For The Love Of Family

For The Love Of Family

 

Ryan & Tyne

Hopeful Adoptive Family

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This weeks blog features Ryan and Tyne a warm and devoted family that hopes to bring home their first child through the gift of adoption. Ryan and Tyne are an inspiring adoptive family that share a deep and meaningful love for one another that will only compound with the blessing of a child. Adoption has already been a part of their family and has touched their lives in a profound way. They plan to build their family on a foundation of love, trust and compassion. Ryan and Tyne bravely share their adoption journey and their hopes and dreams of welcoming a baby into their hearts and home; all for the love of family. 

How did you and Ryan meet?

We met for the first time in 2002 when Ryan came to visit Nashville. He was in town to rehearse with a new band he was joining before the band flew to New York City to play a showcase for a major record label. We had dinner with a big group of mutual friends and all went to a movie together.

When Ryan officially moved to town the following January, he started hanging out in the same group of friends. We hit it off very quickly and we saw each other pretty much every single day from then on. We became really great friends, but we knew that I had been excepted at NYU and would be moving to NYC in the fall. When that time rolled around, Ryan’s band was on tour so we actually got to see each other several times when he played near New York and that time apart is really what solidified that we had something special.

I moved back to Nashville to finish school and we’ve been together ever since! We never really had an official first date, but we truly built our relationship on a strong friendship. Our favorite date nights now are going out to eat for a yummy dinner!

 

Describe your wedding day.

Our wedding day was perfect. We chose to have a small wedding with immediate family only at my parents’ beach house in South Carolina. It rained all day long, but that never really upset me. It was going to be such a special day no matter what and we were surrounded by our family, so it didn’t matter to me if we had to improvise a little and get married under the porch instead of on the beach. BUT, an hour before the wedding, it cleared up to be a stunning afternoon and we had the most perfect ceremony on the beach. It was so laid-back, personal and our style (I didn’t even buy a “real” wedding dress – it was just a pretty white dress from Free People). I will remember it forever.

We spent our honeymoon in the Caribbean exploring the most beautiful little island I’ve ever seen. When we got home, we had a big backyard party in Nashville with all our friends and the rest of our family. We were so glad we split the celebration into two parts so that we could be sure to get quality time in with everyone!

The best part about our wedding was that Ryan and I were 100% confident that we were meant to be together, so there were never any nerves or stress.

 

Ryan & Tyne

About Ryan

I graduated from college with a degree in psychology and afterward decided to pursue my life’s passion of writing and performing music. I toured the country for several years and released over six albums on multiple record labels, which eventually led me to move to Nashville 11 years ago.

About Tyne

I have a degree in Psychology and I am a music publicist. I love spending time with family and friends, being outside, reading about health and nutrition, exercising, listening to music and going to concerts, watching college football in the fall, riding bikes around the neighborhood, and trying to convince Ryan chocolate is a necessary food group!

Our Hobbies

Traveling to new places is one of our favorite things to do. We try to take a vacation somewhere we’ve never been once a year and spend weekends exploring nearby waterfalls, parks and are always seeking other new adventures! We can’t wait to share all of our interests with our future child. From the small things like picking out what music to play around the house – to family bike rides on the weekends – to vacations at the beach – it will be so exciting to see this world through the eyes of a child and watch him/her develop their own interests and passions.

Describe your adoption journey.

While we were dating, we talked about adoption as being part of how we built our family and have both always been on the same page. My sister was adopted when she was 3 months old and our family wouldn’t be the same without her! Because of my mom’s passion for adoption, our whole family has been touched by the beauty that can come from imperfect circumstances. We truly know and believe in family being bigger than just the traditional setup. Several siblings and cousins of mine have fertility issues and will likely choose adoption for their families too. So, our child will definitely have other cousins join the family through adoption!

We have a nursery started but have decided to wait to decorate it too much until we have a better feel for where this journey will take us! We keep a short list of names we love – both boy and girl – but, we really think names are a unique way to integrate history and family roots, so we’re hoping the birth parents will be a part of the naming process. We both desire a smaller family. Ryan and I loved growing up in a small tight-knit home, but our kids will definitely have a bigger extended family full of cousins. So, it will really be best of both worlds!

We’ve known we wanted to adopt all along and it has always been how we’ve wanted to start our family. We initially looked into international adoption because of my sister. But eventually we landed on domestic adoption because we really thought having the opportunity to potentially meet the birth parents (at the very least) could be a special part of our story.

Last spring we began the paperwork process of the home study! We were approved in October and were matched for the first time in January. A few months into getting to know the expectant mother through regular phone calls, we found out that she had never planned to place and was just taking advantage of us because she was in a tough spot in her life. It was really hard to go through, but ultimately we have peace knowing it was not meant to be and it was all part of the journey to our child. We are eagerly just waiting now to be chosen as the right family for someone’s precious child!

