Married Since: 2018

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We plan to raise your child knowing you, knowing your sacrifice, and knowing that God guided us all together – for that we will forever be grateful.

Tyler and Christine

from Japan

Tyler

Ancestry: Caucasian, Mexican

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Paraprofessional

Education: BS

Hobbies: Reading, Exercising, Cooking, Hiking, Travel, Gaming

Christine

Ancestry: German, Jamaican

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Assistant Principal

Education: MA

Hobbies: Reading, Swimming, Spending Time with Family/Dogs, Travel

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: African American / Caucasian, Asian, Caucasian / Asian, Asian / Hispanic, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Indian, Caucasian / Middle Eastern, Caucasian / Native American, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Hispanic / Middle Eastern, Hispanic / Native American, Hispanic / Pacific Islander, Pacific Islander, Native American Indian

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mom,

Words can’t express how grateful we are to be considered for this opportunity of becoming parents and to be trusted with the upbringing of the child that you have kept safe for the last 9 months. Although we are not directly related, know that this decision has made you a part of our family, as well. We will never be able to repay you or thank you enough for the decision you are considering, but know that our hearts and our lives would forever be changed because of you if you decide to choose our family. If you decide to make this selfless and giving choice, please know and trust in us that we will raise your child with the love and care that they deserve. We will protect them every day, and not a day will go by without you in mind –  the incredible woman who made this all possible. We can’t imagine how difficult this has been or may be, but know that your consideration of us as the adoptive parents has involved the direction of God. Although you may feel like you are making this decision alone, we believe God has a bigger plan for you and has been behind the scenes guiding you, and plays a bigger part in decision making than any of us could on our own.

We have so much love to give, and we promise you that every day will be a new journey, full of love and adventure for your child. We assure you that your child will know the sacrifice that you made in order to give them the life you wanted for them – full of protection, love, care, fun, guidance, support, and faith. Your baby’s life will be filled with learning, care, passion, and support in all facets of life. We will support their emotional needs, physical needs, mental needs, and health needs. We live a very active lifestyle, focused on exercise, healthy eating, playing, and outdoor activities. Although we don’t plan on cooking with lard or using five cups of sugar in home-made kool-aid (like Tyler’s grandparents still do today), we will ensure that your child is taught the importance of balanced meals and nutrition — while still indulging in the good things, like ice cream and gelato!

We are members of a community that fosters spirituality, faith, connections, and structure. Our home is full of laughter, love, fun-times, and beautiful memories. We are sure that these memories and moments will continue to grow and expand with the new addition to our family. Although we may not have appreciated some of the family values that were instilled within us as children (because what child really listens to their parents?!), we plan on continuing many of those traditions and instilling these same values into your child’s life, as we grew up understanding the importance of them all. The future for your child holds so many adventures – they will grow up seeing the world, appreciating cultural differences and diversity, learning new languages and traditions, and they will without a doubt, receive a higher level of education from the schooling they will attend. Since both of us were raised traveling around the world, we know the importance of these experiences (including the ones where you get left on a bus in London by accident, like Christine did – thanks, dad!); we want to instill this love of travel, of adventure, of acceptance and learning, of diversity, into your child’s life. Being able to provide the opportunity for your child to travel and see the world is something many people are unable to do and we are so blessed that we work for an organization that provides these opportunities for us.

We have both wanted to become parents for as long as we can remember. We both love children and have been trying to grow our family naturally. Unfortunately, we have struggled and experienced loss in this area, which has been quite a heartbreaking part of the journey. However, we know that nothing in God’s world happens by mistake. We know that we are meant to be parents, so after discussing all of the options, we kept coming back to the idea of adoption – of providing a home, a life full of love, for a child. We can not wait to be parents! We know that this is probably one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make in your life, and want you to know that we are open to having you in our lives. We plan to raise your child knowing you, knowing your sacrifice, and knowing that God guided us all together – for that we will forever be grateful.

With love & gratitude,

Christine & Tyler

 

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About Us

We are adventurous and love to travel. We use every opportunity we get to see the world – whether it’s flying to a new country to explore, or taking a road trip around the island. We are humble, full of love, and reliant on our faith in the Lord to help guide us. We never miss an opportunity to spend time with people that support us, encourage us, and love us. We have taken some amazing risks in our relationship, and we have always grown and come out stronger through it all. We both enjoy learning new things and helping others. However, most importantly, we never get so busy that we forget to put quality time and attention into our own relationship. We are very communicative, we always make decisions, and we rarely have to compromise because we have the same underlying beliefs and desires. We make each other laugh and we love to have fun. If we have a disagreement, we sit down and discuss it openly; we are honest with each other and not afraid to show each other our emotions.

