Dennis & Ryan
Dennis & Ryan
Race of child interested in adopting: Caucasian, Caucasian/Asian, Caucasian/African American, Caucasian/Hispanic, Hispanic or South/Central American
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: AZ
Dear Expectant Mother,
First and foremost, thank you. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for learning more about us. Thank you for imagining what it might be like for your child to live, learn, play, and grow up with us. We’ll never fully understand the depth of the decision you’re facing right now. We only hope you have comfort in knowing that your strength and your selflessness will make a family’s dream come true.
This won’t be the first time we’ve shared our love and support with a child. Around the same time we moved in together, Ryan’s mother started a difficult time in her life. It was hard on all three of her younger children, but it was hardest on Keenen. When Keenen began struggling in school and showing signs of depression a few years later, we invited him to come live with us. Now in our home, Keenen is 17, earning A’s in school, and excelling in sports.
With Keenen and our two dogs (Daxter and Jake), our house has ripened into a warm and loving home. We walk and play sports on the street or in the back yard. We go to Keenen’s lacrosse and basketball games, and the three of us go to college football and basketball games. We travel, go to movies, and enjoy our favorite restaurants together. We’re so fortunate to have reached this point in our lives, and we’re grateful to have the opportunity to grow our family by one more!
When we met in March 2010, we were both still figuring out how to be adults. We soon realized that we needed each other to figure it out. It’s been a remarkable nine-year journey ever since. In 2011 we moved into a house in a diverse Arizona neighborhood, and we got married in October 2013. Dennis is now an experienced attorney. Ryan works at a local human resources company, where he started as a receptionist and worked his way up to payroll manager. Together we provide a stable and loving home for our two dogs and for Ryan’s teenage younger brother, Keenen. We’d be thrilled to share that love and stability with your child!
We live in Arizona’s beautiful Sonoran Desert, where the sun shines over 300 days a year. We love Arizona because it has the laid-back lifestyle of the West Coast and the bold influence of Mexico, creating a setting that is uniquely Southwestern. Our four-bedroom home is in a newer, more suburban part of town. It’s the type of neighborhood where kids play in their driveway and neighbors say hi when they’re out walking. We enjoy walking our two dogs, three-year-old Daxter and 10-month-old Jake. We also like to relax on our patio in our desert-landscaped back yard, swim in the community pool, and play sports with Keenen at one of our nearby parks. Your child will love the indoor/outdoor lifestyle Arizona has to offer!
Our Extended Family
We share our hometown with loved ones from both families. Ryan’s grandparents live here, along with an aunt, uncle, and three cousins. Dennis’s parents are nearby too. They host us for family dinners every Sunday, where we’re joined by Dennis’s grandma, his aunt, one of his sisters, and two of his nieces. That means we never spend a Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthday, or other special occasion alone!
What brings our family together most, though, is sports. We strongly believe in the positive power of sports. Dennis played several sports growing up. When Ryan’s teenage younger brother, Keenen, moved in with us, we signed him up for basketball and lacrosse. We’re also fans. The three of us go to college football and basketball games with Dennis’s parents, and we’ve traveled all over the country to see our team play in bowl games and the NCAA basketball tournament.
Everyone is eager for us to bring a new child into the family—a new loved one to see at games, holidays, and Sunday dinners!
What Led Us To Adoption
We were both fortunate enough to be around children growing up. Dennis became an uncle when he was 12 years old and now has 14 nieces and nephews. Ryan has three siblings who are at least 15 years younger than he his. We’ve both been heavily involved in the lives of Ryan’s three younger siblings, especially Ryan’s younger brother Keenen, who lives with us full time. Our experiences with our family members helped us discover how much joy children bring to our lives. We can’t wait to welcome a new child into our home!