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Ryan & Katie
We know parenting is a great responsibility and plan to approach it with unconditional love, understanding, patience, humor, and compassion. Everything that's happened in our lives has brought us to this moment and our choice to adopt. We are ready to welcome a child into our hearts and lives. Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and for considering us to parent your child.
Our Childhood Memories
Some of Ryan's favorite childhood memories are in the kitchen with his mom. He started out "helping" by licking the bowl after his mom made frosting, but eventually graduated to measuring ingredients and mixing cookie dough. For Thanksgiving, the two of them would tear up the bread for stuffing and just sit and talk. Today, Ryan loves being in the kitchen, creating things for the family to enjoy, and licking the beaters.
Ryan also fondly remembers weekend Boy Scout camp outs with his dad, who was active in his troop. Ryan enjoyed being outside, learning about nature and outdoor skills like how to set up a tent, navigate with a compass, and cook over a fire. He can't wait to share those small moments with this child.
Many of Katie's favorite childhood memories involve spending one-on-one time with her parents learning new things. As a teen, Katie's mom taught her to sew. They picked out a sweatshirt pattern, bought the fabric and supplies, cut out the pieces, and put them together using a sewing machine.
Katie spent time with her dad learning how to build and repair things. He taught her how to take apart and repair a leaky faucet, she assisted him when he built their back deck, and she went with him to the hobby shop (a place with big shop tools) to help him make a custom-built corner cabinet for the living room. Katie can't wait to share these kinds of special bonding moments with this child.
Our Leisure Time
Although we each have our own interests – Ryan runs and bakes, Katie knits and does other crafts – most of our leisure time is spent together, on our own or with family and friends. Watching TV, movies, dinner, and game nights are regular year-round fun, but each season also offers its own unique activities.
Winter is UConn Women's Basketball time. Go Huskies! We go to a few games each season and watch the rest snuggled up on our couch. Winter also brings snow. Ryan has happy memories of sledding with friends and family and is especially looking forward to sharing this with a child.
Springtime brings Free Comic Book Day, when stores across the country give away comics and celebrate the form – usually involving costumes and cake. Once we have our comics, we spend the afternoon on a blanket in the park reading them.
Summer means hiking and camping when we can. Local farms have pick-your-own berries and peaches. We hit the weekly farmers' market for fresh, locally grown veggies and usually a cookie or two. Ryan takes advantage of the weather to barbecue everything from hot dogs and hamburgers to pulled pork and grilled veggies.
In the fall we love apple picking at orchards in town. Katie has fond memories of apple picking with her family and is especially looking forward to the excitement in the eyes of this child as they get to pick an apple right off the tree. Post-picking usually involves freshly made apple fritters and cider.
Qualities We Admire in Each Other
Ryan About Katie: Katie is a remarkable person. She knows who she is and feels comfortable being herself. Just as importantly, she accepts others for who they are, but is also supportive of their self-improvement efforts. She is empathetic and kind.
Fortunately for me, Katie is also handy. Over the years, she's built Ikea furniture and has fixed both our dishwasher and washing machine. Katie brings the attention to detail to our two-person team. She makes sure we have what we need for a trip, and knows where to park when we get there.
Katie is silly. She loves to laugh, make up funny lyrics to songs, and makes the best grilled cheese. I feel lucky to be married to her and know she'll make a great mother.
Katie About Ryan: Ryan is a loving, caring person. He sees his sensitivity as a strength, not a weakness, making him a supportive friend and partner. His default mode is being calm and level-headed. He grounds me when I start to get too bogged down in little details and brings my focus back to what is truly important.
Ryan knows a lot about a lot of stuff. He'd be the perfect person to have on your trivia team. I usually ask him before I ask Google. He is my best friend, a good listener, and he makes me laugh every day, even in our toughest times. These are just some of the qualities I love and admire about Ryan and why I know he'll be a fantastic parent.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a walkable, suburban neighborhood in Connecticut with great public schools, just a few blocks from shops, restaurants, the town library, and a beautiful riverside park with walking trails, playgrounds, and picnic areas.
Our town hosts a number of events throughout the year, from the weekly farmers' market where we get fresh local vegetables, to the twice-a-year library book sales – a great place to find books for kids, to the annual Apple Harvest Festival, which is a whole lot of fun for everyone and has rides, crafts, food, and plenty of apples! The town has several indoor and outdoor pools. There's also a perfectly sized little lake for swimming.
