thank you for taking a moment to read about us.
We don’t know what you’re feeling but can only imagine this process is
probably quite overwhelming. We honestly
do think your love for your child and your courage is inspiring and
here’s us! Ryan and Jeni love kids,
being parents, and having a family.
We’re both wired that way and we believe God knew this when he brought
us together. We both grew up with
adopted siblings and currently have several close couple friends who have adopted
children—adoption is a pretty comfortable and normal thing to us. We consider ourselves young, fun,
energetic, and active.
brief sad part before more of the happy…. Ryan and I were both married
before. Both of our spouses cheated and
divorced us. Ryan had two children, Jeni
was pregnant with her first baby. This
was a sad and very painful time for each of us.
A mutual friend of ours knew us both well and felt God leading her to
introduce us. She did, we began talking
via Facebook and phone a lot—slowly opening up our hearts again. One year later (here’s the happy again), we
got married! Fast forward…now, we have
Ryan’s son and daughter, Jeni’s daughter, and one daughter together. We are a beautifully blended family. All the kids live with us full-time. We are 100% family. The kids consider each other 100%
siblings. We are very close. Adoption and having family members you’re not
biologically related to is normal to our children. We believe that God brings families
together. He has a plan for each of us
and our family as a whole. Each of our
children desperately desires one more sibling and Ryan and Jeni feel
there is a puzzle piece missing in our family and we’re so excited to see what
and who God brings into our family.
loves sports, football especially. He
coaches our son’s football team and has season tickets to Oregon Ducks
football. We consider ourselves BIG U of
O fans. Jeni loves working out and
eating healthy, going on long bike rides, kayaking in the river near our home,
reading, and baking. There are pretty
much always muffins available for breakfast in our home (they usually contain
mini chocolate chips). Jeni also enjoys
planning “play dates” with her friends and their children, taking the kids to
“Story Time” at the library, and Starbucks!! Jeni was an elementary school
teacher but is now a stay-at-home mom and loves it. Ryan’s job is flexible so he is home every day
when the kids get out of school. We feel
fortunate that the kids never need to go to daycare. We love to travel--Hawaii, Disney World,
Disneyland, and Mexico were some of our favorite trips.
live on the Pacific Coast just a few minutes away from the beach in the middle
of dairy farm country. When we look out
our windows we see cows, horses, elk, deer, grass fields, a river, and
mountains. It’s beautiful! Some of the fun things we enjoy doing right
outside our home are: go fishing and swimming in the river, ride our 4-wheeler,
bikes, and scooters, jump on our trampoline, and visit the brand new baby cows
at the dairy farm next door.
Christmas we, as a family, hike out and chop down our “perfect” tree
together. We also visit Zoo lights. We have an Elf on the
Shelf named Ginger (the kids named her) who makes a month-long appearance every
December. Every Easter, we do a giant
egg hunt in the front yard. In the
summer, we are outside all the time. We
have a giant lawn out back so we do extreme slip-n-sliding. The little ones like to splash in our blow-up
pools and run around in their swimsuits.
We often walk down to the river and swim or kayak….and, of course, the
beach is close by. We eat dinner
together every night, which is a great way to connect and talk as a
family. Ryan and Jeni pray with and tuck
in the kids every night. It’s a routine
they’ve come to count on.
honestly feel that God has this whole process in control. He has a plan—a perfect and beautiful
plan. He loves you and your baby so very
much. He will direct you to where/who
you should go and He’ll bring into our lives the right birth mother and
child. We have a lot of love to give and
are so excited to see God’s plan unfold.