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Troy & Lara

"Lara and Troy have a calm temperament and their sense of humor will see them through any tough situations. They have a wide circle of family and friends to lean on if needed. [They] are wonderful with children, always patient and loving. I have no doubt they will make terrific parents"
- Donna Downey, Adoptive Parent and mother of Lara's former student

About Us

Troy
Lara
Job
IT Specialist
Medicaid Attendant/Teacher
Education
Information Technology Certifications
Bachelor's Degree in English, Creative Writing, Special Education
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Why We Chose Adoption

A Sunny Afternoon Together

Troy: I found out in my early twenties that my father had been adopted, and his biological father was not who I had known my whole life as "Pop Pop." My grandparents had decided to keep this a secret because they did not want my siblings and I to see him differently. Knowing this information gave me great insight into adoption. Not only did it open my eyes to the importance of being open and honest about adoption with everyone involved, but it also taught me that Pop Pop was still my Pop Pop, and nothing could change how I felt about him, even after learning he was not biologically related to us. I love and miss him so much and wish so badly the he knew we have started the adoption process.

Lara: As a child, I can remember asking Santa for Barbie Dolls of different ethnicities so I could create interracial families and make my "dream home" filled with both adopted and biological Barbie children. It wasn't until I started teaching that I really realized how drawn to adoption I was. I have had such strong relationships with the children I've worked with and I know that loving a child whole heartedly is my calling.

Although the paths that led us to adoption were different, the reasoning was the same: we both have so much love to give and we know that DNA is not necessary. Love is what truly makes a family.

Fun Facts About Us:

With Troy's Halmeoni

Troy:

  • I lived in 5 different countries before moving to the U.S. when I was 15.
  • I taught myself how to play guitar and I love playing whenever I have free time.
  • I am part Korean and love cooking the traditional meals I learned from my Halmeoni (grandmother).
  • I was on the Belgium National Team for the Junior World Series.
  • Our Pups, Shilah & Phoebe

    Lara:

  • I am a Medicaid Attendant for my niece. I am so grateful for my job and the fact that I will have the ability to take my [future] children to work with me every day!
  • I am incredibly close with my family! My sisters are my best friends.
  • I am currently writing and illustrating my first children's book.
  • Growing up I played Soccer, Basketball, and Field Hockey.
  • Together:

  • We have two dogs, Shilah and Phoebe, and they are both wonderful with kids.
  • We have been working towards a unique travel goal: we want to visit all 50 states! 17 down, 33 to go!
  • We love snow and enjoy taking trips to winter destinations.
  • Trust, humor, and communication are the things we value most in our relationship.
  • Life Priorities

    Spending Time With Our Niece & Nephew

    We truly believe that being aware of our priorities and values (both individually and as a couple) is the reason we have such a strong, happy, and loving relationship.

    The things we prioritize are:

    Our Faith: We are faithful Christians, and truly believe we have God to thank for all of the blessings in our lives. We believe that everything happens for a reason, including the more painful and difficult times we experience. Even if we are unable to understand why, we trust that God unconditionally loves everyone and is taking care of all of us in each and every moment.

    Family and Friendships: Family and friends are so important to us. We believe that if you put time and effort into your relationships, that love and kindness will come back when you need it most!

    Taking Care of You: Taking time for ourselves and following our passions helps us both as individuals and also as a family. When you take care of yourself, you are able to give more to the ones you love.

    Having Gratitude: Even in our darkest moments, there are so many things we can be grateful for. Having gratitude and recognizing even the smallest of blessings is something we think is essential to maintain happiness and hope in our lives.

    Video

    Photos

    Enjoying a Beautiful Spring Day
    Enjoying a Beautiful Spring Day
    We Love to Snowboard
    We Love to Snowboard
    Apple Picking Near Our Home
    Apple Picking Near Our Home
    Dogsledding in Alaska
    Dogsledding in Alaska
    Snorkeling in Clear Waters!
    Snorkeling in Clear Waters!
    Celebrating Our Anniversary
    Celebrating Our Anniversary
    Lara Loves Spending Time With Our Dogs!
    Lara Loves Spending Time With Our Dogs!
    We Never Miss an Opportunity for a Photo Booth!
    We Never Miss an Opportunity for a Photo Booth!
    Fun in Chicago
    Fun in Chicago
    At a Luau in Hawaii
    At a Luau in Hawaii
    Visiting Washington, D.C. With Family
    Visiting Washington, D.C. With Family
    You're Never Too Old for a Snowball Fight!
    You're Never Too Old for a Snowball Fight!
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    Dogsledding in Alaska
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    Snorkeling in Clear Waters!
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    Celebrating Our Anniversary
    Celebrating Our Anniversary
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    Lara Loves Spending Time With Our Dogs!
    Lara Loves Spending Time With Our Dogs!
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    We Never Miss an Opportunity for a Photo Booth!
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    Fun in Chicago
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    At a Luau in Hawaii
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    Visiting Washington, D.C. With Family
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    You're Never Too Old for a Snowball Fight!
    You're Never Too Old for a Snowball Fight!

