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Ryan & Lisa

Ryan & Lisa

It was our 1-year anniversary trip. We decided to go backpacking along the Pictured Rocks in the Upper Peninsula, and then treat ourselves to a nice stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island for a few nights.

The plan was to backpack the shoreline of Pictured Rocks and then get a nice view of them from the water on our paddle boards on our last day up there. The weather ended up being bad with severe thunderstorms on that last day, so we never got to go paddle boarding – we were bummed.

We were now heading to Mackinac Island for the more “fancy” part of our trip. The plan was to take the ferry boat over, but Lisa took a look at the island from shore and came up with a better idea… She said, “hey, why are we taking a ferry boat over if we have paddle boards? Why don’t we paddle over?” Ryan looked at her like she might be a little crazy… but then came to like the idea.

We took some time researching and planning, packed up our fancy clothes in waterproof bags and strapped them onto our boards. The island didn’t look THAT far away….”

Ryan looked at her like she might be a little crazy... but then came to like the idea.

Well, the further we got out the more windy it got and the choppier the water became. But, nothing we couldn’t handle. It’s when we realized our paddling route was right in the ferry boat lane. Ferry boats to Mackinac are practically on auto pilot and we soon realized they could NOT see us.

Ryan waved his bright orange life jacket in the air and finally.. phew, they saw us and started turning. Almost 3 hours later, we were almost to the docks.. Ryan did a little dance out of excitement of making it and fell off his board in his clothes. It was quite the adventure, but a memory to never forget!

our adoption hopes

Gender:A Boy or A Girl
Ethnicities:Any Race and Ethnicity
Age:Newborn to 2 Years Old
Total of:1 to 4 Children

a snapshot of us

We Live In:Middleville
Our Faith:Christian
Pets:Dog(s)
Kids Already:One Child Now
Child Care:Stay-at-Home Parent

Our Story

Our love story started in 2014 when a mutual friend who Ryan deployed to Iraq with, set us up on a blind date. We were both nervous hardly knowing anything about each other, but we trusted our friend, took a leap of faith, and met at a coffee shop.

We’re those dorks that gave each other personality profile tests before going on another date. Clearly, we liked what we saw!

Ryan shared his history with me on our first date, regarding an accident in 2007, which I really appreciated and came to love about him. It’s what made him who he is; strong, loving, responsible, and loyal. His honesty and openness was very attractive and I couldn’t wait to learn more about him.

We were engaged 7 months later and married 4 short months after that in September 2015. Ryan proposed while we were paddle boarding at his family lake house which is where we got married. It was an intimate and beautiful fall wedding.

In May 2020, our hearts exploded as we welcomed our son Samuel into this world. He is an active, smart, and fun toddler who absolutely loves other kids… a social butterfly. We are ALL so very ready to grow our family and pray that adoption is a part of that plan.

We’re those dorks that gave each other personality profile tests before going on another date.
Our house, clothes, and hair have never smelt so good...

Our Relaxation & Fun

We can truly say we love our life.

Living out in the country has brought us so much new excitement… and, a lot to learn! This year, we made our first batch of maple syrup from all of our maple trees. Our house, clothes, and hair have never smelt so good from all the boiling sap! Homemade syrup on pancakes…. YUM. We are also first-time chicken owners.

Watching our little guy become friends with them and chase them around is the cutest! They actually stop and let him pet them. We also built a HUGE garden, which has been Lisa’s favorite spot on the property over the summer.

Watching things grow from seed is amazing, and who doesn’t love biting into that first strawberry or tomato. Taking golf cart rides through the wooded trails that Ryan created is another family favorite and allows us to explore the property and watch for deer and turkey.

As for weekend getaways, we love visiting our families who all live on nearby lakes or going camping with our friends. We hike, go for boat rides, waterski, and paddleboard with our dog Zola… and just spend much-needed quality time with our favorite people.

our adoption hopes

Gender: A Boy or A Girl

Ethnicities: Any Race and Ethnicity

Age: Newborn to 2 Years Old

Total of: 1 to 4 Children

a snapshot
of us

We Live In: Middleville

Our Faith: Christian

Pets: Dog(s)

Kids Already: One Child Now

Child Care Plan: Stay-at-Home Parent

Our Family & Friends

We love spending time with family. Both of us have siblings who live nearby and are married with kids; Ryan’s brother has two kids who are 13 & 18, and Lisa has a sister with two young kids ages 1 & 3, and two stepsisters with young children ages 5-16.

