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John & Tara

Hello, we are John and Tara from North Carolina! We are excited to introduce you to our amazing family and hope that you can see your little one as part of it. Our relationship could rival the best love stories out there but the one thing missing is a child to share our blessings. We want to thank you for the amazing gift of parenting your little angel!

About Us

Sales Consultant
Research and Development - Works From Home
Some College
Master's Degree
Legally Married

Why We Chose Adoption

We're Getting the Nursery Ready

God blessed us with a second chance. He introduced us in our twenties and for some reason we were not ready for forever together. We made such a huge impact on each other's lives that when we met again fifteen years later, nothing was going to stop us. We couldn't wait to start forever together and knew we wanted to expand our amazing love by having children.

Our first pregnancy happened the first month we tried to conceive. It ended in miscarriage with four more after that. We have grieved and sought God's direction for our lives. Our yearning for a child never diminished but grew stronger. We made the decision that adoption is the way to grow our family.

Now that we are here, we are so excited! It makes sense for us. Adoption is already such a natural part of our lives with Tara having an adopted brother, best friend, and cousin and John having an adopted niece and aunt. Our longing to be blessed with a child, and the realization of how it truly is a gift from above, will make us treasure your little one so much more. We feel that going through our losses has strengthened our faith and relationship in a deep and meaningful way. Our relationship is stronger, our faith is stronger, and our desire for a child is stronger than ever.

Aleigh & Graysi

Our Beautiful Girls

John has two daughters from a previous marriage who are 17 and 15 years old. They live with their mother 80% of the time during the school year. Over the summer, they spend half of their time with us.

Aleigh is the oldest and has an outgoing personality. She was always the one in the family playing with the younger children and taking care of them. When not at school, she is babysitting. She chose that instead of getting another job simply because she loves little ones so much! Aleigh is hoping to be a teacher one day like Tara.

Graysi is the youngest and will be 16 in June. She is excited about getting her license! She is a cheerleader and is involved in a Christian club where teens her age get together and learn about the Bible. She is hoping to be a physical therapist when she graduates college.

Both girls are very excited to get a young sibling and cannot wait to meet him/her! We feel that our baby will have the best of both worlds- undivided attention from us since he/she will be the only child living in the house full time but also the blessing of older siblings.

Education We Will Provide

Tara is an educator. She has worked in the school system for 14 years teaching pre-kindergarten through second grade. Now Tara works from home and has a classroom full of educational materials to utilize and can't wait to have her own little student! She knows how to make learning fun and not a chore. We believe that by preparing a child before school actually begins, he/she will never get behind throughout their school years.

We both attended college and will encourage our child to do the same. We will help our child choose the best college in state or out that will prepare him/her for their chosen field. We also would like our child to be involved in arts education. This would be an area in which our child is interested or talented such as singing, dancing, or painting. Sports are also very popular in our state and community and our child will have many options in all types of sporting activities if interested.



All Smiles at a Family Gathering
All Smiles at a Family Gathering
Ziplining in Costa Rica
Ziplining in Costa Rica
John and Graysi on a Carriage Tour in Central Park
John and Graysi on a Carriage Tour in Central Park
With the Girls at Our Wedding
With the Girls at Our Wedding
Up, Up & Away
Up, Up & Away
Tara at the Grand Canyon with Her Family
Tara at the Grand Canyon with Her Family
John Working With Children in Guatemala
John Working With Children in Guatemala
Dancing at a Wedding
Dancing at a Wedding
The Beautiful Aqua Waters of Mexico
The Beautiful Aqua Waters of Mexico
Touring the Biltmore Estate
Touring the Biltmore Estate
Snuggling With Our Brand New Niece
Snuggling With Our Brand New Niece
So Happy Together
So Happy Together
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All Smiles at a Family Gathering
All Smiles at a Family Gathering
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Ziplining in Costa Rica
Ziplining in Costa Rica
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John and Graysi on a Carriage Tour in Central Park
John and Graysi on a Carriage Tour in Central Park
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With the Girls at Our Wedding
With the Girls at Our Wedding
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Up, Up & Away
Up, Up & Away
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Tara at the Grand Canyon with Her Family
Tara at the Grand Canyon with Her Family
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John Working With Children in Guatemala
John Working With Children in Guatemala
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Dancing at a Wedding
Dancing at a Wedding
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The Beautiful Aqua Waters of Mexico
The Beautiful Aqua Waters of Mexico
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Touring the Biltmore Estate
Touring the Biltmore Estate
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Snuggling With Our Brand New Niece
Snuggling With Our Brand New Niece
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So Happy Together
So Happy Together