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About Christine

Christine is the most motivated, intelligent creature on this planet. She is very considerate and has the biggest heart of anybody I’ve ever met. Like everybody else, she’s had a lot of challenges that she has overcome in her life that have shaped her into the woman she is today. Her faith continues to lead her down the path that she is following, and although she’s absolutely capable of being independent, she still appreciates advice and takes opinions from others into account with every decision she makes. Since the day I met her, she has wanted nothing more than to be a mother. Since her nieces and nephews were born, she has been just as much a part of their lives as her brother and her sister-in-law, and she loves and adores them. She is very patient and understanding around children while being stern and taking the time to teach them new things. Her drive, determination, and leadership skills make her a very difficult person to argue with! And even though she is right most of the time, she still takes the time to listen and hear people out. She values my opinions and she encourages me to grow.

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About Tyler

It almost brings tears to my eyes describing Tyler. He is a man like no other – humble, kind, loving, giving, and caring. Tyler is so hard-working, and he puts 100% into his work, into the things he loves, and into me. He loves learning new things, trying new things, meeting new people, and traveling to new places – no matter where I drag him around the world! Although I traveled a lot growing up, being able to see the world now through Tyler’s eyes has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Any child would be blessed to experience life with Tyler as their dad – learning how to love as he does and be loved by him, learning to be adventurous and take risks, and learning a humbleness that I have never seen anyone possess besides this man. Seeing him around my nieces and nephews, and his young cousin, is one of the coolest things! He is so patient, and kind, and loving! Seeing him with my students in the classroom as a substitute or a paraprofessional has allowed me to see a new side of Tyler – a side of educating, teaching, and compassion. I am blessed to be his wife; always making me laugh, always making me feel loved, seen, and heard, and always helping me to learn new things about life, love, and true happiness.

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

We have so much love to give, and we have struggled in our own journey of starting a family. We want to give a child a life they deserve, and all too often children are unloved or uncared for, for whatever reason that may be, and we want to make a difference for a child. We desire to be parents – to love, to give ourselves fully, and to care for a child. We are stable and have the ability to provide a loving and protective home for a child. We are ready to grow our family, and we have not been able to do so naturally. We have discussed all the options, but we just keep wrapping back around to the fact that there are so many children that need love, protection, and a happy, safe, and loving home, and we can provide that. And want to provide that.

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Our Lifestyle

Both of us are very hard-working. Christine works full time as an Assistant Principal, and also is a part-time Doctoral student. Tyler is a full-time student and works part-time as a substitute teacher or paraprofessional. We both love meeting new people, often through our Bible Study group. 

At home, we play video games, read books, do homework, and spend a lot of time loving our adorable dogs. We also like to go hiking with friends or go to the pool. 

Every Sunday we get up, go to church, go to the gym, and go grocery shopping. We love to cook at home, and we like to stay active and exercise. We often use Sunday evenings to make our weekly phone calls/video calls home to our family. 

Because Christine is employed with the government, it allows us the opportunity to travel around the world and live in different places. We plan to stay in Japan for as long as possible, as we are loving everything about it. We are planning to stay at our base in northern Japan for at least the next 3-5 years as Christine works her way up to Principal and Tyler works towards his LMFT license to become a Therapist. After that, we hope to stay at another base in Japan, but there’s a possibility we could be back in Europe. However, for now, we plan to settle down in Japan and embrace everything we can for as long as we can.

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Home & Neighborhood

We live on an Air Force Base in northern Japan. Our home is a two-story, three-bedroom townhome with a fenced backyard.  We have two small dogs – one female terrier chihuahua mix, named Marley, and one male, teacup papillon named Loki. They are both total lovers!

We are minutes away from everything we need – hospital, grocery store, work, playgrounds, food, and more. The base is pretty large, but it’s a very close community here. Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, and the safety we feel here on the base is incredible. In our neighborhood, we are about a three-minute walk from a large playground, as well as the church, and a five-minute walk from the child care center and the elementary school. There is so much to do on our base as well! Bowling alley, in-door swimming pool, arts & crafts centers, gyms, restaurants, a library, shops, and stores. There are also a lot of options for after school programs and child care programs.

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Our Families & Friends

Both of us have pretty big families – spanning from California to Ohio! Most of our immediate family is in Colorado – Christine has her dad, brother and sister-in-law, and nieces and nephews there; Tyler has his mother, father, step-mother, grandparents, and many aunts and uncles there. Both of our families are incredibly kind, loving, supportive, attentive, and faith-filled. Christine’s family is really adventurous, and loves to travel! Tyler’s family is filled with so much love and love playing games, going camping, swimming, and spending time together. 

Although we left an amazing group of friends and community in Sicily, we have been welcomed right away into other groups here in Japan. Because the community is so close, Christine’s coworkers have welcomed us into their homes for holidays, as well as opened up opportunities to get involved with the community here. We also have friends still in Colorado, as well as in California. We see these friends every summer when we return to the States. Given the organization that we work for, it has provided us the opportunity to make friends from all around the world. And even when they leave or move away, we still keep in touch with them via Zoom or WhatsApp, at least once to twice a month, sometimes weekly. We even have the opportunity to see some of them each summer when we return back to the States for summer vacation.

