A Few Words from Family & Friends
Some of my family members and friends wanted to share their thoughts to help you get to know a little more about my life. Some of these may help you understand me a little more, some may reflect what my future child's life may look like... Each of these statements come from someone I love dearly and who will eventually be part of my future children's lives.
"I'm excited to have a niece so I can play with her and I can read to her and I can also draw pictures with her when she's a little older, so I think it'll be fun. And I can dress her up!" -- Little sister, 11 years old
"It would be nice to have a niece because when she gets bigger I can teach her to play Minecraft, and she can play Roblox with me. She can borrow my tablet if she doesn't have her own." -- Little sister, 11 years old
"I can't wait to have a little niece. It'll be nice to play with her and make memories. I just hope she doesn't touch my stuff." -- Brother, 17 years old
"I think Taylor will be a great mom because she is always there for you when you need her and I know that she will do the same for her daughter too." -- Sister, 22 years old
"Taylor and I met while I was doing my college program at Disney. Taylor greeted me with open arms and immediately made me feel welcomed. She was constantly smiling and laughing and was always willing to lend a hand whenever the offer presented itself. I don't know if she knows this or not, but I considered her a mentor while we worked together. The way she carried herself with such patience when it came to handling a problem was admirable.
Whenever we are together, there is nonstop laughter. Just ask her about the time we became friends on the spot because I was too eager to eat chocolate mousse and I used a serving spoon! Since then, Taylor has become a sister to me. Her ambition to adopt is inspiring and I have the privilege to be able to cheer her on along the way." -- friend, Courtney
"Writing about people isn't easy. Not because I don't have anything to say, quite the contrary actually. How can I possibly fit a 26 year friendship into just a few words? What you are about to read isn't going to cut it, I can tell you that right off the bat. Even if I was William Shakespeare himself, which I am certainly not, I couldn't even scratch the surface of how knowing Taylor Faith Krigsman has changed me and how it has shaped me as an adult. But I'm going to try. I'm going to try really hard because Taylor deserves it, her beautiful family deserves it, and I owe them so much. So move over Shakespeare, here we go!
My name is Ryan Cobb and I grew up in New Windsor, NY in Orange County. I grew up as an only child and both of my parents worked full-time jobs. Now, I leave it to others to remember the exact age I was when I started going to the Krigsman household, but what I do know is I was less than a year old. They lived about a 7 minute drive away, in the town next to mine, Washingtonville, NY. Obviously I can't remember those early days too well because babies don't have very good memories, but as I grew up I did so with Taylor by my side. She was my first friend and we did everything together. Her parents helped raise me when my parents were busy working. They were a second family to me. They changed my diapers, they fed me, they tried to teach me, they watched us play outside and inside. I have memories of Taylor and I playing on the jungle gym in the backyard. Going down the slide and playing on those swings is still engraved in my mind. I believe we watched probably every single movie Disney had ever made at least 20 times, which I would assume started her love of Disney, where she eventually ended up working one day, and where it started my love of Disney as well. Her parents took us to so many fun places throughout the year and I am very thankful for that. They added me to the family while being foster parents to so many children throughout the years. Kids came and left, but I saw them receive the same love and acceptance that I had received. I wasn't an only child anymore at this point. I had a family away from my family, and I love them all so much.
Now, as the years went on, we remained as close as we could. We grew up in different towns and ended up going to different school districts. Now most people might have let this friendship eventually fade away, but not me and Taylor. Birthday parties, play dates, and traditions kept it strong. We went to each other's school plays and New Year's Eve became a tradition that we kept alive well into our twenties. Just because you don't text or call everyday doesn't mean the love changes. I know I always have Taylor and her family as my constant support system. I remember driving over to hang out while in high school, and during breaks while I was in college. Taylor and her family eventually moved to Florida a few years ago and I myself moved to live in New Jersey. I remember going out for dinner and a few drinks to celebrate her before she left. We had a great time, and again, most people would have let the friendship fade away. But not Taylor and I. We kept in contact and supported each other as we started our careers, her in Disney and myself trying to start an acting career in NYC. She supported my efforts and I did the same for her. If she asked me to do something to help her, I would drop everything to do it, which is what I'm doing now. She came and visited me in NJ and NYC, and I saw her a few times in Florida as well. When the Corona Virus hit, I found myself living back with my parents in Florida. When I made the difficult decision to leave my life in New Jersey to be safe in Florida with my parents, I called Taylor and her mom. They convinced me that it was the best decision to make right now. Three months in, I can say they were right. They helped calm me down and think about the future, not just the present. I will always love and thank them for that.
When Taylor told me she wanted to adopt, I was excited for her and think it would be a wonderful idea. Taylor, in my mind, is the definition of family and love. Her family is still there to help and instill the same ideas and support that I received 26 years ago. I couldn't imagine a better person to be a mother than her. I can't wait for her dreams to come true because nobody is more capable and deserves it more. I did my best to explain what Taylor means to me, and anyone reading this hopefully got an idea of who Taylor is. But like I mentioned, this is only the tip of the iceberg. She will be the best mom and I am so proud of her. She is my family and I support her in her want to grow the family even more." -- best (and oldest) friend, Ryan