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Tom and Tanya

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We are Tom and Tanya!

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about us.We can’t begin to imagine the emotions you’ve experienced during this journey and we pray that you receive all the support you need to help you make the best decision for you and your baby.

Many years ago a seed was planted in Tanya’s heart for adoption, and Tom agreed that we should learn more about it when we decided to have another child. We have met many adoptive parents, and each of their stories has reinforced our certainty that adoption is the way for us to increase our family.

It is our sincere hope that in us you find the perfect family for your precious child. We are committed to providing an environment of continuous unconditional love, safety, security, support, education, and fun. We feel our job as parents is to help our children to discover their unique passions and become responsible, successful adults. We will do everything we can to ensure this for your baby.

We met at work and were initially just friends. We appreciated the fact that we worked well together and always had fun. For Tom, there was an immediate attraction, but for Tanya it was more gradual. The turning point came when we got together with a bunch of friends and played Pictionary. Together, we kicked everyone’s butts! It was actually a little bizarre to see how much we thought alike, and Tanya remembers that was the exact moment she fell for Tom, or “Tommy” as she affectionately calls him.

Tom was 18 years old and Tanya was 21 when we met. We were both young college students, dizzy in love without a care in the world. We married a year after we started dating, and seven years later we had our son, Christopher. Today we share a richer, more mature love and yet still have those young love sparks.

 

Meet Tanya

Meet Tanya by Tom: There is nobody I would rather spend my time with. She is a very loving and generous person. She takes the time to do things that make me feel special. I admire her unwavering loyalty and her way of making people feel appreciated. She always remembers birthdays and anniversaries, and sends cards and gifts to our family and friends. I love her sense of adventure and that she is always willing to try new things and visit new places. She even experiments with new and exotic recipes for dinner. Tanya fills my life with love, warmth, and fun. I couldn”t ask for a better wife.

Tanya”s heart is as big and beautiful as her smile and she always looks for ways to give to others. A couple of years ago she started filling dozens of large zip-lock bags with various food items, water, and travel-size toiletries to keep in our cars to give to homeless people we see while driving. She even gave several bags to our friends so they could give them out! This has turned into a tradition, and she continues to do it today.

Meet Tom

Meet Tom By Tanya: Tommy is the love of my life and my best friend. The first characteristic that attracted me to him is that he is a good communicator. He”s patient, intelligent, listens well and is sensitive to other people’s needs. I most admire Tommy’s commitment and support to Christopher and me. When I went on a diet to lose weight, Tommy automatically went on a diet too. I didn”t expect or ask him to, he just did it to support me.

Tommy is devoted to his family. He”s always been a hands-on dad from the days of diaper changing to being the proudest fan at a swim match. Tommy”s the guy to ride roller coasters with and pitch a tent in our backyard on a whim. He”s fun and a bit competitive. When we play Just Dance, he beats me every time. Not because he’s really dancing, but he knows how to work the Wii remote better than I do! I teasingly give him a hard time about having to move your feet when you dance. So much for him really beating me (Hmm. Maybe I”m the competitive one).

Despite the dancing, Tommy is actually athletic and health conscious. He is a great role model for our family and has always had a way of bringing out the best in people. It”s one of the reasons I love him so much, and I can honestly say I am a much better person because of him.

Tommy has traveled the world and dined with diplomats, but when he’s home there are endless backrubs, a helpful hand in the kitchen, and the same levelheaded and easy-going guy I fell in love with.

Tom”s Career: Tom is a pilot in the U.S. Navy. Currently he flies the C-130 Hercules, which is a large cargo plane. The best part about his job is he gets to visit many interesting places and his family can, and often has met him in various locations.

Meet Christopher (our son) and our Loved Ones

Meet Christopher: Christopher is a happy and loving kid. He is helpful and likes to please. Strangers comment on how polite he is at the grocery store when they see him helping his mom place food on the belt or scanning the items. Christopher loves getting together with extended family, especially his cousins. He”s outgoing and enjoys being around kids and adults of all ages. He likes anything that has to do with water, especially swimming and waterslides. In his spare time, you can find him riding his bike, playing on his iPad, or playing air hockey with his dad or friends. Christopher is a protector with a compassionate soul. If someone is even slightly injured, he’s the first person to make sure that person is okay.

Tanya”s Family: My family lives in my home state of California, about 6 hours north of me. We see them several times a year, meeting up for camping trips, beach house gatherings, holiday celebrations, or other special events. When you add all of my aunts, uncles and cousins, getting together with my dad’s family it’s like having a family reunion or a big party you don’t want to miss. There is so much activity going on between clusters of family members catching up with current events, kids swimming in the pool and the traditional horseshoe and ping-pong tournaments.

My mom”s side of the family isn’t quite as big as my dad’s, but we still have just as much fun playing games, listening to music, watching deer walk across her driveway, and eating A LOT of delicious food. I am the eldest child and have two siblings. My sister is 2 years younger than me, and my brother is 13 years younger. I cherish my relationship with them both and can’t wait to enjoy watching Christopher and his sibling enjoy their relationship with each other!

Tom”s Family: Most of my family lives in Texas, where I was born and raised. I have an older brother, and he and his wife have four children; three are triplets! My brother and I are huge college football fans. Some of my best childhood memories are of spending summers with our cousins at my grandparents’ ranch, where we all learned to ride horses. My grandfather raised champion trail horses for many years and passed the joy of riding on to all his grandkids. My aunt and uncle live on the ranch too and their house is always open to family visitors. My parents also live in Texas and visit us frequently. Tanya and I dedicate some of our vacation time to see them too. We traditionally see them at Easter every year. Both of our families are very supportive of our plan to adopt and look forward to welcoming another little one into the family!

In Closing

As parents, we promise your child will grow up in a loving, nurturing home filled with laughter and encouragement! In addition, we promise to…

Instill values of loving God, putting family first, giving your best and being kind.

Read bedtime stories with tickles before and after.

Emphasize accomplishments instead of failures.

Listen without judgment.

Build forts, bake cookies, play flashlight tag and dance.

Know our children s hearts and motivations.

Be proactive instead of reactive.

Provide many opportunities to experience new things and fun adventures.

Teach respect for self and others, gratitude, self-control and self-expression so our children are equipped to attract friends and build healthy relationships.

Encourage and support higher education.

Use finger paints of every color and pop thousands of bubbles.

Be supportive and teach ways to handle disappointments.

Learn and pray together.

Supply endless hugs and kisses.

Make sure our kids know there is nothing they can do to make us love them any less.

We”ve been praying that God will bless and protect you, there is no greater gift a person can give than the gift of one’s child.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. Should you choose us, your child will know about the adoption journey we have the honor of sharing with you. We would be forever grateful for your selflessness and courage.