JP & Ryyn
JP & Ryyn
Race of child interested in adopting: Asian, African American/Hispanic, Caucasian/Asian, Caucasian/Hispanic, Hispanic or South/Central American
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: CA
Dear Expectant Mother,
Beyond everything else, please remember this one, sure message: We are so excited to be fathers and so, so ready to love this baby. In the deepest part of our hearts, we want to thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We sincerely hope we give you a good sense of our personalities, and should you select us, please know your baby will be coming into a safe home with two loving (and somewhat goofy) fathers, a doting grandmother, uncles and aunts, lots of cousins, and everyone in between, all eager to shower your little one with tons of affection.
We often find ourselves daydreaming about what life will look like with your baby, from how to decorate their nursery (Winnie-the-Pooh or a Scooby-Doo theme?) to how we will be celebrating our first Christmas as a family. We wonder what your baby’s first word will be and how your baby will look wearing traditional Filipino clothing. As we believe in the power of education, we’re eager to share many cultures and languages, including our own. We hope that in choosing us, you transform these daydreams into a beautiful reality.
We can’t wait to show your baby just how much love we have to give. We are committed to raising this child to have a strong sense of self, to possess an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and to care deeply about family and community.
It was Halloween night in 2006 when we first met at the same costume party. Ryyn remembers seeing JP across the room and thinking, “I have to meet that guy.” Ryyn was taken by JP’s smile, headstrong ambition, and intelligence, while JP was drawn to Ryyn’s outgoing personality, quick wit, and silly sense of humor. It wasn't long before we knew we were in this relationship for the long haul. We’ve traveled all over the world together, supported each other to get our master's degrees, fought over the last piece of bacon, hugged each other after every job interview rejection, celebrated after every promotion, and laughed and danced every chance we could get. We even had a destination wedding in New Zealand with our closest family and friends. Currently, JP is a rockstar dean at a community college, and Ryyn is a superstar project director at the county health department.
We live in a family-friendly neighborhood in Northern California. The holidays in this area are like the typical suburban town depicted in movies. Everyone gets together for the Fourth of July parade and picnic. During Halloween, children dressed in all types of costumes are seen walking door to door asking for candy. And for Christmas, the area holds a Christmas tree lighting ceremony after the holiday parade. Driving to our apartment building, we are far removed from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets as our apartment is surrounded by beautiful trees. In the morning, it’s not unusual to see ducks, geese, and turkeys waddling by or flying over head as our apartment is one of the most peaceful places in the area.
Our Extended Family
If you know anything about Filipino culture, then you know we have an enormous family, both here in the USA and in the Philippines.
Although JP is an only child, he's been surrounded by many cousins his age throughout his entire life. They all treat each other like they're brothers and sisters. During any family gathering, whether it's a wedding, birthday, or even just the holidays, JP’s family are known to greet you with a hug and kiss, ply you with food every hour, and make sure you leave with more gifts and food than when you arrived.
Ryyn comes from a family full of talent, so gatherings are typically musical in nature. If Ryyn and his family aren’t singing, they’re gathered around sharing stories and memories of loved ones.
What Led Us To Adoption
Early in our relationship, we knew we wanted children, and we talked about it more often as our relationship became more serious. Knowing that we would start a family together was one of the things we looked forward to as we got older. To give our children a solid financial footing, we knew we had to advance our careers, so we eventually decided to get our master’s degrees. Our advanced degrees, intellect, and drive have set us up for solid careers, which has allowed us to be as ready as we can be for our next big adventure: fatherhood! After 13 wonderful years together, we would like the opportunity to give our lives and our love to a baby of our own.