Meet Ryan & Aleigha
Hi! We are Ryan and Aleigha! We have been together for 14 years and it was truly love at first sight! After a whirlwind romance and engagement, we exchanged marriage vows in a small ceremony on the beach at sunset! It was perfect! We are coming up on twelve years of marriage and fall more in love with each other every day!
We have survived Aleigha’s serious hospitalization at the beginning of our marriage, the market crash of 2008 which included a brief period of unemployment, a cross country move (and back again), the death of loved ones, and infertility. We include that to let you know that we are real people who have encountered, survived, and thrived through some of life’s difficulties. Our journey has had both beautiful highs and heartbreaking lows, and it has made us stronger, smarter, and appreciative of the little, everyday moments. It has also made our marriage rock solid!
Ryan is kinship adopted and has many cherished childhood memories of his mother. We know how important open adoption is to an adoptee. Because Ryan was adopted, we always knew we wanted to adopt! We couldn’t wait to become parents and looking back over our lives, in retrospect, we see where God was continuously planting the seeds of adoption in our hearts!
We love children, we have found ways to volunteer with kids all our lives. Currently, we assist with Sunday School at our church for grades K – 5. We have two god daughters, two nieces, two nephews, and other young cousins we are very close to!
Recently, we met a very sweet teenager who is in foster care and was living in a homeless shelter. We knew that she needed a home and a family, and that God had brought us all together. She moved in with us the day before Thanksgiving 2017! For this reason, we have become newly licensed foster parents through our local Social Services agency. We know that God has called us to open our home to foster children, as well as to become forever parents through adoption.
Our home is a cozy 4-bedroom brick house, close to town, schools, and parks. We share our home with two cats, whom we love dearly. We love to toss a ball around in the yard and plant flowers. We enjoy home DIY projects. Currently, we are rebuilding our back porch and creating an epic space for bonfires and grilling! Our street is very quiet, and the neighbors are all close and friendly. Our home is warm and inviting, it is full of laughter and beautiful memories. It has been in Ryan’s family for over thirty years and every time one family member wants to sell it, another family member has bought it, because it is very much like a member of the family and we all love it so!
We live within 30 minutes of all our family members, grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and cousins. Our families are close-knit and enjoy getting together frequently. Our family is full of individuals who are social workers, nurses, business owners, and more by trade. Everyone is excited to see us raise a child together and will be very involved and influential in our child’s life, showering them with love and support.
Ryan recently finished his MBA and he works in finance and Aleigha works in office administration. Ryan loves all things sports and math related, he is looking forward to encouraging our child to play sports. Aleigha loves to create and write, she is looking forward to inspiring creativity and artistic expression in our child. Our teenage foster daughter L loves being part of our family and is so excited to become a big sister! Together we love to cook, read, listen to music, and have adventures. We love to find any reason to celebrate and make a big deal out of birthday and holidays!
Know that we are praying for you during this time! It is our prayer that God brings us together, that He writes a beautiful story for all of us, orchestrated in the way only He can. We pray peace over your heart and mind! We sincerely appreciate that you took the time to read our story. We can’t wait to begin the adventure of raising a child. We know we will not always get it right; but we will never stop trying to improve. One thing we know for sure is that you will always be an important part of their life. We can promise that your child will know endless amounts of laughter and love.