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Michael & Taryn

Thank you for visiting our page and getting to know a little about our family. We hope you consider us as a part of your adoption plan. Adoption is something we look forward to and deeply respect as a way of expanding our family. We hope to get to know you better through The Cradle.

Our Story

About us

Mike and I met in 2010 at a mutual friend’s wedding. We didn’t quite know it then, but that night changed the rest of our lives. We started dating shortly after, and spent the next year completing our degrees in Engineering (for Mike) and Nursing (for Taryn). Mike proposed in December of 2012 and in June of 2014 we were married.

We consider ourselves to be caring, fun-loving, and family-oriented people. We live within an hour of most of our family and consider them to be an important part of our lives. We also have many friends who we consider extended family living nearby. Our family expanded in September 2014 with the addition of our dog, Yoshi. We love being parents to our dog and will even take him on vacations with us. We have always known we wanted to expand our family with children and we began that process in early 2015.  It was at this time we discovered that we needed to take a different path to parenthood than we originally expected due to infertility. After taking time to process this, we started exploring adoption. We are very excited about expanding our family through adoption and cannot wait to raise a child through his or her life.

Michael, according to Taryn

Mike has always been very sure of every step that has been made in his life. From becoming an engineer, to picking out his "dream car" a '91 Ford Mustang, to even dating me, he just knows what he wants. Let's not even talk about his love of ice cream! He will stop everything and run to Dairy Queen for a blizzard, even when there's an actual blizzard outside!

On a more serious note, he is very down to earth and is always willing to help family and friends. Mike's life growing up was filled with challenges due to his parent's divorce and frequent moving (he went to 3 high schools!). This has made him to be very flexible and open to change which is a quality I admire in him. Life isn't always easy, but I am so thankful to have a loving, devoted, and crazy fun husband in Mike.

Taryn, according to Michael

The moment I met Taryn, I knew we were meant for each other. I fell in love with her smile and beautiful brown eyes, but her personality is her most amazing trait. She always knows how to make me laugh, supports all of my dreams and aspirations, and is truly my partner-in-crime for life. Her ability to care selflessly for others is unlike anyone I've ever met, It's truly something I admire about her. It is clear she was born to be a nurse and a mother. Taryn was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 13. While she has been long cured from that, it is part of the reason we have pursued adoption. I am truly blessed to have a woman like Taryn by my side throughout life's journey.

Why Open Adoption?

We always knew that having a family was something we wanted for our future. We don't look at our infertility as something that limits us, but as something that has helped us grow and open our hearts to the importance of adoption.

We would love to include you in our journey of adoption. We hope that our child can know where they come from and have an outlet for any questions that may arise throughout their life. However, we know that involvement may change over time, and we are willing to be flexible with that. If you need more time to heal and process all that goes on, we will keep in touch with The Cradle with updates regarding the little one.

Fun Facts

Fun Facts about Mike
  1. I can wiggle my ears
  2. I have been to China twice
  3. Favorite exercise is bike riding
  4. I am a car fanatic and can name almost any car I see, and I work on them too!
  5. While I love ice cream, anything chocolate is my favorite dessert too.
Fun Facts about Taryn
  1. Has been a fan of Disney since a little kid, I love everything Disney
  2. Favorite animals are the Giraffe and the turtle
  3. Favorite foods are Pizza and pink sprinkle donuts
  4. Favorite shows include Gilmore Girls, The Office, Game of Thrones, and Greys Anatomy
  5. Fall is my favorite season

"Michael & Taryn" Family Photos

  • At a friend’s wedding in the winter
  • Celebrating our 2nd anniversary at Disneyland!
  • Catching some rays in Punta Cana on the beach
  • Celebrating before Mike’s graduation
  • Spending some cuddle time with our pup!
  • Taryn and Yoshi hiking at a state park
  • While we wait, we are putting together Baby K’s nursery
  • Mike and Taryn taking in the view on the Eiffel Tower!
  • Getting ready for our annual family Christmas Card picture
  • Mike and Taryn visiting London
  • Enjoying the sun on our front steps
  • We love spending time with Taryn’s family for birthday dinners
  • Having a family BBQ with Mike’s Family
  • We love spending time with Taryn’s family for special occasions
  • Having some Santa fun with Mike’s family for Christmas

Contact the Cradle

If you’re interested in learning about adoption for your baby, we can help. We’re available 24/7. All of your information is confidential.

To speak to someone now, call our 24-hour hotline: (800) 272-3534 or text us at (312) 800-1559 (answered 8:30am-8pm).

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If you are looking to adopt a child, please schedule a call with an Adoptive Parent Counselor.

If you are an adopted person looking for information, please schedule an informational consultation with our post adoption department.

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