dear expectant mother
You’ve likely heard this a time or two while considering different options, but you are so courageous. The hardest decisions in life are the ones we make for our children. You, momma, are stronger than you know. We recognize that while adoption is a gift for our family, it comes at the price of a loss to yours. We want you to know you are not simply a birthmother to us. As you think about the right path for you and your child, we want to thank you for your consideration in becoming an extension of our family.
We are nervous because there isn’t much we can control in this process. We have to have faith God knows what he’s doing. We are definitely excited though! Shelby can’t wait to share her love for being in the kitchen, and Ryan is itching to begin their fishing adventures. Diesel is eager for a new partner in crime and will no doubt score extra table food from his new best bud.
It must seem odd to have to literally judge a book by its cover in this case. We hope what we have shared is helpful but welcome you to reach out to ask questions or meet us. If we impart only one thing, we want you to know we are all in—every moment, every day.
We are fortunate to have a great foundation of friendship in our relationship. We first met in kindergarten and continued through grade school together. Fast forward to 2020, and we have been married seven wonderful years and look forward to many more. Ryan is a biomedical technician for a dialysis company, where he maintains medical devices and water quality systems. Shelby is a regional coordinator acting as an assistant to multiple directors, with the flexibility of working from home. Our weekends provide precious quality time with family and friends or time for adventures together. We enjoy exploring both locally and by traveling to new places. Our family has an annual trip to the mountains where we disconnect and take time to appreciate those in our lives who are so dear to us. We are thrilled to grow our family and show our little one all of our favorite places.
Our Home & Pets
We were blessed with the opportunity to design and build our home in our dream neighborhood. It is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of town in a family neighborhood where the yards are big and the streetlights stay lit. Most evenings you will find older kids playing ball, the younger siblings riding their bikes, and moms and dads walking their dogs. Our home itself meets all of our needs with three bedrooms, an office for Shelby and a gorgeous open layout designed with children in mind. We have a fenced-in yard our pup, Diesel, loves to roam. He is energetic and is at his happiest when kids are around. He certainly can’t wait to have a partner in crime.
Our Extended Family
We are fortunate to have our family close by. We live in the neighborhood where Ryan grew up and his parents still live today. Ryan’s siblings and the majority of his extended family live within a half hour, and we see them for family dinners on most major holidays. Recently, Shelby’s dad also moved to the neighborhood and is literally just down the road. The rest of Shelby’s family lives in Georgia, but we see them at least a few times a year. We aren’t really sure who will be more excited about their first grandchild, but we fully expect there to be lots of spoiling going on.
Each of our families have fun traditions like the annual Easter egg hunt Ryan’s great-grandma hosts or the bi-annual Black Friday shopping trip with the females in Shelby’s family. Christmas Eve brings the whole family together in an impossibly small living room where we sip soup, listen to Christmas music, and enjoy quality time with each other. In our own home, we have a Christmas tree in every room, even the bathrooms! Shelby maintains that every room should feel the spirit of the season. All in all, our lives revolve around the activities we do with our family and friends, and we can’t wait to share those with our little one.
What Led Us To Adoption
What an incredible gift adoption can be! Through our past experience as foster parents, we have seen the beauty of a family built on love. We wanted to be sure we were following the right path for our family, so after much prayer and consideration, we felt guided that now is the time. We know God has a different story for every family, and we are so thankful an adoption journey can be a part of ours. We look forward to starting this new and exciting chapter in our lives.
|Education||Graduating with Associate’s in 2020|
|Favorite Food||Chocolate-peanut butter milkshake|
|Favorite Hobby||Reading, kayaking|
|Favorite Movie||The Greatest Showman|
|Favorite Music Group||Dan + Shay|
|Favorite Book||O’Malley series|
|Favorite Food||Japanese Hibachi|
|Favorite Movie||Land of the Dead|
|Favorite Music Group||Big N Rich|
|Favorite Book||The Magnolia Story|
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