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Ryan & Chelsea

We met as teachers, and we knew early on that we wanted to be parents together someday. We are so excited to provide our future child with everyday learning opportunities, music, crafts, reading time, travel, and a life full of support and unconditional love. The opportunity to grow our family is the greatest gift anyone could ever give us! Thank you for visiting our profile.

About Us

High School English Teacher
High School Science Teacher
Master's Degree in English
Master's Degree in Secondary Science Education
Legally Married

Our Lifestyle

Picnic Lunch at Our Favorite Hiking Spot

We love having fun and going on adventures, but we're also very laid back. Ryan teaches high school English and Chelsea is lucky to teach high school Science at the same school as him! We love planning interesting projects, field trips, and labs for our students, and we consider them each to be part of our extended family. Teaching also gives us summers and other school breaks off, which will be great when we are parents!

We're each other's best friend, and we love laughing, relaxing, and spending quality time together. When we're not teaching, we enjoy playing board games with friends, reading, playing records, bowling, visiting family, watching TV, and going for hikes and bike rides. We have a favorite picnic spot on a nearby mountain that we love visiting, and we always buy trail mix and other goodies before hiking up. Chelsea enjoys playing piano, making crafts, learning Spanish, cooking, and learning about animals. Ryan enjoys computer coding, listening to the radio, playing guitar, taking naps, spoiling our cats with treats, and exploring new musical genres. We are already envisioning how our child will fit into our lives, and we can't wait to include them on all of our adventures and cheer them on as they develop interests of their own!

Education We will Provide

Shakespeare Festival in Canada

We love learning! When we're not teaching in our classrooms, we're probably reading, exploring, or teaching ourselves new skills. We look forward to sharing books with our child every day, learning about nature on hikes together, and teaching them some of our favorite pastimes, like playing piano and guitar, computer coding, appreciating a variety of musical genres, cooking, and making crafts. We also look forward to helping them explore their own personal interests and favorite subjects. We teach our students the importance of having a growth mindset, so we will be our child's cheer team as they overcome challenges, reach their own personal goals, and practice the hobbies that they find rewarding. We will also use story time and games as opportunities to learn about character traits like honesty, responsibility, respect, and empathy for others.

We have already begun researching preschools, and we would love for our child to attend a Spanish-language immersion program. We know from personal experience that learning another language helps you appreciate other cultures, make friends, and open new doors in life.

Fun Facts About Us:

  • When we first met, Chelsea wooed Ryan with a story about how she was once vomited on by a vulture while working at a zoo. Maybe that's not your traditional first-date talk, but we've never been traditional and Ryan stuck around!
  • We have an entire closet full of board games, and we love playing them together and with friends. A few of our favorites are Dominion, Ticket to Ride, Code Names, and Forbidden Desert.
  • We have three adorable and spoiled cats: Oliver, Flavin, and Pico.
  • We announced our engagement to our students in class with a word puzzle for them to solve.
  • Ryan enjoys building and programming his own computers, which now contain our family's large and eclectic media collection.
  • We both love all animals (the only exception is that Ryan is afraid of eels)! Chelsea is a vegetarian, and spent several years working at two zoos. Ryan sponsored a pig at a local sanctuary, and we are excited to visit it.
  • Chelsea loves belting Broadway musical songs in the car, and we both love attending plays and concerts.
  • Ryan started building his record collection when Chelsea first subscribed him to a record of the month club.
  • We have athletic pasts. Ryan raced jet-skis and Chelsea was a softball pitcher.
  • Photos

    Our Students Draw Pictures of Us
    Our Students Draw Pictures of Us
    We Treat Our Cats Like Royalty
    We Treat Our Cats Like Royalty
    Chelsea Loves Animals & Worked at the Zoo
    Chelsea Loves Animals & Worked at the Zoo
    Feeling Fancy at a Wedding
    Feeling Fancy at a Wedding
    Babysitting Fun
    Babysitting Fun
    Best Friends & Eight Years in Love
    Best Friends & Eight Years in Love
    Aloha From Hawaii
    Aloha From Hawaii
    Enjoying 350+ Days a Year of Sunshine in Tucson
    Enjoying 350+ Days a Year of Sunshine in Tucson
    Lunch Downtown With Family
    Lunch Downtown With Family
    Welcome to the World, Little Niece!
    Welcome to the World, Little Niece!
    First Day of School
    First Day of School
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    Our Students Draw Pictures of Us
    Our Students Draw Pictures of Us
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    We Treat Our Cats Like Royalty
    We Treat Our Cats Like Royalty
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    Chelsea Loves Animals & Worked at the Zoo
    Chelsea Loves Animals & Worked at the Zoo
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    Feeling Fancy at a Wedding
    Feeling Fancy at a Wedding
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    Babysitting Fun
    Babysitting Fun
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    Best Friends & Eight Years in Love
    Best Friends & Eight Years in Love
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    Aloha From Hawaii
    Aloha From Hawaii
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    Enjoying 350+ Days a Year of Sunshine in Tucson
    Enjoying 350+ Days a Year of Sunshine in Tucson
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    Lunch Downtown With Family
    Lunch Downtown With Family
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    Welcome to the World, Little Niece!
    Welcome to the World, Little Niece!
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    First Day of School
    First Day of School
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    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    We've been in love with Arizona for over a decade. Ryan grew up and studied English at college here. Chelsea originally moved here for a job in the education department at our local zoo where she taught children about animals. From beautiful desert hiking trails, to taco trucks, to a vibrant downtown music and theater scene, there is always something fun to do here!

