Our Story

We met through a blind date orchestrated by Tom’s sister in law Molly, who was also Sonja’s coworker and friend. We connected immediately through our many shared interests and values. One of the most important priorities for both of us is family. We are lucky enough to live within an 8 mile radius of Tom’s entire family and only 30 minutes from Sonja’s parents. Another top priority for us is to always have a sense of humor and to try to see the positives in any tough situation. We support each other through thick and thin are each other’s biggest cheerleaders. There is never a lack of laughter in our home although Tom feels others might dispute that we are not quite as entertaining as we may think we are.

We both knew even before we married that we had a shared desire to start our own family, whether that was through our own biological children or adoption. Both of us are firm believers in the motto “when one door closes another one opens” so after a few years of trying to conceive without any luck, we decided to pursue adoption. We are incredibly lucky to have incredible love and support from both of our families as we move forward in our adoption journey.

Background Information

State Of Residence

Minnesota

Ages

Ethnicity

Sonja has a Norwegian background while Tom is German, Irish and Norwegian

Health

Both Sonja and Tom are in good health.

Education

Sonja has a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Olaf College and Tom has an Associate’s Degree from University of Iowa as well as a Trade School Degree from St. Paul Technical.

Work

Retail Management and Commercial Construction

Religion

Sonja was raised Lutheran and Tom was raised Methodist

Pets

Frankie and Lucy our French Bulldogs

Children In Family

0

Plans For Number Of Children

1-3

Race Of Child

We are open to adopting a child of any race or ethnicity

Plans For Work/Daycare

Sonja will take a full 12 weeks off while Tom will take a minimum of 2-3 weeks to start. We have multiple licensed home daycare options in our neighborhood which we will utilize when Sonja returns to work. Both our parents and Tom’s siblings also live close by and will assist as needed.

About Thomas and Sonja (Written By Their Partner)

Tom about Sonja:
Sonja is one of the strongest willed people I know. If any problem were to occur her tenacity shines and she will keep after it until she finds or makes a solution. Her adaptability is one of her many qualities that I found attractive.
She is a loving and kind hearted person, and would make a wonderful adoptive mother. Her openness and ability to look at what matters most is refreshing and soothing. I jokingly call her my personal calendar, she always remembers each and every birthday and holiday. She follows it up with a sweet gesture or a small gift she always makes people feel special in their own way.

Sonja about Tom:
When Tom and I first met I was immediately drawn to his sense of humor and calm and steady demeanor. He is the most genuine man I know, and he would do just about anything for his friends and family. If anyone needs help or has a problem, he is always quick to jump in and offer assistance. He has been my number one supporter through the years and I know that no matter what comes, we will tackle it together.
I knew Tom was “the one” the minute I met his family for the very first time. I nervously walked up to their house and his mother came bursting out the front door and gave me a big hug. I was immediately welcomed into the family, and over the years it has been wonderful to see Tom’s strong relationships with our many nieces and nephews.
I think adoption will add another wonderful dimension to our relationship. I’ve always known that Tom would be the most amazing father and I look forward to seeing him in that role.

A Message From Us Both

We are both incredibly fortunate to come from strong families with close ties. The excitement and support of family as we have navigated our adoption journey has been amazing, and we look forward to the day when we are fortunate enough to be able to welcome a child into our home. More than anything, we want you to know that the love we would have for a child would be unconditional and we are committed to providing a safe and happy home filled with love and laughter.