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Susan & Tawnya

We cannot express how excited and humbled we feel to be considered to be a part of your child's life. We love all the experiences and opportunities life has to offer and want the chance to share these with your child. We are dedicated to a home with unconditional love, joy, and support and we would be forever grateful for this gift. Thank you for the opportunity!

About Us

Director, Global Customer Experience
Special Education Teacher
Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Communications
Master's Degree in Education
Legally Married

What It Means to Become Parents

Thanksgiving Hug

To be a parent means to love and support your child unconditionally; putting their best interests first above all else. A child needs a stable home where they can thrive and discover who they are and who they want to become. We hope to foster that healthy home environment and expose this child to new experiences. We want to help guide this child to become whoever they are supposed to be. We are most excited about the little things ... reading books at bedtime, bonding during nightly baths, seeing the world and excitement through the eyes of this child. We want to participate in whatever they are into; whether it is sports, theatre, art or music. We want them to experience all the love and family time we have to give so they feel how special they are. We hope to set good examples and be available to support this child however they need us as they grow in this world.

Our Family Traditions

Making Gingerbread Houses

Family is very important in our lives and having family traditions is so much fun! We have many favorites that we look forward to each year, such as carving pumpkins as an extended family alongside bobbing for apples and eating pie.

We also look for any excuse to create a new tradition as a family - This year we added a back to school barbecue with night swimming and a bonfire with s'mores!

Every winter we love to make time to decorate gingerbread houses with our two nieces, Tawnya's sister and her parents. Everyone comes over to our house, we set up a gingerbread house for each person and have enough candy/supplies to decorate and eat! Most of the candy ends up on the floor so our two dogs love this tradition! We spend time together decorating our houses, sipping on hot chocolate and joking about whose house is the best or still needs a bunch of work! We like to play holiday music in the background and light the fire to really get into the spirit and set the mood. Everyone takes their houses home to put up through the holidays to help decorate. It has become a family tradition that we want to continue with our child.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

The Grinch Play

We are a great team and lucky to be able to share our lives together! We are a great balance and bring out the best in each other.

Tawnya is fun-loving and has a real zest for life. She could have fun in a paper bag! She works with children that have special needs, so she also has a lot of patience and is a really good communicator. Also working with children, Tawnya has great ideas and fun projects for kids to do.

Susan is loyal, hardworking and caring. She developed a strong work ethic and takes great pride in everything that she does. She has a great sense of humor and likes to laugh and keep a good work/life balance.

Family is important to both of us and ensuring we have a loving, supportive family behind us is everything.

Additionally, bringing up a happy and healthy child in this world is something we love in each other and know that together we can make that happen.


Date Night
Date Night
Tawnya & London Bridge
Tawnya & London Bridge
Pool Day With Our Nieces
Pool Day With Our Nieces
Holiday Fun
Holiday Fun
Lake Life
Lake Life
Watching Our Niece Play Softball
Watching Our Niece Play Softball
Susan Relaxing in Hawaii
Susan Relaxing in Hawaii
Paint Party With Family
Paint Party With Family
Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen
Belgium Trip
Belgium Trip
Hiking in Big Sur
Hiking in Big Sur
Shopping With Our Nieces
Shopping With Our Nieces
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Date Night
Date Night
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Tawnya & London Bridge
Tawnya & London Bridge
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Pool Day With Our Nieces
Pool Day With Our Nieces
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Holiday Fun
Holiday Fun
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Lake Life
Lake Life
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Watching Our Niece Play Softball
Watching Our Niece Play Softball
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Susan Relaxing in Hawaii
Susan Relaxing in Hawaii
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Paint Party With Family
Paint Party With Family
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Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen
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Belgium Trip
Belgium Trip
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Hiking in Big Sur
Hiking in Big Sur
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Shopping With Our Nieces
Shopping With Our Nieces

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

Our home is comfortable and planned for family gatherings. We have five bedrooms - one is an office and another room we made into a fun game room. The game room is our favorite room in the house. It has an old-school, two-player game machine that has over 30 games; including Ms. Pac-Man and Frogger! It also has a TV with Nintendo to spend some fun time playing Super Mario Brothers, as well as 80 other games.

Although we love the inside of our house, the backyard is our favorite space where we have a grill for barbecuing and a pool and spa. We love to have the family over for pool days where we soak up the sun, grill and eat together as a family at our large outdoor table. We have room to add a swingset and play house and also have lots of grass out front to run and play on.

We have an active neighborhood where people are constantly walking their dogs or their strollers in the sun. We take our Shih Zhu dogs for walks around the block. We are also a quick 20 minutes to the beach if we feel like getting some sand underneath our toes. When we are tired of the fun in the sun we go back home to relax and watch a movie on our big couch.

Our Extended Families

With Tawnya's Parents

We are very lucky to have loving families in our lives to share our journeys with.

Mother's Day

Tawnya is adopted and also has an adopted younger sister with two daughters. Because Tawnya is adopted, it makes us feel that we are experienced in what that means and also in how wonderful if can be for a child. Tawnya's parents are still married and both retired. We are lucky that we live close to Tawnya's sister and parents so we are able to see each other frequently. We love to go to our niece's sporting events and activities. We spend time traveling with Tawnya's parents going on "bucket-list" trips and having family gatherings to make those lasting memories. When we get together, we love to play cards, have pool parties or go to the family lake house and go boating.

