Raheleh Folkerts and Julie Rysenga
We met over ten years ago in Austin, Texas and were drawn to each other because of our common interests, values, and love of life.
Since that time, we've moved to Denver, Colorado where we've built a fun and adventurous life together with our family, friends, and pets. Whether it's hosting a clan of 15 for Christmas activities in Denver, participating in an urban scavenger hunt, or inviting 8 furry friends over for Garbo and Joey's birthday party, our lives 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 new 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, 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 owns a consulting company that provides IT services. 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 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, Normandy, Scotland, Italy, Greece, Mexico, and Canada
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 would love to see 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 cheer for the Denver Broncos.
We want our child to travel the world, explore our neighborhood, play with the dogs and cats, and feel so much happiness within our family.
We cannot wait to make birthdays and holidays magical and watching the wonderment in our child’s eyes as he or she experiences things for the first time.
Fun Facts About Julie
New Brighton, Minnesota
Anything but Country
Ireland, England, Italy, Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, France, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland