Ryan and Chantal
Hi! We are Ryan and Chantal,
Chantal is the tumbleweed of the family and began her life in West Africa as the child of medical missionaries. Her family, education, and early career kept her moving across the US and the world. A lucky twist of fate, landed her in Ryan’s home town of Portland, Oregon, where they soon met. One date turned into many, and 9 months later, we were married in a cathedral of trees at our friend’s farm, surrounded by our friends and family and an amazing summer sunset. More than 5 years later, we are so thankful to have each other on this journey through life.
During the week, Chantal pursues her passion in her career as a primary care naturopathic physician. She loves music, yoga, connecting with people, making herbal remedies, and tending our gar-den. Ryan spends his days working on machinery and robots in his job as a manufacturing engineer. When he escapes the office for the day, he can often be found riding his bike, making furniture, or relaxing with a sketch book and his favorite Pandora station. Most of all, we enjoy spending time together. Our adventures include backpacking to mountain lakes, kayaking in Hood Canal, quick (or long) road trips, and visits to family all around the US. We love being able to walk to our neighborhood Thai restaurant, the library, or to a nearby park to play bocci ball. We enjoy hosting – our guest bed is always made and we welcome the excuse to be creative in the kitchen!
Family is, and always will be, central in our lives. We prioritize phone calls and visits with Chantal’s parents in Colorado and sister and brother-in-law in Pennsylvania. We love being close enough to Ryan’s parents, brother and sister for Sunday family dinners and spontaneous get togethers. Growing up in such close knit families, we have always dreamed of starting our own. We are eager to share our hobbies, skills, and interests with our future children, as well as helping them discover and foster unique passions of their own.
We are excited to bring a child into our lives through open adoption, expanding and enriching our connections all the more as we involve birthparents in our life. We want our child to develop a clear understanding of who they are and how they fit in the world through their connections with people who love and care for them. We dream of adventures, meaningful experiences, comfort when it’s hard, and daily doses of silliness and laughter.
We come to open adoption fully aware of the many uncertainties, and we are excited by the possibilities waiting to take shape. We hope that you, too, will experience hope and new beginnings in this time.
Ryan and Chantal