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

As children, we dreamed of how awesome it would be to live on the lake where our home is located. Dreams do come true! We both grew up 15-20 miles from our current residence. Our home has four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, and a large kitchen and den that serves as the heart of our gatherings. We recently had plans drawn to begin a garage with a large room upstairs that will serve as a playroom.

Sunset from Our Pier

Our lake is one of the largest natural lakes in the south. Walking, biking, kayaking, and hiking is year-round due to our mild climate. There is a community park where sporting activities are held. The State Park is located down the road from our home which has endless trails and camping.

Our favorite events include the annual 16 mile walk around the lake in the summer, Christmas parade, Candlelight walk and lighting of the big Christmas tree. We have a boat, jet ski, and kayak so we can take full advantage of the water and all the fun it offers. Our community has many children and we have friends and family who live within walking and biking distance who have young ones. Everyone you pass, offers a wave and a smile. We believe it's because everyone in this community feels unbelievably blessed to call it home.

Our Extended Families

Tara with Her Mom & Brother

We are so blessed to have our families close by! Tara's parents, brother, sister-in-law, and extended family all live within 20 minutes of our home. John's mother and stepfather along with 3 of his siblings and their 11 children all live in the same county. His other 3 siblings and their children all live 2-4 hours away.

Other family highlights of our year include Fourth of July at our lake house, Easter Egg Hunts, Family Fall Festival at our farm, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas celebrations, and birthday parties every time you turn around. Every gathering is overflowing with scrumptious southern food. We have themed parties for each girl in our family on her 16th birthday where each family gives her a charm that represents her personality. The boys have a 21st birthday where they receive an engraved pocket watch.

John's Family at Our Wedding

It is quite unique to have such a large extended family where so many are close by. Adoption is a part of both sides of our family and they are ecstatic that we are embarking on this exciting venture!

From Us to You

As we write this letter, we try to picture who you are and how you must feel. We imagine that you are searching for the best life for your baby. Perhaps for him/her to have things you never had. Let us share with you our story.

Life dealt us a very hard blow when we were unable to have biological children of our own. When you meet your soul mate, it is an innate desire to conceive a child to parent together and extend your love and family. We felt that this blessing would happen for us. God had other plans. He knows more than we know. Our 5 babies we conceived, were not meant to live on this Earth. But we still have the desire for a baby.

Once we closed the door on having a biological child, we knew that adoption was our path. God has led us here and we know that there is a baby out there meant for us to parent together. Please know that your baby will be loved unconditionally and be given unbelievable opportunities. Being a little older affords us more time and financial stability to devote to our child. We are also more patient and relaxed than we would have been as younger parents.

Our marriage is the stuff that dreams are made of. There is a song that says love is lovelier the second time around. That is so true for us! If ever any experience on this Earth has shown us God's love and purpose, it is the relationship we have. We believe God designed us for each other. Our paths intersected many times throughout life but we were not meant to be together until now. God was shaping our lives to prepare us for each other.

Rest assured that your baby will have parents with a strong Christian marriage as a model. There is no fighting or drama in our home. We work hard to seek out peace. We have been together for over 6 years and married for 4 1/2. Everyone says that marriage is hard work but for us, it's our soft place to fall every day. The calm in the storm. We look forward to our time together and place our family as the priority.

