We pray that as you read this letter and think through making the best choice for yourself and your child, that you would be encouraged to know that God is with you on your journey, wherever it leads you. We have seen difficult times in each of our lives before and after marriage, and can say with confidence that God has been there all along, carrying us when we couldn’t carry ourselves. We can’t imagine that the circumstances that led you to this letter are easy, and we applaud your courage in even stepping this direction – even if you choose to go a different way. We pray for wisdom and clarity for you as you search for what’s next.
Kimberly: We met at a home Bible study group that Brady’s parents hosted and my parents attended. We were the kids who played together while the adults met to study the Bible and pray together. It was the summer after 5th grade and the beginning of a long journey to the altar. Brady had a romantic interest in me right away, though his feelings were not returned. However, I considered Brady to be a dear friend and we developed a close friendship while attending school, church, and youth group together. While I was at college, my parents bought the house next door to Brady’s parents and they remain next door neighbors to this day. Upon returning home from college, Brady and I were next door neighbors for a time before I moved out on my own. During that time, we rekindled our friendship and it quickly developed into more. When we started dating, both our families, and all of our mutual friends were so excited. Our long term friendship was a strong foundation and made marriage an easy transition. Our families remain very close and do things together all the time. Conveniently, when our daughter visits her grandparents, they can literally pass her over the fence to one another since they live next door!
Brady: We have one biological daughter, who we conceived by surprise since the doctors always told us Kimberly would have a hard time conceiving due to having cysts on her ovaries. God had other plans! Kimberly had a difficult pregnancy with a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum that caused her to vomit constantly until we got medical intervention (at which time she vomited less, but still quite a bit). Unfortunately, this caused a lot of suffering and landed Kim in the hospital on multiple occasions. I was working multiple jobs at the time and so we moved in with our parents and they all pitched in taking care of Kim while I was at work. We have a huge support system and though it was a difficult time, we came out thankful for all those who love us and were rewarded with Evangeline Grace Ryan on March 14th, 2010. Evangeline means “good news”, and nothing could be truer of our sweet little girl.
Kimberly: We were raised in Christian homes and both hold a strong faith in Jesus. We attend a local church every week and also attend a weekly Bible study that we sometimes host. Brady plays piano on the worship team and I volunteer here and there and everywhere as needed. Our daughter attends AWANA (kind of like a Christian version of girl scouts). We maintain a strong commitment to our faith in our daily lives as well, reading scripture and praying together as a family regularly.
Brady: My hobbies and interests include anything involving good food, good friends, good music, and family togetherness. In my spare time I dabble in car upgrades, my home theater/audio system, and long bike rides.
Kimberly: My hobbies and interests involve spending time with friends and family, doing anything creative (sewing, knitting, painting, writing, crafting), and spending time out in nature.
Brady: For work, I am a part owner of a Solar and Renewable Energy company. I enjoy what I do and feel grateful that I have had the opportunity to develop a small business that has been successful. With God’s provision, we continue to grow. Before doing this I ran an auto repair shop. I guess you could say I have mechanical/electronical interests and abilities.
Kimberly: For work, I am a mom first, and teacher second. The majority of my time is spent with my daughter. I work three days a week at an elementary school in Palos Verdes. I have taught every grade, but most of my years have been spent in kindergarten. I work regularly with my daughter and I am proud to say that she began reading shortly after her third birthday! This year I am teaching English Language Learners from grades K-5 in a program that I have designed for the school I work at. I also do private tutoring. My job is flexible and my administrators know that being a mom is my first priority. I plan to take substantial time off after my adoption for the purpose of bonding, but will eventually return to part time work until my children are all raised.
Brady: We are hoping to adopt for a few reasons. First of all, we want to grow our family. We want our daughter to have siblings (Kim and I are both very close to our siblings and value their place in our lives). We feel it would be dangerous for Kim to go through another pregnancy after our experience the first time and so we have closed that door and are walking through a new one. Adoption is not unfamiliar to us. My dad’s sister, Christine, is an adoptee and a precious part of our lives.
Kimberly: I have always had a desire to adopt. I am the kind of person that tends to make people around me feel like part of my family. Although adoption is not the typical way to build a family, it feels natural to me in many ways. I’m adopted into God’s family and I feel that He will give me that same love to extend to my child. My pregnancy was so difficult, and I suffered so much that I don’t want risk experiencing it again while I already have a child in my care who would have to go through it with me. Adoption just makes sense.
