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Matt & Andrea
We would like to thank you for taking the time to consider us and preview our story. We are not going to tell you we understand what you are going through or how hard of a decision this must be for you. But, we can tell you that we would give the world to meet you and have the opportunity to give all of our love to a child we have never met. We cannot wait to share our lives with you and create a wonderful relationship with you through this journey.
Adoption in Our Lives
We waited almost two years to adopt our daughter Viviana (Vivi). She is the love of our life. She is playful and happy. She loves to be hugged and get kisses. We know when Vivi is given to opportunity to be a big sister she will be fantastic.
We have a great relationship with Vivi's birth parents. Due to Vivi's birth family being near by, we attended all of the doctors appointments and ultrasounds within the last trimester. We were allowed to be in the room when Vivi was born and our Christmas gift from Vivi's birth parents was to have skin to skin with her as soon as she was born. We now see her birth family a couple times a year and we send them photo's monthly. We have a loving open relationship with Vivi's birth family. When any new information comes up we are able to openly share with each other.We can not wait to add to our family through adoption! We are eager to add new relationships to our lives. We also understand every adoption is different and not all families will feel as open as Vivi's birth family was and that's OK! No two people are the same therefore no two adoptions are the same.
We have many family traditions. Andrea’s family gets together every Sunday for a family dinner at her grandparents' house. There is always something to do, whether it be helping cook or playing kickball. Andrea is the oldest of 37 grandchildren. Her cousins are more like siblings. Andrea’s family has done this every Sunday for more than three decades. We get to together with both sides of our family for every holiday. Thanksgiving is very special spending meals with both families and sharing what they are thankful for. On Christmas Eve we go to Matt’s parents' house for lunch and Andrea’s mother’s house after family Christmas Eve mass. On Christmas day we open our gifts together in the morning. We then go to Andrea’s grandmother’s house first to open gifts with her extended family. We go to Matt’s sister’s house in the afternoon on Christmas to spend time with his extended family. We spend time playing board games at night and cards. This is what we did when we were younger with our family. This is something we want to do with our children. It is important to spend time as a family and making traditions. We plan on playing games and sports with a child. We have continued our family traditions with our daughter and can't wait to continue them with another child.
Favorite Vacation Spot
We love to vacation in the summer. Matt’s parents have a lake house in southern Missouri. Andrea’s family share a lake house in mid Missouri and Andrea’s father has a lake house in mid Missouri. We spend almost every weekend at one of the lake houses in the summer with family. When we go Andrea’s family lake house there are around 20 family members ranging from newborns to adults. We enjoy boating and swimming. Andrea enjoys tubing with her cousins and riding the jet skis. We feel family time is very important. This is where memories are made and the families build a closer bond. Andrea has been going to the lake from a baby. Going to the lake is a family tradition for us. We look forward to making memories with our family at the lake. We are excited to allow the child to grow up with family around to bond with and make everlasting memories. One of our favorite memories is on the fourth of July. We spend the entire week at Andrea’s family lake house with around 30 family members. Andrea’s brother, Chris, always puts on a large firework display every year. The family also goes out on the boat at night to see all of the other firework displays on the lake.
Our House and Neighborhood
We recently built and moved into our dream house. Our home sits on 1.3 acres and is in a very family friendly neighborhood with children all around us. Our neighborhood has two large fishing ponds and is surrounded by farmland. Although our home is in a more rural area, we are within 5 minutes to the highway and shops.We built our home with having a family in mind. We have four large bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. There is a large eat-in kitchen that opens to the living room. The second floor has a large loft with great views of the land. There is a large finished walkout basement with an entertainment area and a workout room. The basement space makes a great playroom!
Our Extended Families
Andrea comes from a very loving and spirited family. Andrea has a twin brother who has always been very close to her. She remembers playing games with her parents and brother almost every night. Her parents have always made sure she and her brother came first. Andrea came from a large Italian family. Andrea's father is the oldest of 12 children. This makes her the oldest of 37 grandchildren! The entire extended family gets together for dinner every Sunday at her grandparents' house. We can't wait to add another child to all of the fun!
Matt comes from a very loving and spirited family, also. We do a lot with them and are very close to his family. We talk on a routine basis. Matt is the youngest of three children. Matt has two older sisters who are nine and ten years older than him. In other words, he had four "parents" growing up. Matt has three nephews and one niece who look up to him. They are very much looking forward to having a new cousin to play with!
We are very close with family. We put family first and hold family values very high. We spend every major holiday with both families and wish to bring a lot of the same family values into our own home with a child. We look forward to making many family memories together and our entire extended family can't wait to meet our newest family member!
From Us to You
Allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Matt and Andrea. We have one adopted daughter named Viviana. We would like to thank you for taking the time to consider us and preview our story. We are not going to tell you we understand what you are going through or how hard of a discussion this must be for you. We would like to offer ourselves as your greatest resources and would give the world to meet you and have the opportunity to give all of our love to a child we have never met. The words “I loved you before I met you,” comes to our mind. Please allow us to tell you our story.
Believe it or not we met on the internet. Our religion is very important to us so we met, on a Catholic dating site. We talked on the internet for two weeks before we started to talk on the phone. We were both making sure this would be right for us. After a month we met. We knew for months we were going to spend the rest of our lives together. We got engaged after dating for seventeen months and eight months after that we were married! We have been married for four years. We adopted Viviana from birth in December of 2015. We have a Shih Tzu named Brooklyn. Andrea adopted her from a local shelter.
Matt's parents have a lake house on Table Rock Lake. We enjoy spending time with his family at the lake house in the summer. Andrea's family owns a lake house at the Lake of the Ozark where the entire extended family on her dad's side spends almost every weekend. Andrea's father also has a lake house at the Lake of the Ozarks. We spend our summer at all of the family lakes houses.
We knew we would have a difficult time naturally conceiving children before we were married but had talked about adoption from the beginning. After being married for six months and naturally trying to conceive we contacted a male infertility specialist who gave us the news we knew was coming. We knew right away we would adopt.
We want to raise children in the same loving traditions we were raised in. We want to spend nights playing games and summer weekends at the lake. Andrea is now a stay-at-home parent. We want to have as many children as God will allow us to have and plan on adopting more than once. With Andrea being a twin, we would love to adopt twins if the situation ever came available. We plan to parent in a loving nature and by talking and taking the time out of our schedules to put out children first.
Having Viviana is our lives have brought us much love and joy. We know Viviana will be a great big sister! She is very happy and smiles often. We have worked hard to create a beautiful loving bond with Viviana. We have an open adoption with Viviana’s birth family and have created a bond with them. We do scheduled visits throughout the year.
Our plan is to have an open or semi open adoption. We are willing to communicate by phone, email and by sending pictures.Again we would like to thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We would love to meet with you and answer any more questions you might have. Our prayers are with you and your unborn child.
Matt & Andrea
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