All of our parents live within an hour’s drive and are active in our lives. We also have a community of friends who have a LOT of kids, who we get together with often. They have taught us so much about parenting and are our go-to resource when we need counsel.

Marriage and life, in general, aren’t always easy, so it’s good to have strong people in our lives to help us through challenging times if and when they arise. We are truly blessed to have such awesome family and friends! Samuel and our future children will grow up around lots of kids and so many great role-models.

They have taught us so much about parenting...
We can’t wait to watch our children grow up here having tons of fun just being kids...

Our Home & Neighborhood

HOME is on 30 acres in Middleville. Just far enough away from the city to get that county living, but close enough to not feel secluded. WE LOVE IT. It is a beautiful ranch with a long driveway into the wilderness with lots of room to play.

Our property includes a pond, chicken coop (YAY for fresh eggs every morning!) a sugar shack for making maple syrup, pool, a garden, and walking trails.

We can’t wait to watch our children grow up here having tons of fun just being kids and playing outside. We can already picture them chasing chickens around, fishing in the pond, catching frogs and turtles, swimming, climbing trees, having family & friends over, etc.

The house has 5 bedrooms and 4 baths. We have awesome neighbors surrounding the property, located in Thornapple Kellogg school district, close to Yankee Springs Recreation Area, and near Gun Lake where we have a bunch of family within just 15 minutes of us!

Our Thoughts On...

Education

Education is very important in our home. We plan on an early start to education through reading and writing. We read daily to our son and when able, he will start reading to us.

We are committed to teaching and raising our kids with knowledge that will help them be successful in the world, exploring the outdoors, get creative with crafts and activities, and also just letting kids be kids.

Each child will learn differently, and therefore we plan to adapt education according to their individual learning style, needs, and talents.

Correction & Discipline

Every child is so unique and different, and we plan to tailor the type of discipline structure necessary depending on that. We’ve learned through close friends and general observation that it is not a one-size-fits-all.

One thing that is important to both of us is that we do not discipline in the heat of the moment; it is important to take a breather, walk away for a bit if needed, and then come back to have that important discussion with our child.

We of course want our children to respect us, and therefore, it’s important we also respect them! Our goal is to be the parents and provide our children with guidance and structure, but also let them learn through their mistakes.

Our Faith Views

We believe in God’s word and His spirit. The Bible is God’s Word given to us and is the ultimate source of truth that is relevant to our everyday life. It is what we use as a foundation when we need direction and wisdom.

Our church family is a big part of our lives and a wonderful support system. We are active and involved within our church; Lisa opens and closes some of the messages, and Ryan helps in the kitchen. Previous years, we’ve served in the nursery and kids ministries.

We are very passionate about mission work and giving back. There are two organizations in India that we are actively involved in and have become a special and important part of our lives. We support a Christian children’s home for the orphaned and abandoned, adult literacy programs, children’s after-school programs, and church planting.

We hope to continue to travel to India as a family if at all possible and can’t wait to share in this with our children!

There are two organizations in India that we are actively involved in and have become a special and important part of our lives.
I enjoy working with a team to develop a successful building project that will last a lifetime.

Ryan's Career

I work with a family business, which focuses on real estate development and investment acquisition. I have also been blessed to have invested in very good real estate portfolio’s that allow us financial freedom.

Lisa also has a flourishing career that allows us to live substantially below our means. I have insurance coverage which will cover the family and is provided in my employment package.

My work offers many opportunities to learn and grow from many successful colleagues. Proverbs 27:17 states: “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” I am happy to say I have cultivated both personal as well as professional relationships. I enjoy working with a team to develop a successful building project that will last a lifetime.

Upon placement, I plan to take three weeks off work in order to bond with our addition. Health Insurance for the child will be put in place immediately under my current policy.

After I go back to work, Lisa will be the primary caretaker as her job allows her to work from home. When Lisa needs to leave for a meeting, I can come home because we live five minutes from my office. I will be working around a 40-45-hour work week, so will be able to be home most of the time.

Lisa's Career

I work in commercial real estate and help tenants find retail and office space throughout West MI. I really enjoy meeting with people and helping them grow or expand their business and find the right location.

