Byron and Taylor

Married Since: 2017

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Your bravery, kindness, and strength give us hope that we will get to fulfill our lifelong dream of becoming parents. Our journey to parenthood hasn’t been an easy one, but adoption has been the first sense of true hope and understanding since our journey to become parents began.

Byron and Taylor

from Texas

Byron

Ancestry: English, Scottish, Irish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Business Owner

Education: BS

Hobbies: Hiking, Photography, Traveling

Taylor

Ancestry: Irish, Italian, English, Slovak

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Sales

Education: MBA

Hobbies: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Traveling

Baby

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

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

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From Us to You

Dear Expecting Mother,

Thank you for considering such a selfless option like adoption and reading our letter. Your bravery, kindness, and strength give us hope that we will get to fulfill our lifelong dream of becoming parents. Our journey to parenthood hasn’t been an easy one, but adoption has been the first sense of true hope and understanding since our journey to become parents began.

We are two fun-loving people who want nothing more in this world than to be the best parents we can be. We live on a farm just outside the city with over 30 animals that bring us tremendous joy every day. We love to bring joy to others through our animals and hosting. We are adventurous and love the outdoors, so hiking is a hobby of ours. Family comes first for us, as we are super close with family and have a big support system here in Texas. Our downtime is usually filled with family gatherings, festivals, and travels.

Since we were both teenagers, we have been working to build an amazing life for a child. Along the way, we grew into warm-hearted adults, made a few mistakes, learned a lot about life and what we want for our future family. We are true believers that the greatest things in life have the hardest roads.

Our journey has been the hardest thing we have ever endured, which we can’t even compare to what you are going through, but we thank you so much for your bravery and selfless act. We have been trying to conceive for 3.5 years. After 3 miscarriages, 5 failed attempts at IVF, and countless tears, we finally have a sense of hope again. Adoption always seemed like a scary thing to us, since it can be such a long process, but after a lot of research, we have officially started our adoption journey and have faith that the stars will align. We will be forever grateful to a mother who gives us the greatest gift in the world.

Our vision for your child is one where they know how loved and supported they are. One where we guide them through life, teaching them to be kind, generous, courageous, and strong (like their birth mother). They will have a life where they can play, explore, and experience life as a child should – carefree. He or she would most certainly have siblings as we are set on having multiple children. He or she would have parents who are heavily involved in their lives. Both of us work from home currently and Taylor plans to stay at home once she becomes a mother. We will do everything we can to be the best parents we can be every day. Of course, we will trip and stumble from time to time, but we promise to keep your baby safe and in a loving environment. Our vision is to have you be a part of our lives, if you so choose, and to explain to the little one how much they are loved by you. We are beyond excited to be on this journey and would absolutely love to meet you should you decide so.

Thank you for being so kind, courageous, and brave.

Sincerely,
Taylor & Byron

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About Taylor

Taylor is the hardest working and most talented woman I know. She has a warm and caring heart. She has a strong desire to do good in this world (I mean, her life goal is to start an equestrian therapy center for children). She is the glue to our life, has big dreams, and can manage a million things at once, which always amazes me. Taylor is the biggest animal lover, hence why we have 30+ animals (many are rescues)! She loves to bring happiness to others, which is why we own a wedding venue and petting zoo! She loves to stay busy and is always looking for a new challenge. Our story was a love at first sight kind of story (at least for me), I loved her giggle and her desire for adventure.

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About Byron

Byron has the biggest heart I’ve ever met. I immediately fell in love with him for that. When we first met, he told me the story about how he had moved to help his uncle with a brain injury (so sweet). He shared how much his heart was broken about a dog he had that had died years prior (compassionate). He talked about his little baby cousins and how much he loved helping raise them. All those things made me see instantly that he would be the most amazing father, and I fell for him. He also gets so so excited about nearly everything! Especially food and traveling. It makes life even more exciting, just to see the joy on his face. Byron loves everyone, is one of the most likable guys, and is funny (let’s not fill his head on this one)! Oh, it also doesn’t suck that he loves to cook, and he can build nearly anything!

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

This topic is an emotional one for us because it feels like such a long journey of trying to have kids. After deciding to adopt, we finally have a sense of hope, joy, and excitement that this is really going to happen for us. We had been trying to have a child of our own for 3.5 years. We went through countless consults with doctors who had no answers for us,­ but we never stopped trying. After 3 miscarriages, 5 failed tries at IVF, we decided enough is enough. We just want to be the most amazing parents and have been building our lives around this goal for nearly a decade and we don’t care how it happens. We are incredibly grateful that there are mothers out there that are so kind and selfless to choose adoption. We know we will love our child more than anything in this world, regardless of if this child comes to us from someone else’s gift or our own DNA. All that matters to us is that we get to fulfill our lifelong dream of being parents. A dream that involves our kids running around playing on our beautiful property, joining us on our hiking adventures, and one where we get to have a greater impact beyond ourselves.

