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Ryan & Niki

We are extremely excited, focused and prepared for this next chapter of our lives. We are blessed with a wonderful family; still we know there is a precious piece missing. Our young children cannot wait to embrace a new addition with loving arms. As parents, we dream of the chance to shower this child with love and affection. We are committed to this journey. Thank you for the time and consideration in reviewing our profile.

About Us

Ryan
Niki
Job
Owner/Manufacturer's Representative
Registered Dietitian/Stay-at-Home Mom
Education
Bachelor's Degree in Marine Transportation
Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition & Food Science
Children
Nick, Bennett
Relationship
Legally Married

Why We Chose Adoption

Our Family

We are blessed to have two children, Nick and Bennett. Nick is full of energy and enjoys playing soccer, swimming, being on the lake and playing with Hot Wheels cars at home. Bennett enjoys dance, soccer, swimming, being on the lake and playing with her baby dolls at home.

Ryan began feeling led to adoption when he was a teenager, he knew at a young age he hoped to have adoption as part of his family some day. Early on in our relationship, Ryan began discussing this with Niki, as well. She was 100% aligned with him from the beginning to have adoption as part of a way to grow our family one day. When we experienced two miscarriages about two years ago, it only confirmed to us God's plan for our family. We feel incredibly blessed to have this opportunity!

Nick and Bennett are both very aware of the future of our family and are beyond excited to gain another brother or sister. Nick takes his role as big brother very seriously and understands that he is able to lead by example to his younger siblings and help then learn how to accomplish things. Bennett is beyond excited to be a big sister and welcome a baby into our family!

Our Leisure Time

Date Night

In our leisure time we enjoy spending time together as a family. We attend church on most Sundays, and weekends are typically spent at the soccer fields (both our kids play soccer), on the lake or at our home swimming, playing games with the kids or entertaining friends and/or family. We always try and set time aside for date nights as well, we feel it's important to have that time together.

We enjoy traveling as a family and have been fortunate to be able to take family trips every year. Over the past few years we have traveled to Florida; California; Green Bay, Wisconsin; upstate New York; North Carolina; Gatlinburg, Tennessee; West Virginia; New Orleans; Texas and the Cayman Islands.

We contribute to various charities every year including local missions for the homeless, St. Jude Children's Hospital, the Jimmy V Foundation, and our church. We also host an annual pig roast for friends, family and neighbors at our home to help raise money for The Wounded Warrior Project.

We both enjoy exercising, Niki has completed eight half-marathons and multiple 5K races while Ryan has completed several half marathons, 5K races and triathlons. Our son, Nick, completed his first 5K at age five. We are so excited to add another child to our fun, loving and active family.

Addressing Cultural Diversity

We, along with our kids, are very excited about adding another child to our family and plan to honor and celebrate this child's heritage. Both Nick and Bennett have very close friends of different races (African American, Asian and Latino) at school and through soccer, dance, etc. Their school and our church has many families of different race and culture, as well as several families created through adoption.

Some other ways we are looking forward to addressing cultural diversity are through artwork within our home, displaying art of our child's culture, as well as books to teach them about their heritage. We plan to talk about cultural identity, learn and educate ourselves about different races and attend cultural events and celebrations in our community to allow our children to interact and meet other children and adults of all kinds of racial and cultural backgrounds.

Video

Photos

All Smiles at a Football Game
All Smiles at a Football Game
Ryan Running in a Triathlon
Ryan Running in a Triathlon
Enjoying a Concert
Enjoying a Concert
Fun at the Lake
Fun at the Lake
Fun With Family
Fun With Family
A Day at the Beach
A Day at the Beach
Enjoying the Sunset
Enjoying the Sunset
Meeting a Sea Turtle
Meeting a Sea Turtle
Fishing
Fishing
A Great Day on the Boat
A Great Day on the Boat
All Smiles
All Smiles
A Great Afternoon Together
A Great Afternoon Together
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Enjoying a Concert
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Fun at the Lake
Fun at the Lake
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Fun With Family
Fun With Family
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A Day at the Beach
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Enjoying the Sunset
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Meeting a Sea Turtle
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Fishing
Fishing
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A Great Day on the Boat
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All Smiles
All Smiles
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A Great Afternoon Together
A Great Afternoon Together

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

Our home is a spacious older home that has been renovated. We have four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen with eat-in kitchen, laundry room, playroom, basement that consist of a movie/exercise room and storage. Our home sits on 1.5 acres which includes a fenced backyard, a pool with a locked safety fence, pool house, fire pit, swing/play set and a garden.