    We live with our three beloved cats in a three bedroom single family home in a very diverse and family-friendly neighborhood. We are directly connected to hundreds of miles of beautifully maintained hiking and biking trails, and we love seeing the horses, pigs, and goats on our walks past nearby ranches. The community center down the street from us has several pools and a splash park, which is perfect for beating the desert heat. There are also indoor and outdoor basketball courts, playgrounds, and a "children's club" center offering a variety of camps and after-school classes. Our neighborhood also takes decorating for Halloween and trick-or-treating very seriously. Last year we had a full mariachi band of kids come to play us a song in return for candy!

    We enjoy listening to Ryan's record collection in the living room, inviting friends over for board games in the dining room, and computer coding and playing piano in the loft. Our new favorite room is the nursery-to-be; we've already wallpapered one of the walls with a whimsical scene of animals riding bikes across a tightrope!

    Our Extended Families

    With Ryan's Parents

    Our families are adventurous, supportive, loud, silly, and great with kids! Ryan's parents, brother, and sister live in a city nearby so we are easily able to hang out and celebrate the holidays together. We recently welcomed a beautiful niece into the family, and we are so excited to shower her with love! When we all get together we love sharing childhood stories, swimming, and playing games like Yahtzee.

    With Chelsea's Parents

    Chelsea's parents live in Michigan and her brother lives in Florida, but they visit several times a year and are a constant source of support. Her parents are so eager to finally become grandparents, and they are ready to spoil this child silly! They recently visited town, and we all attended a bear's birthday party at the zoo, worked on some tile mosaic art, played lots of board games, and explored some of the city's trails. Chelsea's mom is an expert when it comes to planning fun games, parties, and activities for children and her dad could win an Oscar for all of the silly voices he uses with kids during story times.

    We also all enjoy getting together at the family cabin in the mountains, which is a great place to relax and "unplug" from technology for a bit. Recent family trips to Hawaii, Canada, Disneyland, Mackinac Island, Canyon Lake, Florida, and Mexico are also cherished memories.

    From Us to You

    Hello there! The idea that the birth mother of our future child might be reading this letter someday is incredibly emotional, surreal, and exciting to us. We haven't met you, and we can't assume what you are feeling, but we know that you care about your child and want the best for them. We respect your decisions and the journey you are on. If we are finally chosen, we will never lose our gratitude, and we vow to unconditionally provide a life full of love, fun, education, and opportunity for this child. This is not something we take lightly; it is a responsibility we look forward to making our top priority in life.

    Anytime we think about growing our family, we can't help but get goofy grins on our faces, because this is something we have dreamed about for a long time. We've been in a loving relationship for eight years, and been happily married for three years. After a struggle with infertility, we both knew whole-heartedly that adoption was the right decision for us. As a couple, we have always supported each other through every joy and difficulty the world has thrown at us and we know that when life closes one door, there are always several others waiting to be opened. We view adoption as the ultimate door: the adventure of a lifetime!

    We have been high school teachers together at the same school for eight years, which has given us the unique opportunity to get a sneak peek at how each of us will be as parents. Ryan sets high expectations for his students and works patiently with each of them to help them grow into curious, moral, and thoughtful young adults. Chelsea designs hands-on activities and games for her students, and she loves sharing weird and gross animal facts. We both try to get to know each of our students' interests, needs, and personalities so that we can provide them with personalized help. We're also known on campus for our top-notch spirit day costumes, and senses of humor. We have both had "fan art" drawn of us by our students, which is an honor we don't take lightly! The skills we have learned as teachers will undoubtedly come in handy as parents, and we each have unending confidence in each other.

    As true nerds, we've also been reading every book we can get our hands on about adoption. We plan to use adoptive-positive language with our child, and we are already teaching our extended families this language so that our child always feels completely supported and included as a valued member of our fun-loving family.

