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Matt & Courtney

We are an energetic, loving couple who have embarked upon a journey to grow our family. Thank you for taking the time to consider joining us on this path. We know you must be experiencing a whirlwind of emotions and decisions, but we want to promise you our sincere devotion to your child's happiness and their well-being. We look forward to expanding our family and to welcoming you and your child into our lives.

About Us

Matt
Courtney
Job
Software Engineer
Pharmacist
Education
Master's Degree in Engineering
Doctor of Pharmacy
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

With Penny in Our Backyard

During our free time, we volunteer at our church or with a local acting company and also enjoy many hobbies. One of the interests we share is cooking and although Matt takes the lead on many of the meals we make, Courtney can be found in the kitchen helping (and sampling!).

Together, we also spend time with Penny, our Dachshund. Penny is incredibly playful but also loves to snuggle. Courtney teaches her new tricks, like jumping through a hoop or ‘dancing’ and when Penny feels playful, Matt is her favorite tug-of-war buddy.

Courtney also enjoys quilting, a skill she learned in high school. She has continued her passion ever since. She has made over 10 quilts for family and friends, and she is looking forward to making special quilts for future children.

Matt is great at finding new things for us to try – thanks to his endeavors we have gotten to go camping, hiking, indoor rock climbing, and experience some of the specialties of the nearby metropolitan city. He’s also led us to find hidden apple orchards, explore antique shops, and refurbish our kitchen table. We are even thinking about trying kayaking sometime soon.

We look forward to adding a child to our lives so we can continue to share these, and many other new experiences, to create lasting memories.

Discussing Adoption

Spending the Afternoon With a Little Friend

Knowing your history and where you come from is essential in everyone’s life. An adoption story is an integral portion of an adoptee’s life and should never be withheld. We plan on sharing your child’s whole adoption story, lovingly and often. We know as adoptive parents, we would be the caretakers of your reputation with your child. Realizing the importance of this trust, we would never do or say anything to make the child think that you abandoned them or did not love them. We would emphasize the fact that they are blessed to have even more people in their life who love them – you and us. We know over the years there will probably be many questions, which we will answer honestly and positively.

Courtney enjoys scrapbooking and is planning to make a special book to share your child’s unique story and achievements. Matt works with technology daily and is the family tech guru. He plans to create an email account for your child. This account, should you choose to use it, will allow you to easily connect with your child, tell your story, see updated photos, and allow him or her to reach out to you if you both desire. Many children’s books covering adoption are now available. We plan on adding these to our library and sharing them as bedtime stories.

Fun Facts About Us:

  • Courtney collects eyeglasses – the funkier the better.
  • Matt is always searching for new recipes and most are winners. Matt has even found a recipe that makes Courtney LIKE Brussels sprouts!
  • Matt has never needed braces or had a cavity. Courtney wore braces for over three years (and still wears her retainers – occasionally).
  • Growing up, we both were at Disney World the same week. We don’t recall seeing each other though!
  • We each have a sibling who is 4 years younger - Courtney has a sister and Matt has a brother.
  • Matt listens to classic rock when he’s working.
  • Courtney’s eyes change color depending on her mood or what she’s wearing.
  • Matt and Courtney both gained interest in cooking from their fathers.
  • We love finding new, exciting things to do in our community and surrounding area.
  • Matt is left-handed for almost everything but plays sports right-handed.
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    Family Portrait
    Family Portrait
    Courtney Working On Her Latest Quilt
    Courtney Working On Her Latest Quilt
    Volunteering With School Children in Dominica
    Volunteering With School Children in Dominica
    Matt Always Has a Smile While Cooking!
    Matt Always Has a Smile While Cooking!
    We Found Our Christmas Tree!
    We Found Our Christmas Tree!
    Winter Fun
    Winter Fun
    Painting Together
    Painting Together
    Penny & Matt Looking for New Recipes to Try!
    Penny & Matt Looking for New Recipes to Try!
    All Dressed Up for a Family Wedding
    All Dressed Up for a Family Wedding
     We Like to Play Many Games Together
    We Like to Play Many Games Together
    We Enjoy All Kinds of Music
    We Enjoy All Kinds of Music
    Movie Night!
    Movie Night!
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    Family Portrait
    Family Portrait
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    Courtney Working On Her Latest Quilt
    Courtney Working On Her Latest Quilt
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    Volunteering With School Children in Dominica
    Volunteering With School Children in Dominica
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    Matt Always Has a Smile While Cooking!
    Matt Always Has a Smile While Cooking!
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    We Found Our Christmas Tree!
    We Found Our Christmas Tree!
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    Winter Fun
    Winter Fun
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    Painting Together
    Painting Together
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    Penny & Matt Looking for New Recipes to Try!
    Penny & Matt Looking for New Recipes to Try!
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    All Dressed Up for a Family Wedding
    All Dressed Up for a Family Wedding
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     We Like to Play Many Games Together
    We Like to Play Many Games Together
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    We Enjoy All Kinds of Music
    We Enjoy All Kinds of Music
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    Movie Night!
    Movie Night!

