Hello! We are Sarah and Tim, thank you so much for taking the time to look through our profile, we’re honoured that you are considering us. We recognize that this must be a difficult and emotional decision for you and commend you for your strength and courage. We hope this gives you an idea of who we are and the love that we have to share. Please know that no matter what you choose, we wish you and your child all the best!
We both love being active and outdoors, so it’s fitting that our first date was a 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 farm in Ottawa in June 2017, surrounded by family and closest friends. Our brother-in-law, Paul, married us – it was incredibly special as he means a great deal to us.
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.
I was born and raised in Ottawa. I am the youngest of four, I have a brother and two sisters, and being a mother has always been my greatest dream. I’m fortunate to have a large tight-knit family with many nieces and nephews. We all live within 15 minutes of each other, my brother and sister live right beside each other! We see each other all the time and spend a week in Maine together every summer. Family and meaningful friendships are especially important to me. Growing up, I was very close with my grandparents. My grandfather and I shared a mutual love of humour and my Nana actually chose my name, something that I cherish always. I love being active and trying new things. As a child I played the violin, all sorts of sports, danced and was in the 4-H Club. I’ve always favoured basketball and after playing at Carleton University, I started coaching. Mentoring young athletes and helping them achieve their academic, athletic, and personal goals, is especially rewarding. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, camping, concerts, spending time with family, and sharing a good laugh with friends. I also enjoy quilting with my mom and sisters – we have tea, chat and create lasting memories. I’m grateful for the amazing childhood I had and for the family, friends and life that Tim and I share together.
I love Sarah very much. We’ve done so much together and are excited for this next chapter in our lives. She is a strong and courageous woman, who goes out of her way to help our friends and family. Our nieces and nephews love Sarah very much and are always excited to see her. She always plans the most fun things to do with the kids. My wish for her is to have the opportunity to be a mother. There is no doubt she will be a great mother and that we will make an outstanding team as parents.
I grew up in Huntsville – a small town in Muskoka, where my parents still live today. I have a younger sister who I’m close with, she lives in Australia with her husband and two amazing kids. Despite the distance we remain close, we Skype often and visit each other every year. Having grown up in an area known for its lakes and parks, I developed a profound love for the outdoors – camping, canoeing, and fishing. As a child I played hockey, skied and ran cross-country. I have fond memories of spending summers at my grandparent’s cottage where my Grampa taught me how to swim and fish. Like Sarah, I was also very close with my grandparents and am grateful for the time we spent together. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, working on my latest wood working project or teaching our nieces and nephews how to fish. Sarah and I love being outdoors, going to concerts and outdoor festivals, discovering new artists, and taking our dog Buddy on long walks. In the winter, we spend our time cross-country skiing, skating on the canal, or curling up together in front of our wood fire place with a book or movie.
Tim is without a doubt the kindest person I’ve ever known. He’s compassionate, loyal and incredibly selfless. I consider myself extremely lucky to have him by my side. He is my rock and never ceases to amaze me. He brings laughter and joy into our home. I know he will be a wonderful father, children gravitate towards him. Seeing him with our nieces and nephews is heartwarming. I love him very much and couldn’t imagine my life without him.
We are incredibly fortunate to have many close friends and family in town. They’ve supported us at every step and are excited for us to become parents. We are lucky to have 3 nieces and 3 nephews close by. We cherish our relationship with each of them and love being able to support and encourage them at every possible opportunity. Our Australian niece and nephew are beautiful and energetic, we see them often and love them dearly. We have a very close group of friends, many of them have children who consider us their “Auntie” and “Uncle”. In addition to having many cousins to play and growth up with, your child will have a strong network of friends and family who will love them and support them, no matter what.
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 will never forget the loving and selfless decision that you are making. If an open adoption is important to you, we will be enthusiastic partners, and will respect the level of openness you are comfortable with. We would love to maintain communication and share updates on your child’s progress through emails, letters, photos, phone calls and visits. We will always be honest with the 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 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 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. We both value education and will encourage your child to pursue higher education if they have the interest. We believe that learning through play and experiences is just as important, if not more important. We will expose them to many different activities in their youth – including sports, music, art and dance. Your child will have many cousins, caring aunts, uncles and grandparents who are excited to welcome your baby into our family.
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 them with the core values of love, kindness and compassion. We will raise them to know, understand and participate in their culture and heritage.
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 and schools close by and we’re minutes away from Mooney’s Bay beach and the Rideau Canal. Every year, we close down the block for a festival, complete with bouncy castles and face painting for the kids! We share our home with our sweet and cuddly dog Buddy (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.
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.
Sarah & Tim
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