Raheleh Folkerts and Julie Rysenga
Love & Laughter
We met over ten years ago in Austin, Texas through a mutual friend and have been together ever since. We got married in Connecticut in 2013. 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 traveling, doing the Inflatable Run, snowmobiling, exploring our city, or going to various festivals, our lives together are wonderfully rich and happy.
We love to travel. We are currently planning a trip to Morocco. A couple of years ago, we crossed an item off of Raheleh's "Bucket List" by going to the Wimbledon tennis championship in England. In May of this year, we flew to Boston, MA and then rented a car to drive down to Orlando, FL. We stopped in Philadelphia, Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, and Savannah along the way. Aside from being a really fun adventure, it also ended up being a great American history lesson.
We also enjoy doing things such as zip lining, snowmobiling, and white-water rafting. In October of last year, we dressed up in Iron Man shirts and glasses and competed in a Super Hero Urban Challenge. In June, we ran in a 5K that was made up of inflatable bounce house obstacles. We can’t wait to share these types of experiences with our child.
Our love of learning, traveling, 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 owns a consulting company that provides IT services to various companies. 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
Family is Everything
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 birth family 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.
France, England, Jamaica, Scotland, Italy, Greece, Mexico, and Canada
Our Home and Community
We have a 4-bedroom house in a great neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets. There are several great, diverse public and private school options right within walking distance. We look forward to taking our child to and from school and taking them to the nearby parks.
We really value education and that will go beyond the classroom. We're both avid readers and very curious about the world. We hope to inspire that in our child. We plan to take them everywhere, whether is it is exploring all Denver has to offer, or taking them on trips halfway across the world.
We often have friends and family over for holidays or impromptu gatherings. Raheleh is a really great party planner and comes up with really unique ideas. (When our 2 year old niece, Lillian, stayed with us for the holidays, Raheleh turned that bedroom into a Frozen-themed winter wonderland, complete with snow.) Julie makes sure everyone is well fed with home-cooked meals. We cannot wait to make birthdays and holidays magical for our child and their friends.
Fun Facts About Julie
New Brighton, Minnesota
Ice Cream and Pizza
Ireland, England, Italy, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, France, Spain, Netherlands, and Switzerland
Music, reading, traveling