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Ryan & Camille
We admire your strength and courage in exploring adoption. Thank you for considering us! Being parents is the greatest privilege and joy of our life, and we are so excited to add to our family through adoption. We desire to model to our children how to love, respect one another, extend forgiveness, work through hard things together, enjoy life, and bring light and love to others in their lives.
Our Leisure Time
Our leisure time is often comprised of spending time with people and doing some of the things we love: making and eating good food, going on adventures, playing board games or party games, and watching movies, to name a few! We love laughing a lot and being silly when we're with people we're close to. Both of us have no problem cracking jokes or acting silly to make those around us laugh. One of our favorite things to do is to have a meal with friends: we enjoy walking through life alongside others, caring for others' needs and helping carry their burdens. Some of our favorite times have been shared with friends over a great meal.
On workday evenings, we love eating dinner as a family and going for walks, often dropping by Camille's brother's or sister's houses which are less than a mile away from our house so that Eden can play with her cousins and the adults can catch up and hang out. Once Eden goes to bed we enjoy watching movies or shows together, playing games, or just chatting about the day.
Individually, Camille pursues her artistic side through home decor, gardening, crocheting, and baking. She also loves going for walks with friends and working out. Ryan loves running/working out, covering his favorite folk artist songs on his acoustic guitar, learning blues electric guitar, doing house projects, and reading.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Camille About Ryan: I love Ryan's genuineness! He is truly the most sincere, kind-hearted, and gentle man I know. I admire his patience, his ability to focus and plan, and his care for our family. He is often quick to humble himself and not afraid to admit when he might be wrong. He continually strives to put my and our daughter's needs before his own. I admire and respect the way he cares for Eden. His unconditional love, gentleness, and patience with her is beautiful to watch. Over the years, it has been such an honor to watch the many ways he fights for, provides for, and protects his family.
Ryan About Camille: I love Camille's tender, compassionate, and gentle personality. Anyone who spends any time with her immediately feels safe, known, and loved. She is a magnet for small children, and her friends and family know her as the "baby-whisperer"—she can settle a fussy baby like no one else! She cares deeply about people and longs for them to be known and cared for. There's a reason why our daughter Eden is a momma's girl: Camille cares so well for Eden and is a safe, supportive place for Eden as she helps her learn and grow. I also love Camille's sense of humor and silliness, bringing joy to all around her.
What Makes Us Unique
There are a few things that make us unique. First, Camille's family in and of itself is unique. She comes from a large family (eight kids plus their spouses and kids) and all but one live within 30 minutes of each other. They have a close bond which is a result of Camille's parents encouraging them to foster each other's relationships growing up. We hope to foster this in our children, too.
Second, Camille has a lot of experience with children. Camille has always had a nurturing personality and even as a little girl loved babies and little children. As the middle child of eight children, she grew up helping with her younger siblings and her older siblings' children. As a teenager and young adult, she held several nanny and babysitting jobs.
Third, Camille also has training in counseling and understands the complexities of the human heart and mind, and how suffering of all degrees plays a part in shaping one's story, as does the converse of a loving, supportive home environment.
Fourth, Ryan, like Camille, has training in counseling, which brings his natural gentleness and humility to bear in the ability to help others working through hard things in their lives. These characteristics and skills greatly aid in parenting and have already been used to help care for Eden.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a single-story, three-bedroom house with a basement. We bought our house six years ago as a fixer-upper and have enjoyed making it ours through renovation. We are tucked away in a no-outlet driveway we share with two wonderful neighbors, who love it when we bring our daughter Eden down to see the chickens, dogs, cats, and geese. We see much wildlife and love the natural beauty of the trees, ponds, and creek in our backyard.
We absolutely love the beauty, seclusion, and privacy of our house, yet we also enjoy the short walk out of our no-outlet into our small town neighborhood. There's also a local elementary school with two playgrounds a block away, where we often take Eden to play or ride her bike. Camille's brother and sister and their families each live three-quarters of a mile away, and we often walk to each other's homes for an impromptu visit. About a half-mile from our home is downtown where there are a few fun restaurants, an ice cream shop, and more playgrounds to visit.
Our Extended Families
We are surrounded by a loving and supportive extended family who are incredibly important to us, as well as many close friends that are like family.
Camille's parents and six of her seven siblings live within half an hour, and Ryan's parents and two siblings live within driving distance. Camille's extended family gathers regularly for Sunday dinners, birthday parties, and holidays. With 13 adults and nine grandchildren, these gatherings are always loud, fun, joyful, and accompanied by lots of good food and laughter! We regularly spend time with individual members of her family throughout the week, too, as we are close friends and love spending time together. This also gives Eden time to spend with her cousins, whom she adores.
Though Ryan's family lives further away, we make the most of the times when we can be together, which includes an annual weeklong beach vacation, a party at Christmas time, and other spontaneous trips.
Both of our families adore babies and children and are always eager to help with the little ones. Our families and wider community are thrilled to welcome another child into the family and be a support to them as they grow.
From Us to You
Thank you so much for your willingness to consider us as parents for your child. We cannot imagine the level of difficulty you've been through as you've wrestled with what kind of life to give your child. We can understand the sacrifice and difficulty of this decision, but we also recognize the courage and love it must take to make it. We want you to know that we respect you and admire you in these things. We are so thankful that you're considering choosing us to be parents to your child.
We want to tell a bit of our story and what led us to pursue adoption. After getting married in 2014, we found out that children would not come as easily as we had hoped. We were thrilled when we became pregnant during our first year of marriage, but were devastated when we discovered a few weeks later that there was no heartbeat. Four years of infertility ensued after that, and we grieved an empty womb each month as we waited and hoped for pregnancy. We sought to find answers through fertility specialists, and they concluded that it was unlikely we'd conceive except through invasive and expensive fertility treatments—and even this was no guarantee. Our grief continued and we wondered whether our longing to be parents would ever be realized.
We were shocked in the spring of 2019 to discover that we were pregnant! Our daughter Eden was born in December 2019, and we are so incredibly thankful for her. Yet we know that she is our miracle baby, and that more biological children will likely not be in our future save another miracle. We have so much more love in our hearts to give to more children, and having a house full of kids has always been our greatest dream. As we watch our daughter grow, we long for her to have siblings to play with, to help take care of, and to walk through life with. As a result, we have been led to pursue adoption to bring more children into our home.
We want you to know how much we respect your decision to explore adoption. Becoming parents in the last couple of years ourselves has given us a perspective for how deep and great a sacrifice you are considering making. We have walked closely with friends who have adopted and have seen the love of their children's birth mother, and that sacrifice has left us in awe of the humility and courage to take this step and make this choice. We want you to know that in our home we will always speak respectfully about you and honor you with our words and actions. You have made a courageous and probably one of the most difficult decisions of your life, and we will always respect you for the sacrifice you have made. It is important to us that this child knows this about you, first and foremost.
It is important to us that any child that comes into our home knows where they came from, so we want to be open with them about their adoption story and walk closely with them as they process and grow. We want there to be open communication, if you are willing, as the child gets older to be able to know more about where they have come from and answer questions and tell stories that only you will be able to share with them. Should you choose us to parent your child, we are eager to discuss what your involvement might look like, whether through emails, texts, photos, letters, and in-person visits.
Thank you again for considering us. We are praying for you as you work through the difficult decision of what family to choose for your baby.
Ryan & Camille
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