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.
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.
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.
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!
We could show you a picture of our house, but the view across the street is so much better! We live in a new house on a quiet street next to the mountains, nestled in between two small canyons. We take full advantage of our proximity to the outdoors!
A little about Ryan:
Ryan was born the oldest of 7 kids and lived in California and Utah as he grew up. He attended Brigham Young University and received his degree in Construction Management. He served a 2 year mission in Honduras before attending BYU and speaks fluent Spanish. Before he opened the bike shop, he built homes (or supervised the building of them anyway) and drew house plans.
What first attracted me to Ryan was that he was easy to be with and to talk to. He is fun loving, hard working, energetic and playful. We never have to worry about making ends meet because Ryan is focused and hard working and will always find work or make work, no matter what. Although he has a successful career, he is an entrepreneur at heart. He has started several businesses, but his passion is the bike shop (as in mountain bikes and road bikes) and everything related to it. He loves to ride and we have made many cherished family memories riding together with our kids.
Ryan is the planner of “fun” in our family. He loves to have fun and take trips and play as a family. As the big brother and oldest of seven kids, he has no problem taking the lead. He is close to his family and extended family as well, and we get together regularly for Sunday family dinners.
Did I mention he likes chocolate? He likes anything chocolate. But he does not like strawberries. I mean, who doesn’t like strawberries?!
A little about Christy:
Christy was born and raised in West Virginia with four sisters and one brother. As the middle child of 6 kids, she loved playing in the woods and climbing trees, making up games with the neighborhood kids, and going to church with her family. She headed out to the Wild West to go to college at Brigham Young University, studying Illustration (Visual Arts). Christy also served as a missionary for her church, living in Brazil for 18 month and speaks fluent Portuguese.
She continues to be close to her extended family, despite having long distances between some of them. She loves to cook and is especially a sucker for fancy desserts, sourdough bread and trying new recipes.
Christy has a degree in Illustration (think children’s books) and does occasional graphic design work. She loves to create and make things. She starts planning the kids’ Halloween costumes in July, or sometimes February. Not even kidding! She loves being a mom and doing crafts with her children.
She believes in good manners and good grammar, but math is her weakness (thank goodness it’s Ryan’s strength). She used to be really shy but overcame that by moving across the country to go to college and moving across the world to be a missionary in Brazil for a time.
Christy loves making new friends and is always there for people when they need her. She loves her children, husband and family more than anything and is constantly doing everything she can to make their home an amazing, loving and caring environment.