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Ryan & Masae
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. As hopeful parents, we want you to understand who we are, and why we are seeking to adopt. Our motivation, is based on the desire to raise a family, in a warm household. We love each other more than anything in this world; and we're eager to share that love with a child, so that they'll take our love with them, and grow from it.
How We Met
In early 2010, we met, when Ryan went on a trip to the city of Kyoto, during his time being stationed in Japan. Having just got off the train, he fit the stereotype of the lost tourist, who wasn't sure how to get to the Gion shopping district. He decided to get something to eat, at the nearby Mr. Donut. While pondering the dilemma of starting with a sugar glaze, or Bavarian cream, he noticed Masae looking around for a place to sit, with her own tray of donuts. Being at a crowded time of day, he offered her a seat, and they got to talking about why he was there, and how he could find his intended destination. After helping herself to some of his donuts, she repaid him by guiding him to the district he was looking for. On the way, we talked a lot about life in Japan for a foreigner, what she does for fun, and her family. We exchanged numbers, and after a year and a half of courtship, got married, thus securing her supply of free donuts for life. This June, will be our fifth anniversary.
Masae's hobbies are hand making fashion accessories, flower gardening, baking pastries, and drawing. Ryan's hobbies are kayaking, photography, gaming, tabletop RPGs, building and repairing electronics, and reading.
In addition, there are many activities we enjoy doing together, like bowling, badminton, hiking, cooking, barbecue, and travel. We can't wait to enjoy these things with our child; and we look forward to experiencing the things they enjoy, as well.
Masae's family had a yearly camping tradition, and we want to continue that tradition, with our child. We want to create many new family traditions together, and experience a life full of fun and adventure!
Our Family Dream
In 2019, we will go back to the U.S., and as a part of our dream, we plan to purchase a permanent home, near family. We want to create a safe and playful environment, that will foster our child's development; allowing them to reach their full potential.
We feel that providing a stable and comfortable environment is a very important thing to do for our child's development, like both of our parents did for us.
Ryan is a dog person; his favorite breed being Labrador Retriever. We would like for our child to share in his love for animals and to grow up with a playful, furry friend.Above all, we want to bring out our child's hidden possibilities, nurturing their innate potential, as they grow. As we expose them to a variety of experiences, we can't wait to see how they will develop, and what kind of person they will become.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our house is situated in a small, beautiful German town. Located near a local playground, and surrounded by green hills, it's a 15 minute drive from the U.S. military installation, medical facilities, child care centers, and Pre-K through High School. All of which are provided at no cost, to military members and their dependents.
Our neighborhood is quiet, with the exception of many children, from the surrounding homes. Every year, the city holds a local festival, with rides, food booths, and many different activities for children to enjoy.
Inside our home, we have four floors, with the lower-ground floor being a spacious dining area, kitchen, and laundry room/home gym. The upper-ground floor is the living room, with fireplace, and plenty of space for a small child to crawl around, and play. The second floor consists of two bedrooms, and the main bathroom. The top floor is the studio/storage area. The house is brightly lit, with large windows, facing the countryside, on all floors.We feel our home and neighborhood provides a peaceful, secure, and fun place for the child, as well as being close to modern medical, educational, and care facilities.
Our Extended Families
Ryan has a younger brother, six aunts & uncles, and more cousins, than grains of sand on a beach. Growing up, he would spend a lot of time at his grandparents house, eating all the junk food he wasn't allowed to eat at home. His family has huge reunions every few years, where he gets to catch up with all the people he hasn't seen for a long time, and meet those he never got a chance to know. He describes his extended family as fun, silly, and always willing to provide support.
Masae has a close younger brother, three aunts & uncles, and several cousins. Spread throughout Japan, they make it a tradition to meet up, every New Year's holiday. Masae describes her relationship with her family, as “so close.” After getting married, and moving away from the family she grew up with; she came to realize how important they really are to her. When she was a child, they would often go river-side camping, with her favorite event being, Dutch-oven curry cooking, over a campfire. Sticky-rice parties and kite competitions were huge events in her family get-togethers. She wants to share those traditions with her child, in the near future.
From Us to You
A family isn't about genetics, or having a handy source of spare kidneys, when we get old. An added benefit, perhaps, but not the main reason. For us, it's about passing on our values, feelings, knowledge, and experience; in lieu of passing on our blood type.
So who are we, and what are our plans, for our future child?
Ryan is currently employed in the U.S. Air Force, as a Computer Network Administrator. Rather than being a glamorous fighter pilot, whose job will be replaced by automated drones; his work is that of a computer engineer, whose job is to “be” a drone (in a good way). It's a fun and challenging job, that suits him. A typical nerd, complete with a pair of extra-strength eyeglasses, and a love of science fiction/fantasy; he mainly enjoys quiet activities, like computer games, tabletop RPGs, hiking, traveling, kayaking, and reading.
Masae is Japanese. Previously working as a dental assistant, with a major in English, she is looking forward to becoming a stay-at-home mom once we welcome a child into our family. She enjoys cooking, jewelry crafting, badminton, reading, and snowboarding. As a Buddhist, she tries to live by the philosophy of doing the right thing, with the right frame of mind.
We began pursuing adoption after learning that we would not be able to have a child biologically. Despite the devastating shock of our infertility, we didn't want to give up our dream. We are now so excited to be on this adoption journey and we cannot wait to start the next chapter of our lives as a family of three! We intend to talk to our child about their adoption story as soon as they are able to understand. We'll explain that we love them very much, and that their adoption story shows that love, warmth, and family, are not defined by blood.
It's our belief, that the most important lesson we can teach, is that the world is made up of diverse perspectives, and beliefs. With so many wide-ranging beliefs, there can be more than one “right” answer, or solution. It's important to find the things we have in common; and equally important to acknowledge our differences, and learn from one other. Diversity can open our eyes to new ways of approaching a situation. Despite one parent being an American Christian, and the other being a Japanese Buddhist, we work to fill our home with warmth. Our love for each other is more important than the differences in our perspectives and spiritual beliefs. We become closer through our commonality, and grow through our diversity.
Speaking of growth, we will share the growth of our child with you, through pictures and letters, so you can see their development, for yourself. We hope this will provide you with peace of mind, and perhaps the feeling that you made the right choice, with us.
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We hope you'll consider us, when choosing a loving home for your baby.Best regards,
Ryan & Masae
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