Daniel & Ryan
Daniel & Ryan
Race of child interested in adopting: Caucasian, Caucasian/Asian, Caucasian/African American, Caucasian/Hispanic
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: MO
Dear Expectant Mother,
Growing our family can’t happen without someone as brave as you. Thank you for considering us as potential parents for your baby. No one will ever completely understand the complexity of the decisions you’re making, and these words alone can’t convey our true appreciation. We’ve been waiting for you, and we are so excited to begin this journey together!
Will this process be easy? No. Are we scared? Of course. We believe these feelings are universal for any soon-to-be parents, and going through adoption is no different. We will navigate this process as a team.
From the moment your baby is carried into our home, they will be surrounded by love, laughter, and togetherness. They’ll share in our nerdy interests in marine life and airplanes and be given every opportunity to develop their own unique interests too. We’ll take weekend trips to the lake, visits to the zoo, and nights out to the movies and travel around the world together as a family. We’ll share our passion for game nights with friends and quiet nights at home just being together. Education has been an important part of both of our lives, and we intend to support your baby by giving them every opportunity to make their own choices and achieve their own goals. We aim to raise a child who will know what it is to be “Minnesota nice” and exemplify Midwestern kindness.
The addition of your baby to our family will not only make us first-time parents but will make our parents first-time grandparents and our brothers first-time uncles. We are, and will always be, forever grateful!
The beginning of our relationship could have been in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy but more of a romantic comedy. Ryan is a pediatrician, and Daniel is a pediatric nurse. We met when we were taking care of a patient together. Fast forward six fun-filled and loving years later, and we got married in March 2018. Daniel has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing and a Master of Healthcare Administration degree. He currently works in nursing management. Ryan went to medical school in Iowa and now specializes in taking care of kids with diabetes. Ryan grew up in Minnesota but moved to Missouri for his residency training and met Daniel there in Daniel’s hometown. We love traveling and adventures! Daniel is scuba certified, and Ryan has taken flying lessons. Fun with family and friends is a huge part of our lives.
We were excited to buy our first house together in Summer 2018, one of the many first steps to help begin growing our little modern family. Our home, originally built in 1922, was recently renovated from top to bottom to create a modern and comforting interior while maintaining the quaint Colonial exterior. From move-in day, our neighbors warmly welcomed us and our five-pound Yorkie, Penny Lane, to the neighborhood. It’s a very family-friendly neighborhood (most of the neighbors have young children) with monthly summer get-togethers. Our street is within walking distance of one of our city’s best elementary schools, multiple walking trails, and parks.
Our Extended Family
Our families are very supportive of our relationship and decision to begin the adoption journey.
Daniel’s immediate and extended family live within 20 minutes of our home in Missouri. We have weekly family dinners with Daniel’s parents, brother, sister-in-law, and grandpa. In the summer, we spend many weekends at Daniel’s family lake house in southwest Missouri. Lake trips are an important tradition for his family, and we can’t wait to begin making memories at the lake with our growing family.
Ryan’s family primarily lives in Minnesota, where he grew up. His extended family is huge. (He has 32 cousins.) We get up to Minnesota a couple of times each year for holidays, weddings, graduations, and other family events. We keep connected between visits with regular FaceTime, calls, and texts. Ryan’s extended family owned and operated a small chain of restaurants when he was a kid, and we find joy in whipping up some of his grandpa’s old recipes (especially the pies) around the holidays.
What Led Us To Adoption
From early on in our relationship, we knew our family was never meant to just be the two of us. Adoption has always been the answer to growing our family. Daniel was adopted as a young infant and grew up in a warm and loving home with an amazing family, a perfect adoption success story. Now we both work at a major metropolitan children’s hospital, where we often interact with infants and kids who have been successfully adopted into loving families. We know that we can provide that same life for your baby.