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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.

About Us

Human Resources Manager
Associate's Degree in Information Technology
Some College - Studied Human Resources
Legally Married

How We Met

Syttende Mai Parade

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

Having Fun at the Renaissance Faire

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

Earth Day Clean-Up Crew

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.



Above Niagara Falls
Above Niagara Falls
Touching Star Fish in San Diego
Touching Star Fish in San Diego
Candyland With Our Friend's Kids
Candyland With Our Friend's Kids
Meeting Tigger
Meeting Tigger
Volunteering at the Humane Society
Volunteering at the Humane Society
Sea Lion Beach
Sea Lion Beach
Stephen King's House
Stephen King's House
Ryan Feeding an Elk
Ryan Feeding an Elk
Badger Game
Badger Game
Meeting Weird Al
Meeting Weird Al
Fireworks, Dessert & Disney
Fireworks, Dessert & Disney
Taking Turns Reading
Taking Turns Reading
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Above Niagara Falls
Above Niagara Falls
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Touching Star Fish in San Diego
Touching Star Fish in San Diego
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Candyland With Our Friend's Kids
Candyland With Our Friend's Kids
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Meeting Tigger
Meeting Tigger
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Volunteering at the Humane Society
Volunteering at the Humane Society
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Sea Lion Beach
Sea Lion Beach
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Stephen King's House
Stephen King's House
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Ryan Feeding an Elk
Ryan Feeding an Elk
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Badger Game
Badger Game
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Meeting Weird Al
Meeting Weird Al
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Fireworks, Dessert & Disney
Fireworks, Dessert & Disney
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Taking Turns Reading
Taking Turns Reading

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

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

With Ryan's Cousin

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's Family

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


Gary Oldman
Ryan Reynolds
Natalie Portman
Kristen Bell
Humpback Whale ever since I saw Star Trek IV as a child
Stephen King
George R.R. Martin
Julie of the Wolves
Candy Bar
Special Dark
Take 5 Bar has a little bit of everything!
Happy Tree Friends
The Powerpuff Girls
Childhood Memory
Visiting the Statue of Liberty
Picking strawberries with my grandpa on his farm.
Childhood Toy
GI Joe
My first doll Kah -nee-nah (how I said candy as a child)
Children's Book
Where the Sidewalk Ends
The pokey little puppy or the saggy baggy elephant
San Diego
San Diego! We just visited there last year and it is beautiful!
Classic Movie
Wizard of Oz
It's a Wonderful Life
Day of Week
Wednesday evening! The weekend is almost here!
Disney Movie
Little Mermaid
Who can pick just one! I think my absolute all-time favorite is Mary Poppins
Dream Car
56 Corvette Convertible, Cherry Red
One that is self-driving, think how much we could accomplish during commutes
Dream Job
I think I have it! Although I did always dream of working with whales as a child
Dream Vacation
Swimming with sharks
A trip around the world to visit historical sites, Greece, Italy etc.
Family Activity
Board games! We are a board game family and have a few other families we play board games with regularly.
Flower / Plant
Venus fly trap
Aloe. It is medicinal, you can eat it and it is a plant even I can keep alive
Pizza, it is versatile, it can be breakfast, dinner or dessert.
Form of Exercise
Weight lifting
I love swimming and dancing, I don't think I could pick one!
Avocadoes and my favorite vegetable is Brussels sprouts
Battlestar Galactica board game
Battlestar Gallactica or Gloomhaven. Both board games
I love doing community theater especially musicals
Holiday Song
Jingle Bell Rock
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
Holiday Tradition
Handing out lots of candy for Halloween
Ryan and I cooking together and roasting a capon for Thanksgiving
Ice Cream
Rocky Road
One Sweet Whirled by Ben and Jerry's
Junk Food
Flaming Hot Cheetos
Giant Bavarian Pretzel with cheese and mustard
Leisure Activity
Reading or watching movies
Mother Earth News
The Atlantic
Memory with a Child
Having Flo "braid" my hair on the day I meet her
A cast party, at a pool, for Mary Poppins. One of the casts' sister, Flo, who was 4 at the time, took instantly to Ryan. She wouldn't leave his side, she rode around on his shoulder and clung to his back the whole party.
Memory with Spouse
Conquering a mountain at Acadia National Park
Getting engaged at Disney World. We were there near Valentine's Day, and most of the photo spots had props that were painted to look like the candy hearts with words on them (kiss me, hug me, etc.). The one he handed me said Marry me!
Empire Strikes Back
The Princess Bride
Movie Munchie
Buttered popcorn
Movie Quote
Your crazy matches my crazy. Big time. - Deadpool
As you wish!
Movie Type
Comedy; or historical drama
The Book of Mormon
Musical Group
Weird Al
Not a group, but Weird Al is still one of my favorite artists.
Nursery Rhyme
Three Little Kittens
Three Little Kittens
Olympic Event
Personal Hero
Ariel Winter
My Grandma Roller
Telltale Heart
The Nerd
Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allen Poe
Quality about my Spouse
His integrity. Ryan doesn't say or do anything that isn't in his heart. He always follows through on his promises and goals.
Be the change that you wish to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Central Provisions - Portland, ME
Medusa, it is this great little restaurant that fuses Italian and Greek food. It is amazing!
A crusty toasty grilled cheese sandwich! Add avocadoes and make it even better
Shopping Store
Any kitchen gadget store!
They Told Me - Twiztid
Somewhere from West Side Story or Don't give up by Peter Gabriel
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
College Women's Volleyball
Sports Star
Michael Jordon
Gabby Douglas
Sports Team
UW Badgers
Wisconsin Badger Volleyball Team (NCAA)
Subject in School
Music! Choir specifically
Jessica Jones
Thing to Cook
Chocolate truffles
Time of Day
Evening after all the chores are done for the day!
Earth Day cleanups
Ryan and I return to Syttende Mai every year to celebrate when we first met
TV Show
Good Eats
Veronica Mars or Buffy the Vampire Slayer
TV Show Character
Harley Quinn
Veronica Mars
Type of Music
Hard Rock
Show Tunes
Vacation Spot
Disney World
Video Game
Lollipop Chainsaw
Kingdom Hearts Series

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