To potential expectant parents who are considering adoption:
Hello! We want to thank you for taking a moment to get a glimpse of who we are. It’s challenging to know what to say before we know each other – however we do want you to know we are praying. We trust God does know who you are and knows what you’re experiencing. While we know this isn’t always comforting to hear, it is the truth and He does love you. We are praying for you to feel loved and cared for. We pray you have support through all you’re contemplating and processing.
Who we are as a family:
We are Ryan and Joanna. We were married in 2009 after meeting in college in 2006. Ryan is a landscape architect and loves design. He also loves sports and enjoys spending hours each night playing hockey with Jake and Javi on our living room floor. Joanna is a nurse at a family birth center, and has a passion for being a mom. Going on walks with Jake, Javi, and our two dogs Dori and Senior on a sunny day is a common occurrence for Joanna. We have always had a heart for adoption and it became a forever part of our family’s story in 2018 when we adopted our oldest son Jake. Jake is a bright and joyful boy. He loves both watching and playing all sports – right now hockey, basketball, and baseball are his favorites. He enjoys reading books with us just as much as we do with him. We adopted our youngest son Javi in 2020. Javi is very contemplative and has an amazing sense of humor. He loves throwing balls, playing hide and seek and eating. Jake and Javi are great buddies that love to play ball in the yard or chase each other around the house! We live in a suburb about 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis near a lot of family and friends. We love hanging out, barbequing, swimming and skating with our friends and family throughout the Minnesota seasons!
Our views on openness in adoption:
We are confident in saying we are open to openness! As there are many factors that play into the level of openness we will ultimately be comfortable with, we are willing to grow into the type of open relationship we decide upon with the child’s first family. We want what is best for our child, our child’s first family and us. We know that through having a relationship with the child’s first family we are benefitting him/her very much. We are committed to doing our best for our children and to staying true to the commitment we make from the start. We look forward to coming up with the best plan for everyone when we meet our child’s first family.
We are grateful for all we have come to learn from the greater adoption community over the last 5 years. There is so much to know and grow from. We are committed to educating ourselves throughout our whole life, as we recognize each person has their own unique experience we can learn from.