Raheleh Folkerts and Julie Rysenga

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  • Our pets Joey and Garbo dressing up for Halloween
  • Minion cupcakes Julie made for Halloween 2014
  • 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

About Us

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 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, love, and adventure to your child’s life.

Please contact us anytime!

With love and affection,
Raheleh and Julie


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

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

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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

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Anything but Country

Ireland, England, Italy, Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, France, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland

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