We have been married for 13 years. Together, we have built a life that is family-centered. We celebrate our holidays and birthdays with grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins. We explore nature with our children with trips to the zoo, the beach, and hikes through the woods. We enjoy warm summer days at our parent’s lake home and cool summer nights watching for shooting stars and catching fireflies. We have fun together, sledding, building snow castles and warming up with a cup of hot cocoa in the winter. We make it a priority to gather for dinner around our table in the evening, sharing bedtime stories, prayers and snuggles each night.
Our sons (ages 7 and 4) are encouraged to explore their interests, so they enjoy music lessons and playing sports. We are teaching them the importance of kindness. We want them to understand that the most significant thing in this world is family. For that reason, we recently moved back to Western New York from Atlanta, Georgia, and hope to continue to expand our family through adoption.
We both always knew that adoption was an option for us. We were familiar with adoption as Lisa’s cousin was adopted. We have become even more familiar with adoption as our nephew was adopted as an infant eight years ago. This experience has emphasized to us the importance of being open about and celebrating a child’s adoption.
We will love and care for this child, and teach him or her about their beautiful adoption story, encourage him or her to dream big, and completely support those dreams to make sure that those dreams become a reality.
We are fortunate to have a strong and loving family and we cherish the opportunity to welcome another child into our lives. We envision our sons doting on a younger brother or sister. We can imagine them building forts, riding bikes, doing craft projects and exploring and learning about all this world has to offer, together, as they grow.
As a family, we spend our time outdoors as much as possible. We find enjoyment playing in the sand and waves at the beach, walking through nature trails around our neighborhood, splashing in the puddles on a rainy day, visiting the playgrounds close to our home and listening to concerts in our town park. When we can’t get outside, we explore the world through stories and books, and homemade science experiments.
We value education and believe that children must not just be taught but must experience life. We love to explore museums, zoos, aquariums, cooking, trying new foods and spending time with friends that honor different cultures and traditions. We just enjoy being together and laughing!
It’s not just the four of us! Our extended family is within driving distance. We have great grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins that we see often to celebrate life’s small and big moments. Cheering on the kids at sporting events, blowing out the candles on birthday cakes, enjoying warm cinnamon buns on Christmas morning, hunting for eggs on Easter, taking boat rides and BBQing chicken on the Fourth of July.
We prioritize spending time together as a family. Our entire extended family is excited to welcome and love another child!
ABOUT OUR OLDEST, ACCORDING TO OUR YOUNGEST
What does your Big Brother like to do?
He likes to read to me.
What makes your Big Brother laugh?
He laughs at my jokes.
Knock, Knock. (pause)
Haha. Funny, right?
What is your favorite thing to do with your Big Brother?
We like to sing together and ride bikes.
How do you know your Big Brother loves you?
He tells me and gives me hugs.
I wish I could have a million katrillion (brothers/sisters) just like him.
ABOUT OUR YOUNGEST, ACCORDING TO OUR OLDEST
What does your Little Brother like to do?
Ride his bike around.
What makes your Little Brother laugh?
When I slip and slide on the floor.
What is your favorite thing to do with your Little Brother?
I like when he makes up silly games for us to play.
How do you know your Little Brother loves you?
He follows me around…everywhere.
“Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends always belong and families are forever.”
Our home is nestled just outside a picturesque village on a wooded lot within a neighborhood filled with other young children. The grassy front yard is perfect for playing and the woods out back are perfect for exploring and making s'mores on a fire. We enjoy the sunlit living room and open space with our family throughout the year. It is perfect for hosting football parties, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and Easter Brunch. We are far enough from the city to enjoy the stars at night, but close enough to visit the library, museums, and parks on a weekly basis.
Ryan puts his family and friends first, loves unconditionally and is an engaged father. He works full time so that I am able to work part-time and stay home with our boys. He comes home from work, always on time, ready to sit down as a family for dinner and the boys fill with excitement knowing that he is ready to play.
Ryan coaches our oldest son’s baseball team and plays sports with the boys outside until the sun goes down. He encourages our youngest son’s creativity by entering a world of make believe. Together, they pretend to be pirates on a treasure hunt or ocean explorers looking for whales, sharks and jellyfish.
Ryan is patient and has a huge heart. He is a supportive husband and loving father. I am excited that he will have the opportunity to grow his heart as he welcomes another son or daughter into our family.
Lisa brings passion and commitment to everything she does, and it truly shows in being a mother and wife. She is extremely thoughtful and has strong values.
Lisa has a passion for photography. She always has her camera ready to capture and document our family’s milestones. She values diversity in experiences and encourages our family to expand our horizons. She exposes our children to music, art, science and history, and supports their interest in sports and athletic activities. You’ll often find her, hands and boots covered in dirt, hiking and exploring with our boys in the woods. If you need a good laugh, she’s not afraid to create an impromptu dance or story to brighten the mood.
Lisa is a dedicated, loving mother as well as a supportive and caring wife. She has pushed me to be the best version of myself. Family is extremely important to Lisa. She keeps us grounded and personifies the phrase, “family first.” There is so much love in her heart, it will be a privilege and a joy to raise another child with her and grow our family through adoption.