Our journey has been the most challenging thing we have ever done because we want it so bad and haven’t understood “why us” in the past. Until we came to adoption. Now we understand we are meant for a different story. A story that isn’t the typical gender reveal on Facebook or the perfect family photo with the white picket fence, but one where two people tried harder than anything to build a family and, while they were waiting through their struggles, built a life they love and cherish.

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Our Lifestyle

We live an active lifestyle. We are always on the go and doing something. While we know our lives will change when we have a child, we look forward to the new adventures that parenthood will bring. We are big into hosting people at our little farm, between our line of business (weddings) and personally. We just love to make others feel welcomed and enriched with nature and animals.

We also love to travel. We have been a lot of places throughout the years on our quest to see lots before kiddos. Most of our trips are hiking and camping trips. We love nature and being outside. When we are in town, we are with our family and friends, or working on a project. We like to bring our dogs to festivals, spend time cooking for others, or BBQing out by Taylor’s mom’s pool.

We do own a wedding venue and petting zoo, so that is part of our lifestyle, as well. We both work from home and have a very flexible lifestyle (Taylor plans to become a stay-at-home mom). We are big into creating things, home remodeling/decorating and improving our home/land/business.

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Our Families

We are extremely close to our families and can’t wait to introduce a new member to the family! Taylor’s immediate family lives nearby in the city. She moved there after college for a job, while her family was living in a different part of Texas. Shortly after Taylor’s move, the whole family followed so they could be close together. We spend time with family multiple times a week which is extremely important to us. There aren’t many families that do nearly as much as we do together. There isn’t a weekend that doesn’t involve family (unless we are on a hiking vacation). Taylor has two sisters and they are her best friends. She also has her mother and father who are both retired, along with her stepfather. Taylor is the middle child and the only one married so far. Her sisters don’t have kids yet, so to say Taylor’s mother is dying for grandkids is the understatement of the year!

Byron is one of four children, also in the middle. One of his sisters lives nearby, so we love to have her over for the regular family gatherings. His older sister, mom, dad, and stepbrother all live in Oklahoma, where Byron is from. His older sister has two children, who are 2 and 6. He also has an uncle and aunt with two kids who live in the nearby city who we get to spend time with more often. He helped raise his little cousins for a period of time when he lived with his aunt and uncle, during his uncle’s recovery from a brain injury.

Family is a core value for us. Our family is extremely supportive of adoption and so excited for us!

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Our Home

We live 30 minutes away from the city on our little farm, tucked away in the woods. We live on 10 acres of land with all sorts of animals such as horses, a pony, donkeys, llamas, an alpaca, bunnies, a pig, and chickens. We have another 13 acres one lot over that has even more animals we visit every day, including goats.

We found our home on the search to be surrounded by nature, but still close to family. Upon finding our home, we felt a deep sense that this is where we would raise our children. Taylor grew up in Connecticut as a child and has fond memories of being able to explore in the woods, play with her aunt’s goats, and pick berries for pies. This is the life we wanted for our children. A life where children can explore and have adventures every day while learning compassion and hard work through helping care for the animals.

Like anything worth going after, our home required some hard work. Upon finding it, we fell in love with the big mature trees, ponds, and retreat type feel, but the house was far from what we wanted. Since we had to have the land, we took the house down to the studs and re-built the house. It was a combination of a lot of YouTube videos, sweat, and hard work. The saying “and so together, they built a life they love” is our story that is still developing.

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Our Passion and Career

We are super passionate about what we do! Together, we own a wedding venue and a petting zoo. All of this was derived from our struggles with infertility, which is our silver lining. About 2.5 years ago, after our first miscarriage and a year of trying to have a baby, Taylor wanted a distraction. So, we started a wedding venue on a whim of an idea that turned into a reality through what we believe to be fate. We used the money we had saved from a few right moves, with remodeling a few homes we had lived in overtime. We wanted to bring happiness to others, be in nature every day, and create a flexible lifestyle that would be good for a future with children. At the time, Taylor was traveling a lot for work and this was her way of preparing for a baby, by creating another career that would be more inclusive of our future children; one where she could be home. Since starting our business, we have been able to help nearly 200 couples have their dream wedding, which brings us great fulfillment.

