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Matt & Melissa

Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us! Adoption is such a beautiful gift and we deeply admire your bravery and selfless love in considering this step. We are so excited to become parents and cannot wait to share lots of adventures, laughter, and love with a little one. Whatever decision you make, we respect you and are praying for your heart!

About Us

Matt
Melissa
Job
U.S. Army - Infantry Officer
Future Stay-at-Home Mom
Education
Bachelor's Degree in Economics
Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Passions

We Are So Excited to Adopt!

If we were to choose the three things we are most passionate about, it would be the following:

- We are passionate about justice and compassion. We want to live lives that rectify injustice. We want to be participants in justice with what we buy, how we give, where we work, and the culture we foster within our own home.

- We are passionate about art. We enjoy seeing culture through artwork. We love expressing ourselves artistically through cooking. We love discovering new music just for fun or to consider its social significance. We also love seeing nature's art in the natural beauty around us.

- We are passionate about faith. Jesus died to set us free from sin and shame. We seek to live lives that are a reflection of our love and gratitude to Him. We are continually looking for ways to grow in our faith, by building community, through service, and in love for others.

Our Family Dream

Holding a Friend's New Baby

As we think about our dreams for our child, our hearts swell with anticipation and admittedly even Matt's eyes might get a little full. We know parenting will not be an easy road just as growing up won't always be easy for our baby, but here are our dreams for our child.

We dream our child would grow up to be equipped with the knowledge of right and wrong and the strength to choose right action on his or her own.

We dream for our child to learn to take pride in the results of hard work and a job well done.

We dream for our child to love Jesus not because we want him or her to, but because our child has discovered what a great Savior He is.

We dream for our child to have the education necessary to pursue and achieve his or her dreams.

We dream for our child to have a childhood full of laughter.

We dream for our child to have the strength, desire, and tools to rectify injustice in the world.

Cultural Diversity

We understand that a trans-racial adoption will come with challenges. Some we will be able to anticipate; others will be unexpected. In light of these challenges, we will take steps to ensure that our child is proud of his or her ethnic heritage and proud of the heritage he or she has been adopted into. Most importantly, we will strive to raise our child in an environment where our child is surrounded by people who look alike and different from him or her. Whether at school or at home with our dinner guests, we will immerse ourselves and our child consistently in diverse environments.

Another way we want to immerse our child in diversity is through the artwork on our walls. On our walls we have paintings and artwork from around the world. When we adopt our baby, we will ensure that the culture from which our baby was adopted is included in the art we display in our home.

An additional way we want to immerse our baby in diversity is in the books we read to him or her. Our baby will grow up reading and being read books by authors from many ethnic backgrounds. Through these steps we hope to raise not a colorblind child but a child who sees the beauty of diversity.

Video

Photos

Enjoying a Cup of Coffee Together
Enjoying a Cup of Coffee Together
Matt Leading the Way to Our Campsite
Matt Leading the Way to Our Campsite
Love, Love, Love
Love, Love, Love
Singing Together at a Friend's Wedding
Singing Together at a Friend's Wedding
On Top of a Dormant Volcano in Ecuador
On Top of a Dormant Volcano in Ecuador
Sharing a Laugh
Sharing a Laugh
Dressed Up Just Becuase!
Dressed Up Just Becuase!
On the Beach in Georgia
On the Beach in Georgia
Visiting a Cathedral in Quito, Ecuador
Visiting a Cathedral in Quito, Ecuador
Taking a Swing at Top Golf
Taking a Swing at Top Golf
So Happy Together
So Happy Together
New Year's Eve in Virginia
New Year's Eve in Virginia
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Enjoying a Cup of Coffee Together
Enjoying a Cup of Coffee Together
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Matt Leading the Way to Our Campsite
Matt Leading the Way to Our Campsite
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Love, Love, Love
Love, Love, Love
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Singing Together at a Friend's Wedding
Singing Together at a Friend's Wedding
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On Top of a Dormant Volcano in Ecuador
On Top of a Dormant Volcano in Ecuador
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Sharing a Laugh
Sharing a Laugh
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Dressed Up Just Becuase!
Dressed Up Just Becuase!
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On the Beach in Georgia
On the Beach in Georgia
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Visiting a Cathedral in Quito, Ecuador
Visiting a Cathedral in Quito, Ecuador
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Taking a Swing at Top Golf
Taking a Swing at Top Golf
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So Happy Together
So Happy Together
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New Year's Eve in Virginia
New Year's Eve in Virginia

Our House and Neighborhood

Home Sweet Home

We live in a quiet, safe neighborhood comprised mostly of young and growing families. There are lots of trees for shady, afternoon walks, a community pool for hot summer days and slow speed limits. Parents walk their children to a nearby school in the mornings and older kids can often be seen riding their bikes to school. Every month our community hosts events such as trunk-or-treat for Halloween, turkey trots for Thanksgiving, and light tours for the Christmas season.