This career leaves me with a ton of flexibility in my schedule. I work from home and have full control over my calendar which allows me to be home with kids. They are the priority. When I do need to run out for a meeting, Ryan also has a flexible schedule and is able to be home, or we have family and friends that are close by and available to help. We have an amazing support system.

Upon placement, I will take 12 weeks off to nurture and bond with our new addition. Family has already communicated that they would help with our toddler whenever needed so we can have that special 1×1 time to get to know each other. Samuel will be SO thrilled to have a sibling. Our hearts and home are ready for another child. We can’t wait!

I really enjoy meeting with people...

Ryan

Year of Birth: 1981
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Management & working on a Master’s in Project Management
Occupation: Director of Development

Lisa

Year of Birth: 1988
Education: Bachelor’s in Business Administration / Marketing / HR
Occupation: Commercial Real Estate Advisor
We just want to say

We may not have met yet, but we’ve been praying for you daily (for a long time) and if you choose us we can’t wait to meet both you and your little one(s).

We will never fully be able to understand how much you are going through right now, but want you to know that you are so brave and so incredibly loved. This child is blessed to have you as their mama.
Most importantly, we want you to feel comfortable and confident in your decision and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our family can’t wait to share our love and life with the precious little one(s) who will someday be chosen to be in our lives – but we also want them to know you and where they came from and we are committed to building that relationship!

Lisa would like to add that she’s been blessed to have been able to breastfeed baby Samuel and has worked hard to pump and store milk for this future baby so he or she is able to get the best nutrients possible before having to switch to any formula.

God has a plan for everything. It may not always be the plan we thought we had for ourselves, but in the end, it always turns out to be greater than our own. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knows it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

You are beautiful. You are loved. You are forever this child’s mom.
Love,

Ryan
 and Lisa
Completed Educational Sessions
  • Behavioral and Emotional Needs of Adoptive Children
  • Child Separation, Attachment, and Bonding

Our adoption hopes are that we all become like family to each other. We would love an adoption outcome where you are involved in the child’s life, and also have a healthy relationship with us and our extended family & close friends. We welcome you with open arms.

You would be invited to birthdays, holidays, and family gatherings as if you were always a part of our family. Our goal is to raise this child to know where they came from and never question the love and care you have for them.

Naturally, it may not always be easy; family relationships come with ups and downs, but together we will find our way and a mutually beneficial relationship. This child will be SO loved!

OUR COMFORT LEVEL WITH DIFFERENT ADOPTION OPTIONS

Meeting together before placement:  
Meeting your family members:  
Exchanging phone numbers:  
Following each other on social media:  
Supporting your adoption counseling:  
Being with you for your prenatal visits:  
Discussing baby names with you:  
Shopping together for baby’s needs:  
Inviting you to see the nursery:  
Being at the hospital during delivery:  
Caring for baby when you are ready:  
Inviting you to workshops, picnics, etc.:  
Keeping you up-to-date with photos:  
Keeping in touch by written messages:  
Keeping in touch with phone calls:  
Keeping in touch with video chats:  
Getting together in person:  
Sharing your photos, gifts, etc. you send:  
Including you in some family photos:  
Introducing you to our extended family:  
Inviting you to some family events:  
LEGEND
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Mostly Comfortable
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A Bit Uneasy
Not Comfortable

Our adoption hopes are that we all become like family to each other. We would love an adoption outcome where you are involved in the child’s life, and also have a healthy relationship with us and our extended family & close friends. We welcome you with open arms.

You would be invited to birthdays, holidays, and family gatherings as if you were always a part of our family. Our goal is to raise this child to know where they came from and never question the love and care you have for them.

Naturally, it may not always be easy; family relationships come with ups and downs, but together we will find our way and a mutually beneficial relationship. This child will be SO loved!

Just one more thing...

Our adoption hopes are that we all become like family to each other. We would love an adoption outcome where you are involved in the child’s life, and also have a healthy relationship with us and our extended family & close friends. We welcome you with open arms.

You would be invited to birthdays, holidays, and family gatherings as if you were always a part of our family. Our goal is to raise this child to know where they came from and never question the love and care you have for them.

Naturally, it may not always be easy; family relationships come with ups and downs, but together we will find our way and a mutually beneficial relationship. This child will be SO loved!

To Learn More About This Family
Call or Text: 616-451-0245
(616) 451-0245
(616) 451-0245
Greater Hopes
2453 28th Street SW
Wyoming, MI 49519