Before diving into a letter all about our family, we'd first like to say that we have much respect for you.
We'll never fully grasp the magnitude of the decisions you are making, so we simply pray for you and your baby.
We pray that you are surrounded by love and support.
As we introduce you to our family, we have tried to be as real as possible. We are not perfect and certainly do not have it all together all the time. We take each day as it comes and try to fill it with love.
We have been married for almost 10 years and have two kids that both joined our family by adoption as newborns. Allison is five years old and is an amazing little girl. She is so funny and just loves life! Allison will start kindergarten in the Fall and couldn’t be more excited. She is also involved in gymnastics and takes lessons each week. Josiah is a one-and-a-half year old and is a very sweet little boy. We call him JoJo and he loves to cuddle, dance, and play. He loves to eat chicken nuggets and blue berries. We also have a cocker spaniel puppy named Tucker. He loves the kids and everyone he meets.
We have open relationships with their moms. Sarah remains the main point of contact mostly through texts. We do try to visit at least once or twice a year. The large distance (about 5 hour drive) between our homes is one reason the visits are not more frequent. During the last 5 years of being adoptive parents, we have more deeply understood the depth of loss that is experienced as well as how beautiful the relationships formed can be. The fact that one of our greatest joys of becoming parents was the result of another's pain and loss will never be lost on us.
We understand the importance of a biological connection, and it is our hope that our children will also have some level of connection to their biological family throughout their lives.
Matthew landed his dream job about two years ago and gets to work from home every day. He does travel about once a month. Sometimes we can tag along and enjoy a short getaway. Sarah went to graduate school to become a Chemist and had a career in chemistry for several years, but ultimately decided to stay at home with the kids while they are little. She really is an amazing mom to our kids. She also currently has a part time teaching position as a Chemistry Professor at a local University. She teaches one night a week during the semesters.
As a family with two little kids, we don’t get out much other than to church on Sunday’s. We usually cook dinner at home or grab take out. We enjoy watching movies and playing board games together. We have an amazing back yard with a water stream, walk bridge, swings, and a fire pit. When the weather is nice we like to be outside together.
We know how important it is for our kids to have many racial mirrors in their daily lives. We have chosen to live in an area with different races, religions, cultures, and backgrounds all represented. We also attend a diverse church that is non-denominational. We absolutely love our neighborhood and community and are creating strong ties with those around us. It is important to us that they grow up grounded in the Christian faith, while also being aware and knowledgeable of other cultures. Our biggest desire is to have a loving, committed family that has fun together, loves, respects, and values each individual's unique qualities.
Thank you so much for reading.
Matthew, Sarah, Allison, and Josiah
We'd first like to say that we have so much respect for you. We'll never fully grasp the magnitude of the decisions you are making, so we simply pray for you and your baby. We pray that you are surrounded by love and support. Our sweet kiddos both joined our family through adoption. We have open relationships with their moms through texts, phone calls, and regular visits. During the last 6 years of being adoptive parents, we have more deeply understood the depth of loss that is experienced as well as how beautiful the relationships formed can be. It will never be lost on us that our greatest joy in being parents is the result of another's pain and loss. We understand the importance of a biological connection, and it is our hope that our children will have some level of connection to their biological family throughout their lives. As we introduce you to our family, we have tried to be as real as possible. We are not perfect and certainly do not have it all together all the time. We take each day as it comes and try to fill it with love. Our biggest desire is to have a loving, committed family that has fun together, loves, respects, and values each individual's unique qualities. With Love, Matthew and Sarah
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More About Our Family
We have quite the whirlwind love story. We were instantly drawn to each other and moved fast! Hardly a week passed before we knew we were in love. We got married just three months after we first met. We often joke that we never dated, we just met and got married. In August 2018 we celebrated our 10 year anniversary. We are a pretty basic couple. Sarah loves being a stay at home mom and Matt enjoys working from home. His job provides great stability and is super flexible so he can be really involved with the kids as well. With two young kids, date nights don't come very often. When we do get a chance to go on a date, we usually just go out to dinner and maybe a movie. Most nights we are happy to just relax and watch anything by Shonda Rhimes and have some ice cream after the kids are in bed. Early on, when we found out that pregnancy was not an option for us, we knew adoption is how we would build our family. We have always wanted a large family and cannot wait to welcome home another boy or girl. Our whole family is excited to walk this journey again once more. Our Kids: Allison is 6 years old and is an absolute delight. She loves going to kindergarten and taking gymnastics classes. She dreams of being an Olympic gymnast and a dolphin trainer. Josiah is 2 years old and is so sweet. He loves to cuddle, dance, and snack. Both our kids are social and love playing with friends. Addressing Cultural Diversity: We know our kids will experience the world differently than we have and we are committed to doing everything we can to prepare them for the world. As much as we wish it to be, we know our unconditional love is simply not enough. We know that representation matters. We love the area we live in because of the rich diversity in race, religion, and culture. Places in our community like the grocery store, park, church, doctors offices, and school are all racially diverse. We will not raise our kids in a bubble. We regularly talk about race and skin color on an age appropriate level. We've also had talks about confronting racism even in preschool. It breaks our hearts to know our kids will face racism, and we will provide every opportunity to help them know how to respond and confront it. Our greatest accomplishment as parents will be to raise our kids to love God , love others, and be unapologetically proud of who God created them to be. One last note: Thank you for taking the time to read about our family. We want you to know that we will continue to pray for you and your baby. We pray you feel God's presence in your life and are surrounded by love and support.