Raheleh Folkerts and Julie Rysenga
We met ten years ago in Austin, Texas through a mutual friend and haven’t looked back. While we complement each other with our differences, we are bonded together by our common interests, values, and sense of humor.
In 2008, we moved to Denver for Raheleh’s job and we’ve built a fun and adventurous life together with friends, family, and pets. Whether it’s a lazy Sunday afternoon on the couch reading books, going to see the latest blockbuster, or taking a road trip, our lives together are wonderfully rich and happy
Our love of movies has been a part of both our lives since we were young. Both of our families enjoy the Academy Awards and trying to figure out who is going to win the Oscar. We host Academy Award parties, have voting contests, and provide prizes to the winners. We can’t wait to have our child join in on all the fun and hand out miniature toy trophies. Julie prepares wonderful meals for every party and Raheleh is the perennial party planner who comes up with the themes and decorations.
We enjoy learning new things such as zip lining, snowmobiling, white-water rafting, and travelling. In October of this year we just completed the Superhero Urban Challenge and in November we hosted a baby shower for our niece. We can’t wait to share these experiences with our child and to hear their laughter ring through our house.
Our love of learning, travelling, and our belief in experiencing life to its fullest are what we look forward to sharing with our child.
Raheleh is Director of Marketing & Communications for a renewable energy company that specializes in constructing wind and solar farms. Julie is an Information Technology Consultant and works with various clients to manage projects from inception to completion. Both of us enjoy the flexibility our positions bring at this point in our careers, and we look forward to that freedom to spend time with our child.
In addition to our careers, we firmly believe in giving back to the community. We volunteer at various events, provide meals for the homeless, and donate to various charities like Orphan’s Bridge, Meals on Wheels, and the Red Cross.
We Can't Wait to be Parents
We both come from loving and supportive families. Julie was adopted through a closed adoption at two weeks old and grew up in Minnesota. Growing up, her household consisted of her mother, father, maternal grandmother, and two younger sisters.
In 2005, Julie found her birthmother and found out she has two half-brothers. Getting to know her birthmother has been an incredible experience! Her adoptive and birth family are so excited to meet the newest member of our family.
Raheleh was adopted at two and a half years old through an orphanage in Iran. She has two older sisters, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and a great nephew. Raheleh’s family is pretty multicultural, peppered with native Texans. One niece was adopted from San Antonio and is Hispanic and one nephew was adopted from Guatemala. Everyone cannot wait to continue expanding on all the love and laughter our family has to offer.
Fun Facts About Raheleh
San Antonio, Texas
Do the right thing, because it's the right thing to do.
Our Home and Community
Denver is surrounded by the beautiful Rocky Mountains. We look forward to raising our child in this community because there is so much to do.
We relish seeing our child go horseback riding for the first time, look in awe at the exotic fish at the aquarium, taste new foods that Denver has to offer, and wear a Broncos jersey and chant “Let’s go Broncos”.
With a gleam in his or her eye, we want our child to explore the neighborhood, smell the aroma of chocolate chip cookies in our house, play with the dogs and cats and feel so much happiness with our family.
We cannot wait to make birthdays and holidays magical and watching the wonderment in our child’s eyes as he or she experience things for the first time.
Fun Facts About Julie
New Brighton, Minnesota
Anything but Country