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Matt & Tasha
There are few moments in life, this being one of them, when words simply do not express the gratitude that we have for you and the decision that you are considering making. Your bravery, strength and courage are a true testament to your character. Our family has so much love to offer and we have always known that our path was to grow our family through adoption. Thank you for considering us!
Why We Chose Adoption
We have always wanted to adopt. We knew that we wanted to create a family both biologically and through adoption. We have been blessed with two beautiful, compassionate and individually unique daughters. Grayce is an amazing young lady, who is so full of life and the desire to help others. She is an outstanding dancer, loves fashion, enjoys spending time with friends and family, and has a true passion for children! In fact in her free time, she spends time at the schools, snuggling babies and entertaining toddlers. She is a phenomenal big sister to Lilly, and is truly looking forward to enriching the life of another sibling. Lilly, has a smile that is contagious and a heart of gold! She loves learning new things, playing sports, and is always planning play dates with other children. The girls have so much love to give to another sibling and can not wait for us to grow our family!
Becoming parents to Grayce and Lilly has solidified that we were made to be parents and would not want it any other way. We feel confident that it is the right time to expand our family. The love we feel for your child will come instantly, and we vow to always be open about adoption, living by our strong core value that love is unconditional and family is a bond that is not biological but derived from love, honesty and respect for each other.
We love the great outdoors, embracing the four seasons and all they have to offer! In the summer months you will find us at the lake, boating and skiing, enjoying s'mores and evenings playing night games! We also enjoy long walks with the dogs, grilling and dinner on the patio as well as jumping on the trampoline or simply playing in the neighborhood! As the weather turns cooler, trips to the apple orchards, leaf raking and pumpkin patches are always on our list! In the winter we spend time skiing, sledding, skating and playing in the snow (our specialty of course is building snowmen)!
We are avid travelers, and enjoy family vacations both with our immediate family as well as with our extended family and friends. Although we look forward to experiencing new places, the ocean and warm climate are always a win!
We have a home that is focused on a happy family and often times our greatest adventures happen right inside. We all enjoy cooking together, reading books, watching movies, making forts out of blankets, playing games in the sports court or a friendly competition of ping pong! After all life is an adventure and we are looking forward to adding another child to our wonderful journey!
Our Promise to You
We promise that we will provide your child with a lifetime of unconditional love, happiness, guidance and support. We will ensure they receive the best education possible and live in a home filled with joy. Please know that your child will always know how grateful we are for your strength, courage, selflessness, and the love that you have for them. We promise to install not only love but strong values, morals, respect and honesty in your child. We are an ordinary family living a happy life filled with family, friends and traditional values.
There are times when life will not be easy, but we will always be there to support, mentor and nurture your child. We will provide a comfortable home that is filled not only with family and friends, but one that embraces all that life has to offer! We know in our hearts that there is a special child whom is destined to be a part of our family and we are ready to share our life with that child.
Our commitment to you is simple, your child will always be loved and know they are loved.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a beautiful town in Minnesota that is often referred to as a modern day Mayberry! Our home is in a vibrant community that is filled with families and children, one that anytime you look out the window you see children playing, riding bikes and enjoying the numerous parks and pools that we have. We truly live in a neighborhood in which neighbors engage with one another, help each other and sincerely enjoy getting together. Our neighborhood has far exceeded our expectations, and provides an abundance of childhood memories filled with biking, night games, s'mores around the fire pit, parades and holiday celebrations!
From the moment that you walk in our house, you will feel an immediate sense of home and family. Our house has a large kitchen area- where we spend countless hours entertaining, cooking, doing homework, and partaking in simple life talks! The layout of our home is extremely family friendly with four bedrooms on the same level. Downstairs you will find an additional bedroom and a cozy media room, in which we spend many evenings watching movies (this has always been a favorite past time). Fitness also plays a large role in our family, and we have a large sports court area where we spend a great deal of time shooting hoops, dancing, racing scooters and just having fun! Our favorite room however, is our amazing screened porch where many family meals are enjoyed, books are read and coffee/sweet treats are enjoyed!