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    We absolutely love the town we live in and what the location provides. We are lucky enough to be within driving distance to a large city, beaches, mountains, nature and hiking trails.

    Our neighborhood is full of diversity and other young families. We have wonderful community amenities including a swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts and multiple playgrounds. When the weather is nice, there are always children outside playing and we both love seeing the chalk painted sidewalks when we take evening walks with our dogs.

    Our historic downtown has adorable little shops, live music, restaurants, First Friday, and community events for Holidays. Our favorite is the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. The lights around the town are beautiful and we love grabbing a hot chocolate and just walking up and down the beautifully lit streets.

    Because of our close proximity to Washington, D.C., we have a wonderful and culturally diverse neighborhood with easy access to many educational museums, concerts, and shows for children!

    Our county has continuously held high rankings in both Virginia and national reports for its wonderful schooling system, housing, and for being one of "best counties to raise a family." We look forward to everything this area has to offer for our future children and growing family.

    Our Extended Families

    Troy's Family

    Troy grew up overseas with his parents and two younger siblings. When he was in high school, his family moved back to Virginia where his immediate and extended family still reside.

    Lara grew up in Virginia with her parents and 2 sisters. Although her extended family lives farther away, they still remain close and an important part of her life.

    Hiking With Lara's Family

    We have found that our families are incredibly similar, which is part of the reason we work so well as a couple. As children, our parents were extremely active in raising us. Our mothers both raised three children and taught us the values of being a part of a loving family unit. Both of our fathers cheered us on in our interests and dreams and took the time to coach the sports teams we played on.

    We both know how incredibly blessed we are to have such loving, supportive, families. We have Sunday Family Dinner Night each week with Lara's family and we get together frequently with Troy's immediate and extended family for delicious meals for different celebrations. We know how large of a role our families will play in our lives and the lives of our children, and we are incredibly grateful for this gift.

    From Us to You

    Hello,

    Thank you for taking the time to look over our profile book. We are so excited to be on this journey to start our family; we have been married for 5 years and have always known that we want children. Even before we were married we talked about having both biological and adopted children and how wonderful it would be to extend our love, humor, and faith with a child outside of our own DNA. We both love kids and truly believe that they can teach us as much (if not more) as we teach them! Troy is an incredibly involved uncle and it's hard to pry him away from the kid's table at Thanksgiving. Lara has dedicated her career to working with children as both a preschool teacher and a Medicaid Attendant for our 3-year-old niece. We love to travel, dance (poorly, but passionately), and laugh our way through life - even when it's not easy to do so.

    Just 3 months into our marriage, Lara had a severe dental injury. A procedure left her with a damaged nerve in her face. Rather than starting our family, we were navigating doctor's appointments, restorative treatments, and medications. The medications she was put on aren't safe for pregnancy, and they're the reason we were guided to begin our family with adoption.

    We use the word "guided" because we truly believe that everything happens for a reason. We spent years questioning God and the circumstances that challenged us daily. There were many tears, prayers, and the question of "why us?" along the way. When we were finally able to find peace in our situation, we knew it was the right time to bring a child into our family. Now, more than ever, we feel it is our calling to love, teach, and share our lives with a child. We truly believe that the hardships we faced were all in God's plan. He led us to this moment - we were always meant to adopt and we are now in a position to bring a child into our loving, laughter filled, and welcoming home.

    We also believe that we weren't just guided to adoption for the child, but that we were also led to you. We don't know you yet, but the love and gratitude we have for you already exists. Your circumstances and story are your own, whether or not you decide to share them with us. Just know that the selflessness and love you have for your unborn child is something we respect greatly, and it will never go unacknowledged. We would love to get to know you better: What are your future hopes? Do you have a favorite sports team? What are your interests and hobbies? Backstreet Boys or N'sync? All of these details, important or seemingly irrelevant will be valued by us as we genuinely look forward to getting to know who you are as a person! Dependent on your wishes, we would love to stay in contact throughout your child's life. Letters, e-mails, pictures, and videos would be wonderful ways of staying connected and sharing in the beautiful moments and milestones taking place as your child grows.

    Regardless of your choice when it comes to openness, we want you to know how honored and blessed we will feel to have you as a part of our lives. We promise:

    You will be loved.

    You will be respected.

    You will be prayed for each and every day.