Community Park

Our neighborhood also hosts several family friendly events throughout the year, including an annual Halloween party and trick or treating for families, a small 4th July event for kids and family movie nights in neighbors' backyards. There are several kids in our neighborhood of various ages.

There are several parks and playgrounds very near our home that we frequent often with the kids. We are also close to local libraries, movie theaters, zoo, museums and restaurants. And we are only 30 minutes from the lake we have our boat docked at.

The school our kids attend is attached to our church. This has provided an incredible community we are so happy to be a part of. The school holds an annual carnival to raise money; annual vacation bible school is held at the church along with various other events and fundraisers that allow us to interact with families of our children's friends.

Our Extended Families

Niki's Family

We are fortunate to have Niki's family close by and although Ryan's family is spread out, we are able to see each other several times throughout the year. We recently took a trip with some of Ryan's family to LEGOLAND and Disney World. Over the past couple of years we have taken trips to Lambeau Field via RV, Niagara Falls, North Carolina, Florida and California as a family.

Ryan's Family

Over the holidays we like to be at home as much as possible, however, we also enjoy visiting family. Often on Thanksgiving or a Fall Break we will visit Niki's parents in California and typically sometime after Christmas and between New Year's Eve we will visit Ryan's family in Ft. Lauderdale.

Part of what makes our family unique is how many cousins we have within short traveling distance. It is always such a great time for our children when they are with their cousins and grandparents. There are so many various ages of cousins that everyone has someone their age, or close to their age, to play with. We just added grandchild number 12 on Ryan's side of the family!

Both of our families are supportive of our plan to adopt and cannot wait to add another child to the family!

From Us to You

First and foremost, thank you for the time and consideration in reviewing our profile. We are extremely excited about this amazing new chapter of our life. Hopefully these next paragraphs provide a little more color regarding our family and lives.

We met while living in a downtown high-rise. The initial introduction took place at a social event hosted by the condo association. Once we met the rest was history. We dated for about seven months and then we were engaged ... seven months after that we were married. As you can see, things progressed pretty quickly! Looking back, those 14 months of courtship were pretty amazing. We had so much fun exploring our urban downtown environment, which was so perfectly tailored to our age and lifestyle.

Once we were married, we decided to buy a house, get a dog and start working on a family! We moved into a more rural environment, in contrast to the urban environment we were previously living in. Nevertheless, we still remain only 15 minutes from the city. Maintaining easy accessibility to explore the city was something we were not willing to sacrifice.

Less than two years after we were married, our son Nicholas entered the world. He has been an absolute blessing and is a fantastic little man. Nick is a handsome, smart and athletic little guy. He truly views the world with a lot of questions and wonder. In a similar sequence of events, less than two years after that, our daughter Bennett came on to the scene. She is a gorgeous little girl with a truly incredible heart. Bennett is a very social and kind person. She is naturally selfless and was born to be a big sister!

We are focused on raising a Christian family. Only second to our faith in God is our faith in our marriage. We have an incredibly strong relationship and are best friends. We are quickly coming up to our 8th anniversary. We are completely in sync as parents and remain completely in love as a couple. We have been very fortunate to have found each other and have been equally fortunate to have been blessed with two awesome little people.

This leads us to our next chapter in life ... the expansion of our family through adoption. As a family, we are completely committed to this process. Expanding the family through adoption has always been a plan of ours. We believe the only people that might be more excited about this adoption is our children - They are ecstatic and actually pray about the adoption during our dinnertime prayer!

