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Ryan & Stacey
Adoption is the greatest gift. It is so brave and selfless. We thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We truly have so much love and laughter to share. We can't wait to be parents! We will love our child always, unconditionally, without reservation. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Travel is a very important value to our family. We generally go abroad about once per year. We would like to pass this value on to our child. Travel is the best way to learn about other cultures – to learn that we are more similar than different – and to also appreciate and embrace the differences that we do share with others on both a global scale and a personal scale.
Stacey does additional mission work abroad in a developing country at least once per year where she works with children with special needs. It is always very rewarding and is an incredible reminder of what we have in the U.S.
Our favorite vacation spot is a beautiful and charming town in Colorado that is seated in a cozy box canyon. We go at least once or twice a year. The city is isolated from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and we enjoy genuine, uninterrupted, quality family time. The winters are truly out of a storybook – with blankets of white fluffy snow, towering mountains, expansive greenery, and an adorable walkable town. In the wintertime, our favorite activities are skiing, snow shoeing, hot tubbing, playing games, and cuddling by the fire. The summers are somehow even more lovely than the winters. The evergreens contrast against the red rock mountains takes your breath away. In the summertime, we enjoy hiking up the mountains or to a beautiful waterfall, white water rafting, and exploring the town. While we do take trips to more exotic locations, this one is, and always has been, our absolute favorite.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Ryan About Stacey: Stacey is the most kind-hearted person I have ever met. She always sees the best in people and her love for living creatures is truly amazing to observe. When she interacts with individuals with disabilities, she only sees a person who is bright and vibrant. She immediately sees the best in people.
During the time I have known my wife, I have had the opportunity to admire so many of her other amazing qualities. First, she is full of love and passion for life. She acts giddy like a child on Christmas morning, she wants to hug every dog she sees, and could play with kids for endless amounts of time. Secondly, she doesn't see challenges in life as roadblocks, but obstacles that must be tackled head on and overcome. I know that her boundless love and passion for life will help make us better parents and raise a wonderful child.
Stacey About Ryan: Ryan is the real deal! He is a kind, loving, and loyal man. He is very athletic and values being healthy and staying fit. He is smart, self-made, and good with numbers. He started his own company and has really cultivated a niche for himself. I can depend on him. When it comes to our dogs, he always anticipates their needs and takes excellent care of them. I see how he interacts with our dogs and with our nieces and nephew, and I am certain that he is going to be an amazing dad.
Education We Will Provide
Education is one of our top values. While we do think it is important to attend a good school, we are both invested in the public school system. We truly value diversity, including race, religion, ability, and socioeconomic status. We both attended public schools growing up (as well as public colleges) and would like the same for our child. It is important to us to live in a community that also values public education and serves children regardless of their abilities or situation. We do also believe in higher education (both public and private). We plan to support and send our child to a college of his or her choosing; however, college is not the only way to further education. If our child instead dreamed of a career in a specific trade, we would, of course, be supportive of this aspiration.
Some education just cannot be learned at school. We hope to be able to provide rich life experiences, through domestic and foreign travel, volunteering, and community and school based activities – sports, arts, music, and nature – to enrich his or her learning experience.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a peaceful and beautiful tree-lined neighborhood within the confines of a large city in Texas. We love our location and our city. We are within walking distance to many wonderful nearby amenities, including parks, walking trails, restaurants, and grocery stores. We are only a few blocks away from the local elementary and middle schools, the local library, and the YMCA. There are many family friendly activities and events in our neighborhood. Within 15 minutes, we have access to Children's museums, a zoo, world-class hospitals, and a wide range of sporting events. Our city has year-round festivals and an almost infinite amount of children's activities. Our neighborhood has many young families and is very friendly for walking, which we do often with our two dogs.
Our home itself has three stories, including a large open kitchen adjacent to an open living room. Both the living room and the kitchen have large windows that overlook the fenced in backyard, We also have an outdoor pool. There are three bedrooms, all on the same floor, and our third story has a large play area as well as an office where Ryan often works from home. Our backyard area is completely enclosed. It is a wonderful and serene area to enjoy dinners outside for most of the year.
Our Extended Families
Family is incredibly important to us. We love our families dearly. We were both fortunate to grow up with loving and supportive families.
Both of our families live in the Midwest and are only a quick, non-stop flight away. We prioritize getting together with them regularly, multiple times per year. Our families live within driving distance of each other. All of our parents have the flexibility and desire to travel and visit, which they frequently do. We actually see our families much more now than what we did when we lived a car ride away, due to more flexibility in our jobs and more time off.
Some of our typical family gatherings include: family ski trips, holiday meals, family sailing trips, and summer family reunions at the lake. We have been hosting Thanksgiving at our house with both sides of the family for quite some time and hope to continue this tradition for years to come. Our family gatherings are filled with fun, laughter, and lots of great memories. It is important to us that our child has a deep and meaningful relationship with his/her grandparents and cousins. Some of our happiest memories growing up are with extended family, and we want to pass this along! Both sides of our family are excited about our plans to adopt and will welcome a child with open arms and hearts.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. Considering adoption is one of the most brave and selfless decisions. We want to honor and respect that choice. We hope that by reading our profile you can get insight into our lives and our values. When we met 12 years ago at our best friends' wedding, we had an instant connection. This connection has since developed into a deep, all-encompassing love. Our journey thus far has taken us around the world, to new jobs, new cities, and new adventures. Some of these twists and turns were unpredictable, but they were easily faced because of our strong support and unconditional love in one another.
While we love our lives, we both yearn to share our family with a child. We have always known with absolute certainty that we wanted to be parents. While the journey has been difficult, our hearts have never wavered. We have so much love to give and can't wait to nurture and adore our little one. We both agree that the best part of being a parent is giving unconditional love – in addition to having the opportunity to watch this beautiful being become the person that he or she was meant to be in the fullest sense. We can't wait to support him or her in development. It will be so amazing to discover his or her native talents and to nurture them. Like the garden metaphor, we truly want for our child to have the best sunlight, water, and rich soil to grow into a strong, beautiful flower – or person in our case!
We want to share life's big and small, perfect and imperfect moments with our child. We both live our lives very purposefully, and having a child will give us an even deeper meaning. We both have so much love to give. We look forward to family dinners, playing outdoors, birthday parties, travels near and afar, family game night, singing and dancing, and lots of giggles. We are fortunate to live in a city that offers everything: great schools, children's museums, year round outdoor activities, and amazing food and culture. Our home is within walking distance of the elementary and middle school, the library, YMCA, and park. And while we technically live "in the city" our neighborhood is peaceful, beautiful, green, and the streets are lined with charming oak trees. The ocean and beaches are just a short drive away.
We value kindness, resiliency, education, travel, culture, community service, friends, and family above all. We wish to pass these principles on to our child. We both live intentionally and alignment with our values.
Adoption is the perfect way for us to have our dream family. We look forward to one day meeting our amazing and beautiful child. We promise to love him or her unconditionally and without reservation. We will offer as many learning opportunities and life experiences as possible. We are interested in an open relationship with the birth parents. The degree of openness is dependent on the birth parents’ wishes, including pictures, letters, phone calls, emails, visits, etc. We do believe this is an important facet to our child’s identity and would like to foster this relationship if possible. Adoption is the greatest possible gift to our family. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for considering an adoption plan.
Ryan & Stacey
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