5 Fun Facts About Minnesota Adoptive Family Ryan and Jess

by | Feb 17, 2023 | Birth Parent Blog

Hopeful adoptive parents Ryan and Jess in MinnesotaI recently had the opportunity to chat with hopeful adoptive parents Ryan and Jess from Minnesota. When you’re thinking about adoption for your child, you’re able to talk to hopeful adoptive parents before making your decision. By chatting with them and asking them questions, you can get the full picture of the adoptive couple as potential parents to your baby.
I asked Ryan and Jess some fun questions that you won’t find in their adoption profile, and I learned that they are a loving couple from Minnesota with strong faith and values. They’re excited to welcome their first child through adoption!
As Ryan and Jess put it, “After our struggle with fertility, we feel called to adoption and feel that this was the path meant for us to grow our family!…We are an active, fun-loving family that is thrilled to share our home, hearts and our love of the outdoors with our first child. We are beyond excited to get to know you!”

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Ryan and Jess show of their catches from a recent fishing trip

1. When you were a kid, what did you absolutely love to do?

Ryan: When I was a kid, I loved to go to my grandparent’s farm. After a long day of chores, my grandma would spoil me with delicious meals and treats. My favorite thing to do was go to the cattle sales with my grandpa. I cherish these special memories with my grandparents!
Jess: My favorite thing to do was swim! I loved going to my family cabin on the lake in Wisconsin with my mom, dad, and sister. Time seemed to slow down by the water, and we got to just have fun as a family.

2. What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done? Will you do it again?

Ryan: In college, I went cliff-jumping with my friends. There were two cliffs on the side of a lake, one about 30 feet high and the other about 60 feet high. I had no problem jumping from the first one, but the Ryan and Jess pose with friends after pheasant huntingsecond one was a little scary. I’d definitely do this again, as I enjoyed the rush!
Jess: My most daring thing happened on our honeymoon. We went on a bike ride down a mountain trail with no guard rail and quite a drop-off!
Though we made it safe, and it was fun, I wouldn’t do that again. My more daring adventures started happening once I met Ryan!

3. What would a perfect day look like to you?

Jess and Ryan roasting marshmallows on a campfire and chattingWhen answering this question, we honestly had the same idea for a perfect day! Our day would start by sleeping in and waking up to a cup of coffee on a beautiful, sunny day at the lake.
We would spend the whole day swimming, fishing, going for boat rides, going for walks, and relaxing by the lake. We’d end our day by roasting marshmallows over the campfire, enjoying the company of our family and friends. Our day would have good meals, good conversations with our favorite people, and good times making memories together!
Jess and Ryan cross-country skiing

4. What is an important life lesson you’ve learned?

Ryan: When I was in school, I was in track, cross country, and basketball. I learned a lot of life lessons from my coaches and parents and through my experiences in sports.
The most important lesson I learned was always to pursue my dreams and that a good work ethic and hard work will get you where you want to be in life.
Jess: The most important life lesson I’ve learned is to put your family first. I learned this lesson from watching my parents as I was growing up. No matter how busy my parents were, they always made sure to set aside time to be together as a family.
Jess and Ryan on a walk with their dogs

5. As parents, what is something specific you want to teach your child?

Something that is very important for both of us to teach our child is respect and manners. We want our child to grow up knowing how to interact with others in a kind, courteous, and caring way, no matter who they are interacting with.
We also want to teach our child how to carry on a conversation and to have confidence in themselves to do so. These skills will be important as they grow into adults and start working and creating their own relationships. Having our child grow up with these skills and knowledge will help them enjoy the life around them.

Curious to know more about Ryan and Jess? You can check out their adoptive family profile online.


If you’re interested in talking to them as potential adoptive parents to your baby, just text or call Lifetime at
and we can connect you with them.


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Heidi Keefer

Written by Heidi Keefer

Heidi Keefer is a Content Creator for Lifetime Adoption and has over 15 years of experience in the field of adoption. An author of thousands of articles and social media posts over the years, Heidi enjoys finding new ways to educate and captivate Lifetime’s ever-growing list of subscribers.

Heidi has a keen eye for misplaced apostrophes, comma splices, and well-turned sentences, which she has put to good use as a contributor to Lifetime’s award-winning blogs. She has written and published hundreds of adoption articles which explore the various facets of domestic infant adoption today.

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