A unique aspect of our family is that John has two daughters from his previous marriage. They are 15 and 17 and live with their mom much of the time during the school year and half of the time during the summer. They are thrilled to welcome a little one into our family. Your baby will have the benefit of siblings while still having parents who can offer undivided attention. Tara's parents live close by as well as John's mother and stepfather. There are eight aunts and uncles and dozens of cousins within a 20 mile radius. This child will be overwhelmed with love!

If we are the parents meant for your baby, we promise to keep you updated with letters and pictures. We are also open to more communication such as emails and phone calls. We will do whatever is necessary for the health and wellbeing of your baby. Open communication and discussing your child's adoption story will be a way to honor you while also helping the child understand how much he/she is truly loved.

Thank you for reviewing our profile. We wish you the very best in life and a healthy and safe pregnancy and delivery!


John & Tara


John Wayne
Denzel Washington
Sandra Bullock
Reese Witherspoon
C.S. Lewis
Nicholas Sparks
To Kill a Mockingbird
Gone With the Wind
Candy Bar
Reeses Peanut Butter Cups
Kit Kat
Bugs Bunny
Scooby Doo
Childhood Memory
Playing on the farm
Playing outside in the country
Childhood Toy
Children's Book
Peter Rabbit
The Boxcar Children
New York City
Classic Movie
Who Shot Liberty Valance
Gone With the Wind
Day of Week
Ice Cream
Ice Cream (Summer); Cake (Anytime)
Disney Movie
Finding Nemo
The Lion King
Dream Car
Jaguar XKR Convertible
1959 Corvette
Dream Job
The job I have
Dream Vacation
Extensive Travel through Europe
Mediterranean Cruise
Family Activity
Playing on the lake
Playing Games/Sports
Flower / Plant
Form of Exercise
Walking my dog
Phase 10
Holiday Song
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
All I Want For Christmas Is You
Holiday Tradition
Getting Together With My Entire Family on Christmas Night
Opening 1 gift on Christmas Eve (and it was always pajamas)
Ice Cream
Butter Pecan
Cookies and Cream
Junk Food
Potato Chips
French Fries
Leisure Activity
Spending time with my family
Rocking on the porch with my dogs beside me
Our State
Southern Living
Memory with a Child
Playing with My Girls at the Beach When They Were Small
Pajama Parties with My Cousin's Children
Memory with Spouse
Honeymoon in Hawaii
Honeymoon in Hawaii
Jason Bourne
The Notebook
Movie Munchie
Movie Quote
"What we've got here, is a failure to communicate."
"I won't think about that today, I'll think about that tomorrow."
Movie Type
Chick Flicks
The Lion King
The Lion King
Musical Group
Maroon 5
Nursery Rhyme
Old MacDonald had a Farm
This Old Man
Olympic Event
Personal Hero
My mother
My mom
Jersey Boys
A Raisin in the Sun
Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
Quality about my Spouse
Her Honesty & Integrity
His Passion
"We become what we think about." (Earl Nightingale)
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." (Eleanor Roosevelt)
French Dip
Egg Sandwich
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." (Roman 12:2)
"God is my sun and my shield; He gives glory and grace; He shall withhold no good thing from me for walking uprightly." Psalm 84:11
Shopping Store
Bass Pro Shop
All Summer Long
Feeling Good
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Basketball and Tennis
Sports Star
Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
Sports Team
Carolina Panthers
Carolina Basketball
Subject in School
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Time of Day
Early Morning
Our Family Beach Weekend Every January
Holiday and Birthday Dinners with Family
TV Show
Family Guy
Dancing With The Stars
TV Show Character
Andy Griffith
Laura Ingalls
Type of Music
Easy Listening and Dance
Vacation Spot
Video Game
Tetris (Not a gamer)

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