Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: We just moved into a bigger house a few months ago and love our new home and neighborhood! We wanted more space and land to raise our family, and found the perfect property on an acre of marsh front less than a mile from the intercostal waterway. We enjoy kayaking out of our backyard and being close to our marina for boating and fishing. Our neighborhood has many young families with plenty of areas to walk and play. A nature preserve with hiking and biking trails is a short bike ride away where we love taking our dogs to walk (until they demand to be carried).
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?
A: We love to travel and take every opportunity we can to experience new places and cultures. If we’re able to get away for a long weekend, we enjoy picking a new city to explore or camping in the mountains. We’re also content to enjoy a weekend cooking out with friends, walking downtown on the riverfront, or going to the beach where we live.
Q: Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.
A: We do! We have two Dachshunds that we love very dearly. Olivia is a 4-year-old miniature whose personality far exceeds her small stature (Ryan’s parents' Golden Retrievers know that she’s the boss when they come to visit!) She has endless energy and loves to play with bouncy balls whenever possible. Once we hide her ball before bed, she settles down to become the best snuggler and has a keen sense of when someone in the house needs extra attention to cheer them up! Charlie is a 3-year-old long haired who has the sweetest personality and can brighten anyone’s day. Charlie has never had a bad day in his life, and is always smiling and bouncing around playing with Olivia or asking any humans around to give him neck rubs. Charlie and Olivia are the best of friends and love spending time chasing squirrels (recently an opossum) outside or each other during zoomie sessions around the couch inside. They LOVE when children are around since they receive never-ending attention and a new playmate.
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: The short answer is everything! We want to teach them everything we’ve learned from our parents, families, friends, and in life up to this point. We’ll teach them to be respectful to themselves and others. How to value the little things in life and how to live every day to the fullest. We’ll teach them to be thankful for everything they have and how to share with others. We’ll teach them to have empathy and compassion and how to work hard to achieve their dreams, and that anything is possible and attitude is everything. We can’t wait to get started!
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?
A: Anything she would like for them to know. We plan to be completely open and share as much information as possible about their birth mom and the love she has for them by choosing adoption.
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: We are active in our church and attend Sunday services as frequently as possible. Rebecca attends a weekly, women’s small-group and volunteers for events. One of our favorite events to volunteer for is A Night to Shine. This event is a prom designed for children and adults with special needs where they are treated like kings and queens. Many parents tell us that they’ve never seen their kids so happy! Dancing and getting to know the special guests also provides support and relaxation for their caretakers. This event has touched our hearts in so many ways and we look forward to it each year.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: We think about this question a lot. Over the past few years, during our journey to become parents, there have been lots of hopeful days and lots of really hard days. The joy we know we’ll feel when we’re finally blessed with a child, has helped us get through those hard days. We’ve gotten to travel and do all the things we wanted to before kids and can’t wait to start the next chapter of our lives, teaching our child everything we know so that we can in turn learn from them!
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.
A: Our last vacation was to Scotland, UK with Rebecca’s mom and stepdad. We spent 7 days exploring the country, visiting castles, trying new foods, off-roading (leading to a flat tire in a monsoon), and submerging ourselves into the Scottish culture. One of our favorite days was spent traveling in the Highlands exploring the countryside full of mountains, castles, lots of sheep, and waterfalls. We both agree that Scotland is one of the most beautiful places we have ever been!
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: Rebecca has worked from home for the last three years, and when she returns to work, the goal is for her to continue to work from home. We plan to have an in-house nanny who has experience working with children and is also bilingual. We are also big believers in our children attending preschool before kindergarten to gain socialization and learning skills.
Q: When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?
A: We would want to give her a huge hug and tell her THANK YOU! We’re so thankful for her giving us an opportunity to become parents. We also hope that we can provide her with joy knowing that her child is growing up in a home where they are loved unconditionally and supported to pursue their dreams!