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Ryan & Amanda
Thank you for your time and consideration in viewing our profile. We cannot wait to start the voyage and see where the adoption journey takes us. We would love to include you on this adventure. Your strength and generosity would be the greatest gift that we can imagine. Nothing is more meaningful in life than the privilege to help shape and guide a child on their way to becoming whom they were meant to be.
How We Met
We met at a Norwegian Independence Day festival in Wisconsin called Syttende Mai. At different times in our lives we both lived in the town that holds the festival. For many local people, it is like a homecoming, and everyone who has been connected with it returns for the celebration.
The night we met, Amanda was out with friends while Ryan was reconnecting with old friends. It turns out we had the same friend group for about 10 years but had never met! We chatted throughout the night, but Amanda was clueless that Ryan was interested. As we all broke apart to return to our homes, Ryan chased after Amanda to give her his business card. We went on our first date a week later.
It has now been 10 years since that fateful meeting. One of our dear friends, who was also there that night, later officiated our wedding. It is amazing how the world can bring you together in unexpected ways!
We go back to the festival each year to celebrate how we first met. We look forward to being able to share this tradition with a child, which will only make the festival even more special to our family!
Our Leisure Time
We have a wide variety of interests and spend time on all of them regularly. The environment is a big part of our lives. From cleaning parks, to camping and fishing, we spend a good portion of the warmer weather outside adventuring. We take regular trips to local zoos and a lot of our travel is based around wildlife or nature. We have a 12x12 garden plot in the backyard and we look forward to having a little helper in the garden!
Volunteering is also important to us. Our time volunteering is primarily centered around animal shelters and we really enjoy spending our time helping the animals.
We have season tickets to UW Women’s Volleyball and rarely miss a match. We are avid Badger football fans as well.
We enjoy the Renaissance Faire and spend at least one summer day immersed there, in full garb of course. We have a caricature from every year and have become good friends with the artist.
Our close friends and family mean a lot to us, so we schedule regular get togethers; many of which include a movie. We also have regular board game sessions with groups of friends.
We also take regular trips, like a one-day road trip around Wisconsin and a 14-day getaway to Disney World. We like to try and experience new things and will continue to explore.
Our Family Traditions
We have developed many traditions over the last decade together. Since meeting at Syttende Mai, we have gone back every year. It starts with a large omelet covered in chili and continues on through exploring the town, seeing friends, and watching the parade.
With nature being a large part of our lives, we regularly spend time outdoors. We pick up refuse at our favorite park every Earth Day. Ryan has been doing this for over 20, bringing Amanda on board after we met. We now have brought in others to help, providing a nice picnic before starting the work.
We really love Halloween. Ryan especially loves the looks on kids’ faces when he dishes out full handfuls of candy. It wouldn’t be complete without a nice playlist of scary movies once the candy is gone.
We host Thanksgiving for our extended families. It is mostly a traditional meal. With Ryan’s aversion to turkey, we replace it with a capon (a type of chicken).
On the Winter Solstice, we celebrate our family by snuggling in nice warm pajamas, watching holiday movies, and eating comfort foods like bacon and hot chocolate.
Our House and Neighborhood
We built our house about three years ago and planned for a whole-life home.
As avid Badger fans, we have incorporated red and white through the colors of our landscaping around the house. We also have extra rooms for guests and children.
With our love for good food, we personally designed the kitchen to suit our farm-to-table approach to nutrition.
To nurture our love of games, we included a full game room complete with a large gaming table and pool table. Being big fans of movies and popcorn, we have a comfortable theater suited for the enjoyment of several people.
Outside, we have a good-sized garden in the backyard, as well as solar panels to help meet our energy needs.
There are also multiple parks within a short walk or bike ride on the nearby path. Our diverse community has yearly events, including a cookout and an Easter egg hunt for the many children.
Planning for our future family, we made sure to incorporate the area’s educational system into our location. The district, which has been highly rated for decades, has built the three newest schools all within a few blocks of our home.
Our Extended Families
Amanda’s parents and sister all live within an hour of our home and we see them regularly. Amanda’s father visits at least once a month for dinner with us and stays for a movie night. While they have no grandchildren yet, her parents are looking forward to being grandparents.
Amanda and her sister, Liz, are quite close. Liz regularly comes by for board games and is our regular house and pet sitter. She even comes camping with us. Liz loves children as well. She has been studying early childhood development while working towards becoming a teacher. Liz is excited to be an aunt.
Ryan’s mother lives a couple of hours from our home. We see her on birthdays, holidays, and other family events.
Each of our families holds yearly reunions that we always attend. We can’t wait to bring our child to these gatherings to start building relationships with cousins, aunts, uncles, and everybody else.
From Us to You
We met 10 years ago through mutual friends. Very early on, we both knew that the relationship was special. We talked nearly every day and, before long, we were having hypothetical discussions about a future family. As part of those conversations, we talked about adoption being part of how we build our family.
Over this last decade, we have taken many adventures and grown as a pair. We continually help each other learn and develop. Both of us have advanced our careers, spent many hours cleaning up parks and waterways, and volunteered for community groups, including animal shelters. Ryan’s connection to literature guided us to visit Stephen King’s house. Amanda’s love for Disney led us to spend two weeks at Disney World meeting every character possible. We took a road trip to the east coast, venturing through Walden Pond, swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, and climbing a mountain in Acadia National Park. We explored southern California, witnessing dolphins and humpback whales, visiting pandas at the San Diego zoo, and getting up close with seals and sea lions on the beach. Throughout all of this, we have endeavored to build on our experiences and discover new firsts for each of us.
Of all of our adventures, we have yet to experience the one we both desire the most; that of parenthood.
Shortly after our engagement, we began planning our future and the family that we hope to build. We designed and built a new home, taking into account every foreseeable need in our lives. We included extra bedrooms, an ample size rec room, and a yard big enough for fun and a garden. We added solar panels to help us meet our energy needs. Our theater room seats six and ensures that we can always have a great family movie experience.
For the location, we chose an area in one of the best school districts in our state, both in academics and athletics. We are close to parks and within a family-oriented community. The diverse community is full of families of different ages and sizes. Our neighborhood has regular gatherings, like an Easter egg hunt and summer cookout. As a newer community, we are still establishing events and planning more as we go forward.
We did all of this with the belief of allowing for the best possible options for our family. We want to help a child become the best possible person that they can be. We strongly believe in a good education, both through schooling and experiencing the world. We will strive to instill a love for our planet and all of its inhabitants. Every adventure is another chance to learn about our world. Our hope is to provide for a college experience that meets the child’s plans. Be it science, history, art, music, or any other discipline, we want to support them being the best that they can be. We believe that through experiences, and not material gains, that we can help a child to become a kind and decent person.
We look forward to sending letters and pictures of this journey. We love to build an open relationship with you based on your comfort level. This openness will allow us to better include any traditions that you feel are important as well. We truly want to help build a connection between the child and where they came from.
We know that this time may be difficult for you. We want to express our most heartfelt thanks for considering us in your decision.
Ryan & Amanda
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