Adoptive Family Mat and Julia
“For a long time, there were just your footprints and laughter in our dreams, and even from such small things, we knew we could not wait to love you forever.” Small Things by Brian Andreas

We are writing this letter in hopes of connecting with you in a way that helps you to understand who we are, the depth of love that we want to give, and the kind of life that we want to provide to a child. We have known that God has a plan for every life and that often his plans are different, but BETTER, than our own. We have been trusting for a long time now that He would bring us together with a child for our family and likewise, help connect your child with the right family for him/her.

Adoption has affected us personally in that Mat was adopted by his dad when he was three. This man raised him as his own son, gave him his last name, and showed him that being a father is so much more than sharing a blood bond. Mat’s adopted father is so much his dad in his mind, that he often forgets that he was adopted! Mat decided to seek out and meet his biological father when he was 18 and has since formed a loving relationship with him as well. Both men are important in his life and have made him the man that he is today!

In the beginning of our own adoption journey, we did not know what this plan of God’s would look like, and we began it trying to adopt from Africa. Through that process, we spent years thinking about what it would mean to parent a child of a different heritage and we spent a lot of time preparing ourselves to meet the needs of such a child. God worked in our hearts and expanded our minds in such a way that, when our African adoption plans fell through, we strongly desired to continue our adoption journey. We are ready to welcome a child of a different heritage than our own into our family and have prepared ourselves for how that would look in our family dynamic, helping a child through struggles that are different than our own, and imagining what physical needs we might need to know about - hair care has been on our minds for years now!

We know that parenting is fraught with obstacles, and no matter how prepared you think you are, you will still have to adapt and be flexible with any child and his/her needs as they arise. We look forward to those opportunities to grow and let God guide us. We know in our hearts that God has called us to adopt and it is a huge focus and source of anticipated joy in our life!

We have been married for almost 12 years now and have spent 8 of those 12 years dreaming of becoming parents. We don’t know you and we don’t know the circumstances of your life, but we do know that you are in a position where you might be feeling doubt or fear. We would like to assure you that we are so ready to become parents and that you will always have a place of respect in our lives. We pray that you have found God’s peace, a peace that only comes from doing His will, in this decision, and we feel honored that we may be the people to come alongside you. We are dedicated to sending letters and pictures to you so that you can see the child grow and blossom into the beautiful person that we know he/she will be!

With love and sincerity,

Mat and Julia

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