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Ryne & Christina
Thank you so much for reviewing our profile. We are very excited to be parents and adoption is something we have talked about since our engagement. Our home is a fun, welcoming place, and we hope by reading this you can see the love we have to share for you and your child. We will be praying for you and your child and are looking forward to what the future holds for all of us.
Our Leisure Time
We have a lot of fun on our time away from work, often finding new ways to make memories. Our favorite hobby is traveling and experiencing new cultures. We love doing typical tourist things on vacation; like climbing to the top of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, seeing Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, or visiting National Parks. But we also love to find local, off-the-beaten-path restaurants for our meals. We've gotten really good at finding local gems!
When we aren't travelling, we enjoy being outside: hiking, running, or just sitting outside with our neighbors. When the weather is too bad to be outside, we are likely cheering on our favorite sports teams-- especially our Purdue Boilermakers. Additionally, we enjoy watching Jeopardy and listening to various true-crime podcasts during road trips short and long.
We both also have our individual hobbies. Ryne loves to play golf and while Christina loves to walk some of the courses, Ryne also enjoys getting out and playing the course himself. Christina has developed a strong passion for sewing and really enjoys learning new techniques to create quilts for family and friends.
We hope to share our hobbies with our children, while encouraging them to pursue new ones. We have a long bucket list of travel and sporting events we hope to experience in the future with our family.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Christina About Ryne: Ryne and I have grown up together; he is my best friend. What I love most is his fun, caring personality and his strong, selfless work ethic. Ryne has always known how to make me laugh. Even on bad days, I always end up laughing if Ryne is around. As long as I've known Ryne, he's worked hard in school, in sports, and now at his job. I've seen the many hours and sometimes sleepless nights that he's studied and practiced to improve his surgical skills and medical knowledge to help him better care for his patients. Over the last 15 years we've been together, Ryne has made me a better person. I cannot imagine my life without him.
Ryne About Christina: Christina and I have been together since high school, which to this point has been roughly half of each of our lifespans. We have shared so many memories, decisions, and transitions together. We are almost always on the same wavelength, which I attribute mostly to Christina's easy-going personality and our many shared experiences. She has a radiant smile and a witty sense of humor. Without question, Christina is the most selfless person I know. She is always working on something, often to the point where I wish she would take more time to relax. My career and training have been at times unfair to her, yet she takes everything in stride and remains more supportive than I could ever possibly deserve. I cannot imagine someone more ready to be a parent.
Adoption in Our Family
Christina - My mother was adopted as a newborn. While she knew from a young age that she was adopted, it wasn't until after my sister and I were born that she reconnected with her birth parents. When my mom met her biological father and his family for the first time, I think she really enjoyed feeling so welcomed and connected to this new extended family she had found. She was close with her biological father until he passed away. What I remember most, is my parents telling my sister and I that she was adopted, and explaining that my grandparents were not necessarily blood-related to us. At that time, I was young and didn't fully understand. At first, I thought it meant they weren't going to be our grandparents anymore. Not only did my grandparents take in my mom and love her as their own, but they loved my sister and I with all their hearts. My grandmother was my biggest influence in learning about Jesus Christ through her love of God, the bible, and teaching us Christian songs. My grandparents are the biggest example of unconditional love that I hope to pass on to our future children.
Our House and Neighborhood
We just bought our first home in Lincoln, Nebraska! Both of us are excited for this stage of life and hopeful to share it with an expanding family. In particular, we are looking forward to making new memories by playing in the backyard, having movie nights in the basement, reading stories together on a swing in the front yard, or having bonfires with family and friends.
