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Raheleh Folkerts and Julie Rysenga

  • Raheleh with great niece and nephew for Thanksgiving 2014
  • Minion cupcakes Julie made for Halloween 2014
  • Running in the Denver Superhero Urban Challenge
  • Julie reading to our great-nephew for Thanksgiving 2014
  • Hosting a baby shower for our niece
  • Our pets Joey and Garbo dressing up for Halloween
  • Raheleh with dog Winnie and friend Arlo
  • Niece Riley, Julie and dog Charlie
  • Raheleh and friend Murielle playing
  • Julie with her birthmother & half-brother
  • Julie reading to friend Arlo
  • Julie and her sister at a Broncos game
  • Raheleh and friend Adair
  • Raheleh & Julie white-water rafting
  • Raheleh & Julie
  • Julie and Raheleh snowmobiling
  • Aunt Julie with Lillian
  • dogs Winnie and Garbo in Halloween outfits
  • Aunt Julie making a birthday card for Riley
  • Aunt Raheleh & Riley doing arts & crafts
  • Julie at Buckingham Palace
  • Aunt Julie coloring with Riley & dog Garbo
  • Raheleh horseback riding
  • Raheleh visiting niece Samantha, great-niece Lillian, and Garfunkel
  • Julie with sister-in-law, nieces and nephew

Family

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 on the way. 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

Hometown:
San Antonio, Texas

Favorite Holiday:
Halloween

Favorite Quotes:
Do the right thing, because it's the right thing to do.

Favorite Food:
Guacamole

About Us

We met over nine 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

Hobbies

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 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.

Careers

Raheleh is Director of Marketing, 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 thank you for taking the time to read our site. We truly know what it’s like to be adopted and look forward to bringing great joy and love to your child’s life.

Please contact us anytime!

With love and affection,
Raheleh and Julie

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

Hometown:
New Brighton, Minnesota

Favorite Holiday:
Thanksgiving

Favorite Food:
Anything chocolate

Favorite Music:
Anything but Country

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