We first matched online, and quickly knew we had chemistry. Our first date was at a cozy Mexican restaurant, a nod to Ryan's favorite food. Even with Mexican food waiting, we were so caught up in conversation we did not order anything for the first hour. Both knew a second date was inevitable before the night was over.
The second date was more casual, a stroll down the Hudson River with Ryan's dog Daisy. We walked along, giving each other full belly laughs, and the connection grew. On that second date, we quickly learned that we both had hoped to adopt in the future, and started to get excited about what building a family together might look like. After hours of walking around the city, we called it a night, both knowing that we could have a bright future together.
Our dates to come centered around good food, long walks with Daisy, hikes, music, and theater. We make the most of what New York City has to offer, whether it is cuisine from around the world or Broadway shows, sports or concerts.
In time, we introduced one another to friends and family, moved in together, rescued a second dog, Peach, and married on the beach in Cape Cod. Now happily married, we both feel so ready to take the next step we always hoped for, to adopt and devote our lives to a child.
We live in a beautiful, safe neighborhood in New York City close to the best restaurants, theaters and outdoor spaces like Central Park and the Hudson River. We have playgrounds in the neighborhood, as well as parks where we bring the dogs to run and play. We are lucky enough to have a spacious home and is just a couple of streets away from great schools for all ages, and we see the kids going to school every day as we walk our dogs. We have playgrounds in the neighborhood, as well as parks where we bring the dogs to run and play.
As our child grows, we plan to buy a house in the suburbs outside of the city. Our dream is to have a house with a nice yard for the dogs to run and our future child to play. We plan to host backyard get- togethers with our family and friends, and a place that we can have our families stay to spend time with our child. Our goal is to provide the best childhood for our future son or daughter.
After attending college in Los Angeles, Ryan moved back to San Diego to care for his grandma, who had just had hip replacement surgery. Ryan is nurturing and supportive and going to be a great father. During his time caring for his grandma, he began working in the tourism industry, where he has now been for over 20 years. Now living in New York City, Ryan loves the city's vibrant energy but also cherishes the peace that comes from being near water. Broadway musicals hold a special place in Ryan's heart, and he can't wait to introduce this passion to our future child.
An avid reader, Ryan also spends time learning the languages of countries he wishes to visit. Despite the fast pace of life in New York, he finds time to care for his many plants and garden—a love instilled in him by his grandpa, grandma, and mom.
Ryan is always eager to explore new destinations, each journey broadening his horizons. Amidst all of this, he feels a profound sense of completeness when simply spending time at home with me and our dogs. The combination of these varied interests makes his life rich and full and is going to make him such a wonderful father.
Luke is going to be the most loving father. He is a great spouse, family member and friend. He is always there to listen to others and help them work through challenges in their life, and equally there to celebrate their accomplishments. Luke will be the first person cheering on a friend at the finish line of a race or setting up for a birthday party.
Even though Luke’s side of our family is spread across the country, Luke is constantly talking to them on facetime, making silly faces at our niece Sasha or checking in on his mom’s garden. Luke finds joy in even the routine days, taking the dogs for walks or cracking jokes at home. Luke has a lot of love to share and can’t wait to do this with our future child.