FC: Ryan and Laura
3: This book was created with love and hope by Ryan and Laura Mountjoy | 2011 | R | M | L
4: We are so excited to be writing this letter to you. Words cannot express how overjoyed and humbled we are to be considered by you as recipients of your precious gift. Our hearts are full of compassion, sincerity, and love for you and our prayers are with you in this time. Your courage, bravery, and selflessness is evident in this decision that you have made. Always know in your heart that your child will be loved as our own. We want to take this time to tell you a little about ourselves.
5: Our story began with the two of us falling in love. We were married and enjoyed being a couple, growing in love, understanding and respect for each other. Our commitment to each other is strong and life long, and this is the foundation on which our decision to become parents and a “family”was made. When it became clear that we could not conceive, we realized that adoption could make our dreams of becoming a family a reality. We can hardly wait for this journey to begin. We have so much love to give and are so excited about the opportunity to become parents.
6: Ryan & Laura | Before we
7: fell in love
8: And after... | I Love You
9: Life is good!
10: Ryan | All About
11: Ryan is a big-hearted, fun-loving, family-oriented guy. He comes from a large family and is the youngest of 12 children. Ryan enjoys fishing, playing the latest video and computer games, singing, playing the guitar and drums, and taking summer drives in his Jeep. He is a die hard Cincinnati Reds fan and loves to go to the ball park as often as he can. | Ryan is a devoted husband, son, and loyal friend. He is outgoing and is truly a joy to be with. Ryan is an active member at church where he serves on various committees and in music ministry. Through his actions you learn that church and family come first. | He will put anything aside to help family, and enjoy their company. Ryan is employed by a large health care system as a Systems Analyst, and has had a very successful career.
12: All | About | Laura
13: Laura is much like Ryan because of her big heart, and love for family. She has two brothers, one older and one younger, as well as a step brother and sister who she considers no different than her biological siblings. Laura loves to play video and computer games along with Ryan, as well as read fiction novels. She loves the Cincinnati Reds as much, if not more than, Ryan. Her family has been huge fans of most sports, and her younger brother works on the Reds grounds crew. Laura loves to shop. If there's a sale at the mall, she knows about it, and probably has the coupons to go along with it. | Laura's heart for others is what makes her stand out. She has always looked out for everyone else, and does not seek her own desires over other's. Her love for helping people encouraged her to become a Registered Nurse. She worked in a hospital for over 6 years, and she is now the Assistant Director of Nursing at a local Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where she continues to make a difference in the lives of the residents every day.
14: Laura & Charlotte (Laura's Mom) | Aunt Mary (Mimi), Ben (Cousin and lifelong friend), Laura, Charlotte | Ashlee (Sister-in-law), Laura, Charlotte, Wendy (Sister-in-law), Kim (Laura's Sister) | David (Laura's brother), Laura, Ryan, Michael (Laura's brother) | Ryan & Glenn (Ryan's dad) | Glenn, Ryan, Pat (Ryan's Mom)
15: Ryan, Bret (Laura's Brother), Michael (Laura's Brother), Trevor (Nephew) | Delia (Laura's Grandmother), Cheri (Laura's Step-mom), Roger (Laura's Dad), Laura, Ryan | Michael, Ashlee, Charlotte, Gary, JR (Nephew), Shelbi (Family Friend), Trevor (Nephew), Cole (Nephew), Laura, Ryan, Jill (Sister-in-Law), Bret | Gary (Laura's Step-dad) & Laura | To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there. ~Barbara Bush
16: Boyd | We have a six year old dog who is a furry black schnoodle (Shnauzer/Poodle) named Boyd. He was given to us the year we were married as a Christmas gift. Ryan came up with the name Boyd because of his wiry, curly hair which is very similar to a Boyd's bear stuffed animal. Boyd has regularly been around our nephews from the time they were infants and does well with all children.
17: VACATION | Gatlinburg-Boston-Myrtle Beach-Mexico
18: Christmas | Fun
19: Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one. --Dr. Seuss
20: We live in Ohio in a small, rural town where Laura was raised and where both of our families are only minutes away. We own a home in a safe neighborhood outside of town and many of our neighbors have small children. We chose to live in this neighborhood because it is safe and family-oriented. Our house is warm and welcoming with a large back yard where there is enough room to run around and play. Our small town is located just sixty miles from the city. Our families are very excited about our decision to adopt. Our extended family is very large and we love to spend time with them. We can often be found having dinner with our family, getting together to play games, or just to tell funny stories and share memories. Our holidays, birthday parties, and cookouts are always jam packed with family and lots of laughter. We look forward to the day that we will have a child to share these memories with.
21: With | Love, | Laura | & | Ryan