We are Mike & Tim from Santa Monica, California. Words can't express our gratitude for you considering us as potential parents for your child. We appreciate you taking the time to read our story and we are hopeful that you will be part of this journey with us. We have so much admiration for your courage and strength for considering adoption. Thank you truly.
Dear Birth Mother...
Our Thoughts on Adopting
Starting soon after we first met about 10 years ago, we began imagining a future together that included being parents and adoption just felt right to us. We knew that, when the time was right, we would want to welcome a new member into our family. We have now been married for over a year, and we have built a stable and happy life for ourselves in Santa Monica, California. We feel that now is the perfect time to expand our family!
We met through a dating app in April 2012. We instantly hit it off on our first date, we met for happy hour at a speakeasy bar called Copa D’Oro in Downtown Santa Monica. and the conversation took off from there! When we first started dating, we enjoyed exploring Los Angeles together, going out to eat in different neighborhoods, and attending sporting events and concerts. We went to a Dodgers baseball game for our second date, and that experience remains one of our favorite memories together. We also like to explore different parts of the world through vacations, and to take spontaneous weekend road trips in California! Our favorite weekend destination for a quick getaway is Palm Springs! We are both very close with our large families, while we don’t live in the same state, we see each other a few times a year.
Tim has a beautiful extended family that understands the joys of adoption. Several years ago, Tim discovered that he had four biological siblings who had grown up with adoptive parents. Since that time, we have been blessed to have the opportunity to build relationships with all of them. It's so fun to have a big family, and Tim's siblings and their adoptive parents have shown us how wonderful building a family through adoption can be. We are so excited to be starting our own journey!
Meet Mike, by Mike
I was born and raised in New Jersey. I am the youngest of three siblings, and I have been close with my older brother and sister for my entire life. I spent a lot of time as a kid playing sports, especially soccer and basketball, and I was also motivated to do well in school. After high school, I went to college at Rutgers University in New Jersey. I knew I wanted to make a big change after college, so I decided to apply to several law schools in California and hopefully end up on the West Coast. I ultimately attended the University of Southern California and obtained my degree in 2008. In August 2021, after ten years working at a small law firm in Santa Monica, California, I transitioned to working as a freelance attorney handling projects for other attorneys. My current role offers me a wonderful work-life balance, and if Tim and I are lucky enough to be blessed with a baby, I plan to adjust my schedule so that I can spend as much time as possible with our family.
More About Mike, by Tim
Mike is going to be the best dad! He is gentle, loving, and will always be supportive. I know that Mike will encourage our future child to find their passion in life. He is special to me because we are such an amazing team and we will always be supportive for one another as we raise our future child together.
Fun Facts About Mike
- Knows how to play guitar
- Has a sweet tooth and often makes homemade ice cream!
- Loves to sing in the car
- Has been teaching himself to cook and now makes world class dinners
Meet Tim, by Tim
I was born and raised in Arizona. I spent school years in Arizona with my mom, stepdad and little brother. I spent summers with my dad and stepmom exploring Alaska! I attended Arizona State University, where I studied Political Science. After college I spent a couple of years exploring the world, from hiking Machu Picchu in Peru, couch surfing in Germany to bartending a lodge in Yellowstone National Park. After exploring, I moved out to California in 2011 and met Mike in 2012! I have worked on Mayoral campaigns and now work in Government Relations in the private sector.
As an adult, I was blessed to reconnect with four siblings who my mom had placed for adoption when I was young. Hilary, Josh, Cassie, and Katie are all wonderful people, and we feel so lucky to have them in our lives. We can't wait to introduce them to their new niece or nephew!
When I was growing up my mom chose not to share with me and my brother that 3 of our siblings were placed for adoption until I reached an age that I was mature enough to understand. We lost touch with them when I was 15. In 2016, when I was 26, the family who adopted my siblings found me on Facebook and we all reconnected! The most exciting thing to happen in the past couple years has been reconnecting with my adoptive siblings and we continue to build strong ties.
More About Tim, by Mike
I know that Tim is going to be a wonderful father. He is kind, reliable, and trustworthy, and I know he will be a great role model for our future child. On top of that, Tim is a big kid at heart, and he loves to have fun. Our child will have a blast growing up with him!
Fun Facts About Tim
- Really enjoys watching superhero movies
- Travelled the world for 2 years after college
- Ran the LA marathon and Las Vegas marathon!
- Loves to do everything outside (dining, camping, hiking, movies in the park)
Family and Friends
Our family and friends are super supportive and very excited to be part of our journey! Our parents and siblings live in Alaska, Florida, New Jersey and New York. We are so close with them and see them all several times a year. We have built a supportive 2nd family here in LA with all our friends who are all very excited that we are adopting. We will have no shortage of LA Aunts and Uncles. Our friend Sally recently had her 2nd child and is excited for us to grow our family soon, play dates!
We see our families a few times each year in addition to the holidays. We are very close with Mike’s sister, Melanie, who lives in New Jersey. We have a tradition of seeing each as often as possible. Florida annual vacations have recently become a new tradition!
Every year we head back East to spend 2 weeks with family during Christmas break. We spend our time goofing around with our nieces and nephews, bowling, playing, and baking lots of cookies!
We both enjoy hosting themed parties for friends and family. Our Oscars party is always a packed event!
Our Home and Community
We live in sunny Santa Monica, California. We live in a very walkable neighborhood, and our town has some of the best schools in the State. We live within walking distance to parks, museums, playgrounds, and the beach, and we even have a seasonal ice skating rink to enjoy around the holidays! We love our neighborhood and it will be an amazing place to raise our future child!
Our Promise to You
- We promise that your child will immediately be loved by our big and loving family and community of friends.
- We promise to nurture our child's unique gifts and help them appreciate what makes them special.
- We promise that everyone will always feel they are in a supportive home full of lots of love.
- We promise to always have a fun time.
- We promise to show your child the world by going on fun and exciting trips!
In Closing- Thank You
We cannot thank you enough for taking the time to read our story, where we come from, and our big dreams for our future family. We would love the opportunity to meet you and provide a loving home for your child!