Describe your family.

Ryan was born in Mississippi and lived there until his father’s job transferred their family to North Carolina at the age of nine. Both his childhood in Mississippi and North Carolina are filled with warm memories of riding bikes, fishing with his dad and grandfather, playing in the woods across the street from their house, and learning how to play guitar and write music with his best friends.

I have family in South Carolina, Michigan, Georgia and Tennessee. I have a younger sister and a brother who lives about 5 minutes away. Growing up, my mom always got asked if the three of us kids were “all hers” because we each looked so different – I have dark hair and dark eyes, Jessica was adopted from South Korea and Cole has blonde hair and blue eyes. We didn’t look like the average family, but that’s not what mattered…we were a family! I also have two cousins, two living grandparents, my parents, step-mom, two step-sisters, a brother-in-law and a niece and nephew who would love to have a cousin. For various reasons, several of my immediate family members struggle with fertility, so our child will just be the next of many more adopted kids in the family.

Are you both excited for the holidays?

We love love love holidays! Since we’ve been married, it’s been really fun to continue holiday traditions from both of our families as well as start our own new family traditions. We both have siblings who live in Nashville and always have an open bedroom for friends and family to stay with us – especially around the holidays! For Halloween, we always have friends over to make chili and carve pumpkins. For 4th of July we try to be at the beach. At Thanksgiving we love to have anyone and everyone over for dinner and watching football…I’ve even become pretty good at cooking the turkey! The day after Thanksgiving, we always pull out and decorate the Christmas tree and it’s the first day we start playing Christmas music (we love the classics). Christmas is split between both sides of the family – we typically celebrate Christmas Day at Ryan’s parents house and go to church together and then head over to see my side of the family the next day. It’s always a little sad when the cheer of the holiday season is over!

Our Parenting Style

We consider parenting a privilege and promise to provide a safe home filled with unconditional love. Should you choose to give us the gift of parenthood, we vow to honor you and to always put our family’s needs first. We plan to nurture our child’s dreams and talents and to practice loving discipline in a faith-based home.

About Our Home

We live in a charming 3 bedroom house on a hill in a historic neighborhood near downtown. We love our neighborhood because we are in walking distance to the park, restaurants (and ice cream!), the elementary school, community center, farmer’s market, shops and have several friends in the neighborhood.

Our Marriage

We were married almost three years ago, and it has enriched our relationship in ways that we never imagined possible. We both continue to learn daily about self-sacrifice and the importance of placing the other before ourselves. We can’t wait to open our lives and hearts – we look forward to making a child (and birth parents if they choose) part of our family.

Dear Birthparents:

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and our family. First, we want to commend you for your strength, your courage, and your spirit in making a plan for adoption. How do you accurately try to sum up the complex emotions that encompass such a large decision in a short letter? We are not sure we have the answer to that question, but we have faith that we have been led down this path and brought together through the grace of God. We want you to know that we are here to walk through this process with you, to encourage you, and to let you know how valuable you and your child are to us and in the eyes of God.

We are extremely excited to begin our adoption journey as parents. We have been praying that God will prepare our hearts and minds for the road ahead. We want to build a home where our child is encouraged to pursue their passion and be his or herself. Creativity, education, spirituality, healthy nutrition, and helping others are all things that we want to foster in our family. By providing a foundation of love, structure, and faith, we want to create an environment that is warm, nurturing, and encouraging for our child. We believe in meeting and accepting people right where they are regardless of race, class, or background and we hope to pass these things down to our child. We want you to know that we have also been praying for you and your child. We have so many hopes and dreams for the future and we believe you are THE crucial part of our story. You are making the ultimate loving sacrifice by making a plan for you and your child. While we cannot understand all the complex emotions your are feeling, we want you to know that you are not walking through it alone. We are here, God is here, and ultimately a child is here. I hope that we can share this journey together.

We currently live in Nashville, TN, but we are open to adopting a child across the country. We are hoping for some amount of openness or contact, semi-open or open adoption, but we desire whatever form of contact you are most comfortable with. We are so looking forward to welcoming a child into our family. We can’t wait to discover a new depth of love, share and expand our lives to fit a new family member and experience one of life’s greatest treasures that you can only know from loving a child that deeply. If you would like to learn more about us and message us directly feel free to visit our adoption profile.

 

We will provide your child
with compassion, tenderness & a lifetime of love.

 

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I am a wife, mother of two, and love anything and everything adoption. I am an avid adoption supporter and love to help others complete their family through adoption. If you love adoption too, Like and follow our blog! <3

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