Married Since: 2008

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: Yes

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We imagine that this experience is just as scary and nerve racking for you as it is for us. But if we build a trusting relationship, perhaps we can help each other through this difficult time and be able to experience the joy and excitement of bringing a child into this world.

Thourn and Elizabeth

from California

Thourn

Ancestry: Cambodian

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Math Teacher

Education: M.S.

Hobbies: Martial arts, Photography, Anime

Elizabeth

Ancestry: Taiwanese

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: RSP Teacher

Education: M.S.

Hobbies: Dance, Reading, Travel, Learning new skills

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Asian, Caucasian / Asian, Asian / Hispanic

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nonpracticing

Favorites

Thourn

Animal
Rooster
Color
Red
Family Activity
Camping
Food
Fried chicken
Hobby
Martial arts, Photography and Videography
Leisure Activity
Learning camera tech and editing software
Personal Hero
Jerry Rice
Subject in School
Mathematics
Music
R&B and Rap
Vacation Spot
Anyplace with tropical weather

Elizabeth

Animal
Horses and dogs
Color
Blue
Family Activity
Hiking
Food
Asian food
Hobby
Dance, and Arts & crafts
Leisure Activity
Reading
Personal Hero
My grandmother
Subject in School
P.E.
Music
R&B
Vacation Spot
Tropical islands
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From Us to You

Hello,

We are Thourn and Elizabeth. We would like to share our story so you can get to know us a little better.

Life in our family is full of laughter, silliness, and love. Thourn is a jokester and has the ability to bring smiles to those around him. Our home is filled with the sounds of laughter from silly jokes and goofiness playing with our daughter and dog. We believe in traditional values of having kids play outdoors and be provided with ample opportunities to learn from experience. Ensuring that our children have a good education is a main priority. We will be able to spend time with our kids after school to help them with homework. Being teachers, we will also be able to enjoy having the same vacation times to travel and provide opportunities for our children to experience the world. Not being able to start a family was very hard for us, but we have continued to grow closer as we have become parents by adopting our daughter and enjoying the life that we have built together. We would love to have the opportunity to bring another child into our home so we can share our passions, joy and adventures in being a family.

Two years after we were married, we decided to start building our family that we have always talked about. Sadly, after a year of trying we found out that conceiving naturally is very unlikely. The idea of adoption was first brought up after two unsuccessful cycles of IVF.  We felt that all attempts and efforts have been made to have our own child, but perhaps it was just not meant to be. Therefore, we decided to seek adoption as the next step to help us start our family that we have always hoped to have. We were thrilled to be able to adopt our 6-year-old daughter internationally about a year ago. We would like to adopt another child to complete our vision of having two kids in the house.

This being our second experience with adoption, we are a little more experienced with the process and know more of what to expect. However, with any relationship or friendship the most important quality is trust. We hope to develop an open and honest communication with you to provide support for each other. We imagine that this experience is just as scary and nerve racking for you as it is for us. But if we build a trusting relationship, perhaps we can help each other through this difficult time and be able to experience the joy and excitement of bringing a child into this world. We are settled in our life and learning through the challenges of being parents. We will do everything in our power to raise your child right, and to raise them to be the best person they can become. Part of the joy of being a parent is having the opportunity to share your life lessons with your child; pass on the knowledge and share the passions that you have developed in your life. However, the ultimate goal of raising a child for us is to teach him or her to become a good person with morals, manners and values. It is important for our children to have the skills to become productive individuals in society who can make informed decisions. We hope to lead by example and show our children how to be compassionate and generous towards others.

Even though our journey to start our family has tested our relationship and marriage, it is the love that we have for one another that has kept us together on this path. We have a quoted art piece that we found on one of our trips. It hangs in our living room as a daily reminder of our commitment to one another. We will continue to live by these words and teach our children to become good people.

“The Art of Marriage” by Wilfred Arlan Peterson

A good marriage must be created. In marriage the little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say “I love you” at the end of each day. It is never going to bed angry. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other a safe place in which to grow. It is not only marrying the right person. It is being the right partner.

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

We have tried to start our family for years but were not successful even with the assistance of fertility treatments and IVF. After struggling for 10 years, we decided to adopt. We were fortunate to be matched with our daughter through international adoption and brought her home about a year ago. Our vision for our family has always been to have two children so they can be companions for one another. We would like to adopt another child at this time to continue expanding our family.

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About Thourn

Thourn has many great qualities that make him a good father. He is athletic and enjoys being an active person. Since he was young, Thourn has expressed a love for martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do and boxing. He has shared his love for martial arts and trained many friends and students in the various art forms he has mastered. He also enjoys playing sports such as football with friends on weekends. Thourn really likes various outdoor activities especially when we travel. He seeks physical challenges such as zip-line, hiking canyons and other activities that require athleticism. On the other hand, he also enjoys the calm serene scenic views of waterfalls, too. Another quality Thourn has is that he is an outgoing person. He enjoys talking and interacting with people and makes friends just about everywhere we go, even standing in line at the grocery store. He is spontaneous and enjoys having fun whenever he can. One of the qualities that Thourn will teach our children is to have ambition. He has set goals for himself since he was young. During college, he set out to get a Math Degree so he could become a math teacher. A few years after we got married, he set a goal to start a photography and videography business which continues to flourish today. He has since switched to teaching photography and videography. Thourn believes in life-long learning and continually expands his knowledge and skill-set to become better at both his teaching and photography. Besides wanting to better himself, Thourn also has a kind heart and is willing to help others in the community. He is involved in the local community and often volunteers and donates his time and skills to help photograph or document nonprofit events. In his photography business, he has trained college students to be on his crew and provided them skills to become successful entrepreneurs once they have graduated college. Thourn is excited to share and teach all these skills to our children. Even though I mentioned Thourn having all these great qualities that make him a good father, the quality I love most is that he makes me laugh. I know that Thourn will always bring laughter to our home and family and provide a safe and loving environment for our children.

