Ryan and Christy

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Ryan and Christy
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To Someone Special,

Ryan owns a bicycle shop and designs house plans as well. He rides his bike whenever he can, and reads a lot of books. Christy has a degree in Illustration and gets to do fun things like drawing and designing t-shirts and bike jersey's, plus a variety of projects for other people. But mostly she keeps the family going, tries way too many new recipes out on her family, works on DIY projects, and squeezes in some bike rides and friend get-togethers whenever possible.

Our oldest, Ava, is very social and enjoys playing with friends and going to school. She is very bright and creative, loves to write and illustrate stories, set up lemonade stands, make up games and dances, and learn about science. Ruby (4) is a sweet and happy pre-schooler that is a ray of sunshine in our family. She loves hugs, singing and twirling, princesses, anything pink, and all things girly!

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Who We Are

Hi! We are Ryan and Christy! We met when Christy's sister set us up on a blind date. Unbelievable, right? A blind date that worked out! We now have 2 daughters, Ava and Ruby, and are hopeful to grow our family through adoption! Ryan is the oldest of 7 kids and his youngest sister was adopted (and being the youngest is awesome because the youngest always gets spoiled, right?!) Adoption has always been part of his plan and I (Christy) was totally on board when he shared that hope! When his dad started a charity foundation building orphanages in Haiti and Mexico, Ryan got to design the building and travel to Haiti to offer manual labor help as well. I was also able to help in Haiti, and it was a life-changing experience.

Hobbies and Interests:

Christy loves trying new foods and recipes, doing DIY projects and remodels, drawing and painting, road biking and mountain biking, hiking, exploring new places, hanging out with friends, and spending time with her family. Ryan's passions include biking, more biking, hiking, entrepreneurship, and spending time with his family, particularly in the outdoors. Utah is a great place to live because the outdoor activities are so accessible! Literally across the street from our house right now.

About our kids! Ava (8) is very social and enjoys playing with friends and going to school. She is very bright and creative, loves to write and illustrate stories, make up games and dances, and learn about science and her favorite color is blue. Ruby is a sweet and happy pre-schooler that is a ray of sunshine in our family. She loves hugs and kisses, anything pink, princesses, ballet, dolls, etc.


Work:

Ryan worked for years as a draftsman (drawing house plans) and continues to do that as a side job from time to time. Currently his main occupation is as owner of a bike store, but doing some 3-D commercial construction modeling work as well. Christy helps out a little at the bike shop, creating window displays, designing cycling jerseys, and other various design projects. She does occasional freelance work as well, but mostly focuses on caring for the kids and home.



Children:

After several years of struggling with fertility (and being told we would have to do IVF), we became pregnant naturally, and had 3 children biologically. Ava, Ezra, and Ruby. We knew we wanted to adopt anyway, so after some pregnancy complications, we decided that we were done biologically. Then tragedy struck. Our son Ezra passed away at age four, in a terrible accident. We miss him tremendously, yet we have been blessed to find great peace despite this tragedy. We continue to celebrate him and hold on to happy memories with him. We always bring a white balloon to represent and include him when we take family pictures. We still wanted to adopt, so when the time felt right, we started the adoption process to continue to grow our family, as we have always wanted to do. This journey has taken longer than we had hoped, but our hearts still long to grow our family this way, and we hold onto that hope.


Goals and dreams and values:

Our goal is to raise children who are happy, healthy (emotionally and physically), kind, confident, hard working contributors to society. We hope to help make the world a better place individually and as a family. We do our best to teach our children Christian values like love, service, unselfishness, acceptance, and patience. We are doing our best to build and maintain relationships of love and open communication, that we hope will last forever.



Extended Family:

Both of us have tight-knit family relationships and we have regular Sunday dinners and other outings with our families. Ryan has a sister who was adopted from China when she was 2 (she is now 21 and is amazing!), and a cousin who was adopted from Haiti when she was 2 (she is 13 and we have loved seeing her grow!.) Every year we do a family reunion with Ryan's family, which has helped keep all the cousins close. And since Ryan's family is local, Grandma and Grandpa often take our kids out on special activities or dates.

Christy's family is more spread out across the country, so family reunions aren't quite as regular, but they do still happen! Since Christy's Mom's only sister married her Dad's only brother (two sisters married two brothers, to put it simply), the extended family is small and close knit.


We welcome any level of openness, and any race to our family.

We are willing to share a lot more but don't want to overwhelm you, so feel free to ask us anything!

Adoption Diary

Birthday Celebrations!

Ava has been so excited for her birthday (and Ruby is having a hard time comprehending why HER birthday isn’t right now too). Ava wanted to start a new tradition that she learned from a friend at school. So we hid her presents around the house the night before her birthday, and in the morning she got to do a treasure hunt for them! It was pretty fun and I think we will probably keep it going from now on for birthdays!
My kids are so creative so I like to get ideas from them on what they want to do for their parties. Ava wanted a “Science” party! So we brainstormed some ideas and came up with a plan. I made a flask shaped cake- one of those ones that are like triangular on the bottom, which was a fun challenge. She wanted a blueberry cake so I used blueberry muffin mix. It’s always exciting when something like that actually turns out okay, although my frosting skills need some help for sure. One of these days I’ll take a cake decorating class so that I can execute my ideas better.
For the party we made green Kool-Aid in a big glass dispenser and added dry ice for that cool smokey chemistry feel. That was a bigger hit than I had anticipated! The boys especially, couldn’t stop playing with it!
We also did science experiments (some found on Pinterest, some from a kids science book from the library), including the kids made their own ice cream in a ziplock bag! We have a giant inflatable slip-n-slide that is left over from a fun-run business that Ryan had a few years ago, so we set that up as well (at the park) and the kids got to run and play on that (always a hit). I was so busy leading the science experiments that I forgot to take pictures and I’m pretty bummed about that.
As usual, once the festivities are over, I smile and utter a big sigh of relief (it’s a lot of work!) Ava had a great day celebrating with her friends and we are so happy she’s a part of our family!

Run, Bike, Climb (and eat ice cream)

This morning we participated in a 5K run (3.2 miles) in honor of Ryan’s cousin’s daughter, Evelyn, who passed away a few months ago due to complications from complex congenital heart defects. His cousin hopes to put on this run every year to raise awareness and raise funding for research (it’s the #2 cause of death in young children and yet has little research devoted to it). So we came to run, to love, to support, to donate, and to hopefully help make a difference (eventually). Since Ruby is only 4, we had her ride her bike, instead of running, and I ran/walked along side her. That was a good choice.
After the run (and since we were already on a bike trail in a beautiful canyon), I went for a long, steep bike ride. In a month, I am participating in a Century Ride (100 miles), so I have to hurry up and train for it! Gah! In less than a month, Ryan has a 200+ mile race, so he is also doing lots of training right now. There is a lot (a LOT) of smoke in the air right now due to forest fires, so getting up in the mountains is also a good way to get some clean air to breathe.
After my ride, we found out that some friends (they are sisters that are the same ages as our girls) were going to a climbing gym because there was an email coupon for only $1 entry charge! So we got our coupon and joined them (see picture). The first structure that Ruby climbed up, she was too scared to come down, ha ha! So I had to climb up and rescue her. Ava was fearless. And the rest of the time Ruby stayed within a couple feet of the ground as she climbed, but I was proud of her for not giving up and continuing to try!
We followed our friends to get some free ice cream cones (thanks to some certificates from the city library) to top off the afternoon. And then we had to cram in some Costco shopping and grocery shopping.
It was a fun, busy, tiring day (how summer should be!) And now I’m ready to go to bed!

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We want to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Ryan and Christy

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