Erica + Taylor
Thank you for taking an interest in us. We cannot even begin to imagine everything you are feeling and going through right now. We know that you love your child, and we are so moved by the brave decision you have made to go through this process. We want you to know that you are enough. You are such a strong, brave, and selfless person in making this decision and we hope you know that. You are giving a family the biggest joy that they had never been able to dream of before now. In doing that alone, it makes you a hero in our eyes. We are excited to share our story with you, so you can get a good view of our life. Please know we are thinking of you and praying for you through this difficult decision.
Growing up with family members who were adopted, adoption was always something that we talked about. Even before we were married, it was always something we wanted to consider. When we were ready to start trying for children, we found that Erica has cystic ovaries, and that it would be not only very difficult to conceive, but the chances of miscarriage are high, and the cysts are incredibly painful for Erica. There is no treatment for ovarian cysts, and doctors are not optimistic for our chances. After grieving this thought, and praying, and talking extensively with our families, we had the revelation that adoption was exactly what we wanted. The more we discussed and researched, the more excited we have become. We cannot wait to expand our family through adoption. We firmly believe that we were meant to adopt, and the excitement and peace we feel with this decision has confirmed that.
This is Our Story
We met our first semester of college through a mutual friend. What began as friendship and joy in being around someone who enjoyed the same things, quickly turned into something more. After a couple of months as friends, we decided to evolve our friendship into a romantic relationship. We dated for the next four years through college. About two years into our relationship, we were hit with tragedy as Taylor's father passed away unexpectedly. Through the grief we experienced, we built our relationship stronger than ever with love and support. We built each other back up after being torn down. Two years later, Taylor proposed to Erica. A year later, we were married in Erica's hometown, surrounded by family and friends. We have been married over two years now. Our marriage is full of love, laughter, respect, friendship, and understanding. Each day is a new way for us to express how much we mean to each other. We love being goofy together and just having fun. We both feel that life is too long not to laugh often. We enjoy being home watching movies, seeing family and friends, being outdoors, writing, working on cars, reading, playing and coaching volleyball, and loving on our fur babies. We have a history of adoption in our family, as Taylor's father was adopted, among several others. Some of Erica's family members are also in the process of adopting, and we can't wait to welcome them home. Our families and friends are so excited for us and are ecstatic that we made this decision. We have an amazing support network surrounding us.
Our home is filled with warmth and light. We love keeping our friends and family close, so we have pictures of them all over. The heart of the house is the living room, where we can be together and have family over. Our church community is loving and so accepting. Our work communities have become dear to our hearts, and we have so much support from both of them. Our neighborhood is friendly and family oriented. We are lucky to live in a community with many families, and we are excited for this child to be able to grow up with kids around their age. We know all our neighbors and we love being able to belong to a community that is close. We are excited for this child to be surrounded by people that love and support them.
About Erica - by Taylor
Erica is a kind and compassionate wife and friend. Erica grew up in Texas and as a child, she enjoyed competitive shooting, dancing, and volleyball. Later in life this passion for sports transferred from playing to coaching. A true passion of hers is guiding and mentoring young women who desire to play competitive volleyball. It is easy to see the joy and love in her heart for children. We enjoy spending time with each other by traveling to see new places, camping, competitive shooting, and watching movies. Erica also enjoys spending her free time reading. Often, she enjoys lounging outside on our back deck with her nose in a book during cool summer evenings. Erica is a loving and compassionate woman, who would do anything she could to help someone in need. Throughout my lifetime I have been faced with the struggle of the loss of my mother and father. Erica has been by my side every step of the way. She has weathered the storms, the highs and the lows, right along with me, and for that I am eternally grateful. Without her I would not be the man I am today. It is without a doubt in my mind that Erica will be an amazing, kind, and loving mother. Her love for this child will only grow each and every day.
About Taylor - by Erica
Taylor is the most loving and courageous man I have ever known. He faces challenges head on and never wavers when it comes to providing support and love for his family. He is caring and is the kind of person who would give you the shirt off his back. He is my anchor through the storm and I always know that I can rely on him for anything. I don't think he even realizes how much I admire him. He has been there for me and so may others through everything. He loves his friends and family more than anything and his dedication to us is inspiring. He is not only loving and courageous, but he is incredibly capable. Taylor loves tinkering with anything automobile related and is constantly searching for more knowledge about it. He works things out and is so intuitive. He is incredibly patient, and never snaps at anyone, but breaks things down so they can easily understand. He is always willing to explain and share the knowledge he has. Taylor always makes me laugh, and it's absolutely impossible to stay mad at him because of it. Some fun facts about Taylor are that his favorite movies are Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Top Gun. He loves working out in the garage on his project car, and is very patient in explaining everything he is doing to me. Taylor is my best friend, and most cherished confidant. He is the most amazing husband and I truly cannot wait to see the fantastic dad he will be.
We have three pets that we adore. We have two cats and one dog. We adopted our orange tabby cat, Raja, when he was a kitten six years ago. He is warm and loving, and he is happiest when cuddling with us on the couch. He greets us at the door every day with meows and hugs. We adopted our lab mix, Mia, when she was about eight months old about four years ago. She was shy at first, but now is just a loving snuggle bug. Mia loves going on walks and is so happy just to be near us. She is protective and loving, but is happy meeting new people. We adopted our tabby cat, Dixon, two years ago when he was about a year and a half old. Dixon was very nervous at first, but with patience and love, he has become a snuggly little guy. He is happiest when stretched out and sunbathing in the windowsill. While Dixon is still our shyest, he is so sweet and warms up to new people quickly.
Adventures & Hobbies
We love traveling and going on adventures. We have studied together overseas in London. We have been to the Bahamas, several different states, and Disneyland. We go camping when possible and love floating or kayaking down the river. Taylor loves to snowboard in the mountains, and Erica loves wading through the waves at the beach. Taylor and Erica have both traveled to Mexico with their families. Erica studied in Italy and went backpacking through the mountains of Costa Rica. In addition to traveling adventures, we enjoy several hobbies. Taylor enjoys working with anything mechanical, and likes to play on the Xbox occasionally, as he gets to hear from his friends. Erica will read anything you give her, but she enjoys adventure and science fiction novels the best. She also has a passion for coaching volleyball and coaches a team of 11 year old's with a local club. We enjoy watching our favorite shows together, and loving on our fur babies too.
Thank you so much for taking time to get to know us a bit. It means so much to us that you found even a small connection with us and wanted to know more. We are praying for and thinking of you all the time, and for the impossible decision you are making. We promise you that we will make sure that this child knows that they are unconditionally loved by us, by you, by our families, and by God. We promise to give them a home filled with love, laughter, forgiveness, and understanding. We promise to do our absolute best to treat you, the expectant parent with compassion and understanding. We promise to be open with this child about who they are and how they came to be in this family. We promise to never give up on this child.
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