We live in a three-bedroom house with a fenced-in yard and shaded back porch. On week nights, we enjoy relaxing in the living room with a cup of tea, either watching a show or reading a book. On weekends, Matt can be found grilling in the back yard while Melissa is usually nearby playing fetch with our dog, Lily, or prepping sides in the kitchen. We love to cook together and to have people over for dinner! Our goal is to make our home a place filled with joy, love, and lots of laughter, where people feel welcomed and cared for.

We live in a diverse area where there is an array of different restaurants, shops and grocery stores. It is not uncommon to hear people speaking different languages as we are out and about running errands. We also live in close proximity to several major cities and enjoy having access to so many different things to do, including shows, museums, cafes, as well as great outdoor spaces.

Our Extended Families

Matt's Family

We both come from large, loving families who really enjoy spending time together. Both sets of our parents have been married for over 30 years- we have great examples!

Matt is one of ten siblings and family gatherings are always fun-filled, slightly chaotic, and unforgettable! His dad loves to make memories through spontaneous trips and fun activities (like jumping in the car in pajamas to see Christmas lights) and his mom keeps everyone happily fed and cared for.

Melissa's Family

Melissa is the oldest of four. Life with her family is easy-going (actually, Matt compares their home to a bed and breakfast because he is always well-fed and relaxed there)! Apple-picking trips and time spent at a lakeside cottage kayaking, playing games, and reading are some of her favorite memories with her family.

Even though our families are spread out all over the country, we stay connected through group messages, phone calls, and visits. We also love getting the chance to travel and see different parts of the U.S. when we visit them!

Our families are so excited and completely supportive of our decision to pursue starting our family through adoption! Literally dozens of family members pray regularly for both baby and birth mother, and they are eagerly anticipating the addition of a new family member. They can't wait!

From Us to You

Hey, we are Matt and Melissa! We met five years ago and have been enjoying the sweetness of married life for about two years. We have talked about growing our family through adoption since before we were married and have known it would play a significant role in our lives. Adoption is our first choice in starting our family: we want our adopted child to know how much we wanted him or her from the start. Our hearts are already so full thinking about the addition of a precious life into our family: we are so excited!

We currently live in Central Texas, having been brought here by Matt’s job with the Army. While we occasionally miss the snow of Northeast winters (Matt loves to ski!), we are enjoying soaking up more sunshine, eating lots of barbecue and exploring the different landscapes this new state has to offer. Our marriage has strengthened and adapted because of the unique lifestyle that come with being in the military: we make the most of the time we have together and put down roots quickly. We have built so many deep friendships along the way and love connecting with all different kinds of people.

We want to make a few promises to you as you make your decision. We promise our child will be deeply loved. We both grew up in kind, loving families who are excited to welcome a new member through adoption. We want to continue that legacy of kindness and love with the family we are starting. We promise our child will be provided for. Matt has worked very hard to become an officer in the military and continues to work hard to develop and grow in his job. Melissa will be a stay-at-home mom because we believe she will be able to provide steady support and attention as our child grows. We will do whatever it takes to ensure our baby has what he or she needs. We promise to encourage our child in his or her dreams. We will encourage our child to dream big and then equip our child to pursue those dreams.

We have so much respect for your consideration of adoption. It shows the depth of your love for your baby and we are so thankful to be considered as you move through this process. If you choose us to be the parents of your precious child, we will send frequent photos and updates, and are also very open to have more communication than that, including emails and phone calls. Adoption is something to be celebrated and we intend to talk about the beautiful uniqueness of our child’s story from a young age. We will always communicate how very loved he or she is by you and by us. You will always be part of the story.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our profile. We have been praying for our baby and our baby's mother for a long time. We are honored that you would consider us as you make your decision.

