Taylor and Gwen

We are Gwen & Taylor. Thank you for taking the time to learn about us.

We are grateful and humbled that you would consider us for your child’s future. We have waited and worked hard to build a stable, loving, and wonderful life that we look forward to sharing with your child. They will be surrounded by family and friends, with a childhood full of warmth, laughter, and fun. They will have the opportunity for new experiences while also appreciating and enjoying the familiarity and comfort of home. They will be able to pursue their dreams, passions, and interests. Your child will always be supported, encouraged, and above all loved.

HELLO

from California!

- WE ARE -

Gwen &

Taylor

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME

TO LEARN ABOUT US.

We are grateful and humbled that you would consider us for your child’s future. We have waited and worked hard to build a stable, loving, and wonderful life that we look forward to sharing with your child. They will be surrounded by family and friends, with a childhood full of warmth, laughter, and fun.

 They will have the opportunity for new experiences while also appreciating and enjoying the familiarity and comfort of home. They will be able to pursue their dreams, passions, and interests. Your child will always be supported, encouraged, and above all loved.

DATE NIGHT

Knowing where you come from is important. We will be open and honest with your child about how they joined our family and you will be an important part of that story. We value the communication that open adoption provides, and hope to be in contact if that is something you would like. Adoption has always been the way we knew we would grow our family and we are excited to begin the journey with you!

OUR STORY: HOW WE MET

We met while volunteering through a campus organization in college.

One of our first dates was a bicycle ride to the farmer’s market and a picnic at the local park. Six years later, Taylor recreated the special day when he proposed to Gwen. The next summer, we were married outside at Taylor’s beautiful childhood home surrounded by our family and friends.

CELEBRATORY LUNCH!
FUN AT A GIANTS BASEBALL GAME
SLOW WEEKEND MORNING

- OUR LIFE -

TOGETHER

10 years later, our marriage is stronger than ever.

OUR RELATIONSHIP IS FOUNDED ON OPEN AND HONEST COMMUNICATION, SUPPORT IN ACHIEVING OUR GOALS, AND OUR COMMITMENT TO EACH OTHER.

We love cooking together, spending time outside, hiking, paddle boarding, snowshoeing, and relaxing in the backyard by the fire pit. We also love to travel and are always planning our next trip. Most importantly, we truly are best friends. We love being together as well as share time with family and friends. We can’t wait to share the joy in our lives with a new addition to our family!

a little about

Gwen

- by Taylor -

WALKING WITH FINN ON OUR FAVORITE TRAIL

Gwen is the kindest person I have ever met. She intuitively thinks of others and their feelings. She’s the first to reach out to help, and makes people feel good. She is also a hard worker, who is steady, stable, and detail oriented and is committed to always putting her best foot forward. In our partnership, she brings thoughtfulness, balance, and determination. She’s also incredibly patient. So patient in fact, that she listens to baseball on the radio! She’s a phenomenal friend and sister who can always be counted on.

Gwen loves kids and it’s wonderful to watch her with children. Her interactions with them are so kind, loving, supportive, and fun. She always gets them to engage, no matter their age or interests. She believes every child is unique and special and has their own gifts to give to the world. She’ll be a wonderful mother, and will help to bring out the best of your child.

Gwen's Career

Gwen is a Kindergarten teacher at a local public elementary school. She loves seeing the growth in her students each year and cherishes the relationships she builds with them and their families. She adores children’s literature and always looks forward to story time! While Gwen loves teaching, she is excited to transition to her new role as a full-time stay-at-home mom!

GWEN GETTING HER CLASSROOM READY!
BAKING HER FAMOUS CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
CELEBRATING HER BDAY IN DISNEYLAND
ENJOYING THE ROOF TOP VIEW IN FLORENCE

a little about

Taylor

- by Gwen -

MORNING MUSIC WITH OUR PUP!
MORNING MUSIC WITH OUR PUP!

Taylor has a wonderful combination of being very hard working and driven while also having a laid-back personality. He is warm and welcoming and always has a story to tell. He is caring and supportive while encouraging those around him to be the best they can be. He is incredibly positive, always finding the good in a situation and people, and there is no one else I’d want by my side.

Taylor loves kids. He encourages the children in our lives to embrace their curiosity and explore their interests – he has even taught our friend’s son to play the ukulele! He is a loving and fun uncle who loves to build blocks, sing songs, and read books on the rug with our young niece and nephew. He is a wonderfully supportive husband and I know he will be an unconditionally supportive dad.

Taylor's Career

Taylor is a Project Manager for a specialty commercial construction firm. He enjoys his work and the creativity and process it requires to move a project forward. While his firm completes large scale projects, it still maintains a small firm culture where work-life balance is valued and family comes first. He has flexibility in his schedule to be available for all of life’s special events!

HOMEGROWN LETTUCE MAKES THE BEST SALADS
HOMEGROWN LETTUCE MAKES THE BEST SALADS
PADDLEBOARDING ON A TRIP TO THE LAKE
PADDLEBOARDING ON A TRIP TO THE LAKE
ALL SMILES ON VACATION IN MAUI
ALL SMILES ON VACATION IN MAUI

a place

CALLED

HOME

Our home is one of our favorite places to be! We cherish our time and the memories we have created in our charming Spanish Style bungalow. It is light filled with large windows in every room making it welcoming and inviting. Our walls are filled with photos of those we love and our many adventures together. The fenced-in backyard is the perfect place for time with family and friends with a patio, a table to gather around, and a grassy area for yard games and play time.