Our Extended Families
Family that play together stay together and that skill we have mastered! We have been blessed with a family that truly enjoys one another and we sincerely cherish the times that we have with one another. Throughout the year we support each other's children in regards to attending sporting events, activities and special occasions. Although we have family that live near and far, we all come together to partake in summers on the lake, winter beach vacations and holiday traditions and celebrations.
Something that is unique about our family is our German heritage. Tasha's mother is from Germany and we are fortunate enough to have a large extended family overseas. Being that we love to travel, this provides us with the opportunity to visit with family while giving our children a chance to be immersed in other cultures and traditions. Just this past year, we were able to travel abroad to attend a German wedding and welcome a new baby to the family! It is equally as exciting when they come to visit us, for we get to be tourists in our own country, all while creating lasting memories!
The joy and excitement of adding to our family is shared by everyone! Being that adoption has always been part of our "life story" our family has been anxiously awaiting for this time to come. There is a tremendous amount of love, laughter, wisdom and adventures to be had and shared!
From Us to You
Thank you for reading this letter. We are very excited to be taking this step to grow our family! We cannot begin to know what you are feeling at this time, but whatever those feelings may be, please know that we can give you the peace of mind that your child will be raised in a home full of love. It is our hope that as you learn more about us, that you will feel confident in entrusting your child to us, knowing that we always provide them with unconditional love and support.
We have been married for 13 years, and are high school sweethearts! It has been an incredible journey thus far, establishing businesses together, building our home and embracing all of life's adventures. We have a strong and loving network of family and friends that we truly enjoy. By far though, the best part of our marriage was when we became parents. The joy and love we have for Grayce and Lilly are indescribable. It is because of them that we know we have so much more love to give, and that adoption has always been a part of our life story. Grayce is a natural with children, and is looking forward to rocking and snuggling the baby (she has even offered to change diapers)! Lilly has so much that she wants to "teach" and show the new baby, we know that she will provide hours of entertainment! Our hearts and family are truly ready to share our love with another child and we are all beyond excited to grow our family through adoption.
Tasha is the kind of mother that would do anything for her family. She has a heart of gold, is filled with compassion, a sense of adventure, and always looks at the glass half full. She loves reading, cooking, playing, spending time on the water, animals, a good lifetime movie and chocolate! She is the kind of mom that will go to multiple soccer games, head up the carpool, host a sleepover for the kids and then stay up all night sewing beads on a dance costume, all in a day's work. Being a mother is her true calling in life and it has been our dream to grow our family through adoption.
Matt is the coolest dad ever in the eyes of our children! He is always up for anything, whether that be ziplining, rollercoasters, creating the most spectacular haunted house for the neighborhood, or any of life's many adventures- oh and we cannot forget golfing! He is a master chef on the grill and enjoys entertaining friends and family. He has spent his life showing our children what it means to work hard, and his dedication and work ethic has allowed him to be a successful business owner, one of which he built from ground up. His greatest sense of pride and accomplishment though comes from being a father. He spends countless hours coaching team sports, supporting our children's hobbies and dreams, and has endless love for all of us. He is so excited to share his strong love of being a father with another child and has so much unconditional love and wisdom to share.
We are supportive of an open adoption and will work together to create a plan that will respect the level of openness that you choose. We know that you are an important part of our child's life and we plan to be very open with them about their adoption story from the very beginning, providing them with a sense of who they are and where they came from. Our commitment to you is that we will love this child unconditionally. We would love nothing more than to share pictures, emails, phone calls and possible visits with you. Most importantly for them to know that their adoption plan was made with love.
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for considering us for a potential family for your child. We would be honored to give your child an amazing life and would welcome them wholeheartedly into our family.
Matt & Tasha
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