Jen and Tim
Dear Birth Mother
Hello! We’re Jen and Tim from Northern California.
We want you to know how much we admire your courage and strength as you contemplate difficult choices in your life. Thank you for taking the time to learn about us, we hope to learn more about you too.
We’re a fun-loving couple with a lot of love to share. We know a lot of families formed by adoption, so when we were unable to conceive a child, we took heart in knowing we could be that support for someone else. We’re so excited to become parents, and it would be an honor to welcome your child into our family. To us, parenthood means unconditional love, support, and guidance. We’ll be there for your child through struggle and triumph, to encourage them to reach for the stars, and to do everything we can to help them get there.
Whatever your unique situation, know that we’re here to support you and honor your wishes and dreams for your child.
Our Promise to You:
- To give unconditional love and support to your child for the rest of our lives
- To promote honesty and open conversation, making sure you’ll always have a place in your child’s heart
- To create opportunities for adventure, creativity, and lifelong learning
- To nurture and develop your child’s unique talents and strengths, to help them become the best version of themselves
We met in New York City in 2009 when Jen was directing a film and hired Tim as a cameraman. We worked and filmed together for six weeks, traveling to a remote part of the world to make a movie. Little did we realize before we set off on the journey that we’d soon fall deeply in love! After spending time together, we realized we had so much in common, including our love of family and friends, appreciation of diverse cultures and languages, and our love of all the little things that make us laugh. Near the end of the trip, we kissed, and we’ve been together ever since.
Two years after that first kiss, Tim proposed to Jen in the Arizona desert at sunset after visiting Tim’s parents for Christmas. We love being in nature, so we decided to get married in Arizona’s botanical garden, surrounded by beautiful plants and our family and closest friends. We love to travel, spend time outdoors, create things together, and we’ve been fortunate to travel around the world together while working on films.
Things We Love:
- Road Trips
- Laughing together
- Cooking together
- Dancing and making up funny songs
- Family gatherings
- The great outdoors
- Travel & Adventure
About Jen (by Jen)
I grew up in Massachusetts and Vermont. I have warm memories of being outdoors, swimming in rivers, hiking, and playing in the snow. I grew. up as an only child, but I have a large extended family. My family life was very full and fun, especially summers and holidays. After high school, I worked my way around the world, picking fruit, waitressing, and working on boats. Traveling overseas gave me a deep appreciation for different cultures, and I fell in love with learning. I was lucky to receive a scholarship to attend college where I discovered my passion for film and photography. A few years later, I applied for graduate school because I knew I wanted to teach.
Today I make documentary films, and I teach students how to make films. I love teaching and mentoring young people. My favorite things to do are hiking along the California coast with Tim and our pup Sophie, watching films, and reading with a hot cup of coffee on the weekend. I love helping children use their imaginations, and I’m excited about exploring and creating things with our future child.
About Jen (by Tim)
Jen is the most beautiful soul I know. She’s kind, caring, thoughtful and funny, and she’s a gifted teacher. She’s a natural with kids of all ages, and they’re drawn to her, too. Jen treats children as the wonderful, complicated, insightful people they are. She can be playful and silly and fun, and she can also be serious when it’s time to be serious. She’s a great role model: hyper-intelligent, incredibly motivated, and a leader. She’s not afraid to speak her mind and to fight for justice, and she’s also a great listener. I can’t imagine a better partner in life, and I’ve always known she’ll be an amazing mom.
JEN’S FUN FACTS
- Loves “Almost Famous”
- Wanted to be a rock star as a teenager
- Has traveled to 15 countries
- Once worked with a traveling sheep
- shearing team in Australia
About Tim (by Tim)
My younger brother, Michael, and I grew up in a quiet neighborhood in Phoenix, Arizona and we spent the summers in a small town in Ohio with our grandparents. We had close family friends with kids the same age as my brother and me, and we often went on camping trips and spent holidays together. With my dad’s help, I made my first home movie when I was 11, and today I work as a cameraman and make documentaries. One of the great things about my job is the ability to create my own schedule which means I’ll have plenty of time to spend with our future child.
In my free time, I love going for long hikes with Jen and our puppy, Sophie, spending time with friends and family, cooking, and watching movies. I’ve always known I wanted to be a dad, and I can’t wait to take them on adventures, to use our imagination to build things together, and to support them in whatever they want to be in life.
About Tim (by Jen)
Tim is the love of my life and my best friend. One of the first things that struck me about Tim is his kindness. Tim cares deeply about treating other people, including people he loves, strangers and animals, with respect. Tim and I taught young filmmakers together, and I watched him mentor students with such joy. Tim may seem serious when you first meet him, but he has a silly side and a great sense of humor. I love making Tim smile and watching him belly laugh. He is adventurous and loves using his imagination to explore, create, and build new things. With his kindness, consideration towards others, and sense of adventure, I know Tim will be such an amazing dad.
TIM’S FUN FACTS
- Loves Star Wars and can’t wait to share it with our future child
- Loves cooking on the grill for friends and family
- Sometimes dreams in Spanish
- Once got lost inside a pyramid in Egypt
- Used to howl with his dog as a kid
Our Family and Commnity
Our Family & Friends
We have a huge network of family and close friends, and usually spend Thanksgiving and Christmas surrounded by family. Jen’s huge extended family is all in Boston, Massachusetts, with more aunts, uncles, and cousins than we could ever fit on this page. Jen’s mom, Dona, just retired and can’t wait to travel out to California to see her future grandchild. Tim’s parents, Jane and Doug and Uncle Tom all live in Phoenix, Arizona. His brother, Michael lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife Andrea and our niece, Annika, who just turned four. We’re fortunate to see them all several times a year. We have a lot of very close friends with young children and enjoy having everybody over for backyard barbecues and hikes along the coast.
Our dog Sophie is a very funny, loveable Goldendoodle puppy. She loves people, other dogs, and even cats and chickens! She’s very gentle with children, and people at the dog park are always amazed at how delicate she is when they hand her a treat. Every day she makes us laugh. We crack up when we catch her sleeping belly-up, throwing toys to herself, or running in circles at the beach. She’s such a joy, and always up for adventure.
Our Home & Community
We live in a quiet, safe and friendly neighborhood in Albany, CA, across the bay from San Francisco. Our home is very bright and warm, and we have a beautiful backyard, perfect for barbecues, gardening, or just playing in the grass. We live near excellent public schools and we’re surrounded by beautiful parks and many great places to go for outdoor adventures. The community is very diverse and we’re also part of the university community through Jen’s work, as well as the filmmaking community. So we always have plenty of interesting people in our lives and many of those interesting people are kids!