|Education:||Associates Degree in Applied Science-Business Management|
|Interest:||Sports and Cars|
|Education:||Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education|
|Interest:||Spending time with Brayden and Ryan, cooking|
Dear Birth Mom/Family,
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter. We hope this will help you get to know our family. We are Ryan and Stephanie. While we cannot fully understand all of the thoughts and emotions you must be going through, please know that you are beyond courageous to make this decision for your child’s future. We have been and will continue praying for you and your baby.
I (Stephanie) have lived in Oklahoma City my entire life. I have one younger sister who is married with two children. All of my family lives close in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas. We enjoy getting together often. Ryan grew up as a preacher’s kid in several small towns across Oklahoma. He is the middle child of three brothers. Currently there are thirteen young grandchildren on his side of the family. Most of them live close to the Tulsa area. One family lives in Stillwater.
Ryan and I met at church in 2007. We started hanging out with mutual friends. He was definitely interested in dating me. I was more cautious at first, afraid of getting my heart broken. Eventually he told me he loved me and I wasn’t ready to say it so I said “Thank you”. We still laugh about this. Eventually I fell more in love with him and we got engaged. We were married on the beach in Maui, Hawaii in May of 2008. A few years after being married we were ready to grow our family. We struggled for two and a half years through a diagnosis of endometriosis and ovarian cysts. We were finally able to conceive in 2012. Due to some complications I had to go on bed rest towards the end of the pregnancy. However, on April 14, 2013 our little miracle that we named Brayden arrived happy and healthy.
Due to the severity of the endometriosis, I had to have a total hysterectomy in 2016. This was difficult knowing that we would not be able to biologically have another child. We have chosen adoption because we would love for our son to have the opportunity to grow up with a sibling. We know that it will be an adjustment bringing another child into our home. However, we believe that our family has a lot of love and time to give. We are committed to making the transition as smooth as possible. Our son is so excited about the possibility of having a sibling. We know he will be an amazing big brother because he is kind, compassionate and fun to be around. He loves being around other children at church, with friends, playing sports, etc. When walking through stores or at the playground he always spots the babies and likes to go talk to them. It is so precious to watch.
I (Stephanie) have been an Elementary teacher in our local school district for the last fifteen years. As an added benefit Brayden also gets to attend there with me. He will be starting first grade this year. I enjoy working in our church nursery on a weekly basis with little one’s ages 0-23 months. Ryan has loved getting to help coach t-ball and soccer on Brayden’s teams. During the Summer Brayden and I are blessed with being able to spend lots of time together. We enjoy going to the zoo, waterpark, library, YMCA, bowling, and many other fun places. Throughout the year as a family we look forward to going to the lake, playing games, cooking, being outside, having random dance parties and going on adventures. We are very involved in our local church which has an amazing children’s ministry. They are very family oriented and always have fun activities for families.
We believe that God has placed adoption on our hearts as the way to expand our family and that he already knows the child that is best for us. We are open to a child of any ethnicity. We want to raise a child in a home full of love, with the freedom to become the person he/she chooses to be. We realize it is important for your child to know where they came from. You will always have a special place in our hearts and in our family. Your child will always know that you made this decision out of deep love. We promise to do everything in our power to protect and provide for your child. With patience and love we will guide and help create opportunities where your child can thrive. We will provide a safe and comfortable environment for them to grow up in. Our home is a place that is full of fun, laughter, education, and most importantly love. We believe that life is always better when you have loved ones to share it with. Our hope is to maintain a minimum of three to four visits per year with ongoing communication via email, text, social media, etc.
It is not easy to find the right words to convey our respect for the love and strength you are showing as you choose an adoption plan for your child. We are honored that you are considering us as a part of your journey.
Ryan and Stephanie
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”