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!
How are you doing out there? It’s a tough world right now with this pandemic. Ryan has been working from home for a couple weeks now and Russell has also been home from his part time preschool days. We’re thankful Ryan can work remotely but we are very aware that is not the case for so many other people. This is a hard time for so many and we’re trying to think of ways to help those around us how we can. I’ve been really encouraged to see how our neighbors, friends and community have started to pull together and help one another. I sincerely hope you are finding some help through these tough times as well. Hang in there. We’re praying for you!
Had a great time catching up with our friends at the park. Russell just enjoying his time with our neighbors and me, Ryan, attempting to kick a 40 yard field goal :) ... I was not successful.