    We plan on being open and honest with our child about their adoption story right from the start. We have already been researching children's books and TV shows that discuss adoption positively, and we would like to make a scrapbook for our child that will hopefully include pictures of their birth family and us. We want this child to know that they are loved by many, many people and that their story and cultural heritage is valued by us. We also hope to encourage a positive relationship with the birth family through emails, texts/calls, and visits if that is something they feel comfortable with. Ryan, the IT guru, has already looked into creating a photo-sharing website so that we can easily share memories back and forth between our families.

    We don't live in a mansion or wear designer clothing, but we are down to earth and our life is rich in love. One of Ryan's favorite phrases is, "Don't do it for the likes," so "bragging" about ourselves in this profile has been awkward for us at times. That being said, we tried to be as honest and authentic as possible.

    We look forward to seeing our child's personality, interests, and goals emerge and we will do our best to encourage them to be themselves, work hard, practice kindness, appreciate nature, and follow their dreams. They will be the light of our lives; we promise you that!

    With our deepest gratitude,

    Ryan & Chelsea


    Orson Welles
    David Tennant
    Julianne Moore
    Kate McKinnon
    Otters (but I LOVE all animals!!!)
    William Shakespeare
    Carmen Maria Machado
    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    The Harry Potter series
    Candy Bar
    Three Musketeers
    Speed Racer
    The Magic School Bus
    Childhood Memory
    Weekends at Saguaro Lake with my family
    Hiking with dad and making crafts with mom
    Childhood Toy
    Action figures
    Stuffed animals
    Children's Book
    Encyclopedia Brown
    Animalia by Graeme Base
    Jerome, AZ
    Classic Movie
    Legally Blonde
    Day of Week
    Fake Fridays (when you have a long weekend, and a day becomes "Friday" when it's really not)
    Chelsea's strawberry pies
    Mom's homemade brownies
    Disney Movie
    The Rocketeer
    The Lion King
    Dream Car
    1972 Ford Gran Torino
    Something with a unique color
    Dream Job
    I already love getting to work as a teacher with Ryan!
    Dream Vacation
    Weekend in and around Jerome, AZ with Chelsea
    Disney World with our kid someday
    Family Activity
    Jet-skiing in Lake Havasu
    Arts and crafts
    Flower / Plant
    Pecan trees
    Pasta! All kinds!
    Form of Exercise
    Riding my bike along the trails in our neighborhood
    Strawberries for baking pies
    Ticket to Ride
    Ticket to Ride
    Computer coding
    Bowling & acting in community theater
    Holiday Song
    Monster Mash
    Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
    Holiday Tradition
    Thanksgiving in Mexico
    Making candles every Christmas
    Ice Cream
    French Vanilla
    Ben and Jerry's Phish Food
    Junk Food
    Any sour candy
    Waffle fries
    Leisure Activity
    Listening to the radio
    Reading and playing piano
    The Atlantic
    National Geographic
    Memory with a Child
    Holding my newborn niece
    Visiting the children's museum and cracking my friend's child up while pretending to pick a giant nose
    Memory with Spouse
    Seeing plays on our honeymoon at the Ashland Shakespeare Festival
    Our engagement
    The Matrix
    In the Heights
    Movie Munchie
    Sour Patch Kids
    Cheez Its
    Movie Quote
    "Surely you can't be serious." "I am serious and don't call me Shirley." -Airplane
    "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great."-League of their Own
    Movie Type
    Man of La Mancha
    Musical Group
    Boards of Canada
    Fiona Apple
    Nursery Rhyme
    Humpty Dumpty
    I'm a Little Teapot
    Olympic Event
    Figure Skating
    Figure Skating
    Personal Hero
    Mike Wallace
    Jane Goodall
    The Good Doctor
    The Merry Wives of Windsor
    Emily Dickenson
    Quality about my Spouse
    Support, puns, and planning
    His sense of humor, passing for teaching, and unwavering support
    "If you agree with me on 9 out of 12 issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, see a psychiatrist." Ed Koch
    "For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you." -Neil deGrasse Tyson
    Filiberto's Mexican Food
    Charro Vida (Vegetarian Mexican food)
    Grilled cheese with fruit salsa
    Shopping Store
    Zia Records
    Say It Ain't So
    Best Day of My Life
    Sport to Play
    Sport to Watch
    Marble racing
    Softball and baseball
    Sports Team
    Highland Hawks
    Detroit Tigers-gotta root for my home state!
    Subject in School
    Agent Peggy Carter
    Thing to Cook
    Portabella Burgers
    Ryan's favorite enchiladas
    Time of Day
    7:30 pm
    Ryan and I have friendly competitions and the loser has to eat a Bertie Botts Every Flavor Bean
    TV Show
    FBI Files
    I Love Lucy and Rupaul's Drag Race
    TV Show Character
    Detective Bobby Goren
    Dr. Who
    Type of Music
    All types
    Broadway musicals
    Vacation Spot
    Jerome, Arizona
    Video Game
    Ms. Pac-Man

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