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We both love being active and outdoors, so it seems fitting that our first date was a long skate on the canal in January 2010. We met through a mutual friend, Bernie, who is very near and dear to us both. Six years later, Tim proposed on Valentine’s day. It was very romantic! We got married on Sarah’s family’s beef farm in Ottawa in June 2017, surrounded by family and closest friends.
We’ve always known that we were unable to have biological children, but have always wanted a family and know that we were meant to be parents. We are in awe of your courage and strength in considering adoption. We will love your child with all of our hearts and will provide them with a nurturing, safe home where they can grow to meet their potential and be themselves.
We love to have fun! We enjoy travelling with family and friends and spend a week every summer in Maine with all of Sarah’s family. Tim’s sister and her family live in Australia, so we don’t have to look hard to find a beautiful destination! When we’re home, we enjoy being active outdoors and spending time with our nieces and nephews.
We can’t wait for your child to join in the fun and adventures! From camping to building sandcastles on the beach in Maine, to exploring Australia and other parts of the world. There’s so much we look forward to doing with your child.
I was born and raised Ottawa. I’ve always wanted to be a mom. As a child, I always tried to get my siblings to play house, but as the youngest of four, I rarely got to choose! I have a large tight-knit family and have many nieces and nephews. We all live within 15 minutes of each other, my brother and sister live right beside each other! Everyone in my family is a teacher, except for my sister and I, we work for the federal government. So we always have lots to chat about at our weekly Sunday dinners.
Growing up I loved playing the violin, dancing, playing sports and being in the 4-H Club. But, basketball was by far my favourite and after playing for the Carleton University Women’s Basketball team I found my true calling – coaching. I’ve been a coach with the team ever since. Mentoring young athletes and seeing them accomplish their academic, athletic, and personal goals, is especially rewarding for me. I’m grateful I’m able to leave a positive mark and contribute to their growth.
I grew up in Muskoka, where my parents still live today, it’s about a 4 hour drive from Ottawa. As my parents are retired, they come to Ottawa often to visit and make an annual trip to Australia to visit my sister and her family. As we’re only two years apart, my sister and I were close growing up and still are today.
Muskoka is known for it’s lakes and parks, so I was fortunate to grow up camping, canoeing, and fishing in some of the most beautiful places in Ontario. I enjoyed playing hockey but my heart was really with downhill skiing! I have fond memories of spending summers at my grandparents cottage with my whole familly. It was here that my Grampa taught me to swim and fish.
We are incredibly fortunate to have many close friends and family in town. All of Sarah’s family lives in Ottawa. Between her brother and two sisters we are lucky to have 3 nieces and 3 nephews that we seen often. We cherish our relationship with each of them and support them at every possible opportunity, whether it’s cheering them on at their various activities (sports, music, dance or 4-H) or simply spending the afternoon together at the park.
While Tim’s family isn’t in town, we keep in touch and see them often. We Skype and visit Tim’s sister and our Australian niece and nephew often, they are two of the most beautiful and energetic children.
We are also blessed to have a close knit group of friends that we consider family. Many of our friends have children that we see often and who consider us to be their “Auntie” and “Uncle”.
Because you are considering adoption we know that you are filled with so much love and have great hopes and dreams for your baby. We are very excited to meet with you and talk about them. We will never forget the loving and selfless decision that you are making.
We would be honoured to share in the naming of your baby. We’re excited about the possibility of visiting with you on an on-going basis and sending you regular updates on your child’s progress as they grow up. If an open adoption is important to you, we will be enthusiastic partners. We would love to maintain communication through emails and/or phone calls.
We will always be honest with your child about their adoption. We will always recognize the gift that you have given us and ensure that your child is proud of who they are, and know that this decision was made out of profound love for them.
We hope that we will earn your confidence and respect in our parenting skills. We will raise your child in a loving, happy, and supportive home. They will always know how much they are loved and how much joy they’ve brought to our lives.
We will encourage open, honest dialogue with your child so they feel safe and comfortable to talk to us about anything, without judgement. Their safety and happiness is our priority.
We do not believe that physical discipline is an appropriate tool, particularly when we teach your child love and respect for others. We will always discipline in a fair and honest manner. Our approach will be to use explanation, reinforce positive behaviour and to set a good example for your child to mirror. We do not believe in raising our voices, we believe that speaking in a calm voice is more effective and shows mutual respect.
We’re happy to share our home with our sweet and cuddly dog Buddy. We know your child will love him as much as we do! Buddy is a four year old lab-ridgeback mix. He absolutely adores our nieces and nephews and they love him just as much! He loves cucumbers and is best of pals with Sarah’s sister’s golden retriever, Fergus!
We both value education and will encourage your child to pursue higher education if they have the interest. However, while we value education, we do believe that learning through play and experiences is just as important, if not more important.
We will support your child in their interests and will encourage them to follow their dreams. Our top priority is that your child is happy and healthy – we want them to have a really good life.
We celebrate everyone’s birthdays, milestones and accomplishments with a big family dinner – with all the aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins. We believe it’s important to celebrate each child’s individuality and unique interests.
Being an employee of the federal government, Sarah will have a full year off once the child arrives. Tim also plans on taking a month off. Your child will have many cousins to play with and many caring aunts, uncles and grandparents who are excited to welcome your baby into our family.
We are incredibly fortunate to be in very good shape financially. We have stable, secure jobs, as a Financial Advisor and an employee of the federal government. We both have excellent medical, dental and drug coverage with our jobs and we have a very good life insurance plans. Your child will be assured a solid financial future.
Sarah was raised Catholic, Tim was raised non-practicing Protestant. We attend church on special occasions throughout the year, to celebrate and support our nieces and nephews’ milestones (baptism, first communion, etc.).
We do plan on baptizing your child and will raise your child to respect the Christian beliefs of love, compassion and forgiveness. We will also raise your child to know and understand their culture and heritage and will ensure they participate and are immersed in it.
We live in a bright, spacious home in a well-established neighbourhood right by the Experimental Farm. Our house is a war-time era, red brick single family home. We have a great backyard with a deck and beautiful cherry blossom tree.
Our community is walkable with parks close by with play structures and we’re minutes away from Mooney’s Bay beach and the Rideau canal, the longest skating rink in the world! We have a great tight-knit community. Every year, we close down the block for a festival, complete with bouncy castles and face painting for the kids!
Thank you so much for taking the time to look through our profile. We can only imagine this must be one of the most difficult decisions you will ever face. We hope that something in our profile clicked with you and that you will entrust us with your child. In our eyes, a child can never have too many people who love them and want to help them succeed. We will support and love your child no matter what. We will be forever grateful to you for giving us something no one else could – a family.