like to Play
Favorite Children's Book
Meredith: The Rainbow Fish
Kip: Tacky the Penguin
Favorite Vacation Spot
Our Home and Community
We live in a suburb of Philadelphia, down the street from the house Meredith grew up in (where her mom still lives today!) The neighborhood is very close knit, where everyone gets to know each other. We always see kids walking to school together, riding bikes, and having fun with their families. We are walking distance to a park, and to a small downtown area with restaurants and shops!
Our house is a three bedroom, two and a half bath stone colonial, on a tree lined street. We have a big, fenced in back yard, perfect for a future swing set! We love to grill, and hang out on our patio. Living near Philadelphia, there are a lot of interesting historical landmarks in the city and outside such as Independence Hall, Betsy Ross' house, and Valley Forge where George Washington lived during the Revolutionary War. We are also a two hour drive to the New Jersey beaches, the Pocono Mountains, New York City, and our former home, Washington, DC. We love to explore and look forward to doing so as a family!
Our Dog, Herbie
Herbie is our six-year-old mini golden doodle. Herbie became a part of our family when he was only 8-weeks old. He loves children (he seems to think he is one), and is extremely gentle and loving towards them. We know that Herbie will be a loving companion to your child.
Meet Our Family
Meredith comes from a small immediate family, but has a large extended family, with a combined 37 aunts, uncles and cousins! Most of them live on the east coast, and get together as a family often, for birthdays, holidays, or just because! Most of Meredith's cousins have small children, and your child would be a part of the cousin crew! Meredith's mother, Jan, is very excited to play a big role in your child's life, as Jan loves children, and lives right up the street!
Kip’s extended family is large and mostly lives in Nebraska. He has over 50 aunts, uncles, and cousins combined! While Kip's parents, Pat and Brenda, also live in Nebraska, they fly to the East Coast often to visit us, Kip's sister and husband, and their two small daughters who live in New York. Everyone in Kip's family is very excited for your child to join the family, and want to visit often and spend time with them!
Both of our family gatherings are crazy and fun all in one!
Our Favorite Holiday Traditions
- We love celebrating holidays with our family, in particular Christmas and Easter
- We always go to Nebraska to see Kip's grandparents on the family farm for Christmas lunch
- We also love to cut down our Christmas tree every year!
- For Easter, Meredith's family has hosted Easter dinner since before she was born. Every year the Easter bunny comes and there is an Easter egg hunt!
In our home, we promise to…
- Love your child unconditionally
- Create a supportive and loving home
- Laugh often and not take ourselves too seriously
- Offer the tools for a positive and successful relationship with education
- Encourage your child to follow their hearts and passions
- Create fun family moments to remember forever
- Instill our values of honesty, compassion, and helping others
- Ensure that your child knows how much you love them and the sacrifices you made for them
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about us. We know you have a tough decision ahead of you, and we hope our profile shows that we will love your child completely. We look forward to meeting you, and learning the hopes and dreams you have for your child’s life ahead.