Tyler and Sherilyn

Married Since: 2018

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We have no idea what you are going through – but we hope you know that you are strong, and you are worthy. You are making an impossible decision, not only for yourself, but also for your child, and we respect you more than you know for that.

Tyler and Sherilyn

from North Carolina

Tyler

Ancestry: Scottish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Tech Developer

Education: Some College

Hobbies: Photography, Gaming, Cooking

Sherilyn

Ancestry: Irish, English

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Homemaker

Education: BS

Hobbies: Crafts, Gardening, Reading, Cooking, Designing

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

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Dear Expectant Mom,

We’ve thought about what we wanted to say to you in this letter nonstop – how do you write a letter to someone you don’t know, but who you hold in your heart and think about and pray for every single day? We have no idea what you are going through – but we hope you know that you are strong, and you are worthy. You are making an impossible decision, not only for yourself, but also for your child, and we respect you more than you know for that.

We have known since we started talking about our lives together that we wanted to adopt a child. We want to provide a loving and caring home for a child and show them, and our family and friends, that family is built on love and kindness. Your baby will be so loved, unconditionally, from such a large group of family and friends. They cannot wait to meet him or her.

Sherilyn intends to stay home with your child to take care of them and to teach them so many things. In our family, we listen to a lot of music, cook, read, and spend time playing with our pups in our backyard. We want to foster your child’s own interests and learn things from them as well. We will go for walks around the neighborhood, and occasionally walk to the local ice cream shop for an extra special treat. We will go to the library and read with other kids and pick up new books for the week. We will paint our own masterpieces to hang on the fridge, and pick tomatoes and squash from our garden to cook for dinner. We will take trips – so many trips. Whether it’s a day trip to a park to go hiking, a weekend trip to the beach or the mountains with family, a cross country road trip to explore and see new things, or a month in the summer at Sherilyn’s mother’s cabin in Maine at the lake like her and her brother did as kids. We want them to see as much of the world as they can.

Even though Sherilyn will be the one staying home with your child, Tyler will be anxiously awaiting coming home from work every day to his family. He can’t wait to teach your child random facts, challenge them to question things, and be accepting and inclusive to everyone they encounter. He is so looking forward to snuggling and watching movies with them, telling them silly jokes, running around in the back yard, and waking up to make them breakfast before school every day like his dad did for him.

We feel strongly that the race and culture of your child should be highlighted, not ignored. We firmly believe that being color blind is being blind to part of someone’s identity. That being said- we want your child to know that they are beautiful and strong and capable of anything BECAUSE of the color of their skin, not in spite of it. We know that your child needs to have positive strong adult role models that look like them, and have already connected with a group in our city that connects adopted families and promotes diversity and inclusion. Having a diverse community in both their school and church is important to us. We will teach your child to honor their culture and background, and that the color of their skin is just one more thing we love about them. We hope that the world that your child grows up in continues to fight for change and progress, and we are prepared to protect them and raise them to stand up for what is right.

Our vision for our life is simple-a big, happy family that loves to spend time together. Family dinners around a large and full table for meals; very loud and fun holidays; and family vacations full of laughter and memories. But life isn’t always simple, and we know that. The decision you are making now is not easy, and we know that we will have tough decisions and conversations in the future when it comes to raising our kids. But we are ready for those moments. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for providing us with the opportunity to have those moments: the good ones, and the hard ones. We can’t wait to tell your baby how much we care about you for the gift that you have given us. We will raise your baby to be as strong as you are.

Thank you for considering our family.

With love,
Tyler & Sherilyn

Q&A

Tell us about your home and neighborhood.

The house we live in we bought at the beginning of our marriage. We bought this home because we knew it was perfect for the early stages of our family. It is not our forever home – but it will always be our first home and have a special place in our hearts – where we will bring home our first child. We have a big fenced in back yard that we spend a lot of time in either gardening and doing yard work, reading in the hammock, or sitting by the fire pit. Your baby’s room is a blank slate and we can’t wait to tailor it to their personality and interests as they grow! Our neighborhood is on the outskirts of the city and has an incredible mix of backgrounds and ethnicities and lots of people out and about walking their dogs, going for runs, and riding bikes. We live in walking distance to public parks, restaurants, and our favorite coffee shop!

When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?

We love to get outside! If the weather is nice, we like to find new parks and trails to hike and then discover a new restaurant. If we can, we bring our dogs and make a trip out of it! If we feel like we need to escape the city, we go to Tyler’s parents house in the mountains to get some fresh air and quality family time.

Do you have pets? If so tell us about them?

We have 2 dogs and a cat. Our dogs, Mouse and Mister, are spoiled rotten and so much fun. Mouse is a mutt and Mister is a Great Dane – both still young and have puppy energy. They love running in our back yard, going on walks, and sitting next to the grill while Tyler is grilling dinner hoping for some drippings. Sherilyn got our cat, Marble, in college – and she (the cat – not Sherilyn) spends her days watching birds out the window and sunning on our guest room bed.

What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?

We will teach our children that they are capable of anything and everything and we will support them and love them unconditionally. Above all – we will teach our children to be kind and good.

What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?

We want to tell them that you are strong and brave to make this decision to choose adoption, that you love them and want the best life imaginable for them, and that you are loved by us for giving us the joy of being his/her parents.

Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.

We have struggled finding a church that suits both of our spiritual needs. Tyler likes a much more traditional church atmosphere, while Sherilyn craves the relaxed and modern feel. We are currently in the process of visiting many churches so we can find our new church home – one that provides support for us in our beliefs, but also has great activities and groups for children.

How will a child enrich your life?

We have always dreamed of being parents, and know that we have so much love to give to a child. When we play with our friends kids, or our nephews, something just feels right. We want to share our love of life, our weirdness, and our adventures with our children.

Describe your last vacation and/or day trip

The last big trip we went on was a National Parks trip in Utah where we rented a car and road tripped to 6 National Parks in 10 days. Our goal is to one day visit all National Parks, and can’t wait to do that with a family! We love to travel and hike and spend time in nature – and we have a dream of one day buying an old school bus, renovating it to be a vacation home on wheels and travelling all over the country with our kids! We also spend as much time every summer at Sherilyn’s mom’s lake house in Maine. Sherilyn and her brother grew up going there every summer and going fishing, tubing, swimming, kayaking, and roasting marshmallows in the fireplace that Sherilyn’s grandfather built. We can’t wait for our child to get to enjoy making all of these memories with our nephews during his or her childhood.

Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?

Sherilyn plans to be a stay-at-home parent! She can’t wait to spend her days reading and teaching your child new things. She loves to cook, garden, do crafts, listen to music, and read, and she wants to do those activities with a child, but also foster their own creativity and interests, even if they are different than ours! Tyler will be returning to work after parental leave and looking forward to coming home every day to his new family!

When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?

Our hearts ache for you – and also are filled with so much love and respect for you.

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