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Matthew & Katheryn
This is what we promise you: We will love your child with all our hearts. We will tell them often that you love them. We will always stay in touch with you and keep you updated each step of the way as they grow. Your child will grow up knowing that you love them fiercely, and proud of the choice you made to give them a family out of that love.
Adoption in Our Lives
We couldn’t wait to start our family when we got married, but soon discovered that we were infertile. God used this to lead us to the most beautiful family we could ever hope to have. We are forever grateful to the amazing birth mothers who made us a family.
Verity is spunky, friendly, and always drawing pictures for people. Gethey is a gentle nurturer who loves babies, reading and cats. Bosco is a charmer with a magnetic personality. Hyacinth is a spitfire who makes us laugh and is a little Momma to her younger siblings. Kempis is the biggest sweetheart who gives long hugs and adores balloons. Zephyr is an absolute doll who runs around telling her older siblings what to do and roars with laughter at her own “knock knock” jokes.
The experience of open adoption with their birth parents has blessed our lives, and we are passionate about it. It has been a healing, powerful, and joyful experience. Their birth families have truly become part of our family. Words cannot express how dearly we love being a Mom and Dad, and our hearts are so hopeful for another child through adoption. Our whole family is so excited to welcome a new baby home and are ready to love her/him with all our hearts.
What It Means to Be Parents
We are young, active, and very involved parents. As a family we love the outdoors and like to go hiking, camping and fishing. We treasure every moment with our children and thoroughly enjoy them! We love being a large family and the extra love, fun, and the close bonds that we share because of that. Since we are a large family we make sure to make it an extra priority to celebrate our children individually and spend a lot of intentional alone time with each of them. We take them out on one-on-one dates and make time for the little things that are important to them.
Matthew calls the kids from work during the day to say “I love you” on the phone and hear how their day is going. As soon as he gets home from work we have family dinner, and then he spends time with the kids. He either takes them into the backyard to play, reads them books, or builds legos with them. Katheryn loves being a stay-at-home mom more than anything - it’s what she has dreamed of being ever since she was a little girl. She loves having time throughout the day to nurture the children's hearts and to develop strong relationships with them as they grow.
As a mixed race family we acknowledge and honor our differences. We love our beautiful family! Verity, Gethey, and Zephyr are African American/Caucasian, Bosco and Kempis are African American and Hyacinth is Hispanic/Caucasian. We do everything we can to educate ourselves and surround our children with supportive people who share their race and know what it is like to grow up African American. We take the kids to our local African American hair salon for hair appointments and to learn how to take proper care of their beautiful hair. Katheryn is learning braiding and is determined to keep learning and get better and better at it. Our girls love it when they get their hair braided and look in the mirror with such pride in their eyes after. We come from a multi-cultural extended family as well. Katheryn’s uncle and her sister’s fiancé are African American and we also have family members who are Brazilian, bi-racial, Vietnamese, and Japanese. We are committed to researching and celebrating your child’s ethnicity so that we can educate and raise her/him with a proud sense of identity. We are intentional about having African American dolls and books, and we attend a church where there is a lot of racial diversity and has an African pastor. We are so proud of our family’s mixed heritage, and are raising our children to be proud of who they are and where they come from.
Our House and Neighborhood
We want our home to be the place where our children always feel safe, loved, and accepted no matter what. We live in the beautiful, evergreen state of Washington where there are trees everywhere. We live close to mountains and beaches where we love to take family camping trips. We just recently bought a lovely new house in the town where Katheryn’s parents live. Our home is perfect for our family and is large with many bedrooms and a wonderful open layout downstairs. It has a fenced backyard with lots of fruit trees and open grass to run and play on with a cement covered patio as well for bikes, chalk, and basketballs.
Our beautiful neighborhood is very quiet and safe. There are many families with young kids on our street which is wonderful! Our favorite park is just a few blocks from our house. It is so much fun with a walking path and awesome play structure that the kids just love. In the summer they have a sprinkler park/water feature open there. We dream of another little one filling our hearts and home!
Our Extended Families
We both come from large families: Matthew is the eldest of 11 children and Katheryn the eldest of 12! Our kids are adored and spoiled by so many. Katheryn’s family is an Italian/Irish family with lots of food, laughter, nicknames and fun personalities. Katheryn’s parents live on a farm close to our house and they are very involved in our lives. Katheryn’s two youngest sisters are 11 year old twins adopted from Vietnam, and they are attached at the hip with our girls. We go over for big family dinners each weekend and the kids run around on their five acres, play with the farm animals, and collect the chicken eggs. Matthew’s family lives in California, and we try to take a road trip down to see them once a year. They love to play games as a family at their huge dining room table and go for family hikes. They like to have music sessions where everyone sings or plays an instrument together. The kids always especially look forward to baking cookies with Matthew’s Mom. Your child will be treasured and dearly loved by all!
From Us to You
Hello! We hope that through this profile you have started to get to know us. We want our lives to be an open book to you, so please ask us whatever you want to know. We are eager to share our hearts with you!
We met when we were eight years old and became childhood friends and then later college sweethearts. We are each other’s best friends and more in love than when we got married twelve years ago. We share a deep faith in God and love our children to pieces! We love being a large family and the extra love, warmth, support and close bonds we share because of that. It is very important to us to celebrate and nurture relationships with our children as individuals and spend a lot of intentional one-on-one time with each one. We are excited to have Verity, Gethey, Bosco, Hyacinth, Kempis, and Zephyr as older siblings for your child, especially since they will be able to share the bond of adoption and ethnicity in a mixed-race family. Our whole family is so excited to welcome a new baby home, and to love her/him with all our hearts.
Our love for a child carried and born in our hearts through adoption is no different than it would be for a child who came to us through our bodies. The only difference is in the story of how God brought them to us. We will remind your child that not only do we love them dearly, but that so does another set of parents, who are also thinking about them. We will be open and honest with your child from day one about their adoption story, making sure they know that your decision to have us parent was made because you love them. We will honor our commitments to you and we will not promise you anything that we will not follow through on.
Please know that you will always be an important part of your child’s life, and we want to share as much of their life with you as you want. We will keep you posted as he or she grows by sending you pictures and letters, emails, phone calls, video calls - whatever your comfort level is. We want you to see pictures of when they first start sitting up on their own, videos of them saying their first word, and a text picture of their Halloween costume when they are ready to go out trick-or-treating. Sharing your child’s life with you as he/she grows would be a joy to us!
Most of all, we want you to know that we will love your child with all our hearts. We want to raise them to be secure in who they are, where they come from, and how very loved they are. We will encourage your child to be the individual that God created him or her to be, and daily tell them how very much we love and are proud of who they are. We will help them to achieve their dreams and provide a superb education. We promise you that he or she will grow up knowing how very, very much you love them and proud of what you did for them.
With all our hearts,
Matthew & Katheryn
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