We live in an 1,100-sf apartment in a two-family home on a half-acre of land. We have three bedrooms – Katie uses one as a home office and the other is ready for a child to claim as their own. Our family room is the center of our home, where we cuddle up on the couch to watch TV or a movie, visit with friends and family, and read or knit.
Although we often prepare dinner together, the kitchen is primarily Ryan's domain. He enjoys finding new recipes and baking cookies, bread, and other treats. He also loves using our ice cream maker to create delicious home-made ice cream.
We have space in our home and in our hearts and are ready to welcome a child into our family.
Our Extended Families
This child will have our love, plus the love of their five(!) grandparents, aunts and uncle, and our extended family of cousins, cousins, cousins.
Ryan's sister and her husband live just a couple hours away in New York City, so we get together often. We can't get enough of our niece, born in 2017, and are excited for this child to have a cousin/playmate/best friend close in age and location to grow up with. Katie's sisters are super excited to become aunts! Katie is close with her sisters, even though they live in Texas. We cherish the time spent with them, especially during family Christmas celebrations.
Both of Katie's parents live in Connecticut, less than 45 minutes away. Katie's mom has enjoyed watching each of her 6 siblings take on the role of grandparent and can't wait until it's her turn to love and dote on a grandchild. In fact, she's already knit a sweater – the first of many home-made gifts to be showered on this child in the future. Katie's dad and his wife are retired and will have plenty of time to spend with a grandchild. Ryan's parents retired to Florida, but come north for 4 months each summer.
Katie's close-knit, extended Italian family all live in the town where her mom grew up, only a couple hours away. We visit regularly, for birthdays, special occasions, and holidays and there will be plenty of little cousins to have fun with when we visit.
From Us to You
Hi! We're the kind of people who like to have a lot of information before making an important decision. Since you have one ahead of you, here's our attempt to make your choice a little easier by sharing with you a bit more about us and what you can expect if you choose us to be your child's parents. Here we go…!
We first became friends in our college marching band. Over time, that friendship grew and turned into a loving, respectful partnership that's lasted for two decades. In our marriage and in our lives we believe in listening, sharing feelings, being supportive, learning, and growing as people. These are the kinds of values we will share with your child.
Ryan enjoys baking cookies, making ice cream, running, and reading both regular and comic books. Katie is a handy ma'am, who enjoys eating the cookies Ryan bakes, making hand-knit gifts, and learning new skills. We both love to laugh and be silly.
We're especially excited to share our love of America's National Parks with your child – the awe-inspiring coast redwoods, the majestic Teton mountains, the beautiful, peaceful prairie lands, the vast expanses of the Grand Canyon. We look forward to spontaneous dance parties, bedtime stories, hikes, road trips, picking apples, making special Halloween costumes, supporting them as they grow, and just loving them for who they are.
We will happily share your child's growth and experiences with you through letters and pictures. We are also open to additional sharing in both directions via email and phone calls, if that's something you're interested in. As our relationship grows, we can talk about additional methods of contact that will work for all of us. We promise to always treat you with respect, honor your feelings and personal boundaries, and do everything we can to make you feel welcome in our lives and in the life of your child.
We plan to share your child's adoption story with them starting early on. We will tell them the story of the day of their birth and how you came to choose us as many times as they'd like to hear it. Over time, we will add in age-appropriate details and answer any questions your child may have, making sure to acknowledge any strong emotions that may come with the questions, so your child will feel understood and validated. Together, we will help your child understand that your love for them is why you chose adoption, and that your choice is what made us a family.
We first began to research adoption several years ago, before our pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage. Katie has lived her whole life close to adoption, with two of her cousins having been adopted by her godparents. Over the years, she was able to witness firsthand the joy and gratitude both her godparents and her cousins experienced, thanks to adoption. As an adult, Katie has realized just how loving and supportive her extended family was – they immediately accepted her cousins as part of her family and never treated them as anything less than their own. We are excited to have this support and love as they help us welcome a new child into our family.
We promise your child will grow up in a home with lots of love and laughter. There will be plenty of silliness, but also time for heartfelt, serious conversations and emotions. Your child will always be our priority. Katie plans to stay home exclusively early on to focus on the baby, but when she does eventually return to work, her professional organizing business allows her a flexible, part-time schedule, giving Ryan the opportunity to have some of his own fun one-on-one time with the child while she works.
Thank you for taking time to learn more about us. We wish you peace and certainty as you contemplate your and your baby's futures. When you're ready, we're here to begin a life-long relationship with you and your baby.
Ryan & Katie
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