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Ryan & Tricia
We are a married couple who have been together since just after high school. We live in a suburb of the Twin Cities in Minnesota in a home we built in 2019 intended to grow from a couple to a family through adoption. We are fortunate to have close-knit family and friends, many of whom have young children. We can often be found spending time with them and are eager to have a child of our own.
What it Means to Be Parents
To us, being parents means being the two people who will unconditionally love, support, and help our child grow into the person they want to be.
It means fostering our child’s interests. It also means we have a responsibility to teach our child how to be kind, to be a good citizen, to make healthy and safe choices, to learn, and to try their best. It means committing to helping our child through their highs and lows, being a voice of reason, and mostly being the two people who will dedicate their lives and their hearts to ensuring the child feels loved and respected.
What excites us most about being parents is having a child in our lives to love, to share our interests and values with, to read to, to vacation with, to explore our community through a different lens with, and to grow from a couple to a family with. We look forward to creating memories and living the regular day-to-day moments with a child. We get excited about having a child join our existing family traditions and being part of creating new traditions together.
Qualities We Admire in Each Other
Tricia About Ryan: Ryan has so many great qualities. First off, Ryan is a very dedicated person in his friendships, his career, his family, and his marriage. He is never impulsive and thinks things through before committing to a plan which has saved us endless amounts of time and resources through the years. He is handy so he can fix almost anything around the house. Ryan is kind and puts other people’s needs before his own. Ryan is endlessly patient and has a great sense of humor. He is balanced in his approach to life; he never takes himself too seriously and can be spontaneous and fun but also understands the need to have routine and have downtime to relax. He is very smart, he is athletically talented, and is so much fun to be around.
Ryan About Tricia: Tricia is always the life of the party and the life of this household. She brightens up any room she walks in, whether it be with friends, family, or even in the workplace – people gravitate towards her. She is incredibly intelligent, driven, hard-working, spontaneous, and always in search of excitement. Her passion for fun and new experiences constantly keeps me on my toes and gets me out of my natural comfort zone, something I’m very grateful for. Tricia has always been an incredible role model for her two younger sisters, setting the bar high. I admire how she takes on any challenge without hesitation, and always finds a new way to get things done.
Our Leisure Time
Being as we are from Minnesota, the way we spend our time really depends on the season. Throughout the year, we love exploring our own state.
Especially in the warmer months, we travel to different cities to try their signature restaurants and check out what makes each city unique. We love to spend as much of the summer as possible hanging outdoors in the cul-de-sac with our neighbors and spending evenings on our deck, going on walks, playing tennis, golf, and pickleball, gardening, and on weekends traveling up North to go to cabins (and especially love being out on a pontoon).
We love being up North when the leaves are changing in autumn and spend time enjoying bonfires and watching football. In the colder months, we do try to enjoy the snow and attend outdoor festivals and snow events but can often be found playing board games, working on puzzles, playing pool, ping pong, and darts, and watching shows at home and often host family and friends. You will find us on a winter getaway to a tropical destination each winter.
Year-round we love to travel and explore different US cities, Ryan’s favorite being Breckenridge, Colorado and Tricia’s being San Diego, California thus far.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a suburb of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. We intentionally chose to live in this community and neighborhood because we believe it is a great place to raise a family. We built our home in 2019 in a neighborhood full of growing families. Our favorite spot of the home is on the main level because of the open floor plan area with a kitchen, living room, dining space, and deck that is a great area to be together to hang out and host. We reside on a low traffic cul-de-sac with neighbors with whom we are very close. They all have young children who spend a lot of time playing together. We are fortunate to have sidewalks and walking paths within our neighborhood and envision taking family walks, hikes, and bike rides in the future.
There are many things that excite us most about raising a child in our community. It has an excellent educational system which often wins national awards. There are expansive local and regional parks nearby to spend time outdoors. There are a number of community education classes for children to take related to athletics, fine arts, robotics, and learning. There are many local indoor and outdoor parks, pools, and community centers to support play and being active all year long. There are annual city events with child-focused activities to celebrate holidays each year.
Our Extended Families
We come from very similar backgrounds as we are both the oldest of three children and as we have grown into adulthood have remained very close (both in how we enjoy each other and in physical proximity) to our parents and siblings. One of Tricia's sisters and her husband are expecting a baby in March 2023. One of Ryan's brothers and his wife are expecting a baby in April 2023. We are so excited about this because we hope to adopt soon and have this child grow up with their cousins! You can often find us hosting our families at our home to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and watch sporting events together. When we are with our families, we love to spend time outdoors on our deck, try new fun foods on the grill or smoker, play games, go on walks, try new restaurants, and relax.
Our favorite tradition with Tricia's siblings is to meet at a local restaurant around town to try different burgers on a monthly basis. Our favorite tradition with Ryan's siblings is to rotate hosting what we call Finer Things Club where we make it a point to get dressed up and have a fancy dinner complete with appetizers and desserts in one of our homes on a monthly basis. Our families are both incredibly supportive of us becoming parents and are eager to become aunts, uncles, and grandparents.
From Us to You
With the sincerest gratitude, we thank you for considering us to be the adoptive parents of your child. We can’t even imagine how challenging it would be to make this decision and choose the right family for your child. We genuinely hope we can provide a good picture of who we are and what we value as a couple through our adoption video, our photos, and through our profile.
We have been together for over 18 years and married since 2011. Based on those dates, you can probably tell we aren’t the type to move quickly or rashly. Through the past few years, we have tried to get pregnant on our own but have not had success. However, we never went so far as to try any infertility treatments as adoption has always been part of how we want to grow our family. Starting at the beginning of our marriage, we valued building our careers, achieving financial stability, and ensuring we were living in the right community before bringing a child into our family. We feel strongly now is the right time!
We have many friends with children and love spending time with all of them. We each have a sibling who is expecting a baby within the next several months and are thrilled at the prospect of a child growing up with cousins around the same age as we did when we were children. We value family, learning, having fun, adventure, being kind, and trying your best and would work hard to instill those values into any child we would raise.
The thing we most look forward to when thinking of parenthood is simply raising and loving a person unconditionally. We want to share our love of being spontaneous, love of reading, love of nature, and love of learning with a child and think of doing fun and creative craft projects, going to the zoo, and spending weekends playing. We think of spending time with the child’s grandparents, aunts, uncles, and our friends. We think of family meals, bath time, and relaxing around the house. We think of adding a child who is ours to the neighborhood crew, going trick-or-treating, sledding, biking in the cul-de-sac, and running through the sprinkler with the other kids. We want to go to farmer’s markets, the community pool, orchards, the park, and travel together all in the name of family fun. We would love to grow our family through adoption and want to ensure you know we understand how emotionally complex this can be. As adoptive parents, we are fully committed to ensuring you feel included throughout this child’s life through photos, letters, emails, and in-person visits. We want you to feel you have access to see how your child is growing up and information on who they are becoming. We want to talk about adoption with that child at a young age so they understand their story. If it is your wish, we would love for the child to have photos and information about you as they grow up.
If you were to choose us as the couple to raise your child as adoptive parents, we promise to give your child a life full of love, support, and opportunities. We will do everything within our power to ensure they live a well-rounded, happy, and fulfilling childhood and that they know where they come from. We promise to keep them busy but not over-extended, grounded in values, and treated with respect. We promise to make them smile and keep them safe. We will love them with everything we have.
Thank you so much for reading,
Ryan & Tricia
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