S: THE PALMERS
BC: We will be thinking of you, Tom, Tracy and Ella Palmer
FC: Thomas, Tracy & Ella Palmer
1: Dear Birthparents, We know you are facing a big decision right now. We admire your careful consideration of families to ensure that you make the right decision for your child. We would love an opportunity to meet with you and discuss whether our family would fit in the life that you envision for your child. We have been married for four years and have a two and a half year old daughter, Ella. After Ella was born, we discovered that we are unable to have more biological children. We long to grow our family and feel that adoption is the answer for us. Tracy was adopted as an infant, so adoption has always been an option very close to our hearts. Tracy has a brother who also was adopted. Tom has a sister that lives in Cincinnati. Both of our siblings have two children who adore our daughter. We are very close to our families and see them often. They all are very supportive of our commitment to adoption and are very excited to welcome a child into our family in this way. This is the type of life we plan to provide for your child. Tracy is a Registered Nurse and Tom is an attorney. Our daughter is always our top priority. Tracy works part time and will be home two days a week the the children. From play class at Gymboree, painting and crafts, to singing and making up songs, we are a family that loves to be silly. We nurture and encourage self-confidence and look for ways to support self-expression. We love exploring parks, the zoo, Cosi, the museum, and any other kid-friendly event in our area. We enjoy spending time together and with our playgroup. We love traveling and are always up for an adventure. We blend a mixture of creative play, education and unconditional love. We are a family that loves completely. We laugh until our sides hurt. We love to have fun. We will be open and honest with your child regarding the many questions that will surface as he/she grows. Tracy will have a unique bond with your child sharing adoption in common. They will always know the love that went into your decision. We admire the courage it took to come this far and we will always speak highly of the loving sacrifice you made coming to your decision. We look forward to the relationship that an open adoption provides. We are happy to give you more information and details about us and wish you peace in your decision. Thank you for considering us as potential parents. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Please call Adoption Link at 1-800-643-3356 Sincerely, Tom, Tracy and Ella Palmer
2: Thomas & Tracy | We have a very strong marriage. We are best friends. | Goofing off! | We met on E-Harmony | We love to laugh and have fun!!
3: Zip-lining in Kauai on our Honeymoon | We were married September 13, 2008 in park in our neighborhood | We love Adventure!!
4: Ella | Ella is two and a half. She is a happy, loving child. who is very spunky and loves to laugh. She enjoys music, reading, playing dress up, painting, crafting, building puzzles and imaginative play with her dolls and stuffed animals. We love watching her grow and discover her world. She is drawn to babies and always asks to hug them. She will make an awesome big sister! | Favorite Things Rainbows, Birthday parties Food:Black Beans (Yes, Beans!) Music: Laurie Berkner Band Book: The Red Thread, Dora and the Crystal Kingdom Activity: Running, jumping, laughing Toy: A stuffed mermaid she named "Abby" after her cousin. TV Show: Dora Favorite Disney Character: Minnie Mouse
6: Tom was born in Cleveland. He moved to Los Angeles when he was six and moved back to Cleveland when he was fifteen. He graduated from Ohio State and works as an attorney at a firm in Columbus, OH. He loves spending time with his family, exercising, and live music. Tom is a genuine, loving and honest person. He is truly an amazing father, and has embraced fatherhood in a way far greater than I could have imagined. He is a very "hands on" Daddy showering our daughter with love and affection. His capacity to love completely blows me away. One of my favorite things about him is his sense of humor. He has an ability to maintain a positive outlook and find humor in any situation. Tom has so many wonderful qualities, I feel very blessed to have him in my life. | Favorite Things Food: A big steak and Mexican Music: Classic rock & roll TV: Automotive and home repair shows; True Blood; Breaking Bad Vacation spots: New York, Park City Book:A Prayer for Owen Meaney | About Thomas (Tom) by Tracy
7: Tracy was born and raised in Michigan just north of Toledo. Luckily for me she moved to Columbus in 2005. We met in the summer of 2006 and have been together ever since. She enjoys painting, reading, crafting, learning new skills, and traveling. Tracy is a fantastic mother. She is dedicated to raising our daughter to be an independent and caring person who values friends and family, and is equally dedicated to sharing her compassion with an adopted child. She is always finding new and different things for us to do together to grow our family bond -- children's museums, painting, word games, Gymboree, and crafts - there is always something fun around the corner. Tracy is an equally excellent wife. I am very blessed to have her. | About Tracy by Tom | Favorite Things Laughing, Special moments with family and friends Food: Pizza, Lasagna Music: Country,and just about any music TV: True Blood, Dancing with the stars, The Bachelor (A guilty pleasure) Vacation Spots: Hawaii Book: Eat, Pray, Love
8: Our home together for 4 years. We love our home and our neighborhood. We have a great park within walking distance and belong to the playgroup in our neighborhood. | Columbus, OH | Home Sweet Home | A view of our back deck and part of our yard. | We love our front port swing.
9: St. Mary's Catholic School in our neighborhood three blocks from our home. Ella was baptized there and will start preschool when she is three. | Ella goes to S & K Children's Academy three days a week. It is about one mile from our home and a half mile from Tom's work. She LOVES school! Here she is during story-time with her teacher Miss Samantha.
