“Brave” has been somewhat of a personal mantra through this season of my life. It is fitting that this letter has fallen into your hands because you, too, are so brave.
My husband Ryan and I met while in college at the University of Oklahoma. We share a love of playing tennis and dining out with friends, but more importantly, we were raised to value the same morals and character traits. After five years and two Master’s degrees, we were married in 2010 and set our roots in his hometown of Tulsa. Our home is cozy and charming, tucked into a quiet neighborhood in midtown. When the weather is nice, many families can be seen out walking with their children or their dogs. Both of us have jobs which provide us with financial security and intellectual fulfillment. He works as a certified public accountant at a large firm, and I am a speech-language pathologist at a hospital. We enjoy spending our weekends hanging out with his family, swimming at the pool, or visiting the zoo.
When we were pregnant with our biological daughter Eden, the doctor found a problem in her intestines during an ultrasound. We learned that she has Cystic Fibrosis, an inherited disease. Because Ryan and I both carry the gene that causes C.F., any other child we conceive might also have the disease. We adore Eden and are grateful that God chose us to be her parents. She had a tough start, but now that she is two years old and thriving, we agree that we have too much love to give to just one child. Our families share this sentiment and are thrilled to welcome a new baby into their lives. They recognize and respect the journey which led us to seek to grow our family through adoption.
The concept of bravery was inspiring while I came to terms with Eden’s diagnosis. Ryan grew up Lutheran, but he has joined me as a member of a Catholic church for years. Our faith in God’s providence has increased tremendously since we became parents. We both firmly believe that God gave us the strength to care for the child He gave us AND the desire to share His love with the child you are considering placing with us as well.
“Be brave. And do not pray for the hard thing to go away. But pray for a bravery to come that’s bigger than the hard thing.” -Ann Voskamp
With sincerest regards,
Ryan & Caroline
Adoptive Family at a Glance
|Father’s Name: Ryan||Mother’s Name: Caroline|
|Occupation: Certified Public Accountant||Occupation: Speech Language Pathologist|
|Education: Master’s||Education: Master’s|
|Religion: Lutheran||Religion: Catholic|
|Date of Birth: July 24, 1983||Date of Birth: September 15, 1987|
|Ethnicity: Caucasian||Ethnicity: Caucasian|
|Hair Color: Brown||Hair Color: Brown|
|Eye Color: Blue||Eye Color: Blue|
|Height: 6’1”||Height: 5’4”|
|General Health: Excellent||General Health: Excellent|
Date of marriage: November 20, 2010
Children: Eden born March 28, 2013 (biological). She is playful and talkative, headstrong, and creative. Her favorite activities include swimming, coloring, and going on walks.
Interest and Hobbies: Together, they enjoy playing tennis and eating out with friends. He also likes sports and home-brewing beer, while she prefers to plan parties and decorate their house.
Home: Built in 1935, they bought it just before they got married. It is in a quiet neighborhood in midtown Tulsa.
Pets: One five year-old Siamese cat named “Beaker” (after Jim Henson’s Muppet)
Finances: Both Caroline and Ryan contribute to their employers’ 401K retirement savings programs. They also each carry life insurance. They enjoy job security, and both have access to full-time benefits.
Why are you interested in building a family though adoption: Their daughter has an inherited genetic disease, which they would risk passing on to any other biological children.
Openness to Birth parents: They are interested in an open adoption, including ongoing communication and occasional face-to-face visits in the future. If a birth mother prefers a closed adoption, they would like continued access to medical information.
Childcare Plans: After a maternity leave of at least 6 weeks (and 3 weeks of paternity leave), Caroline and Ryan plan to return to their current full-time jobs. The new baby will join his or her big sister Eden at Caroline’s employer’s on-site daycare.
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.