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Home Sweet Home

    Our neighborhood is full of active families with children. The echoes of laughter and children playing consistently ring throughout the neighborhood. We initially chose to move to our community because the schools here are among the best in Wisconsin. Both the elementary and junior high schools are within walking distance of our home and we look forward to being able to walk our future child to school every day.

    Our three-story home is also within walking distance of the downtown, parks, grocery stores, and restaurants. We have four bedrooms, three baths, and an area in our lower level that is ready to be a playroom. We love to spend winter months in front of our fireplace, reading and snuggling with our sweet dog, Penny. Our backyard is large enough to run, play, build a swing set, and have a campfire. Our neighbors to the north have a bright red barn; we love this view as it changes throughout the seasons. There is a park and playground within a block of our home; it’s great for picnics and on the 4th of July they set off a fireworks display. We like to watch the fireworks from the comfort of our backyard.

    Lastly, our home is only 20 minutes from a major metropolitan area. This makes for an easy trip to the zoo, museums, theater, or even a baseball game! We look forward to sharing with a child, all that our community and surrounding areas have to offer.

    Our Extended Families

    Family Tradition - Making Ice Cream at the Lake

    We were both brought up in close-knit families. Both sets of our parents have been married for more than 30 years. We each have one younger sibling - Matt’s brother is newly married and Courtney’s sister has just earned her post-graduate degree. We no longer live in the areas where we grew up, but we are centrally located between each family. We enjoy traveling to see them as much as we are able. Skype and the internet have allowed us to maintain greater communication when we are not able to be there in person.

    Courtney & Her Sister

    Our family’s holiday traditions are also important to us. Some of these include dinners with extended family, decorating the Christmas tree, winter picnics by the fireplace, finding the best Christmas-light display, and attending Christmas Eve church service. Every year, Courtney’s dad makes beef stroganoff, the ‘secret’ family recipe, and we have continued this tradition. The 4th of July is also special to Courtney’s family because her dad helps with the fireworks. We try to visit the lake with her family whenever possible. We have continued these traditions but also look forward to creating more of our own.

    When we shared our plans for adoption with our parents, Courtney’s mom was so excited she squealed, telling us to let her know when we would become parents and she would come to our home immediately to help. Our family has been incredibly supportive and is excited to share their love with you and your child.

    From Us to You

    Thank you for taking the time to look more closely at our family and consider us as possible adoptive parents for your child. We know your journey has not necessarily been easy and we want to help lay your worries to rest. We hope the following will help you get to know us, and we look forward to getting to know you and your wishes for your child.

    We, Courtney and Matt, have been in love for thirteen years and happily married for eight years. Our journey began in college when Courtney asked Matt about a strange math notation in her homework. We had met before, but this was the first time we had actually spoken. Our conversation led to friendship, and before long we had our first date at a local pizzeria. The most awkward part of our date was deciding whether to eat the pizza with our hands or utensils! This minor embarrassment didn’t prevent us from bonding with each other and staying up until 4 AM talking. Soon enough, we were married, starting our first jobs, and purchasing our home in the Greater Milwaukee area. 

    Matt works as a lead software developer at a small company in the suburbs of Milwaukee. Matt’s career allows for great flexibility and he is able to work from home quite often. During his leisure, Matt enjoys cooking, reading, and working out. Courtney is a pharmacist at a local hospital. Even though her schedule is more structured, her coworkers are very family oriented and frequently adjust schedules to accommodate family activities. When she isn’t working, Courtney enjoys reading, playing with our puppy, Penny, and quilting. Together we enjoy exploring Milwaukee, taking long walks around our community, and traveling.

    Our warm, loving home is located in a very child-friendly neighborhood and we have a spacious backyard that is perfect for playtime. A beautiful park is located just a few blocks from our home and has a playground for children of all ages. This park is also the heart of the annual summer festival and Fourth of July fireworks celebration. We are able to watch the fireworks from the comfort our own backyard. The local middle school is next to the park and the elementary school is only a few blocks south of our home. The school system in our community is among the best in the state of Wisconsin!

    Even before we were married and living in Wisconsin, we shared our dreams for our future family. Our early plan included a biological child and adopting another child to complete our family of four. You know what they say about the ‘best laid plans’. After trying for a child for a few years, we realized our plan was backwards - we were supposed to begin our family with adoption!

    We look forward to walking our future child to and from school and hearing about their day. We are excited about helping with school assignments and being involved in after-school activities. We eagerly anticipate sharing Christmas joys of decorating trees and cookies, making and opening gifts along with building snowmen, and enjoying hot chocolate by the fireplace. When it’s warmer, we look forward to making Valentines, exploring Milwaukee, taking family vacations, playing at the park, making s’mores, and carving pumpkins. 

    We know adoption is not something to be considered lightly and many difficult decisions have to be made. We hope to ease some of your concerns by assuring you that we are willing to support any relationship you desire with your child, not only through letters and photos but email, phone calls, and video chats. Establishing a respectful connection with you is important to us and provides a better foundation for your child, helping them to understand their adoption. Our promise for your child is simple ?" we will love them unconditionally, provide for them generously, guide them through life’s hardships, and be joyful in their accomplishments. Our goal as parents is to raise a child who has many opportunities to explore and learn and to provide a complete education.