We know that adoption is not an easy decision. For what it is worth, our pledge to you is that we will bring this child into our family as one of our own. We will love this child with our whole hearts. We will sacrifice for this child in the same way we sacrifice for Nick and Bennett. In addition, we promise we have plenty of love, energy and capacity to do this. We are extremely confident in our ability to nurture and parent another child. We are excited to walk hand-in-hand with another child while they explore the beauty of this world. In difficult times will also be there to provide encouragement and wipe away any tears. Ultimately, we will be focused on loving and supporting our children while they chase their dreams and learn to positively contribute to this world.

If selected, we will happily send letters and pictures. In addition, we are open to a meeting prior to delivery.

Thank you again for the consideration. We wish you the best as you consider whether adoption is the right choice for you.

Ryan & Niki

Favorites

Ryan
Niki
Actor
Denzel Washington
Bradley Cooper
Actress
Jessica Biel
Reese Witherspoon
Animal
Bear
Dog
Author
John Sandford
Mary Higgins Clark
Book
The Shack
Mystery books
Candy Bar
Snickers
Butterfingers
Cartoon
Tom and Jerry
Woody Woodpecker (as a kid)
Childhood Memory
Skiing on the lake - playing basketball & soccer
Family vacations
Childhood Toy
Basketball
Dolls
Children's Book
Where the Wild Things Are
Magic Treehouse
City
Nashville
Asheville, NC
Classic Movie
Outlaw Josey Wales
Its a Wonderful Life
Color
Blue
Green
Day of Week
Friday
Saturday
Dessert
Ice cream
Pie
Disney Movie
Fox and the Hound
Toy Story
Dream Car
Jeep
Escalade
Dream Job
Coaching
Sports Nutritionist
Dream Vacation
Australia
Paris France
Family Activity
Playing outdoors
Boating
Flower / Plant
Iris
Tulip
Food
Pizza
Mexican
Form of Exercise
Bike and swimming
Running
Fruit
Pineapple
Strawberries
Game
Basketball
Charades
Hobby
Sports gym
Exercise
Holiday
Memorial Day
Christmas
Holiday Song
Little drummer boy
O Holy Night
Holiday Tradition
Opening stockings on the stairs before presents
New Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve for our kids
Ice Cream
Mint chocolate chip
Mint chocolate chip
Junk Food
Potato chips
Potato chips
Leisure Activity
Boating
Cooking
Magazine
National Geographic
Vege News; People
Memory with a Child
Fly fishing with my son
The moment both my kids were born; birthdays and holidays are very pecial
Memory with Spouse
Engagement
The night Ryan proposed; our wedding day
Movie
Shawshank redemption
Youve Got Mail
Movie Munchie
Buttered popcorn
Buttered popcorn
Movie Quote
Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain't how hard you can hit. It's how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It's how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done . - Rocky
Theres no place like home
Movie Type
Action
Mystery and romantic comedy
Musical
Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys
Musical Group
Van Morrison
Zach Brown Band
Nursery Rhyme
You are my sunshine
You are my Sunshine
Olympic Event
Basketball
Gymnastics
Personal Hero
Dad
My mom
Play
Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys
Poet
Dr Seuss
My mom- she published a book of poetry, about her life
Quality about my Spouse
Genuine
His big heart and personality
Quote
Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
Its a good day for a good day
Restaurant
Wolfgangs on Park Ave - NYC
The Ivy (in California)
Sandwich
Turkey and swiss
Turkey and Swiss
Scripture
In his mind a man plans his course, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Corinthians 13: 4-8
Shopping Store
Dicks
TJ Maxx
Song
Easy - Commodores
What a wonderful world
Sport to Play
Basketball
Soccer
Sport to Watch
Football
Football
Sports Star
Aaron Rodgers
Michael Jordan
Sports Team
Green Bay Packers
Tennessee Titans
Subject in School
Math
Nutrition
Superhero
The Hulk
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Ribs & Wings
Vegetables; baked goods
Time of Day
Morning
Mornings (coffee with my husband); evenings (family time)
Tradition
Dinner Prayer - Annual family vacation
Family vacations
TV Show
The Wire
This is Us
TV Show Character
Omar
Phil Dunphy (Modern Family)
Type of Music
R & B
All genres
Vacation Spot
Caribbean
Florida or California
Video Game
Mario Kart
Pac Man

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