Chad and Ashlyn
We are Chad and Ashlyn and we live just outside of Portland, Oregon with our Goldendoodle, Porter. We are delighted to have the opportunity to expand our family and share our home and hearts with you.
We are both from Northern California and met while attending college in Reno, Nevada. We soon came to realize that we grew up about 30 minutes apart from one another, and actually had mutual friends in common. Our hometown connections went even deeper when we learned that Ashlyn’s grandparents were practically neighbors with Chad’s family! Once in college, Chad was living in the dorms with Ashlyn’s brother. They would frequently raid Ashlyn’s refrigerator when they were sick of the cafeteria food. The following year we all became roommates and it didn’t take long for the friendship to expand to attraction. Three years later we started dating and have now been together since 2009.
After college Chad moved to Oregon for a job while Ashlyn stayed behind in Reno to finish up with her Masters in Early Childhood Special Education. She followed him to Oregon a few months later. Once in Oregon, we brought Porter home and could not be more in love with our sweet boy. Feeling like we wanted to put down roots in Oregon, we purchased our first home. The funny thing is that we got the keys to our home on Porter’s 2nd birthday and we have never been able to top the gift since! Shortly after buying our home we were married in 2016.
We both are outgoing and athletic people. We like hanging out in the sun, playing coed soccer, camping anywhere near water and trees, concerts, family time, hiking, all water activities (especially when a boat is involved), and anything we can do with our dog. We also really like to cook. Chad is the better cook so he takes the lead smoking all sorts of things on the Traeger Grill. Ashlyn is always close by cleaning everything before he is even done with it. Chad is also a sports fanatic and follows most sports as well as plays them. He spends his lunch breaks in the gym or playing pick up games of rugby or soccer. When he is not playing sports, he is spending time with his close-knit group of friends. Chad is always the last one to leave a party and never goes anywhere without seeing a familiar face. Ashlyn loves Pilates and would go to a class every day if she could! She is actually training to become a certified instructor! When she’s not at Pilates she loves to run around with Porter and spend time with her friends. Porter never leaves her side and Ashlyn’s friends and family have learned that they are a package deal.
Ashlyn works as a specialist for a program that provides free services to children with disabilities from birth to 5. Chad works in sports planning. Porter is a stay at home guard dog. Well let’s be honest, a fly is scarier than him, but he does stay at home dreaming of his Frisbee.
We cannot wait to grow our family. Family is very important to us, in fact so important that Chad actually works for the same company as his entire family. We are thrilled to have a relationship with our child and our child’s birth family. We believe that all children deserve to have an entire community of people who love them. Thank you for considering us.
Chad, Ashlyn & Porter