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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!
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
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.
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.
Our House and Neighborhood
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
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 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.
Matt & Melissa
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