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Featured Family: Ryan and Lynne

Describe your childhood:
Lynne: I had a wonderful childhood. I had the most loving parents a child could ever ask for. They made everything my brother and I did as children very special. Every occasion was special, and every accomplishment was celebrated with joy. They always made my brother and me feel very special and we always came first for them. I grew up in a development full of children and friends. We went on family vacations, went to church every weekend, and always put family first. We had chores we were responsible for, and education was always important. Ryan: I was very fortunate to have a happy and fun-filled childhood. I had very loving parents who made every effort to make sure that my two brothers and I always had everything we needed and they were always there for us no matter what. Weekends were spent on a soccer field or on a basketball court, and summers were spent down at the shore at our family's beach house. We went to private schools and education was always a high priority in our lives.

Tell us about your home?
Our home is in a beautiful development surrounded by woods and playgrounds. It has 4 bedrooms, a sun room that we turned into a playroom, a gorgeous kitchen and a home gym. Our kitchen hosts many family holidays and is always full of food and laughter. Because the kitchen looks right into our playroom, it makes it a perfect combination for entertaining adults and children at the same time. We have a library in our house that is devoted to children's books, and that room also has a piano that we both like to play.

When you have a 3-day weekend, what do you like to do?
If it is a 3 day weekend in the summer we love to go to our family beach house. We love to ride bikes on the boardwalk and play in the sand. During the winter, we enjoy going to dinner, getting together with friends and family, watching movies and playing games at home.

Do you have pets? If so tell us about them?
We donít have any pets.

What do you hope to teach your children?
We hope to teach our children to be good people. We want them to be kind, helpful, generous, lifelong learners, and trustworthy. We want them to enjoy what they do in life. We also want them to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, but realize how fortunate they are and help those less fortunate than themselves. We want them to give back to the world and share their love and happiness with those around them. We want them to make the world a better place just by being the special people they are. We want them to feel safe, happy and loved.

Describe your neighborhood?
Our neighborhood is in a new development surrounded by trees. We have a 2-mile bike trail that circles around our development as well as many playgrounds within 5 miles of our home. There are many young families with small children in our neighborhood. Our son loves to ride his bike around to see who is out playing.

What will you tell your child about their birthmother?
We will tell our child that their birth mother loved them with all her heart. We will say that she loved them so much, that she thought only of her child and what was best for them. That she thought adoption was the best decision that she could make for her baby and that she will always love them.

It's Daddy's day - what activity do you want to share with your child?
On Daddyís day the activity I would want to share with my child is whatever would make him or her the happiest. Seeing my child doing what they love and enjoying themself would be what would make me the happiest.

What kind of education are you hoping to provide for your child - Private or Public?
We will do a public elementary school because it is so close in proximity to our house and it has the highest ratings in our state. After elementary school, we might consider private school, but it will depend on the best interests and opinions of the child.

How did you come to the decision of adoption?
We always knew we wanted to adopt children. After struggling with miscarriages and infertility, we knew it was the right time for us and our family. We always want to give a child a loving home and positive experiences to enrich their life.

What faith will you raise your child?
We will raise our child in the Catholic faith.

What kind of a relationship do you hope to build with your birthmom through her pregnancy?
We hope to become friends with our birth mom. We would love to get to know her and what her hopes and dreams are for her child. We would like to know what her interests are and what she hopes her child will accomplish throughout their life.

How did you meet?
We met at college and dated for 6 years. We lived 2 hours away from each other and would travel every weekend to see each other. We had a long distance relationship for 6 years and throughout that time only spent about 4 weekends apart.

What was your relationship with your parents like?
Lynne: I have a wonderful relationship with my parents. They are both my best friends and I never go a day without talking to them on the phone. They are very active, fun, energetic grandparents and are very involved with our children. They love to help out and are very important people in my life. Ryan: My relationship with my parents is a great one. I spend a lot of time with them and they are a big part of our children's lives. We spend time with them each week by going somewhere fun to play with our kids or by going out to dinner.

What attracted you to each other?
We saw each other across a room and felt an immediate connection. We soon found out how much fun we have together. We both like to be silly and lighthearted. We have been having fun our entire time together.

Please describe your personalities:
Lynne: I'm a very loving person who is always trying to help others. I'm energetic and like to be silly around my kids. I'm more shy than outgoing and enjoy being with my family and friends. I am very creative, affectionate and nurturing. Ryan: I am a very happy and loving person. I always want to make other people happy and love doing things for others.

What are your hobbies?
Lynne: I like to read, shop, work out, cook and teach. Ryan: I like to work out, read, play sports, learn new things, and play with our son. Together: We truly enjoy just being in each other's company. We laugh together, share milestones together and are silly together. We like being active outside, going to local farm markets to buy healthy food, watching movies and going out to dinner. We like to cook, bake and go shopping. Our family's beach house allows us to enjoy walks in the sand, bike rides on the boardwalk and fun amusement park rides which we love.

When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms what are your thoughts regarding the birthmother?
I will feel nothing but love and admiration for her. I know the love a mother has for her child, and I know how strong that love is. I know the birth mother is being completely selfless in wanting a better life for her child and I know I wonít know how to ever fully thank her for the miracle she is giving to us.

How will a child enrich your life?
We already have two children and our lives are richer with them. We have so much love to give and want to share our love with our growing family. We love sharing fun experiences with our children and want to be able to share many more fun experiences with another child. We know our children would love to share their lives with another sibling and we would love to help raise a child who will better the world with his or her special gifts.

Why did you each choose the career path you decided on?
Lynne: I grew up in a family of educators. My mom was a first grade teacher for 30 years and my dad was a high school guidance counselor. I always played school as a child, and never had a doubt about what I would become. I felt that teaching was in my blood and it was what I truly loved. I loved going to my job every day and felt motivated and inspired by my students. I truly loved all my students and Iím still in contact with a lot of them today, even after 13 years. Adoptive Dad? I work in a company that manufactures precision sheet metal parts. The company that I work for is my familyís company, which was started by my grandfather. The company means a lot to me because I know how much it has done for my family as well as all of the families who work for us. Being a family oriented person helped to guide me into my career. My hope is to be able to pass the company on to future generations in my family to provide for them for many years to come.

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