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About Elizabeth

When I first met Elizabeth I noticed that she was very serious and very businesslike. It took a long…long…long while for her light hearted side to come out and play. But what drew me to grow to love Elizabeth more and more each day is how she shows me how to be a better person. It seems like the more I learn about her as a person, the more I can improve myself to be more like her. We are completely on the opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to our personality types, but what connects us best are our core values. For example, what caught my attention to “woo” Elizabeth was her heart of gold. During one of our first few conversations, she told me she wanted to become a special education teacher. Right off the bat, I knew she had a kind and loving heart. And that makes her a great mother. One time, I watched her teach a young boy how to add, and she demonstrated so much patience. Much more patience than what I have. No matter how much the little boy was forgetting, Elizabeth kept at it until he figured it out. Furthermore, Elizabeth is also very athletic. She has been dancing for most of her life, and has danced styles from hip hop to jazz and now is working on Arabic folk dance. Recently, she created a local Shimmy Mob group. Shimmy Mob is part of the International Shimmy Mob branch that helps fund-raise for domestic violence shelters and awareness through dance. I can go on and on about how great my wife is, and all the great things she is doing for others and our community. But I do not think I can do it in one paragraph. However, Elizabeth is a very generous, thoughtful, and caring person who is a great parent. She has outstanding qualities to be a nurturer for our children, because she draws out the best in everyone and everybody around her.

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Our Home

We live in a one-story, single-family home with three bedrooms and two baths. The living room and dining room are spacious enough to allow us to host game nights with friends and family meals on special occasions. Our home has a gated backyard that is part grass and part concrete with an awning. It’s perfect for summer BBQs with family and friends and provides space for our daughter and dog to play. Our neighborhood is surrounded by working-class families and is comprised of single-family homes. There is an elementary school five houses down the block and the middle school is a two minute walk away. There are several parks around where we live along with several shopping centers and a variety of restaurants close by.

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Our Families and Friends

Our immediate family all live within 20-40 minutes away. They have been very supportive of our decisions and journey to start a family. On Elizabeth’s side, we have a younger brother and mom. This is the quiet side of the family because Thourn’s side of the family is very loud. He has 2 younger sisters 1 younger brother along with his parents. Most of our siblings are married and two of them already have children of their own. Our daughter gets along well with them and enjoys visiting and playing with them. But no matter how different our families are, we all love each other very much. Our moms are like sisters when we have family gatherings, and all the siblings get along. Our family gatherings are filled with laughter and lots of delicious food. Since bringing our daughter home a year ago, our families and friends have already accepted her and bonded with her. We have the mentality that family is not bounded by genealogy.

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Family Traditions

Family gatherings for holidays and special celebrations are some of our favorite traditions that we look forward to continuing with your child. Summer camping trips and holiday vacations in the U.S. and abroad are also traditions that we enjoy. We are excited to have the opportunity to start more family traditions since we recently adopted our six-year-old daughter.

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Our Lifestyle

Our lifestyle is a combination of hard work during the school year and relaxation or traveling during the holiday and summer breaks. We enjoy the outdoors and love exploring the wonders of nature. We are athletic and find different ways to stay fit.

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Our Relationship with our Daughter's Birth Mom

Our daughter was adopted internationally, and we have limited information on her birthmother. However, we have maintained communication with her foster family in her birth country through the local adoption agency. We have updated her foster family on her progress and sent pictures to let them know how our daughter is doing. They enjoy the holiday cards that we send on occasion.

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Our Relationship with You

We understand that placing a child for adoption cannot be easy.  We want to provide peace of mind to you that your child will grow up in a good home and learn to become the best person they can be.  We would be happy to share pictures and videos of your child growing up as well as cards and letters during the holidays. If your child would like to have contact with you when he or she is older, we would be supportive of that decision.

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Racial and Cultural Diversity

Although we are both Asian and grew up with very similar cultural backgrounds, we are from different ethnicities. Thourn, grew up in a Cambodian household, but was educated in a school system that was very diverse. He has made friends with people from all sorts of different ethnic backgrounds and accepts people as they are. Elizabeth is Taiwanese and has also been exposed to and became friends with a wide variety of people. She has participated in different cultural groups in college and continues to learn today. We understand how to appreciate the values and beauty that can be observed in all cultures. Being open to learning new things is what helps us better understand and appreciate others and ourselves.

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How We Met

We met through a mutual friend who introduced us several times before we developed interest in one another. We were both interested in teaching and that was the first bond that drew us together. We quickly found that we have many things in common and our relationship developed. Both of us are now teachers in the same school district, but Thourn teaches high school math while Elizabeth is a Special Education teacher for elementary and middle school. Over the years we have learned to share the joy in each other’s hobbies. We like to participate in various outdoor activities and try different ways to stay in shape. Every year we travel to a new place for our anniversary trip, and we enjoy trying new foods as well. When we have the chance, we enjoy catching a Broadway show or a performing arts show since we both have background in performing on stage.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to give your child the best upbringing possible with a wide variety of life experiences.  We will love them unconditionally and strive to understand their needs as they grow up.  We will make sure that they will always have a home to return to no matter what the circumstances may be.

Message Thourn and Elizabeth

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Thourn and Elizabeth

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!