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Thanks for visiting my page; I'm so glad you're here! I'm Tanya, and I'm delighted to share my adventures in foster care and surrogacy with you. I sincerely believe that we all make the world a better place in our own ways, and this is my personal way of leaving a positive footprint. It is my greatest hope that in leading by example, my children will learn the immense value in helping others.

Life is a journey... kindness matters... smile often... repeat.  



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December 31, 2019

I had lots of great photos to add to this blog post, but as I’m attempting to post this on my phone in Florida, it’s giving me a heck of a time! So I’m only including two and I apologize in advance if the formatting is weird on this one. :)

On this last day of 2019 I fi...

September 1, 2019

Hi everyone! It’s been a crazy week for us here in Oregon. I’ve tried to be pretty transparent about my surrogacy journey, from the pre-screening steps, through the fertility meds, the pregnancy itself, and now the recovery period. (The {lengthy} recovery period!)


July 31, 2019

Sweet surrobaby has arrived, and it was a perfect ending to a truly wonderful journey!

We arrived at the hospital at 5:30am on Wednesday, 7/24, for a scheduled c-section at 39 weeks.

Brad and I arrived just ahead of the dads, which worked out well because the nurses were...

July 23, 2019

Here we are... the end of the journey! Hard to believe that in a day and a half baby boy will be here, in his dads' arms!

We've had a really great time since baby's family arrived from France. They flew in on Thursday afternoon, and we all got together for lunch on Satu...

July 7, 2019

 We are down to the final weeks and I CAN’T BELIEVE IT! 

I actually can’t.

I tell people that the baby will be here in 2 1/2 weeks, and then I have to go look at the calendar and count because that HAS to be wrong. 

But it’s not! The baby’s family will be here...

May 23, 2019

We are officially in the single digits... 30 weeks down, 9 weeks to go! NINE!! We have a c-section scheduled for July 24th, so I know for sure this little fella will be born by then. It's crazy how fast this journey is going. I know the last few weeks of pregnancy can...

April 15, 2019

We had a fun, sports filled weekend over here. On Saturday both Teagen and Arabella had their first soccer games of the season. Teagen had an outdoor soccer game in the morning, which was wrapped up before the rain came. This is the first sport that he’s tried that he’...

March 27, 2019

I received the best gift over the weekend. As I’ve mentioned before, one thing that I think is really exciting about this journey is that I’m not only able to give the gift of a child, but also the gift of a sibling! The family includes two young boys already, and so i...

March 11, 2019

What a lovely weekend!! The dads were in town from France, and I couldn’t have asked for things to go better. 

We started by sending messages back and forth as they made their way to Portland Friday night. They had some delays and the trip took longer than planned, but...

February 22, 2019

And just like that, we are 17 weeks along; actually 17 weeks and a couple of days as I finally get around to finishing this post. 

Everything is going great with the pregnancy. I’m enjoying the 2nd trimester bliss; feeling good, growing bigger but not super uncomfortabl...

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About Beautiful Heart


Beautiful Heart is about chasing dreams. Scratch that. It's about dreaming a little bigger and then
chasing THAT dream. I am a mom, wife, lover of animals, good books, sunshine & rainy days,
coffee anytime, and always, always looking for the silver lining.


Life is a journey... Kindness matters. Smile often.