Sincerely,

Matt & Melissa

Favorites

Matt
Melissa
Animal
Dogs - especially my dog Lily
Dog
Author
J. K. Rowling - I read Harry Potter when I am burned out on Non-Fiction books
Book
Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman
Same Kind of Different as Me
Candy Bar
Fair Trade Dark Chocolate
Baby Ruth
Cartoon
Tom and Jerry
Scooby Doo
Childhood Memory
Playing in the creek at my Grandmother's farm
Snow days. Waking up to that radio announcement was so fun! After going out to shovel snow, I loved coming back into the warm house to curl up with a good book and a mug of my dad's famous hot chocolate.
Childhood Toy
Army Men
Barbies
Children's Book
The Little Engine That Could
Miss Rumphius (Barbara Cooney) and The Snowy Day (Ezra Jack Keats)
City
New York City
Austin, TX
Classic Movie
The Empire Strikes Back....I'm calling it a classic
The Sound of Music
Color
Usually Green...Sometimes Blue
Blue and green
Day of Week
Saturday
Friday
Dessert
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Apple Crisp
Disney Movie
Lion King
Beauty and the Beast (the cartoon version ;))
Dream Car
Pickup Truck
An old, small pickup truck that I would use to transport flowers from my garden to the market
Dream Job
Astronaut
To run a "therapeutic flower farm"- where women who have been abused come to recover amidst beauty
Dream Vacation
Skiing in British Columbia
Greece
Family Activity
Grilling out in the back yard
Going out to coffee shops
Flower / Plant
Sunflower - it makes me think of my wife
Peonies and sunflowers
Food
Buffalo Wings
I Love Indian Food!
Form of Exercise
Running
Hiking, swimming, biking
Fruit
Apples
Raspberries
Game
Chess
Bananagrams and 4-square
Hobby
Skiing & Mountain Biking
Singing & Photography
Holiday
Christmas
Christmas
Holiday Song
I'll be Home for Christmas
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Holiday Tradition
My wife and I celebrate Christmas early on our own before visiting family. We get donuts and coffee for breakfast and exchange gifts by our small Christmas tree. We stay in our pajamas all day, read, watch movies and relax.
Exchanging Christmas gifts early with Matt. We get donuts for breakfast and stay in our pjs all day.
Ice Cream
Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Junk Food
Buttery Popcorn
French fries
Leisure Activity
Telling myself I'm going to read, but then just napping instead.
Watching movies
Magazine
The Economist
Real Simple
Memory with a Child
Teaching my little brother to ice skate
Walking my little brother and sister home from elementary school everyday when I was in high school
Memory with Spouse
Camping near the beach
Cooking meals together in a cabin in Maine
Movie
Intersteller
Return to Me
Movie Munchie
Buttery Popcorn
Popcorn
Movie Quote
"Miss Rhode Island, please describe your idea of a perfect date. "Rhode Island": That's a tough one. I'd have to say April 25th. Because it's not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket." -Miss Congeniality
Movie Type
Action Movies
Romantic Comedy
Musical
I have not seen Hamilton, but I really like the music for it.
Annie
Musical Group
Explosions in the Sky or Jimi Hendrix
Brooke Fraser
Olympic Event
Hockey
Gymnastics
Personal Hero
Alvin York and Harriet Tubman
Amy Carmichael
Poet
Robert Frost...Mainly because he is from Vermont and writes about winter.
My husband :)
Quality about my Spouse
They Way She Cares For & Respects People
Matt is a True Friend - He is Very Kind & Genuine
Quote
"A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he have lost no time. But that happeneth rarely." - Sir Francis Bacon
"Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God." - Jim Elliot
Restaurant
Prima's Pizza - a pizza place near my school in NY
Hudson Hil's in NY. We ate there right before we got engaged!
Sandwich
Buffalo Chicken
Frontega Chicken Melt
Scripture
Psalm 119
"I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." (Psalm 34:4-5)
Shopping Store
REI or Barnes and Noble
Marshalls
Sport to Play
Hockey
Ultimate Frisbee
Sport to Watch
Hockey
Basketball
Sports Star
John Taveres
Sports Team
NY Islanders
Subject in School
Economics
Creative Writing
Superhero
Spider Man
Elastigirl
Thing to Cook
Grilled and Smoked Chicken
Yummy dinners that I find on Pinterest!
Time of Day
Early Morning
The golden hour before sunset
Tradition
Making a Big Breakfast on Saturday Mornings
Kayaking & Campfires at the Lake Where I Grew Up Going on Vacation
TV Show
The Office
The Office and Parks and Rec
TV Show Character
Leslie Knope
Type of Music
Rock and Roll
Pop, indie folk
Vacation Spot
The mountains and lakes in Vermont - or any local campground
A lake in upstate NY
Video Game
Super Mario Kart
Super Mario Kart- but I am really terrible at video games

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