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Skyler & Taryn
Adoption is the foundation of our family. We are so in love with our little girl and forever grateful that adoption enabled us to become a family. We look forward to adding another child to our loving home and promise to walk with you through this amazing journey. Thank you for taking the time to view our profile. We wish you the best of luck!
Our Leisure Time
We have a very active lifestyle and enjoy being on the go. Before the arrival of our daughter in 2018, we backpacked extensively aboard and spent most of our summers discovering new places, meeting new people, and trying new things. When our daughter was born, we continued to travel but visited more local sights within the US. Our daughter Quinn has adventured alongside us to 10 different states now. Our favorite trip together so far has been to Hawaii. Quinn attended her first luau at 3 months of age!
When we are home, we are kept busy raising animals and tending to our property. There is plenty to do where we live and raising goats, chickens and honeybees together has been its own family adventure. Our daughter Quinn loves spending time with animals and we try to provide her with opportunities to interact and help care for our livestock whenever possible.
Quinn also enjoys music, so we partake in many family dance parties, living room concerts and local music events. Skyler has coached basketball at the high school and collegiate level for 10 years now, so wintertime is dedicated to cheering on his team. Taryn enjoys gardening and cooking and loves to entertain family and friends. Our family is excited to have more adventures with our new baby and to discover and celebrate their own unique interests and hobbies!
Addressing Cultural Diversity
Having a child in our family that is a different race, we are especially mindful of how we address cultural diversity. The most important thing we do as a family for our daughter is actively pursue a relationship with her biological parents. We feel that is it extremely important for her to know where she came from, who created her and for her to have a bond with individuals that share the same race as her. We are dedicated to taking this approach with our second child to address their different cultural background.
Additionally, we talk openly with our daughter about our different skin tones, hair textures and the things that make us different physically. Even though she is quite young, she understands that we do not look alike and that we all come from different places. We make a conscious effort to surround our daughter with literature that represents people of color, with toys that have different skin tones and with a constant, open dialogue about how diversity is something our family celebrates. Fortunately, we live in an area that is both diverse and progressive. We have close family friends that are of a different race and are grateful for their support and presence as they are wonderful models of what it means to be proud of their different cultural backgrounds.
Fortunately, we live in an area that is both diverse and progressive. We have close family friends that are of a different race and are grateful for their support and presence as they are wonderful models of what it means to be proud of their different cultural backgrounds.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Taryn About Skyler: I was initially drawn to Skyler because he was different. He experienced hardships at a young age that made him stand out from the other high school boys I knew. He was exceedingly mature, thoughtful and had the most adorable dimples. Now we have been married for 6 years and Skyler demonstrates all those strengths and more. Skyler has an impressive work ethic and demonstrates grit and patience that makes me proud. He has high standards for those around him but shows patience and encouragement as he supports others through adversity. He can lead tough conversations while creating a sense of openness and support. Most importantly, Skyler is a wonderful, loving Daddy and our daughter adores him.
Skyler About Taryn: Taryn is the most selfless and compassionate person I have ever met. Since we met in high school, there hasn’t been a day that she doesn't make me a better person. She has shown me how to open my heart and truly care for others. She is without a doubt, my biggest supporter and inspiration. Shes cares for our daughter with a relentless passion and her love has no bounds. Whether it’s watching Taryn play with our daughter, or working with her students, her kindness and patience never ceases to amaze me. I am so excited to watch her become a mom a second time and to see all of the qualities that make her such a special person be shared with another kiddo.
Our Extended Families
When our families are together the children are the center of attention. Our daughter is thoroughly spoiled by her Grandmas and has both Grandpas wrapped around her finger. Our siblings also have children, so when we are together it tends to be loud, busy, and memorable. Any time with cousins involves countless games of hide-n-seek, Disney dance parties, and crafts that usually result in a big mess but very happy children.
