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Domestic Adoption

Dear Expectant Parent(s),

If you are reading this, we know that you are facing difficult decisions.   We want you to know that we have the utmost respect and love for you and other expectant parents that we have met over the past few years. Some of those parents chose to place their children and some did not, regardless it was an honor to walk alongside them.  Although we have not met, we would like to thank you for spending a few moments with us.  We are privileged to invite you into our lives through this letter/book.

Ryan says we are like “honey and butter” or “peas and carrots”. What does that mean besides the fact that he is goofy? He says our personalities are complementary and we go together. Our faith is important to us and we are working towards a common purpose to love God and love people.

We have been married since 2008. Ryan is kind, funny, has a servant’s heart, and is a super involved father and husband.  He is a math teacher by day, but spends most of his free time hanging out with Steph and the girls except for an occasional bike ride or softball game.  Steph is sweet, caring, and loves kids. She used to teach English to refugees, but now she stays home with our girls. Steph still has a big passion to learn about different cultures and to help people that are new to our community.

We started pursuing adoption in 2014 after many years of unexplained infertility.  Going through infertility was a hard and challenging time, but we are so thankful for the journey because it led us on the beautiful path of adoption! Today we have two beautiful girls—Naomi and Emery. We have great relationships and open adoptions with their birth families. And now, we feel strongly that God has called us to pursue a third adoption and we are SO excited!

Some of our favorite activities include walks, going to the playground and pool, family dance parties, hide and seek, & visiting extended family in the area. We also like to travel, explore, and try new food. We have been known to travel long distances just to get our favorite ice cream!

Thanks for taking the time to get to know us. We pray that God will fill you with peace as you make hard decisions.  You are loved.


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