Who We Are
Cara and I love telling our story. It's one of love, timing, fun and full of God's grace.
Prior to meeting, Cara and I were both involved with the same Church. We had our own sets of friends and had our own separate lives. At times our paths would cross, but we never actually met in a real way.
Then one cold Halloween night, we met at a party. I showed up dressed as a Backstreet Boy and Cara showed up as Hipster Ariel. I was looking for someone to draw a cross tattoo on my arm to complete my costume. Cara volunteered and we sat down and had our first conversation while she worked her magic to complete my costume.
After a few different events we both attended we went on our first date to a drive-in movie theater, and the rest is pretty much history.
We were married within a year of meeting. During our engagement we talked a lot about what we thought life would look like in the future. We both agreed we wanted children and that we hoped we’d be able to grow our family through adoption. After our first year of marriage we found out we were pregnant, but all too soon we lost our baby. We went through several more miscarriages over the next year or so and afterwards took some time for ourselves to heal from the pain of those losses. We chose not to take the path of fertility treatments, but to start our adoption journey. We jumped in full hope of hope and excitement.
We began our adoption journey and were matched with our son’s birth family right here through adoptimist. Our lives have not been the same ever since. His ever-present joy, laughter and energy make life all the more exciting! He loves being outdoors, singing, talking, playing and going wherever we take him. Our adoption journey has taught us so much about God, ourselves, and the precious moms and dads that are on the other side of this equation making some very tough and courageous choices for their family.
The three of us (and Oliver) currently live in central Virginia and we love it here. We spend a lot of time together exploring our city and hanging out with friends and family. Our dog, Oliver, also keeps us on our toes with his silly and playful personality. He loves his snuggles and we love them too.
We look forward to welcoming another baby into our family, getting to know you, and watching our son become an older brother!
We went to a petting zoo this morning and saw the cutest silliest llama! Look at that smile!
These two share such a special bond. I’ve loved watching Ryan grow as a father these past couple years. Russell talks about dada all day while Ryan is at work. Ryan comes home ready to play and have fun and Russell loves it!!