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FC: Ryan and Amanda Call us toll-free: 1-888-439-3839 Email: R.A.adopt@hotmail.com Our attorney, Robin Fleischner: 1-888-582-9141 Our agency, A Loving Choice: 1-800-816-6311

1: "Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get — only what you are expecting to give — which is everything"

2: Dear Birthparent

3: We are a loving family that is very excited to adopt! Thank you for taking a moment to get to know us better. You have probably made some difficult decisions to get here, and we think you are very courageous and caring to be thinking about what is best for your baby. We hope that after getting to know us you will find that we are the family you are seeking for your child.

4: We are an adventurous and fun-loving couple that lives life to the fullest. Ryan was born in Scotland and grew up in Germany. Amanda was born and grew up near Washington, DC. We both graduated from college, and hope to provide a university education for our children. We met in a drama class in 1997 when Amanda was spending a year abroad in Germany. Ryan was charmed by Amanda’s big, warm smile. Amanda was swept away by Ryan's sense of humor (okay, and his Scottish accent). We became immediate friends. | We got married in London, England in 2002. We lived there for 8 years - meeting friends from all over the world, traveling, and building our careers. We moved back to the USA in 2009 to be closer to family, and have a beautiful, single-family home in a leafy suburb of New Jersey. Our son, Findley, was born in 2008, and changed our lives for the better. Being parents is the most important job in our lives. Our adoption journey began when we learned we could not conceive again naturally. It was an emotional time, but we quickly decided that we wanted to expand our family through adoption. We have so much love to give, and look forward to opening our hearts and sharing our lives with another child. | About us

5: Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity | Vacation in Vietnam | Sunday bike ride | Hanging out with friends

6: Our Interests | Traveling | Spending time with friends | Exploring a gorge in Turkey | Crab picking in Maryland | Dinnertime! - ski trip in the Alps | Picking black- berries in Scotland

7: At a local playground | Picnic in our neighborhood park | Being outdoors | Hiking in Virginia | Family time

8: Ryan is a supportive and loving husband who knows how to make me laugh. He has both silly and sensitive sides, and can giggle at a knock-knock joke as easily as he can sniffle at a sad movie. He loves seafood, never carries an umbrella, and lights a candle in every church we enter in memory of family and friends. We are best friends and can talk about anything. Ryan is a very involved dad, who loves spending 'daddy time' with our son. It is not unusual to find him pretending to be a dinosaur, or singing along (out of key) to nursery rhymes. As a director for a hotel, he gets great deals on all our vacations! And because he is a wonderful cook, Ryan prepares all the family meals. For many years, he volunteered for a charity cooking meals for people who were bedridden due to illness. | Ryan (by Amanda) | Lighting a candle in a church

9: Ryan is very close to his brothers | Weekend away with friends | Trick or treating in our town

10: Amanda is dedicated and caring, and the kind of person who can make friends with anyone. She always thinks up mini adventures for the family to do together. Life with her around is never dull. Once she commits to something, she gives it 100%. This is also true about our family. She is my compass - I rely on her love, support, energy, and advice. Amanda is an incredible mother. She is a natural with kids and always has fun ideas - from dancing on the bed to puppet shows and walks in the woods. She is also a talented singer, and occasionally performs with local community theaters. She is passionate about making a difference in the world and works for an organization that fights poverty in developing countries. | Amanda (by Ryan)

11: Painting pumpkins with Findley | At work in a village in rural India | Celebrating New Year's Eve | Sledding in the local park

12: We have a charming, funny, and active two-year old who brings us joy every single day. He loves to sing, search for ladybugs, watch school buses (the local driver beeps hello each morning), water the plants, and eat Saturday breakfast at the town diner! Elmo and Thomas the Tank Engine are also firm favorites. Findley will be a wonderful big brother. He is very social and affectionate towards other children, and even tries to kiss everyone before he leaves a room! He also loves to read and will sometimes sit quietly just flipping through the pages of a favorite book. He is practicing 'sharing' in preparation for the arrival of a baby brother or sister. | Findley

13: Learning to ride a 'big boy' bike | Findley loves animals | At the Thanks-giving parade

14: Our Family | Our wedding day in 2002 | Our extended family is 100% supportive of our decision to adopt. We know we will be able to lean on them for support, help, and advice (and free babysitting) as we continue on this journey. | Ryan's parents | Amanda's dad | Amanda's mom

15: Taking time to smell the flowers (with Gramma) | Engage- ment dinner for Ryan's big brother | One.. two.. three! | Amanda's brother | Baby Luca (our nephew) | Ryan's little brother

16: Our Home | We live on a quiet, tree-lined street within walking distance to local parks and schools. Our neighborhood is full of many young, diverse families. There are lots of opportunities for outdoor games, play dates, barbecues, and birthday parties!

17: Our house in springtime... | Spring arrives in our front yard | shoveling out after a winter snowstorm | Autumn Family portrait

18: In Closing Thank you for getting to know us a little bit better. We would be honored (and thrilled!) to be chosen as adoptive parents for your child. We will raise our children with unconditional love and encouragement. We will teach them the value of family, kindness, education, and respect for others. We will give them space to explore and develop a sense of adventure and independence. We plan to be open with our children from the beginning about adoption. They will be raised to feel proud and confident of who they are, and will always know that the decision you made was out of love. And of course, we would be happy to keep in touch with you through the years in whichever ways you feel comfortable. Whatever decision you make, we wish you the very best. | Ryan and Amanda

19: We would love to speak with you! Call us toll-free at: 1-888-439-3839 Email us at: R.A.adopt@hotmail.com You can also contact Our attorney, Robin Fleischner: 1-888-582-9141 Our agency, A Loving Choice: 1-800-816-6311

20: Thank you

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