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Meet Kate & Tim B.

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Hi there!

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about our family — we can’t wait to learn more about you! Our names are Tim, Kate, and Sophie. Tim and Kate have been together for 11 years and happily married for 8. We met in Baltimore, MD while in college; Tim was in the process of joining the Marines. Within the first year of dating, he went to boot camp and our relationship survived (thrived!) on snail mail for the next year. After boot camp, Tim was stationed in NC. We drove 9 hours every weekend for a year to see each other. Tim was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012, and when he came home we decided to get married. Kate graduated from college a month later and moved to NC. He deployed to Afghanistan again shortly thereafter, and, well… we’ll leave the rest of our love story for later! Fast-forward to 2018 and Kate gave birth to Sophie. Sophie is a silly, smart, and motherly little 2.5 year old whom we love so much. She is very excited to have a sibling to play with!

A loving couple
Celebrating eight years of marriage

A Day in the Life
A typical day for us begins with waking up whenever Sophie decides it’s time for us to wake up. We head downstairs for “snackies” as Sophie would say. After we eat, we like to get outside – we make a point to get outside everyday, regardless of the weather. Tim works second shift, so we spend family time together in the mornings. We really enjoy going for walks around the neighborhood, on the trails nearby where we can go play in the stream, or to the playground just 2 blocks away. During the summer, we come back home and treat ourselves to a popsicle on the front porch. We eat lunch and then usually find ourselves outside again playing in the backyard. After Tim heads to work, it’s just Sophie and me for the rest of the evening. We usually head inside and watch a movie together or play with dolls. Before dinner we play a quick game of tag inside our house to tire Sophie out (our floor plan is circular so of course we must run in circles like wild people!) Then it’s bath time, books, and cuddles in bed. We would say this is a typical schedule for our days most of the week. We throw play dates in every few days but purposefully don’t over schedule Sophie or ourselves and hope to keep it that way as our children grow older. Being busy for the sake of being busy is not a goal that we aspire to; we think the more time kids have to just be kids and play how they wish, the better!

Parenting Style
We believe in treating our children with respect, listening when they’re angry, hurt, or confused, and setting them up for success by offering them unconditional love and support both day and night. We don’t believe in spanking, shaming, or yelling in order to discipline children. We will offer any child who comes into our family this same unconditional love and support.

Adoptive parents who will love your child like their own
Quick family photo during a walk

On Openness
We are incredibly supportive of keeping an open relationship between you and your child if that is what you choose. You’re welcome to join us at the playground and on walks and we can send photos when not together. That being said, you might be able to tell from our past moving history that the two of us like to travel and experience new things and places. We don’t have plans to move anytime soon, but we also don’t know if we plan to settle in Ohio permanently. Please know that no matter where we are, we’ll do everything in our power to facilitate your connection and relationship with your child, no matter the distance, to the degree of your choosing. Whether it be FaceTiming as often as possible or joining us on a family vacation, we want you to be a part of their life for the long run if that’s what you want, too.

About Kate
I’m currently 29 years old and I graduated with a BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012. In the past I’ve run my own photography business photographing weddings and births. Once Sophie was born, I became a stay-at-home mom. I love being a mom! I’m the type of mom who loves the mess – I love the dirt and the paint and the sticky fingers. I like planning little activities for Sophie to do the next day that she’ll enjoy. I enjoy trying to sort out her big two-year-old emotions with her and not against her. I like challenging myself to say “yes” when sometimes all I want to do is lay down and say “no.” I’ve been thankful to be able to breastfeed Sophie, and hope to do the same for our next child.

Tim on Kate: Kate is an amazing wife and mom. I knew she was the one for me after receiving endless handwritten letters from her while in boot camp and receiving care packages of things I needed but hadn’t even told her I needed, while in Afghanistan. Kate was motherly before even having Sophie. She is constantly coming up with fun experiences for us to do as a family. We take daily walks and look for things to add to Sophie’s nature box like robin’s egg shells, different tree bark, cicada shells, etc.

Great parents for your child
Tim and Sophie reading about insects

About Tim
When I was in high school, I went on trips to Mexico and Nicaragua with my family’s church. I no longer attend church, but those trips had a big effect on how I see the world and interact with people. I learned the importance of community and treating people with respect regardless of differences in language, culture, and social status. I now teach welding at a local school. I enjoy teaching the students what I know about welding and sharing my experience. While not at work I love going on walks with Kate and Sophie to the park and the library. I am currently considering enrolling in school to complete my Bachelor’s degree.

Kate on Tim: When Sophie was about to be born, Tim was working 70+ hours a week welding. Despite being exhausted, he did skin to skin with her and wore her in the baby carrier for walks when I needed to shower or nap. He was up with me all hours of the night. He’s an excellent dad and honestly it makes me tear up just thinking back to those early days. There isn’t a day that goes by that he doesn’t make Sophie giggle with glee. We made the decision to move to Ohio so that Tim could take a teaching job so we’d have more time together as a family. It was definitely the right choice and we don’t take a minute together for granted.

Thank you again for taking this time to learn about us. We wish you the best in your journey to find your perfect match.

Respectfully,
Kate and Tim

Our Family at a Glance

We live in Tipp City, Ohio.
We’ve been married since October 2012.
We work as a welding instructor and a stay-at-home mom.
Our hobbies include exploring outdoors and going to the library.
We believe in the importance of open adoption.

For more information about our family, please contact Adoption Link at 1-800-643-3356.