Raheleh Folkerts and Julie Rysenga

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  • Our pets Joey and Garbo dressing up for Halloween
  • Minion cupcakes Julie made for a Halloween party
  • Julie reading to our great-nephew for Thanksgiving 2014
  • Raheleh with great niece and nephew for Thanksgiving 2014
  • Hosting a baby shower for our niece
  • Garbo checking out our great-niece, Venessa
  • The newest member of our Family - Great-niece Venessa
  • Running in the Denver Super Hero Urban Challenge
  • 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

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.

Our Interests

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.

Our Careers

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

We thank you for taking the time to read our letter. We truly know what it’s like to be adopted and look forward to bringing great joy and unconditional love to your child’s life.

Please contact us anytime!

With love and understanding,
Julie Rysenga and Raheleh Folkerts

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

Hometown:
San Antonio, Texas

Favorite Holiday:
Halloween

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

Favorite Food:
Guacamole

Travels:
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

Hometown:
New Brighton, Minnesota

Favorite Holiday:
Thanksgiving

Favorite Food:
Ice Cream and Pizza

Travels:
Ireland, England, Italy, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, France, Spain, Netherlands, and Switzerland

Hobbies:
Music, reading, traveling

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