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Matt & Marlo
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for reading our profile. Even though we have not met, we feel a great compassion for you and the journey you are on. We are so excited about the opportunity to adopt and believe adoption is truly a selfless and loving gift. Our family cannot wait to extend our love to another child, and we hope you will consider us.
Why We Chose Adoption
Our family is the greatest joy in our life. We cherish each day that we have together and love the opportunity to be able to watch our sweet children grow and develop into unique and special individuals.
We love our children and love everything about having a large family. We wanted more children and after losing three babies through miscarriage, we prayed a lot about the future of our family and what that would look like. We felt strongly that our family was not yet complete. We are so excited to love and grow with another child. Since Marlo stays at home with the children and Matt works from home, we have a unique situation where we are together with our children a majority of the time. This provides the opportunity and time that it takes to care for multiple children. We also have a "family council" on a regular basis where we discuss needs and plan our schedules to ensure that everyone is on the same page. We enjoy spending individual time with our children and ensure that this happens by planning "dates" with them where we take them out to eat or do an activity with them alone. Our children are so excited for a new sibling. They love being together whether it be exploring outside, playing a board game, or watching a movie. They express their excitement often about being able to have another baby in our home to play with and love. It's hard to describe how we feel about welcoming another child into our home, but as a family we are so excited to meet and love a new baby!
Our Family Traditions
We have several traditions in our family that we look forward to. We have daily, weekly, and yearly traditions. A few that we try to do each day are eating, praying, and reading scriptures together. We find these are great opportunities to learn about how everyone's day went and also provides a time where teaching and counsel can take place.
Some things that we do on a weekly basis, usually on the weekends, are going to the library, movies, or out to eat as a family. These are also times that the whole family looks forward to doing something fun and relaxing together at the end of a busy week.
Christmas time at our house is looked forward to each year. A tradition that is very dear to us is on Christmas Eve we eat dinner by candlelight. We then sing many Christmas songs followed by reading the story of Jesus' birth. We then open our Christmas presents. Christmas morning we look forward to what Santa has brought!
In the summer, we love the 4th of July. We usually eat barbecue, go to a park to play and ride bikes or scooters, and then go get ice cream before heading to an outstanding fireworks show.
We love spending time together and these traditions have developed into times that we really look forward to as well as providing some very sweet memories. We can't wait to share these with another child!
Addressing Cultural Diversity
We believe that everyone, of every race or culture, is of great worth and that we are all children of God. As parents we make a great effort to teach our children these same principles. We believe this not only instills in them an understanding of who they are, but also helps them have love and compassion towards others.
We both have had the opportunity through our schooling and careers to develop relationships with people from many different races and cultures. We have valued those relationships over the years. We have the privilege of living right outside of a university town where there are many opportunities to learn about different cultures and interact with people from all over the world.
Our children have friends of several different races from school and within our community. As a family we look forward to incorporating this child's culture into our lives. We will make sure that your child will be around children who not only share the same cultural background as he/she does, but children of all ethnicities. We look forward to and are excited about this opportunity to expand our family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in the country and love every minute! We have 30 acres and enjoy the opportunity to have cattle, goats, rabbits, horses, and a dog. We both grew up riding horses and have enjoyed giving this opportunity to our children as well. We also love having the space to play baseball, soccer, basketball, and volleyball as a family. We have woods and a pond where our kids love to fish and explore.
We live right outside a major university town. We have the opportunity to interact with and learn about people of different cultures and races from all over the world through university sponsored activities, community cultural celebrations, sporting events, and our local library even has a multicultural story time. Our children also have friends at school of many different races. Some of these children are also part of adoptive families. We welcome and are excited for the opportunity to learn about our child's culture and heritage as they grow, and we feel fortunate to live in an area where that opportunity will be readily available.
Our family enjoys and frequently visits the nearby swimming pools, bike trails, and parks. We love where we live and know that it is an area where a child will have a wonderful childhood filled with fun memories and unique opportunities.
Our Extended Families
Matt is an only child and Marlo has one older sister. Matt's parents live a couple hours away and come often to their grandchildren's sporting, music, and 4H events. They are both retired and look forward to loving another grandchild. We often play games like Go Fish or Uno when Matt's parents visit.
Marlo's mom lives about 4 hours away in quiet small town where our kids love to visit. They can ride their bikes and go to the local grocery store to get a treat! At Christmas Marlo and her sister's family always get together at their mom's. They have a tradition of going out to eat and then going bowling as a family. The next day they have Christmas dinner, open gifts, and play games. Our families have come to look forward to being able to spend this quality time together each year.
Our families are both very supportive and excited about another child coming to our family. Your child is sure to have many opportunities for different experiences as well as so much love as part of our family.
From Us to You
Thank you so much for taking the time to view our profile. We cannot adequately express in words how we feel about the opportunity to adopt.
We met nearly 15 years ago at the university where Marlo was working after graduating and Matt was getting his Ph.D. It was meant to be, and we connected on many different levels and realized quickly that we had many of the same goals in life. We have been married for 14 years and over time our love has only deepened as we have went through many different experiences, both wonderful and challenging.
It has been the joy of our life to be parents and to work together in life on raising our children. Our family is our number one priority. We make sure in all of our decisions that our family is put first. We love being together and plan as much of our time and activities together as possible.
Our 12-year-old daughter, Kathryn, is smart, loves to read and play the clarinet. She is a good listener and loves good conversation. Our 9-year-old son, Cole, loves riding horses and playing sports. He has the biggest heart - he always wants to be together as a family and is concerned when others are sad. Our 7-year-old son, Luke, is clever and funny. He always has a smile on his face. He loves to pretend, explore, play soccer, and help mom in the kitchen. Our youngest daughter, Reese, is four. She is sweet and energetic. She loves animals and takes every opportunity she has to be around ours. She looks forward everyday to playing with her older siblings, and they do a great job to include her.
We have recently suffered the loss of three babies from miscarriage and realized that we were not going to be able to have any more biological children. However, we know in our hearts that our family is not yet complete. As we decided to pursue adoption, we have gained hope again, and we are so excited to welcome a new baby into our home.
We have the utmost compassion and respect for you as you consider adoption and go through this experience. We believe that considering adoption is making the most selfless decision that you can make and we hope that in some small way we have been able to convey our absolute love of family and what life would be like in our home. We are so excited for this opportunity. We cannot wait until the day another sweet baby joins our family.
We want you to be involved in knowing how your child is doing throughout life. We understand how comforting it would be to know that they are healthy, happy, and loved. We look forward to contact with you over the years. We are happy to talk and send pictures. If it is possible we would also welcome meeting on occasion so you can see your child. We think this will also be comforting for the child to understand who they are.
Thank you again for taking the time to get to know us. We certainly look forward to this next chapter in our family and we wish you well as you decide whether adoption is the right choice for you and your child.
Matt & Marlo
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