    Thank you for your consideration and feel free to contact us with any questions. We can’t wait to share in laughter, hugs, cuddles, and bedtime stories.

    Matt & Courtney

    Favorites

    Matt
    Courtney
    Actor
    Tom Hanks
    Tom Hanks
    Actress
    Jennifer Aniston
    Audrey Hepburn
    Animal
    Monkey
    Giraffe
    Author
    J.K Rowling
    Mercedes Lackey
    Book
    Harry Potter series
    Magic's Pawn
    Candy Bar
    York peppermint patty
    Mr. Goodbar
    Cartoon
    Dilbert
    Calvin & Hobbes
    Childhood Memory
    Attending a Bear's game with my grandfather
    One fall evening my grandparents woke me up to show me the biggest, brightest moon I have ever seen. It was the best birthday gift ever.
    Childhood Toy
    LEGOs
    Stuffed Snoopy - he went everywhere with me. Even to the doctor!
    Children's Book
    Anything by Dr. Seuss
    Harold and the Purple Crayon
    City
    Iowa City
    Chicago
    Classic Movie
    Casablanca
    Breakfast at Tiffany's
    Color
    Green
    Orange
    Day of Week
    Thursday
    Friday
    Dessert
    Chocolate
    Matt's homemade chocolate lava cake
    Disney Movie
    Meet the Robinsons
    Beauty and the Beast
    Dream Car
    DeLorean
    Mini Cooper
    Dream Job
    Chef
    Food & Travel Writer
    Dream Vacation
    Europe
    Europe
    Family Activity
    Cooking together
    Spending time together
    Flower / Plant
    Bonsai tree
    Calla lily
    Food
    Pizza
    French fries
    Form of Exercise
    Cycling
    Walking our pup, Penny
    Fruit
    Pineapple
    Pears
    Game
    Life
    Lost Cities
    Hobby
    Cooking New Recipes
    Quilting
    Holiday
    Fourth of July
    Christmas
    Holiday Song
    White Christmas
    O Holy Night
    Holiday Tradition
    Watching the 4th of July fireworks at the lake with family
    Making my grandmother's secret beef stroganoff recipe for dinner on Christmas Eve.
    Ice Cream
    Mint Chippermint
    Rocky road
    Junk Food
    Cheetos
    Chips and (homemade) onion dip
    Leisure Activity
    Watching Netflix
    Reading
    Magazine
    Wired
    Cook's Illustrated
    Memory with a Child
    Planning an Easter egg hunt for Courtney's younger cousins.
    I was babysitting my cousins and we watched Veggie Tales. There was a scene where a lamb bleated and fell over - it made us laugh so hard. We rewound the video and watched it again and again. We giggled every time it fell over!
    Memory with Spouse
    Our vacation to Cozumel
    Choosing our first dog together
    Movie
    The Blues Brothers
    Up
    Movie Munchie
    Popcorn
    Popcorn, of course
    Movie Quote
    "You're killin' me, Smalls." -- Ham Porter, The Sandlot
    "It's so fluffy!" -- Agnes, Despicable Me
    Movie Type
    Comedy
    Romantic comedy
    Musical
    Grease
    Les Miserables
    Musical Group
    The Beatles
    The Beatles
    Nursery Rhyme
    Hickory Dickory Dock
    Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
    Olympic Event
    Bobsledding
    Gymnastics and Speed skating
    Personal Hero
    Theodore Roosevelt
    Rosalind Franklin
    Play
    A Christmas Carol
    Romeo and Juliet
    Poet
    Shel Silverstein
    Shel Silverstein
    Quality about my Spouse
    Her Warmth
    His Kindness
    Quote
    "Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." -- Walt Disney
    "Life is a journey, not a destination" -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Restaurant
    Rodizio Grill - Brazilian Steakhouse
    Devon - Seafood & Steak
    Sandwich
    Cheeseburger
    Reuben
    Scripture
    Isaiah 41:10 -- So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
    1 Corinthians 13:13 -- And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
    Shopping Store
    Target
    TJ Maxx
    Song
    Let it Be -- The Beatles
    Let it Be -- The Beatles
    Sport to Play
    Badminton
    Badminton
    Sport to Watch
    Football
    Football
    Sports Star
    Aaron Rodgers
    Apollo Ono
    Sports Team
    Packers
    The University of Iowa Hawkeyes
    Subject in School
    Math
    Science
    Superhero
    Professor Xavier
    Captain America
    Thing to Cook
    Pot roast
    My aunt's Loaded Baked Potato Soup
    Time of Day
    Morning
    Snuggling in for bedtime
    Tradition
    Going for Coffee Together on Saturday Mornings
    Having a Winter Picnic in Front of the Fireplace - Complete With Hot Dogs & S'mores!
    TV Show
    The IT Crowd
    Once Upon a Time
    TV Show Character
    Moss -- The IT Crowd
    Captain Picard -- Star Trek
    Type of Music
    Classic rock
    Classic rock
    Vacation Spot
    Wisconsin Dells
    Dominica
    Video Game
    The Beatles Rock Band
    LEGO series for the Wii

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