Additionally, at the start of COVID, we decided to start a petting zoo/animal entertainment company. We both have a big passion for animals and, at the time, had llamas, horses, and dogs. We called around to nursing homes asking to bring our llamas to the senior home windows to bring some positivity to the elderly, who couldn’t have interactions with their families at the time. That is where we got the idea to expand our little farm and add more animals. It started with a rescue donkey and then continued. Since then, we have established our traveling petting zoo, where our animals go to kids’ birthday parties to bring joy to others.

We both have super flexible schedules, as we have a lot of help with our businesses. We are incredibly grateful for the opportunities in life that have gone right for us, and believe everything happens for a reason. Taylor still has another full-time career, too, and Byron works on the wedding business full-time. Once we bring a baby home, Taylor plans to quit her job and be home with the baby with the help of our family and Byron who is also home every day. We can’t wait to have a little one share in some of our passions like loving on animals and bringing joy to others!

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Pets

We have over 30 pets and are big animal lovers! We have 2 full-size horses we love to ride and 1 mini horse which we can’t wait to have a little one ride. We have goats which are so fun and entertaining. Taylor frequently milks the goats to make soap, cheese, and lotion with their milk. We have llamas and alpacas; they are super friendly and love kids! They are around kids all the time in our petting zoos.

We also have a pig named “Piggy Smalls,” who currently lives in the house, and is like another dog that jumps on the couch, begs for food, and loves to cuddle. We plan to move him outside when he is a little bigger. Additionally, we have 4 mini donkeys, including 2 baby donkeys, which are the cutest things ever! We also have bunnies and chickens.

Most importantly we have three dogs (all rescues)! Our dogs are our kids. We take them wherever we go. They are included in all of our holiday or birthday celebrations. We are well known for having 1 or all 3 dogs with us on our weekend adventures or day outing. All our animals bring so much joy to us and others every day!

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Traditions

We love the holidays. Halloween is a top one. Taylor’s side of the family gets together and everyone dresses up and gets super excited about every trick or treater (maybe because this side of the family doesn’t have any kids yet and everyone is dying for that moment). We go all out with decorations, pumpkin carving, and all the treats.

Another tradition is taking a big trip once a year. In 2019, we spent 12 days in Hawaii! It was amazing! We hiked our hearts out, soaked in lots of waterfalls, and ate all the seafood we could. Biking 26 miles down Haleakala’s volcano after the sunrise was one of the most life-changing experiences for us. In 2018, we went to Europe for 13 days and traveled to 8 different destinations across 5 different countries. We are so thankful for these experiences.

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Our Relationship with You

We promise to honor your wishes. We would welcome you to be a part of your child’s life if you wanted. We will share your child’s accomplishments (big and small) and we would love for you to continue to be a part of their story. We would honor you in every way for your selfless act and for giving us the greatest gift in this world. We will explain to your child how much you love them, how you are so brave and how you did such an amazing thing. We hope to have an amazing relationship with you and will respect your comfort level of being in your child’s life from near or far.

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What We Will Teach

We will teach our children to appreciate life, to be kind, to be generous, and to go after their dreams. We will teach and support them, so they know anything is possible if they put their minds to it. We will teach them that there is nothing more important than happiness and being kind to others. We will teach them hard work, and that the most fruitful things in life are sometimes the hardest to get, but worth every effort. We will teach them that they are loved both by us and their birth parents.

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What We Will Share

We will tell your child that they have a birth mother who loves them so much. We will explain that you did such a brave thing in the name of love for them. We would tell them about our experience of getting to know you and how special those moments are to us. We would express how thankful we are that you changed our lives and how much that touches us. We would share their story with them throughout their life and encourage you to be a part of it. If you choose not to be a part of their life, we would honor that and understand. We would make sure to explain that it is not because you don’t love them, but because you know they are with parents who offer them a full heart worth of love and that you will always with them in spirit.

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Our Promise to You

Our promise to you is to love your child beyond words. We promise we will love them for who they are, to support them, to guide them, and to bring them up with so much love. We promise to do nothing but honor you for your bravery. Our hearts would forever be so full and grateful for your gift, as there is no greater gift in this world. We promise we will be open and honest with your child.

We promise to welcome you to be a part of your child’s life, if you wanted, and respect your comfort levels. We feel it is so important for each individual to understand their story, who they are, where they come from, and to view the world with an open and loving heart. We promise that we will give your child an incredible life, one where they are cherished and the center of our world.

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