    Your compassion and love will always be honored and shared as an important part of our family's story.

    Sincerely,

    Troy & Lara

    Favorites

    Troy
    Lara
    Actor
    Denzel Washington
    Leonardo DiCaprio
    Actress
    Jennifer Garner
    Mandy Moore
    Animal
    Dog
    Polar Bear
    Author
    Louis Sachar
    J.K. Rowling
    Book
    Holes
    Peter Pan
    Candy Bar
    Reese's
    Mr. Goodbar
    Cartoon
    Hey Arnold
    Lilo & Stitch
    Childhood Memory
    Living Overseas
    Summer Vacations with my parents and sisters.
    Childhood Toy
    Legos
    Doodle Bear
    Children's Book
    The Lorax - Dr. Suess
    The Giving Tree
    City
    Boulder, CO
    Boulder, CO
    Classic Movie
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    The Princess Bride
    Color
    Green
    Purple
    Day of Week
    Saturday
    Saturday
    Dessert
    Brownies
    Home Made Cookies
    Disney Movie
    The Lion King
    Moana and Tangled
    Dream Car
    Audi
    Any car that requires 0 maintenance!
    Dream Job
    Stay at Home Dad
    Author of Children's Books
    Dream Vacation
    Switzerland
    Anywhere we haven't been before!
    Family Activity
    Ski Trips
    Game Nights
    Flower / Plant
    Roses
    Calla lily
    Food
    Any and All Korean Food
    Cereal
    Form of Exercise
    Weight Lifting
    Running, Hiking, Basketball
    Fruit
    Pears
    Watermelon
    Game
    Sorry!
    Phase 10
    Hobby
    Cooking
    Writing/ Drawing
    Holiday
    Christmas
    Christmas
    Holiday Song
    Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
    Mary, Did you know?
    Holiday Tradition
    Eating our traditional family meal for every holiday.
    Driving around on Christmas Eve to see all the Christmas lights.
    Ice Cream
    Chubby Hubby
    Mint Chocolate Chip
    Junk Food
    Chocolate Glazed Donuts
    Chips and Dip
    Leisure Activity
    Playing Guitar
    Listening to Music
    Magazine
    Men's Health
    Travel
    Memory with a Child
    Spending time with my niece in the hospital.
    Witnessing and celebrating the accomplishments of a child I am working with.
    Memory with Spouse
    Teaching Lara to Snowboard.
    I love the road trips we take together. Talking, laughing and good music all with the person I love and while headed to somewhere new!
    Movie
    Shawshank Redemption
    A Walk To Remember
    Movie Munchie
    Chips
    Popcorn
    Movie Quote
    "You Shall Not Pass" - Lord of the Rings
    "If you're a bird, I'm a bird" - The Notebook
    Movie Type
    Comedy
    Romantic Comedy
    Musical
    Hamilton
    RENT
    Musical Group
    Boys II Men
    Backstreet Boys
    Nursery Rhyme
    Twinkle Twinkle
    Five Little Monkeys
    Olympic Event
    Snowboarding
    Gymnastics
    Personal Hero
    My Dad
    Anyone who is willing to stand up for what they believe in, especially when it's harder than doing what's easy.
    Play
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest
    Hamlet
    Poet
    Shel Silversteen
    John Keats
    Quality about my Spouse
    Big Heart
    Kind and Loving Heart
    Quote
    "Everything Happen's for a Reason"
    If you judge people, you have no time to love them. - Mother Teresa
    Restaurant
    Bon Chon
    Founding Farmers
    Sandwich
    Italian Sub
    BLT
    Scripture
    "Love is patient, Love is kind..."
    "Be still and know that I am God..."
    Shopping Store
    Best Buy
    Target
    Song
    The Lime Tree- Trevor Hall
    Drops of Jupiter
    Sport to Play
    Football
    Basketball
    Sport to Watch
    Football
    Soccer
    Sports Star
    Emmitt Smith
    Megan Rapinoe
    Sports Team
    Dallas Cowboys
    USWNT
    Subject in School
    Lunch and History
    Drama and Creative Writing
    Superhero
    Spiderman
    Wonder Woman
    Thing to Cook
    Italian Food
    Chili
    Time of Day
    Bed Time
    Evening
    Tradition
    Breakfast in Bed on Birthdays.
    Fun scavenger hunts to find birthday presents.
    TV Show
    Chopped
    Boy Meets World
    TV Show Character
    Dwight Schrute
    Chandler Bing/ Friends
    Type of Music
    Acoustic
    I have an Eclectic Music taste- I love discovering new artists.
    Vacation Spot
    Europe
    Alaska
    Video Game
    Diddy Kong Racing N64
    Golden Eye 007 - N64

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