Ryan and Allison
We are Ryan, Allison, Ellie and Ethan. We’re excited and grateful you are taking the time to learn about us. After meeting through family friends 7 years ago, we were brought together by our love of travel, adventure, and the outdoors. We have been inseparable ever since and married in 2013. Our lives have been blessed not once, but twice through adoption. Ellie and Ethan were adopted from Russia in 2004 and 2006 respectively, during Allison’s previous marriage, and Ryan immediately fell in love with them. The only life we have known together is that of parents, so the qualities we love the most about each other are seen in parenting Ellie and Ethan. Allison loves Ryan’s patience, genuine kindness, sense of humor, and ability to truly listen. Ryan loves Allison’s innate compassion, intense desire for knowledge, and unexpected silliness, which always makes him laugh. The kids appreciate Ryan’s sense of adventure and Allison’s compassion.
We live in a diverse suburb outside of Seattle. We chose the neighborhood we live in because we love the easy access to local outdoor activities and how family oriented this area is. Parks, pools, and lakeside trails are all within walking distance! Our house is on a quiet cul-de-sac and we have an amazing community of neighbors that we often get together with.
Allison is a native of the northwest, having grown up in the Olympic Peninsula and Seattle. Allison comes from a close, large family who are all based in Western Washington. She attended Washington State University and worked for several years in Real Estate Development prior to adopting Ellie and Ethan. Currently, Allison works part-time as a Neurophysiology Technologist (primarily in Pediatrics) while balancing the active lives of our 2 kids. Allison loves to hike, garden, crochet, and spend time as a family on our boat. She has a passion for children that started in her youth and she has carried that through in her career and family life!
Ryan was raised in a suburb of Chicago, moving to Washington just over 10 years ago. Ryan attended the University of Kansas and is currently working as a Technical Analyst in an engineering organization for a major aircraft manufacture. He loves attending Ellie and Ethan’s sporting events, hiking, mountain biking, home improvements, and gardening. Ryan also loves to be out on the water, spending as much time as possible on the boat.
Ellie and Ethan, ages 13 and 11, are two amazing, kind, compassionate kids. We have worked very hard to maintain their Russian roots, both children understand Russian and have always known their adoption story. Out of respect for their birth families, the kids both have their Russian birth names as part of their legal names. Ellie is passionate about soccer and plays it year round. She is an extremely focused and driven young lady. Ethan loves exploring the outdoors and plays multiple sports. Ethan loves to teach everyone he meets about the natural world, science, and rockets. Both kids are very excited about having a baby brother or sister!!
We look forward to expanding our family, not only to include another child, but also his/her birth family. Holding the belief you can never be loved by too many people, we hope to create a wonderful and collaborative relationship with the birth family that develops throughout the child’s life. Thank you for allowing us to share our story with you, we hope for wisdom, guidance and comfort in all your decisions ahead!
Ryan and Allison