Since our families do not all live in the same town, we rotate who we spend Christmas and Thanksgiving with. Each side has strong holiday traditions that make the season extra special for the children. While Skyler’s entire extended family opens presents at his Grandma’s house on Christmas Eve, Taryn’s family enjoys baking all day on Thanksgiving and taking a long walk to the beach after the meal. Our holidays together are an awesome opportunity to reconnect with the people we love, watch our children interact and build memories with their cousins and, reflect on how lucky we are to have each other.
Adoption plays a large role in Skyler’s family as both his Mother and Aunt were adopted. Both sides of our family are thrilled to welcome another baby into the family and are fully supportive of our plan to complete our family through adoption. We received so much love and support during our first adoption and are fortunate enough to have that same support as we wait for our second child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We feel that Washington State is one of the most beautiful and exciting states to live in. We are fortunate to be situated 10 minutes from the ocean, an hour from the mountains, and minutes from countless trails, parks and family-friendly activities. We live a very active lifestyle and take advantage of all the outdoor adventures our state has to offer year-round. Skyler cannot wait to teach our children to snowboard and Taryn especially enjoys family hikes, even if it means carrying our daughter Quinn up and down mountains.
We live in a cozy, three-bedroom, single-story home just outside of town. The best part of our house is the land; we own five acres and love to spend time exploring the property, raising animals, and entertaining outside. Since we both work in the school setting, we are both highly involved in community activities. Our daughter Quinn spends a lot of time during basketball season in the gym with her Daddy and has many opportunities to attend other school functions like plays, concerts, and Unified Sports. We are fortunate that our community is full of young, active and caring families and provides an array of activities and opportunities for its youth to learn and grow.
From Us to You
Hello and thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about us! Having gone through this process before we understand the weight of your decision, though we will never truly be able to know the range and depth of emotions that you are feeling right now. We encourage you to take the time you need, ask all the questions you can and have grace with yourself as you go walk through this journey. We are hopeful that you will find the perfect match and are happy to share more about who we are. We met as high school students over a heated game of Spoons. Taryn was wearing these ridiculous blue pants and Skyler just happen to swing by on his way home from basketball practice. That game of Spoons eventually led to innocent flirting over Myspace (yes, that makes us feel old), a movie date to see Juno and to holding hands in the school hallways. We have been in a committed relationship for 12 years now and married for the last 6. In a way we grew up together. We have walked through many of life’s biggest obstacles together and have always approached life as a team.
Our decision to adopt was very much a mutual decision. In 2018 this decision become a reality when we met our daughter Quinn after frantically packing, making flight reservations on the way to the airport and running through security with an empty baby stroller. Becoming parents was the greatest thing to ever happen to us and we love one another without limit or reservation. We both know our hearts have room for one more child and adoption remains our first choice in growing our family.We are committed to promoting and maintaining a relationship with you, be it through letters, emails, or even visits. We recognize that this decision you are making is filled with grief and sadness. Still, you are showing your child so much love and are giving us life’s greatest gift. We vow to never forget this and will constantly tell our child about their birth mother who loves them so much.
For our children we envision a life of happiness, love, and exploration. Our weekends are dedicated to hiking trips, playing on the beach, and getting outside to learn about our beautiful surroundings. As a former college athlete, Skyler is eager to introduce another child to athletics and the importance of teamwork. Our plan is to expose our children to not only nature and sports but a wealth of other opportunities and hobbies. It has been so fun to dive deeper into our daughter Quinn’s interests and we cannot wait to see what our new baby chooses to explore. Becoming parents has been the most rewarding and challenging adventure yet. We feel lucky to have one another and a community of wonderful people behind us as we approach barriers related to parenting. We know the love we feel for our children will be without bounds but also anticipate the learning opportunities and teaching moments that come with a transracial adoption. We have learned to approach these situations with grace and patience, while being firm and empowering our daughter to answer questions based on her level of comfort. Overall our community is beautifully diverse, and we are committed to giving our child opportunities to explore their own racial heritage as well as many others around the world. As with our daughter, our baby will never go a day without feeling valued, safe and loved. Also, our baby will never go without knowing about you and your selfless decision to make our family whole. Thank you so much for your time and we wish you the very best as you make your decision.
Skyler & Taryn
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