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Matt & Julie
We believe adoption is the greatest gift that we could ever receive. We want to express our appreciation that you are reading our profile. We have so much love and laughter to share. We love being parents and will be eternally grateful to become parents again. We hope you consider us and we look forward to this journey ahead of us.
Adoption in Our Lives
When we got married we always knew that we wanted to raise a family. We loved spending time with our nephews and our friends' children. Children always brought us great joy. However, Julie found out at a young age that it would be difficult for her to have children because of a chromosomal disorder. When we were ready to begin starting a family, we went to genetic counseling to find the right course of treatment for us. We were told we had a very high chance of having numerous miscarriages and if the pregnancy did last, that it was likely to be a child with severe disabilities. We initially tried IVF as a way to begin our family, but after two cycles and three miscarriages, we knew adoption was our solution.
In 2016, our first adoption journey brought us to our son, Landon. Landon filled a missing piece in us that we didn't even know was missing. Meeting our son for the first time is a night that we will never forget. There are not words to describe how holding Landon for the first time felt! We instantly knew that he was meant to be a part of our family. We got to spend two full days with Landon's birth mother in the hospital. We have so many great stories to tell Landon about her. We also send her pictures and letters every six months. We can't put into words how grateful we are for our time together. We think of his birth mother daily and still say a prayer for her and her family every night. Landon's birth mother gave us the best gift we could ever imagine. We are so excited to grow our family through adoption again, and for Landon to have a sibling. We can't wait to watch them grow up together!
Our Leisure Time
We lead a very active lifestyle. When the weather is nice, you will not find us inside. There are so many activities to do in the summer in our community! They have an event called Touch-a-Truck where the kids get to touch all the trucks in the community. We always go to the locally sponsored 5K's and festivals after, where there is live music and fun games for the kids. We would love the opportunity to be able to share these experiences with another child.
Traveling is another favorite of our hobbies. We love to go to a new city and explore everything the city has to offer. Sharing these adventures adds a whole new level of joy to our lives. Our favorite vacation spot is Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. We go for a week every summer. We love the sea air and exposing Landon to different environments and climates, but mostly it's the memories made that keep bringing us back. We love building sandcastles together, collecting seashells, and jumping in the waves.
Matt has been teaching Landon to play catch. He is so excited to have someone to pass on his love of sports to. Matt also really enjoys playing blocks with Landon. He feels like he gets to be a kid again!
In the summer when Julie is off from work, her and Landon do something different every day. We go to the zoo, the aviary, science center, children's museum, local pool, or go out for ice cream. Julie enjoys reading. Most of her reading time now is spent reading children's books to Landon.
What Makes Us Unique
We love each other wholeheartedly. We feel that our love is unique because we really get pleasure out of making the other person smile. We also make sure to show our appreciation to each other. We would both rather spend time together doing something, making memories, than buying each other expensive gifts. We really balance each other out. Matt is the critical thinker and Julie is the ultimate doer. We have a great time doing anything, whether we are staying at home and taking the dogs for a walk or exploring cities on a long weekend adventure. Since we have become parents, we feel that our relationship has grown even stronger. Watching one another parent has allowed us to gain a new level of respect and admiration for each other. We have so much love for each other and for our son and really want to extend our love to another child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a suburb near a large metropolitan area in Pennsylvania. Matt was born and raised in West Virginia, which is 20 minutes away. Julie has lived in this community her whole life. Everywhere she goes, she runs into someone she knows!
We built our house four years ago. Our home is really our dream home! The layout is an open floor plan. So, Julie can be cooking in the kitchen and still watch Landon playing in the living room or talk to Matt while he is watching TV. We have a beautiful deck that we sit on nightly when the weather is nice. We grill out all year long.
Our neighborhood is full of children. On nice days you can always see kids playing outside. The kids love when a neighbor gets the bubble machine out and the kids chase the bubbles! Our neighbors are of all ages and backgrounds. We have a few neighborhood get togethers each year. One of our favorites this year was when the kids got together to paint fall pictures outside together.
Our community has festivals and carnivals every few weeks in the summer. The parade route is minutes from our house! Our favorite activity is going to the fireworks display on a Saturday night in one of the local parks.
Our Extended Families
We have a warm loving extended family. We each have one brother. Our grandmothers are so kind and generous great grandmothers. Both of our moms love being grandmothers who spoil the kids every chance they get.
Almost all of our family and friends live within 30 miles of our home! Julie has 18 aunts and uncles and 21 first cousins. Matt has 6 aunts and uncles with 6 first cousins. Family get togethers are always full of lots of laughter and telling of old stories.
Spending time with family is extremely important to us. We do our best to meet up with Matt's brother's family as often as we can whether it's lunch, a museum, or a weekend trip. Our oldest nephew loves to play with Landon and take him under his wing like a big cousin should.
We go on adventures as often as we can with our families. Some of our favorite places to visit are the zoo and science center. Other days we enjoy going swimming or going to a local store for ice cream.
From Us to You
First and foremost we thank you for taking the time to read our letter and taking the time to get to know us. We are so thankful to be considered as potential parents if you choose to pursue adoption. Also, we understand the gravity of a decision such as this and more than anything we understand what a difficult decision this is, but we are sure that your decision will be one made out of love. If you do choose us to be the parents of your child, we will never be able to express our gratitude for your selfless act of love.
Our hope is that this letter will accurately portray the couple we are and the road we have traveled and that it will show how much love and care is waiting to share with your precious child. After reading our profile our hope is that you will find comfort and confidence in the knowledge that we will give your child the very best life that we can.
We have been married for five and a half years. When we were ready to start our family our attempts ended in three miscarriages. As you can imagine, the overwhelming sadness and loss was devastating. At that point we spoke to several friends who have adopted and without exception they all told us that it was the best decision that they ever made and shared their beautiful stories with us. Julie's aunt was also adopted at 9 months and continues to feel overwhelming love and respect to her birth parents. We firmly believe that God's plan is for us to adopt another child and we could not be more excited about this decision and what it means to our family.
Our home has four bedrooms and is in a very kid friendly neighborhood with parks, walking trails, and playgrounds, as well as, several community pools in the area. One of our favorite activities is to be outside and we love to taking walks and enjoy the outdoors. Our community is conveniently located to the city enabling us to take advantages of all the not only fun activities but also educational, sports and historical events. Both our families live in very close proximity to our home and we love visiting them seeing our two nephews and spending time together.
Julie teaches at the local elementary school and Matt sells safety equipment. Both of us are lucky as we enjoy our jobs and work hard but we also know the importance of balance and make sure to enjoy ourselves! Laughter is always on the list and we look forward to spending time together. Bringing another child into this family could only make our lives richer.
Please know that your child will know his/her birth story from the beginning and we will make sure that he/she knows what a blessing adoption is and how much love you showed with your decision. In addition, we are very open to continued communication and the exchange of pictures with you, email, phones calls, or even an open adoption with future visits, whatever is most comfortable for you.
Writing this letter has been an honor and it has been so difficult to put into words the appreciation and respect that we feel for you as we admire your unselfish decision to share your precious gift with another couple. A child is a blessing that we have been praying for and we make our solemn promise of our unconditional love, understanding, and compassion, as well as a secure, stable, loving home, and family life. We welcome the responsibility that a child demands with open arms.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We truly admire your courage and strength in considering adoption for your child and we wish you much peace and love.
With love and admiration,
Matt & Julie
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