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Hello! We are Rob and Ashley. We like to think we’re pretty cool, but you’d have to ask our daughter if that is true. Being a military family, we have lived all over the world, which is an incredible way to experience new perspectives and God’s great creations. Our aim in life is to know more, be more, and do more. We are financially stable and value physical fitness and respecting the world around us. We feel God has called us to grow our family and are excited to share our lives with our future adopted child.
We met in Montana when we were both in the military and have been married for 9 years. One of our favorite things to do is eat breakfast together. We both love it so much, it’s what we had for dinner at our wedding! We’ve spent a lot of our married lives trying to explore the world around us. What we enjoy about travel is the people we share the journey with or get to know along the way. Now that we have a daughter and two dogs, we spend most of our days trying to connect after our busy days, whether that’s relaxing with a cup of tea on the couch or playing games together.
About Rob (by Ashley)
Rob is my best friend. He is a Civil Engineer in the Air Force and a great leader who takes care of his people. He loves math and science, which means he is completely the opposite of me, so we balance each other well. In his free time, he likes to woodwork and go for runs. He’s also into Legos and Star Wars. He enjoys teaching our daughter about all things engineering and the finer points of rock music. But you can also find him ready and willing to paint her nails when she asks. Rob is incredibly patient, a great listener, and both of these traits make him a great Dad and husband. I love watching him make up silly games with our daughter, including being a horse called ‘Bunder’ who answers to no one!
About Ashley (by Rob)
Ashley is so thoughtful and giving to others. She works part-time as a Human Resources Manager, and since her job is remote, she has flexibility to care for our daughter (and future child) at home. She avidly pursues her passions for art and literature, which usually manifest into hand-drawn or knitted gifts for friends. You’ll often find her nose-deep in a book. She recently started a face painting business, which has brought a lot of joy to our daughter and the community, particularly the neighborhood kids! Ashley is also “the planner” in the family, always dreaming up our next family activity or an epic adventure. She loves being a mom, enjoys reading with Raylie (our daughter), trying new games, drawing, tickle fighting, and playing the “bad guy” to her “Princess Knight.” She is so excited to share with our next child her love of art, creativity, and God.
Our Daughter and Family
Our daughter, Raylie, is an energetic 5-year old who loves painting, building things, dressing up, and riding her bike (without training wheels!). She’s very caring, loving, and empathic. She loves all “tiny babies” and cannot wait to be a big sister. She currently goes to a Japanese school (called a Yochien) where she is learning Japanese!
Our dogs, Oliver and Roxy, are older, but still full of life. They enjoy chasing their toys, going for walks, and are really great with Raylie.
We have a large extended family, who are all incredibly supportive of our adoption and can’t wait to welcome our new child into the family. Ashley’s family is in Arizona while Rob’s is in Ohio. We love to visit them as often as we can and always enjoy when they come to visit us. Our adopted child will have great-grandparents, two sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and many cousins to share love and support.
Our Home in Japan
Our home is located on a military base in Tokyo, Japan. We have most of the same amenities we would have in America, while getting to experience this new country. We are surrounded by other military families in similar walks of life and have lots of love and support from our neighbors and church family here. In fact, Raylie’s best friend lives next door and they are constantly running in and out of each other’s houses and they love being outside playing with the other neighborhood kids. We love being in Japan. The food, culture, and scenery is incredible. There’s so much to learn from the people here. Being in Tokyo allows us to travel more places easily. In fact, we can go to Tokyo Disneyland in the morning and be back in time for dinner!
We promise to love your child with all of our hearts and always provide for every need. We will raise our children to know God and trust in Him. We will teach them how to respect themselves, their bodies, and others. We value education not only through school, but also through experience with other races, religions, and cultures. Travel, reading, and learning others’ stories are invaluable experiences that we look forward to sharing.
More About Robert
Education: Master's of Civil Engineering & Master's in Operational Studies
Profession: U.S. Air Force Officer
Racial Background: Caucasian
Star Wars Character: Rey
Hobby: Running/Building Things
Place We've Visited: Iceland
Season: Fall - Bonfires, hayrides, and cooler weather!
Book: It Worked for Me
Breakfast Food: Waffles with PB and Nutella
More About Ashley
Education: Master's in Human Resources
Profession: Human Resources Manager
Racial Background: Caucasian
Star Wars Character: Han Solo
Hobby: Face Painting
Place We've Visited: Ireland
Season: Spring, but Fall comes in at a very close second!
Book: Throne of Glass Series
Breakfast Food: Eggs over easy and bacon
More About Our Family
Something people might not know about me
Rob: Although I'm boisterous at work, I'm truly an introvert and a total homebody. Being at home and relaxing with my family rejuvenates me.
Ashley: I love the theatre! I love musical theatre and participating in community theatre. I plan on exposing our children to the arts early on.
We believe in God. We currently attend the base chapel which has a diverse community. We believe being a part of a church is important. We pray that our children will come to know God. We will support and love our children, whoever they grow up to be.
More about our Home
We have a two-story, 3-bedroom townhouse with a fenced in yard. Raylie gets her own room and our adopted child will stay in our master bedroom until they get bigger, at which point they will have their own room. Since Ashley works from home, she currently uses the third bedroom as her office and face painting studio. Our neighborhood is safe and quiet with lots of playgrounds nearby and neighborhood children willing to play.
We have lived in or traveled to many places around the world. We believe that being in the military will allow us to explore and learn new cultures, and teach our children to have respect for all people from all walks of life. We believe it is important to get involved in the community we live in, wherever the military sends us, even if we don't speak the same language.
Thank you for spending some time with us. We are so excited to open our hearts and our home to your child. We have been blessed by this journey and are patient, and trust in God's timing. We are open to writing, sending photos, and visits. Our goal as a couple is to raise children who love God and are open-minded, aware and accepting of those around us. We're excited to teach our children, but also learn from them as well in this journey of life.
If you're interested in learning more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.
- Rob and Ashley