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Matt & Sarah
Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile! We are so excited to adopt to complete our little family. We will always cherish this experience and hold it close to our hearts. It would absolutely mean the world to us if you entrusted us to be your child's parents. We hope you consider us and we look forward to starting this journey together.
What It Means to Be Parents
Our number one priority in life is being good parents. Our children will always remain the center of our world. We want our children to grow up feeling safe, comfortable, and loved. We also want to foster an environment where our children can feel comfortable to be whoever they want to be. We will always be our child's #1 fan and supporter in anything.
In addition, we also just love finding ways to have fun together. Sarah is always coming up with creative and exciting activities (life of a former elementary school teacher). Sometimes it is fun to just jump in puddles and get muddy after a rain shower. We are not afraid to get "messy" with parenthood.
We cannot express how much we love being parents; it feels like our true calling. We are dedicated to supporting our children from birth to adulthood, no matter what that looks like. Our goal is for each of our children to go to bed each night feeling that they are loved unconditionally.
We are both lucky to have very flexible jobs so that we can dedicate our time to our family. Matt works for American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) to help songwriters get paid. He is able to work from home everyday and only has to go to the office about once a month. Sarah is a Project Coordinator for a Tennessee state grant at Vanderbilt University. She transitioned to this job because of its flexibility and gives her the ability to work a few days a week at home. We are both very thankful for the opportunities and flexibility our careers give us.
Additionally, we love spending time with friends and being outside. We have a close group of friends that also have young children. We always try and get together on the weekends to spend time together. We typically all go eat together at the Mexican restaurant every Friday night. We also enjoy all going to the Nashville zoo together about every other weekend.
Addressing cultural diversity is very important to us. We work hard to make sure Lincoln is being raised in a culturally and linguistically diverse community. We have a circle of close friends and coworkers that represent many different nationalities and races. We truly believe and hope this will help make our children feel welcome in the family.
Our local elementary school is very diverse and has children from many different ethnic backgrounds. Also, one of the many great things about living close to Nashville is the amplitude of events, organizations, and museums that value various cultural beliefs and backgrounds. We love branching out with cooking and trying different foods from various cultures.
If we are given the opportunity to adopt a child that has a different ethnic or cultural background than us, we are dedicated to respecting and valuing that culture. We embrace diversity and recognize the important of honoring the child's identity. We will be dedicated to finding local groups and resources of the certain ethnicity group to surround ourselves with to honor the child's identify.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our neighborhood and find it to be the perfect place for our young family! We live in a fairly new 3-bedroom house in very active neighborhood. We love our big backyard and spend most of our time having fun outside. There is also a playground in our neighborhood for all of the many kids to enjoy. There is a shopping center with a grocery store and restaurants in walking distance. One of our favorite things is walking to the grocery store and getting ice cream. We can't wait to include the child in our favorite neighborhood tradition. Additionally, we live in the Sumner County school zone, which is one of the best school districts in Tennessee.
We also love being so close to Nashville. We are zoo members and are frequent visitors of the Adventure Science Center. There is always something fun and unique to do. We love finding different things to take Lincoln to each weekend. We can't wait to find out what the child likes to do and find fun things to take them to!
Our Extended Families
Family is very important to us! Both of our parents are so excited and eager to be present in the lives of their grandchildren!
We are both very close to our extended families. Matt's mom, sister, and grandparents live only about two hours away in west Tennessee. Matt's sister, Lindsey, has four kids named Jake, Jared, Caden, and Laken. His family loves getting together to swim and grill. We can't wait for this child to join in on the fun.
Sarah is very close to her family, especially since her mom passed away a few years ago. Her dad also lives in West Tennessee. She has a brother named Ben who lives in Kentucky with his fiancé. One of our fun family traditions is that we rent cabins each year for Thanksgiving and spend the whole week together. It is SO fun!
All of our family members are so supportive of our adoption plan. They cannot wait to be a part of the child's life and look forward to a bundle of joy to spoil with lots of love and hugs! The child will absolutely be welcomed and cherished.
From Us to You
We are so grateful you have taken the time to read our profile and consider us for such a big decision. We can't imagine how difficult of a decision this must be. Please know that as you travel down this road, we are thinking of you (and the little one) on a daily basis. We promise to give your child a loving, safe, and nurturing home environment.
We met right before Sarah started college. It turns out we had lived less than a mile away from each other our whole lives but had never met until then. One thing that Sarah loved about Matt was that he had the incredible ability to talk to anyone at any time without feeling uncomfortable. We dated seven years before getting married on June 3rd, 2017. We have been together through many ups and downs. But, we love each other so much and pride ourselves on our communication with one another. We are a team and work through anything that comes our way.
Adoption has always been on our hearts when planning a family. When we planned on having our first child, we discovered that it would take fertility treatments to become pregnant. Therefore, we decided we would adopt if the first few treatments were unsuccessful. When Sarah became pregnant, she developed severe preeclampsia and had to deliver early, which resulted in a long NICU stay for Lincoln. We decided when completing our family that adoption was the perfect journey for us.
Being good parents is our number one priority in life. We feel like we truly came to life when we became parents. We are so excited and anxiously awaiting the opportunity to complete our family and provide your baby with a loving environment and big brother. We plan on celebrating each of our children's unique stories and identities.
For our future child, we want them to go to bed every night knowing they are loved, safe, and comfortable. As parents, we are committed to encourage the child to be whoever they want to be and support them in any way possible. It is also our job to show them life and know that it is okay to get messy and truly experience the world around us.
Diversity and honoring culture is very important to us. We plan on respecting and honoring the child's culture and background, no matter what that is. We plan on learning about the culture and finding activities and people to honor that experience.
We are also committed to an open adoption. We truly cherish your decision to trust us and will always honor you. We will share with you your child's growth and milestones through photos, letters, and emails. We are also open to doing annual visits with you. Open communication is so important. At the end of the day, adoption is part of the child's journey and identity, and we will always value that.
Thank you for considering us as potential parents for the child. We are looking forward to completing our family and promise to provide all the love and support that we have to you and the child. This is a lifelong journey that we are excited to take together. We will always cherish and be incredibly thankful for your decision. Please know that we are thinking of you always.
Thank you for allowing us the chance to share our heart.
Matt & Sarah
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