Evangeline: “I want a sister, but God decides. I am going to help Mama take care of the baby. I will help her feed the baby. I will make silly faces to make the baby laugh. I will teach the baby how to talk and how to take a bath. I love babies. Babies are so cute!”
Brady: We have an unbelievable support system heading into our adoption. Our parents, siblings, grandparents (Kim’s), friends that are like family, church, neighbors, co-workers, and even our pediatrician are ALL eagerly awaiting the next little life who will change our whole world. They have been by our side as we have entered the bumpy road into parenthood and have expressed to us their continuing support as we navigate parenting two children.
Kimberly: We have such a great extended family. I love how connected we are to them and how close. It’s not all perfect, and it certainly has its challenges – but that’s what family is about. We stick together, no matter what. We love when it gets tough. We forgive. We grow. TOGETHER. Family means togetherness.
Brady: In addition to our awesome extended family, we have an amazing support system right in our neighborhood. We are close friends with our neighbors. Next door is a family who has two children around the same age as Evie. Behind us we have a pediatric nurse and her family who have been lifesavers to us on a number of occasions and are a regular part of our lives. Across the street from us is a family from our church who has a teenage daughter that babysits for us on occasion. Also, we happen to have three fireman, and two officers that live around us and help us feel protected and safe. Our neighborhood is filled with families. You frequently see families out on walks or biking together. We have block parties and enjoy summer BBQs in each other’s back yards. It’s a great place for kids to grow up. We love our neighborhood and our daughter does too!
Thank you for taking the time to view our profile! We hope this gives you a snapshot into who we are.
May God be with you on your journey,
Brady & Kimberly
Adoptive Family at a Glance
|Father’s Name: Brady||Mother’s Name: Kimberly|
|Occupation: Part Owner of Solar & Lighting Company||Occupation: Elementary School Teacher (part time)|
|Education: B.A. Jazz Piano Performance at Cal State University Long Beach||Education: B.A. Intercultural Studies & minor in Biblical Studies at Biola University
Teaching Credential from CSULosAngeles
|Religion: Christian||Religion: Christian|
|Date of Birth: August 2, 1982||Date of Birth: March 18, 1982|
|Ethnicity: Italian (50%), Irish (25%),
|Ethnicity: Mostly Sweedish & German|
|Hair Color: Brown||Hair Color: Brown|
|Eye Color: Brown||Eye Color: Green|
|Height: 5’10”||Height: 5’4-1/2″|
|General Health: Excellent||General Health: Excellent|
Date of marriage: August 19, 2006
Children: Evangeline, born March 14, 2010; biological. Evie is bright, social, kind, creative, and energetic. She loves to imagine, pretend, create, explore, but most especially to be with people.
Interest and Hobbies: Brady enjoys food related hobbies: roasting coffee beans, cooking, and hosting others for meals. He is also a big fan of playing instruments, our home audio system, home theater system, and working on cars. Kimberly loves all things creative. She sews, knits, crochets, draws, writes, crafts, and creates. Together we love to show hospitality to others, to explore new places together, and to enjoy the simple things.
Home: Our home is in a nice neighborhood in Long Beach where everyone knows each other and we enjoy spending time with our neighbors. It’s a cozy home, with a huge backyard that we spend lots of summer days playing in.
Pets: We have one bird, a cockatiel named Watson who is sweet and gentle.
Finances: We have a middle-class income/lifestyle. Our jobs are both in industries that are growing and we have stable incomes, and expect growth over time.
Why are you interested in building a family though adoption: Three reasons: We want to grow our family and give our daughter siblings, we cannot easily bear children biologically, we are loved by a God who has adopted us into His family and we know He will give us love to extend to adopted children.
Openness to Birth parents: We are open to building a relationship with you and making sure you feel assured (through pictures, letters, etc.) that your child is well cared for and loved. We will also make sure to teach them about who you are and how much you love them.
Childcare Plans: Kimberly will stay home with the baby as long as is needed for bonding before returning part time to work. When/if she does return to work, our extended family will be caring for the children.
We are represented by Nightlight Christian Adoptions. If you need more information about us, or would like to meet us, please contact Nightlight toll-free at 866-832-3678.