We are Michael and Taryn! We are so very thankful that you are taking the time to consider us as potential adoptive parents for your child. Our adoption journey is not an uncommon one. After experiencing fertility issues, we decided we were meant to adopt. God works in mysterious ways. And here we are, connecting with you!
To give you a look into our lives, we are both originally from rural towns in Texas. Yee-Haw! Just kidding, we're not cowboys. But, we are fans of the Cowboys football team! We didn't end up too far from either one of our hometowns, but our current community is more of an urban/rural area. Our town offers the ability to do just about whatever you want to do, while at the same time providing somewhat of a small town feel.
We are, by all admissions, animal lovers deluxe! With four dachshunds named Teddi Bear, Daisy Duke, Max, and Scarlett, our house is rarely quiet because they keep us on our toes with their little lively personalities.
Traveling is definitely one of our other passions! Our favorite place we've traveled to is Destin, Florida. The beach is beautiful, the waters are emerald green, and there are lots of fun things to do with family and friends!
Other things we do for fun include spending time with family and friends, relaxing together in our hot tub, squeezing on our dachshunds, and watching TV (currently we are obsessed with 90-Day Fiance and Vikings).
Most of our families live within a couple of hours from our town, with the farthest ones living about 5 hours from us. Taryn has two sisters and Michael has a sister and a brother. We have 5 nephews ranging from ages 3 to 17; and, 3 nieces between the ages of 6 and 20. Lots of kiddos equals lots of fun!!!
By now, you may be wondering how we met? Well, at work, of all places! We are both Certified Public Accountants. I promise we're not as boring as the media makes us out to be. There are awesome benefits to us both being accountants. For instance, we are both financially savvy, and we do a lot of thinking! We definitely don't take decisions lightly!
So, to continue where we left off, we actually met at a work Christmas party. This wasn't just any Christmas party. No, it was a "Tacky Costume" Christmas party. Who says accountants aren't fun? Of course, neither of us were looking our best, but that didn't keep sparks from flying.
Our love continued to flourish, and we married in September 2010 at a beautiful outdoor wedding venue! My how time flies, and now we've had 8 wonderful years together!
Michael is a smart, kind and giving man who is an absolute sports fanatic. He loves to watch them all: football, basketball, baseball, etc. Plus, he played sports in high school, so ESPN is regularly showing on our TV. He is surrounded by lifelong friendships, most of which he has had since his school days. Michael also enjoys keeping up with the stock market and spending some serious quality couch time with our dachshunds! He has a huge sweet tooth, with Jolly Ranchers being his favorite. Don't ever challenge him in Scrabble because he is a Mean (hardly) Scrabble-winning machine!
If you ever need a hand up, Michael is definitely the guy to help. He has such a big and giving heart. Funny thing, he is naturally good with kids; and, several of our co-workers' children eagerly seek him out to visit with him. The nieces and nephews think he's kind of a big deal, too!
Taryn is somewhat of an overachiever! Probably due to FOMO, she participated in just about everything possible in school including basketball, twirling, and cheerleading. Academics were always her strong suit, allowing her to graduate as the Valedictorian of her high school class.
Taryn continues to love learning and remains an avid reader. The Hunger Games and Twilight series are definitely on the top of her list. She also randomly scopes out Pinterest for cooking recipes, fashion trends that she'll utterly fail at, or just anything that sparks her interests.
Plus, Taryn loves anything that involves family time! Birthdays, holidays, recitals...you name it, she'll be there! Girls' nights and lunches are a favorite, too! Taryn is a giver like Michael, but moreso with her time. She strives to give back to the community, and she helps teach the 2nd grade Sunday School class at church.