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Our Traditions

Our main tradition is spending holidays with family, whether that’s Thanksgiving in Germany with Christine’s uncle and aunt, or going home for Christmas to see our families. Every Christmas Eve, Tyler and his mom, and Christine and her dad attend midnight Mass – and have attended the same church since they were children! We pray before every meal, we attend Church every Sunday, and we play video games online with our friends in California every Sunday night after our video calls with family. We eat dinner together every night at the dinner table. On Halloween, Christine LOVES to dress up, and on Easter, we help with the Easter Egg hunts for the Church or for our families. We eat traditional meals for each holiday – even if we aren’t able to see family. We celebrate anniversaries and birthdays together every year. For New Years we travel to somewhere new to watch fireworks; we also always watch 4th of July fireworks every year. One of our newest traditions is going home every summer, and seeing our families. Christine’s family also has family reunions every couple of years that have become traditional to host in different parts of the States (or the world!)

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Our Careers and Callings

Christine has been a teacher for about 5 years and has always had a passion for teaching, helping, and guiding others – especially kids. For the longest time, I (Christine), have wanted to help troubled youth – and have actually taught at several juvenile detention facilities. When I was presented with the opportunity to work for the government, I thought it would be a new challenge and was excited. I have found a new love for my career as a teacher. I also love educating myself and learning, which is why I am pursuing my Doctoral degree. I have a passion for helping others, for counseling and supporting my students, and for being someone who they can trust, confide in, learn from, and see as not only a teacher but a role model.

Tyler is currently a student, and works part-time as a paraprofessional for kids who have learning disabilities. Prior to relocating, I (Tyler), was a substance abuse counselor in the States where I immediately fell in love with the field of counseling. I gained a passion for helping others, in all facets of their life. I am going to school for Clinical Psychology where I plan on continuing my education, and getting my Master’s in the field of Psychology, specifically to become a Licensed Family and Marriage Therapist. There is nothing that makes me happier than being able to listen to others while helping them overcome any challenges they may be facing in life.

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Hobbies

Christine’s hobbies individually include reading, yoga, journaling, scrapbooking, photography, learning new languages, baking, shopping, schoolwork, music, and painting and coloring. I also play tennis and help out with the school’s tennis team. I also travel with them to their out of town games when another coach is needed. Tyler’s hobbies individually include exercising, cooking, video games, listening to new music and discovering new artists, meditating, reading, and playing with the dogs. Ironically, I really enjoy cleaning also. Together, our hobbies include hiking, traveling, swimming, collecting souvenirs from new countries, puzzles, board games, video games, playing with our dogs, camping, bowling, going to the movies, and visiting museums. Tyler and I are either at the beach or swimming, traveling to new places, or at home hanging out with our dogs, cooking, and playing some sort of game together. We enjoy barbequing on the weekends at home, or with friends.

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What Kind of Parents We Will Be

We plan to have an authoritative parenting style, as we plan on being sensitive yet stern. We plan to be attentive, responsive, and involved in our child’s life. Both of us understand how important it is to present in all aspects of our child’s life, and to educate, teach, love, care for, and support our child 100%. Christine has babysat for years, since the age of 12, as well as helped raise my niece who is now 11 years old. Tyler grew up with cousins that he would babysit for. Neither of us believe in corporal punishment, and would not use this as a disciplinary tool. We both believe that it encourages violence, and would never teach our child with this type of ‘tool’. For discipline, it is important to understand the root cause of a behavior and to address the root cause. Some simple discipline tools would be time-out, taking something away such as a toy or cellphone, or being grounded. However, sitting down and discussing and communicating with a child from a young age their behaviors and consequences is the most important part of ‘discipline’ that we will encourage and use.

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Our Relationship with You

We want to make sure that the expectant mother knows that we are open to having her as part of this child’s life through photos, phone calls, video calls, emails, and letters. We want to welcome the mother into celebrating special occasions and milestones of the child. Due to the distance between us, being overseas, we are willing to stay open to keeping in touch through the use of technology. We welcome the formation of a relationship between our family and the expectant mother. The child will always know who their “tummy mommy” is, and as they grow they will know the blessing this mother provided us. As the child gets older, their relationship with the birth mother will be up to them, and we will encourage and support the child in whatever type of relationship they choose to have with the birth mother later on in life.

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Our Promise to You

Our promise to you is to ensure that this child is loved as if it were our own. This child will be raised in a house full of laughter, so much love, and good memories. We will instill our traditions, pastimes, and values into their life, while allowing them to grow into their own person and appreciating who they choose to become and what they choose to do with their life. We will encourage creativity, imagination, and uniqueness, while providing them guidance to becoming a good person and being kind and loving to all people. We promise to ensure the child receives one of the best educational opportunities through private school, which they are able to attend through Christine’s agency, around the world. Not only does this education provide a strong foundation for the child, but it allows the child to learn through exploration and experiences with diverse cultures and unique opportunities. We promise this child will always know they are worthy, they are valued, and they are loved beyond belief.

Message Tyler and Christine

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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 Tyler and Christine

  • 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!