BRUNCH AT HOME IN OUR SUNNY BREAKFAST NOOK
BRUNCH AT HOME IN OUR SUNNY BREAKFAST NOOK
WE LOVE OUR BACKYARD
WE LOVE OUR BACKYARD
ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS HIKING NEAR HOME
ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS HIKING NEAR HOME

Beautiful Northern California is where we have always considered home. We take full advantage of our year-round incredible weather and feel so fortunate that we can experience the beach and mountains with just a short drive from our front door. We are moments away from hiking trails, museums, zoos, and theaters. We appreciate the diversity and community

of our wonderful neighborhood. We know our neighbors and have fun together at our block parties. On our evening walks with Finn we often see other families with their dogs or with their children riding bikes to the neighborhood park. We appreciate the best of both worlds living in a residential neighborhood while still being near all that a city has to offer.

- HOBBIES & -

INTERESTS

We love to travel and explore new towns and cities both near and far. We love to cook together and have fun making our favorite meals but are always up to try a new recipe. Much of our weekends are spent outdoors whether it be hiking with Finn, snowshoeing in the winter, or paddle boarding in the summer. We love music and always have it playing at home and look forward to our favorite outdoor family friendly music festival in the fall. We can’t wait to have your child join our family and help them to explore their interests and experience the adventures they want to have in life!

GEARING UP TO COOK THANKSGIVING
GEARING UP TO COOK THANKSGIVING
AT THE LAKE
AT THE LAKE
TEAMWORK! THE FINISHING TOUCHES FOR PIZZA NIGHT
TEAMWORK! THE FINISHING TOUCHES FOR PIZZA NIGHT

- OUR SWEET -

PUP FINN

Finn is our gentle and loving black Lab. He loves to cuddle on the couch, play fetch, and gives the best kisses. One of our most cherished times of the day is our evening family walk with him. He loves children and can’t wait to have a new playmate!

- A FEW OF OUR -

Favorite Things

FAVORITE DESSERT

GWEN: Berry Pie
TAYLOR: Ice Cream

HOLIDAY

GWEN: Christmas
TAYLOR: Thanksgiving

VACATION SPOT

GWEN: Anywhere with a good book
TAYLOR: France

OUTDOOR ACTIVITY

GWEN: Hiking
TAYLOR: Paddle Boarding

MEAL TO COOK

GWEN: Sunday Pizza Night
TAYLOR: Grilled Tacos

SEASONAL ACTIVITY

GWEN: Decorating the porch for fall 
TAYLOR: Sipping coffee by the Christmas tree

Loved

ONES

We are both lucky to come from loving, close-knit, and supportive families that we spend time with often. Gwen’s family comes for weekend visits where we enjoy cooking big meals and spending time together by the fire pit. We also love going to baseball games with them to cheer on our favorite team- go Giants! Taylor’s family is loud and energetic and finds any reason for a big get-together. Game night around the dining room table and singalongs on the deck are always a highlight of our weekends at his family’s lake cabin in the mountains. Our families also love each other and we have vacationed and spend many holidays together.

We have many strong long-lasting friendships with incredible people that help bring out the best in us. Many of them have children and we love spending time with their families participating in water balloon fights, tie-dye parties, crafts, and Lego builds.

FAMILY TIME AT THE LAKE CABIN
FAMILY TIME AT THE LAKE CABIN
CELEBRATING THE 4TH WITH A JAM SESSION
CELEBRATING THE 4TH WITH A JAM SESSION
GWEN AND HER FAMILY
GWEN AND HER FAMILY
BOTH OF OUR MOMS TOGETHER ON A SKI TRIP
BOTH OF OUR MOMS TOGETHER ON A SKI TRIP

Our friends and family are the wonderful village that we choose to surround ourselves with for the adventure of life.

They are all excited and filled with joy about our adoption journey and a child joining our family! We know we will have so much love and support.

WITH OUR NIECE AND NEPHEW
WITH OUR NIECE AND NEPHEW
COFFEE RUN WITH TAYLOR'S SIBLINGS AND THEIR FAMILIES
COFFEE RUN WITH TAYLOR'S SIBLINGS AND THEIR FAMILIES

- OUR -

Promise

- TO -

YOU

In our wedding vows, we made several promises to each other as we entered our marriage. As we once again take another big step in growing our family, we want to make several promises to you and your child.

We promise to embrace what makes your child special and will support them in pursuing their dreams and goals. We will encourage them, celebrate every victory, and guide them through adversity.

We promise to teach them to approach their life with kindness and respect for themselves and others. We will model this in all that we do and help them to see and appreciate their value and that of the people around them.

We promise to share experiences together while putting your child’s interests first. We will try things: art, sports, foods, music. We will go places: the beach, the mountains, the desert, a new city. We will immerse ourselves in what the world has to offer.

We promise to laugh often and have fun! We will dance in the back yard, make a mess while baking cookies, build pillow forts on rainy days, stay up late sometimes to make s’mores and look at the stars, create a masterpiece with finger paint, play at the park, and snuggle on the couch with a favorite book.

Above all, we want your child to know that they are deeply loved. They will know that in both challenging and good times, our love is unconditional. Every day, they will know that you love them as well.

OUR HEARTFELT

Thanks

Thank you for learning a little bit about us. We hope that you have found something in us that gives you an understanding of the life we hope to share with your child. We know this is likely one of the biggest decisions you will make and we do not take that lightly. We hope that it is one that will lead us to be connected to you forever. Having a child has always been a dream of ours. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for considering us.

Gwen & Taylor

WE WOULD LOVE TO

HEAR FROM YOU!

If you have additional questions for us or would like to speak to us, please contact The Adoption Alliance by calling 1-800-626-4324.