Hello, We’re Tyrone & Emily
Thank you so much for learning about our family and for considering us for this very important decision. Our hope is that you will feel loved and supported in this process, no matter what decision you make, or family you choose for your child.
We are just a regular family that has a lot of love to share. We have a ton of fun together, we support and encourage each other, and we have many resources to give to another child. We especially love to travel and work as international teachers which allows our family to travel the world, experience new cultures, and learn about a lot of different people.
We hope that as you learn more about us and that you will feel that both you and your child could fit into our family, as we will all share this journey together. We are sending you and your baby a lot of love during this process.
Our Heart for Adoption
The reason we are hoping to adopt is because we have a lot of love and resources to share with another child. Emily’s family was also built on adoption (both of her brothers were adopted) and we would love to have the opportunity to grow our family in this way. We talked about adopting a child even before we were married and hoped and prayed that adoption could play a role in our family.
Our Love Story
We met at a birthday party for a three-year old little girl named Sydney (she is now graduating high school this year!) I was the nanny for Sydney and Tyrone is Sydney’s older cousin. It was merely by luck that Tyrone and I met. During the party I noticed right away how much the little girls loved Tyrone and he was so sweet and funny with them that it was instant attraction for Emily. Apparently Tyrone was feeling the same way and asked his cousin for my email address. We began emailing each other right away and even writing letters to send in the mail. We eventually started dating as we got to know each other more and I decided to attend university in the same town as Tyrone. We dated for a couple more years and got married.
We were married in Cannon Beach, Oregon on the top of a beautiful hillside overlooking the ocean. It was a very simple wedding at a park, but it was beautiful and we were surrounded by all of our closest friends and family. We have been married now for eleven years.
Our Lives Together
We enjoy many hobbies together. We love traveling and we have traveled to over 15 countries together since we were married. We also love cooking, baking, and trying new recipes from around the world. We also love doing anything outdoors together, like camping, fishing, or going on a hike!
My Husband, Tyrone
Tyrone is passionate about so many things. Most importantly, his family, which he always puts first. He is an incredible basketball coach and he has made a difference in the lives of many children and teenagers who he shares his love of basketball with and who he teaches every day as a physical education teacher. His dedication to teaching children and being the best teacher and father he can be, is one of the things I love most about him. He is amazing with children; they tend to gravitate towards him because he gets really excited about sports and activities that kids just want to be around him.
Favorite Color – Blue
Favorite Dessert – Ice Cream
Favorite TV Show – The Office
Favorite Book – East of Eden
Favorite Season – Summer
Favorite Hobby – Coaching basketball
Favorite Holiday – Christmas
Favorite Vacation spot – Oregon Coast
Favorite Pizza – Margherita
My Wife, Emily
Emily is the most loyal person I have ever met. She works incredibly hard to make things work out for our family. She fights for what she believes in and works tirelessly to improve the lives of those around her. She is a talented photographer and uses her talent to take family photos because she truly enjoys helping others. Emily is very trustworthy and is a confidant for friends because they know that they can trust and rely on her. Emily always makes life fun; she is so adventurous and likes nothing more than creating memories with our family.
Emily is Kindergarten teacher. It is incredibly inspiring to see how much effort she puts into creating experiences for kids. For example, she cooks with her students every week and doesn’t care how messy it will inevitably be. Her interactions with kids are always so positive and kids are naturally drawn to her. Former students of hers are constantly coming up to her for a hug or just to say hi! She genuinely loves children. One thing that really attracted me to Emily was her adventurous spirit. She loves to take Amara on adventures and show her the world. As a mother, it is very obvious that Emily imparts her value of caring for others to Amara. Birthdays and Holidays are very important to Emily and she always makes them memorable for our family.
Favorite Color – Green
Favorite Dessert – Cheesecake
Favorite TV Show – Gilmore Girls
Favorite Book – Life of Pi
Favorite Season – Fall
Favorite Hobby – Photography
Favorite Holiday – Christmas
Favorite Vacation spot – Oregon Coast
Favorite Sport – Volleyball
Favorite Pizza – Pepperoni and Pineapple
Our Daughter, Amara Paige
Our daughter, Amara Paige is almost five years old. She is an outgoing and sensitive child and loves to color and draw. Her favorite thing to do is to play with her neighborhood friends on the playground or at our pool. Her Dad taught her to swim at a really young age, so she spends a lot of time swimming and pretending to be a “mermaid.” Amara is really excited about the possibility of having a sibling. She has always been very interested and sweet with babies, and we know she will make a fantastic and helpful older sister.
Our Time as a Family
Our family loves spending time together being outside, whether it’s by the pool, playground, or having a BBQ. On the weekends we love to have movie nights and spend time making food together, or trying a new restaurant.
As international teachers, we have had the opportunity to travel as a family to over a dozen different countries during school holidays and summer vacations. We love traveling together as we feel it opens up a new understanding of people, cultures, and ways of living that we hope our children can learn from.
We are close with all of our extended families. As teachers, we get a lot of time off for school holidays to visit family and we get lots of fun cousin time in, it is one of our favorite things to do. Every summer we come home and stay with our family in the U.S and Canada. We love spending time together with all the nieces and nephews and our siblings (we both have a lot) so we get to spend a lot of time with family which we love!
We want to thank you for learning about our family and for considering making such a powerful decision for your child. We value your ability to know exactly what is best for your child, no matter what decision you make.
We want you to know that if you choose our family, we are committed to you as well as your baby. We are committed to learning about you, if you want to build a relationship with us.
We want to be on this journey together with you and together we will ensure that your child is loved unconditionally.