We fell in love with Lincoln after just one visit. The city offers so many parks and trails that we are looking forward to exploring. There are nearby lakes and campgrounds, so we can share one of our favorite childhood memories with our future family. Since we've just recently moved here, we haven't been able to attend many events, but we are excited to experience some of the family-friendly events that Lincoln offers: Abraham Lincoln's birthday celebrations, Friday night summer concerts, an art festival, Lancaster County Fair, various events sponsored by the children's museum, and holiday events particularly around Halloween and Christmas. Being enthusiastic Purdue alumni, we are very excited to be back in the Midwest where we can watch our team when they come to town.
Lincoln is very conveniently located in the middle of the country. We love to travel, and our location offers a unique opportunity to fly anywhere in the U.S. without too much hassle. We have multiple options for getting back to visit our parents and siblings, including a direct Amtrak route.
Our Extended Families
We are very close with each of our extended families, despite the miles between many of us. Currently we have immediate family members in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. Both sets of our parents, as well as, most members of our extended families still reside in our hometown in northern Indiana. All four of our parents are very loving, caring, and supportive. They have led by example, showing us what it means to work hard and make sacrifices for those whom they love.
We are a proud Boilermaker family, and some of our favorite recent memories involve going to various Purdue sporting events with as many of us that can attend. We've enjoyed tailgating before the football games or grabbing a bite to eat before a basketball game. Every Thanksgiving, Ryne's mom makes a big Thanksgiving meal for both sides of the family (50+ people) where we're all able to be together in one house sharing thanks for all we have. This past year for Christmas, Christina's family came to visit. We enjoyed playing games and eating good food.
We have a lot of siblings (three on Ryne's side, one on Christina's) and even more cousins. Both of us really enjoy visiting with them as much as possible. Holidays and family events such as weddings are great opportunities to see each other and create new memories. We look forward to sharing all of these family experiences with our growing family.
From Us to You
We are Ryne and Christina and we appreciate you reviewing our profile. In this letter, we would like to tell you more about ourselves, and provide some information regarding our motivations and plans for adoption.
We have been together for 15 years --with a little over 7 of those years married. While we officially started dating towards the end of high school, we had known each other for years prior having grown up in the same small town. Christina's parents and Ryne's father worked together long before any of them were married. In the last 15 years, we've grown up together, attended the same college, and moved across the country and back. We've had a lot of fun making great memories over that time, and now we hope to expand our family to make even more.
We chose adoption for multiple reasons. Prior to getting married, we had always talked about having kids, both biological and adoptive. Christina's mother was adopted, and seeing the relationship between her and her adoptive parents motivated us to want to pursue adoption. We have been ready to be parents for a long time, but we've struggled with infertility these last few years. Honestly, this has been very tough for both of us, but there have been positives as well. It's brought us closer together as a couple and closer to God through our faith and trust in him. Rather than pursue more advanced treatments for infertility, we have decided to start our family through adoption, and we are beyond excited to move forward with this process.
We have recently moved into our first house. Here we can easily visualize sharing our lives with our future children doing some of our favorite activities: hiking, reading, golfing, family movie nights, etc. Our absolute favorite hobby is travelling. There are many vacations on our bucket list that we hope to share with our children; for example, road trips to different American national parks, animal safari in Africa, and trying new foods throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. While vacations are fun and exciting, we also love to learn about the local culture and past civilizations, like when we visited the ancient ruins in Rome. This is how we imagine teaching our children about different cultures, their own culture, as well as ours. Ryne's grandparents immigrated to the United States from Ireland so this is at the top on our travel bucket list for us to share with our growing family.
As future adoptive parents, we are looking forward to maintaining a relationship with you, the birth parent. Our hope is that our child will be able to know and have a relationship with you, so he or she can know who you are and the sacrifice you chose to make. We plan to share photos, letters, etc. in any form with you. We would love to meet you regularly at intervals that work best for all involved. From a very young age, we want to be open and honest with our child, and we want you to be part of his or her life.
Again, thank you for taking the time to read and consider our profile. This must be a difficult decision for you. Please know that we would be eager to not only love your child as our own but also to include you in an open and transparent adoption setting.
Ryne & Christina
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