10: Tracy's Family | I am very close with my family, and even though they live in Michigan, we make time to see each other often. My brother, Tim and I were both adopted (non-related) as infants. Tim is a teacher, and is currently starting a home-improvement business in Melvindale, MI. His wife Jennifer is in nursing school and will graduate in the Spring, 2013. They have two children Ayden 7, and Ashton, 6. My Mom, Alice died in 1996 from lung cancer. My Dad, Dave has been dating the same woman Diana since 1997. She is truly a member of our family. Everyone in the family is very excited to welcome our newest family member through adoption. It will be very easy to grow our family in this way. | Family is the most important thing to both of us. We treasure our time with our families and feel very blessed to have such wonderful and supportive people in our lives.
11: Tracy's Mom, Alice. A favorite Christmas memory. She died in 1996. | Ella loves hanging out with her cousins Ayden and Ashton. | Tracy and Jennifer are best friends. She introduced Jennifer to Tim and was a maid of honor in their wedding. | "Auntie, you are SO funny!" | Tim and Jennifer are Ella's Godparents. | Exploring a new toy with Grandpa.
12: Tom's Family | My family is a little scattered, but we are able to see each other often. My Mom, Mary and Stepfather, Bill live in Cleveland. My sister, Julia and her husband, Alejandro, and their two kids, Alex(11) and Abby (9) live in Cincinnati. Julia is a Math teacher, and Alejandro is a U.S. Postal Inspector. My Dad Jerry lives in Phoenix, AZ. with his girlfriend, Virginia. | Every Summer we take a trip and meet somewhere different in the country with Tom's Dad, and his girlfriend, Virginia. They also visit us at least three times a year. We can't wait to include our newest family member in on our summer adventures. | Tom's Mom and Step-dad visit us often. Mary spent time with us when we brought Ella home from the hospital and looks forward to helping us again when we bring our next child home. | Summer, 2012, Sheboygan. WI.
13: We love traditions. Our entire extended family gets together for Labor Day and Thanksgiving every year. | Hanging out with Grandpa | Alex and Abby adore Ella. They can't wait to have another cousin. | Building blocks with Grandma. | Abby was given a choice of several fun things to do on her 9th birthday. She chose to spend the day with all of us instead of her friends. : )
14: Tom at work. He practices law at a firm in Columbus. | Tracy is an RN at Ohio State. She works with Cancer patients in an Oncology office. She feels so blessed to work only three days a week to spend time at home with Ella. | Our dog Brody is a Golden Retriever Mix. She is a sweet and gentle dog, and is great with kids. | Our Life | Our faith helps us find joy in the small things. | We love taking pictures and capturing moments to look back on. We will always have an abundance of pictures and videos to share.
15: Supergirl!! | Beans and steak, yay!! | Can you believe Daddy is in my crib?! No, he didn't break it! | Singing with her Dora Microphone. | Halloween playgroup at our house. | Making a Fathers Day card for Daddy. | We fill our home with love and laughter. | Reading with Daddy in a fort in the living room. | "I have chocofrucake for you"
16: Our Adventures | Ella has been going to Gymboree Play and Music since she was seven months old. "It was a wonderful way to introduce her to music, play and social situations at an early age. We can't wait to take our next child there. | Dancing to the Monster Bash at the Gymboree Pumpkin Party. | Swim Lessons | First time on Uncle Tim's boat. | At an outdoor concert at a park near our home. | Fun at the pumpkin patch.
17: Watching the polar bears swim at the zoo. | Our cousin boards a horse in a stable in Southeast Ohio. Ella's first time on a horse. | Touch a truck | Ring around the Rosey with her friends. | Playgroup | Jumping Jellybean class at the Westerville Rec Center. | In the summer our playgroup meets at a different park every week. A few Moms in the playgroup are currently expecting their second child. Your child will have a ready-made group of friends close in age! | We are so blessed to have met a group of amazing women at Gymboree. We meet weekly all around the city for fun and adventure. The kids have a blast together. | We love the outdoors. In the summer months, you will find us in our backyard playing, gardening, and listening to music.
18: Our Vacations & Fun times with family and friends | We LOVE to travel, and pack our bags about every chance we get. | First plane ride to visit Grandpa in Scottsdale AZ. | We love Hocking Hills, OH. We were engaged there and love to take Ella hiking. | Asheville, NC Summer, 2011. | On the beach with Uncle Alejandro in Sheboygan, WI, Summer, 2012. | First time on the beach, Benton Harbor, MI, Summer, 2010.
19: Thanksgiving this year with her cousins. | Aunt Julia and Ella. | Tom's motorcycle doesn't get much use anymore, but it's great for posing!. | A few pics of some of our friends. We are so blessed to have such supportive, amazing friends. They are all very excited to welcome another child into our family through adoption.
20: These are moments we treasure.
21: We look forward to adding another member to our loving family through adoption. This is a very small glimpse into who we are. If we are the kind of family you are looking for, we would love to get to know you and share more in person. Please call Adoption link at 1-800-643-3356. We will be thinking of you and wishing you peace in your decision.