Where It All Began
We love being in America and have made our home here.
Happy since the beginning
Let's just say the day Rhy met Sam was a true game changer. He was living in a small rural town in Australia. Sam had grown up in this town and was visiting family after living abroad for a couple years. Her plan was to move to Canada and keep her nomadic journey going. We met on Melbourne Cup Day; a horse race similar to the Kentucky Derby. A mutual friend introduced us and we have been inseparable ever since. After living together, we got married two and a half years after meeting. We always say- when you know you know. We had opened a restaurant in that two and a half years on Rhy's family's farm and it was also the perfect setting for our wedding. It really was the best day of our lives, surrounded by family and close friends. We have always loved travel and it's still a big part of our lives today, we love the adventure and meeting new people and experiencing new cultures, which is what brought us to the US. We love being in America and have made our home here.
We want to share these experiences together and with a future child.
Rhy shares: Sam is one of the most caring people I know and is always putting other people above herself. Sam is very creative and has a great eye for detail. I've seen this first hand in the renovations we have done in our home. We have completed two-bathroom renovations over the last couple years and both have been Sam's vision (it must be all the HGTV she watches!!). Sam is the organizer. She keeps our life on track and keeps me focused when most needed. Sam has been my biggest advocate, when I've doubted myself. She has given me the confidence to "just go for it". Sam's passion for good food is equal to mine and many of our vacations are planned around the great restaurants we want to visit. We want to share these experiences together and with a future child. Sam's family is my family. From the moment I met them, I've only ever felt welcome. Sam's sister, Tracey, is someone who I consider not just my sister in-law but also one of my dearest friends. Sam's parents are unbelievably supportive of both Sam and I. My parents also adore Sam. In-fact my whole family credits Sam for our success. She is the cool aunty that my niece and nephews love and my brothers and sister say that I won the lottery when I met Sam. I can't disagree! Samantha shares: I love to listen to Podcasts daily. Mostly about true crime, current affairs and news, but I also enjoy listening to the fun ones too about cooking, makeup, and the random celebrity talk show. For fun I enjoy taking our dog Boomer hiking and finding some off-leash areas so he run free. I also love taking photos and touring art galleries or museums. I like to pretend that I am a great gardner also, but TBH I don't really have the green thumb... But I am always trying to keep myself busy with creative and challenging little projects and have done quite a few fun updates to our house - like tile our fireplace and build a cabinet for the laundry, just to name a few.
Rhy is a lovable, outgoing and committed partner, who supports me in everything I do or I am passion about.
Rhy with Boomer
Samantha shares: Rhy is a generous and giving person. He has the heart of a lion and is always thinking of others and how he can lend a helping hand. We took a trip to Jamaica a few years back and learned about a local foundation that transforms the places where Jamaica’s children learn and supports the great people who teach them. After visiting some of the local schools, we spoke of the impression this had left on both our hearts and Rhy was the one who not only suggested but pushed for us to get more involved upon our return to the US. In 2016, we co-hosted our first fundraising dinner where we raised over $40,000 for the foundation. This has become an annual event! Rhy is passionate about everything he does and does it 100%. He loves his Australian football so much, that he stays up late in the evening to watch it. Apparently, it's not the same if you watch a game on the DVR the next day! His passion for sports recently evolved into running the New York Marathon (he was proudly part of Team Gladney!). He ran an incredible time and I couldn't have been prouder. His deep love for our dog Boomer can be hilarious at times. Sometimes our daily text messages only consist of photos and videos of what Boomer is doing. Rhy's family have always been warm, welcoming and full of laughter. I can tell he had a strong family bond growing up. They are still a close-knit group who are quite competitive, especially when it comes to ping pong. Rhy's love of cooking stemmed from his mom as she is an avid traveler and would cook amazing cuisines from all around the world. Rhy is a lovable, outgoing and committed partner, who supports me in everything I do or I am passion about. He pushes me to get out of my comfort zone and can be the voice of reason. He is truly my best friend. Rhy shares: My favorite color is blue and I would have to say that my favorite movie is Brave Heart. I enjoy music too and Pearl Jam is absolutely my favorite band! In my free time I love to golf, but I'm really bad! I also love traveling. I enjoy getting involved in as many charities as possible, the gift of giving back and making a change to someone's life is the greatest gift.
Lastly Things We Promise You
We will love and protect your child unconditionally, and provide a safe and nurturing home for them to grow up in.
Thank you for considering us
We are sure you have so many different feelings and emotions as you read about families and determine a path that makes sense for you. The decision you are facing is not an easy one, but we want you to know that we see you. We want the best not only for your baby, but for you as well- whatever that choice may be. If you do choose us to parent your baby, we promise to love, protect and guide your child through life. When times get tough, we will be by your child's side, whatever obstacles they may encounter. We will love and protect your child unconditionally, and provide a safe and nurturing home for them to grow up in. We will support them as they grow and encourage them to become the person, they were set out to be. We will provide an environment that is safe, supportive and above all FUN. We want you to know that your child's life will be full of experiences and adventures. We will celebrate their milestones as a family whether it's a birthday, their first tooth, a graduation or a first date. We will be there to kiss their booboo's, scare away the bedtime monsters and sit and hold them through the tears. We will take family vacations to all parts of the world and experience the different cultures that make each country so special. We will teach them the gift of giving and the importance of sharing. Most of all we promise to respect your story and ensure your baby knows and understands that story. It is as important for us, as it is to you, that they know you and the vital role you play in their life! Love, Samantha and Rhy