Susan has an older sister that has two boys and a younger brother. Her parents are also still married and both retired. Susan's brother lives the closest to us and we are lucky to be able to have him over for cook outs and all the family gatherings.

Our family is supportive of our adoption process and excited to add a new addition to our wonderful family.

From Us to You

Tawnya's birth mom left her a letter that she has kept her entire life and holds onto as it's a piece of who she is. Having been through this but from the other side, makes writing this letter not only incredibly meaningful, but also compassionate.

Thank you for considering adoption and looking into who we are as people. We want nothing more than to allow your child to live and grow in a family that supports them and loves them every minute of every single day. We want to have a home where your child is given every opportunity to learn about themselves and the world around them. We want to foster happiness, friendships, and anything that makes them the best version of who they were meant to be.

We feel like we have much to offer and even more to share. We have traveled to many countries, seen many different cultures, have been around people of all walks of life and feel like we are open minded and more well-rounded because of it. We have been together as a couple for over four years but have been friends for over seven. Because our love developed over time, we feel like we have a great foundation as a team and partnership. From the get go, we have known having a child was something we wanted. We knew we had so much love and so much fun to share. Because we are a same sex couple, we knew we would have to find this love in a non-conventional way. But we also knew adoption was the way our path was leading. Tawnya was adopted and has had the most amazing upbringing. She has always known she was adopted and was always met with encouragement and acceptance whenever she had questions or thoughts about her birth parents. Having such a positive adoption story has given up the feeling of hope and desire to have the same with your child.

We have a beautiful home that we purchased in hopes to bring a family up in it. We have five bedrooms with one dedicated to games. We love to go in the game room and play Super Mario Brothers or Pac-Man on a 1980s arcade machine. We love movies, cards, and spend most weekends outside in the pool. We lived downtown for most of our adult lives and moved up to a community where we could be around more families and more opportunities for children. We live by one of the best school systems in our county and are surrounded by every sport, dance, cooking, extracurricular class available. We would love your child to have the chance to explore all that makes them happy and feel success.

We are dedicated to loving this child together and to loving you alongside them. Knowing you would want to be part of their life as the grow, we would never want to take that away from you. We are open to what makes you feel included and comfortable. We are open to sending pictures, emails, and phone calls. We feel if we are open with you and make you feel comfortable, we can grow together and make sure you are involved.

We appreciate you giving us the chance to share who we are and we hope you feel that there is a place not only for your child, but for you in our hearts as well.

Susan & Tawnya


Tom Hanks
Robert De Niro
Julia Roberts
Meryl Streep
Arthur Golden
Charles Dickens
Memoirs of a Geisha
Catcher in the Rye
Candy Bar
Kit Kat
Sponge Bob
Childhood Memory
Eating ice cream out of a large dish on a lazy Susan with my grandma Polly
Water skiing behind our boat at the lake
Childhood Toy
Barbi house
Clownie (a stitched clown I slept with every night until I was 8)
Children's Book
Dr. Seuss
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
Classic Movie
It's a Wonderful Life
Burnt organge
Fire engine red
Day of Week
Dairy Queen blizzard
Disney Movie
Beauty and the Beast
Dream Car
Range Rover SUV
1980 Jeep
Dream Job
Back up dancer
Dream Vacation
Family Activity
Playing cards
Playing card games
Flower / Plant
French fries
Form of Exercise
Bikram Yoga
Play Nine Card Game
Kings Corners
Collecting Art
Christmas Eve
Holiday Song
Little Drummer Boy
Oh Holy Night
Holiday Tradition
Making Gingerbread Houses
Carving pumpkins and bobbing for apples
Ice Cream
Moose Tracks
Chocolate malted crunch
Junk Food
French Fries
Nacho cheese Doritos
Leisure Activity
Watching movies
Watching old movies
Architectural Digest
Real Simple
Memory with a Child
Going to the lake with our nieces
Lake trips with our nieces
Memory with Spouse
Trip to Hawaii
Trip to London and Belgium
The Notebook
Movie Munchie
Buttered popcorn
Movie Quote
Choose your words wisely for they may be your last
You had me at hello
Movie Type
Romantic comedy
Musical Group
Dave Matthews
Nursery Rhyme
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Good night moon
Olympic Event
Personal Hero
My grandma, Polly
My parents
Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew
Shel Silverstein
Maya Angelou
Quality about my Spouse
Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud
In the end only three things matter, how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you
Crack Shack
Red Robin
Italian Submarine
Chicken salad
Shopping Store
The Joker, Steve Miller Band
3 little birds Bob Marley
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Michael Jordan
Michael Phelps
Sports Team
Dallas Cowboys
Subject in School
Wonder Woman
Spider Man
Thing to Cook
Pot Roast
Chicken masala
Time of Day
Christmas tree shopping with hot chocolate
Summer slumber party and roasting marshmallows with our nieces
TV Show
Below Deck
Modern Family
TV Show Character
Lorelai Gilmore
Katie on American Housewife
Type of Music
Electronic Dance Music
Vacation Spot
Video Game
Ms Pacman
Super Mario Brothers

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