Both of us have always dreamed of being parents, but as a gay couple, we aren’t able to have children of our own. From the first conversation we had about how we would grow our family, we knew adoption was the path we wanted to take. We have seen close friends complete the adoption process for themselves, and we were so grateful to be a part of that experience with them. Our hope is that through these words, you will feel confident and know we can provide the support, encouragement, and unconditional love you would want for your child.
The picture if from when we first moved in together and decided we obviously needed an addition. Meet Bella!
We live in a family-friendly suburb, with our four nieces and nephews living just a few houses down (all ranging in age from one to four years old). We live with our beautiful border collie/blue heeler dog, Bella, and our friendly blue Russian cat, Mia; both animals love children. We live in a four-bedroom house with enough space for a child’s bedroom and separate playroom. We live on almost an acre of spacious land with plenty of room to run around and a child-safe pool in the back! Ricky’s brother a few doors down has his own massive public park-like playground in his backyard too. We cannot wait for our future child to meet their cousins so they can all play together!
Ricky comes from a mixed family of both American and Puerto Rican backgrounds, which just brings that much more tradition into the equation! We do Sunday dinners every week with Ricky’s family, but our favorite tradition is when we are able to do it with Kyler’s family every month when they drive up to visit. Ricky has one older brother and one younger sister, both with kids who love to get together at the local park on the weekends. Once we have grown our family, we see that being our new favorite tradition!
Kyler comes from a smaller family, but with that comes a stronger connection. Although his family does not live in the neighborhood like Ricky’s family does, they do live within the state where we reside, and we make sure to see them at least twice a month. Kyler has one sister, and unfortunately, she was born with a genetic disorder that causes her to not be able to conceive children of her own. With that said, Kyler’s family is so excited we have decided to begin the process of adoption to grow our family.