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Hello! We're Erin and Ryan, and we've been married for more than 8 years. As a couple, we balance each other out: Ryan is quiet, strong and steady, while Erin is friendly, generous and sensitive. We love traveling, being outside, and spending time with family. Being parents is the single most important thing in our lives. We adopted our son John in June of 2019 and dream of adding another member to our fun family.
I love to be outside - hiking, camping or walking on the beach. I like exploring new places, I just started substitute teaching, and I read to fall asleep every night. I grew up in a big family (I'm the youngest of four girls) and have always dreamed of being a mom. Five things to know about Erin (by Ryan): She talks a lot when she's nervous. She's really good at finding 4-leaf clovers. She's patient, funny and generous. She draws great cartoon animals. She gives the best hugs (just ask John).
I enjoy the outdoors and am an avid water skier and hiker. I've always been the do-it-yourself type, so you can find me in the garage working on our cars or building something for our house. I love being a father. I can't wait to help my kids try new hobbies and find out what their passions are, just like my dad did for me. Five things to know about Ryan (by Erin): When he's sick, no matter how sick, he wants pizza. He is caring and protective of his family. He wakes up early, but loves a good nap.Never prank him (he's mischievous and always wins). He is logical, strong and silly - he is such a fun dad!
We’re Erin and Ryan, and we’ve been married for more than 8 years. As a couple, we balance each other out. Ryan is quiet, strong and steady, while Erin is friendly, generous and sensitive. We love traveling, being outside, and spending time with family. Being parents is the most important thing in our lives.
We met in Knoxville the summer after college, lived in Greenville, South Carolina for a few years, and got married in Charleston. We moved just outside of Nashville in 2016 so our kids can grow up near cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents.
We’re medically unable to conceive, so adoption was always in our plans.
Our marriage has grown even stronger since we became parents together. We adopted our son John as a newborn in June of 2019. We have a semi-open relationship with his birth mother, and are open to any level of relationship with you. Our children will know they are adopted – they’ll know the story of how we came to be his or her parents, and the unimaginable love behind your adoption plan.
We want to raise our children to be strong, funny, caring adults who will make the world a better place. We’ll do homework together, encourage them to try new sports and hobbies, and to work hard at what they love. We can promise you now that not a day will go by without your child hearing “I love you.”
We plan to teach our children to be generous, kind, and responsible, and that they are loved unconditionally. In our house, mistakes are always okay because that is how you learn, and there’s an endless supply of hugs.
There are countless people waiting to welcome your baby home, especially the two of us.
We look forward to building a relationship with you (to the extent that you are comfortable). Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about us!
There will always be a place for you in this child’s life, and in ours.
All our love,
Ryan and Erin
Our parenting style is hands-on. We spend a lot of time together as a family, exploring outside, traveling to new places, and celebrating with lots of family traditions.
We believe in gentle parenting. That means we focus on our relationship with our child and have consistent, compassionate boundaries. We work together on expressing feelings in a constructive way and on having empathy, respect and understanding.
We live at the end of a cul-de-sac in a small neighborhood with big sidewalks and lots of families. We have a screened porch and a fenced backyard, and spend lots of time outside.
The neighborhood kids are outdoors all summer on bikes, trick-or-treating is a BIG deal and everyone decorates for Christmas.
Erin has 3 big sisters, so Ryan is one of 4 brothers-in-law. We have 7 nieces and nephews, plus our 6 godchildren.
Ryan is an only child, but grew up with his cousins nearby. We love that our kids have the best of both worlds – a big family on one side, and all of Nana’s attention on the other!