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Matt & Amanda
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We are honored to be able to show you a little bit more about our life with our adopted son, Weston. We both come from strong, loving, tight-knit families and want to continue their legacy in our own family. We put faith and family first, and would love nothing more than to complete our family and continue our adventures together.
Our Leisure Time
We are a very social bunch, so you will find us with family and friends (and good food!) almost every weekend. Family dinners are a weekly thing on both sides and cousin time is Weston's favorite! Whether it is watching a football game in the fall, a playground picnic with friends, or just a Sunday dinner potluck, we thrive when we are with people we admire and love. In the warmer months, you can find us by Matt's parents' pool or at the beach. The beach has been a wonderful tradition for Amanda since she was a little girl, and Matt enjoys early morning runs on the beach, playing with Weston in the ocean, and building sand castles. We also love to travel and show Weston different parts of the world. He has been to a dozen states so far, with more to come! Exposure to different cultures, people and places is definitely important to us and we want our children to see the world and explore it all.
We live across the street from a 300-acre park and most weeknights are spent on our bikes, at the playground, or going to a weekly concert that our township hosts in the park. The location of our house also puts us in a perfect spot to jump on the bike trails and be downtown in minutes. Now that Weston is getting older, he now brings his "big boy" bike or scooter and we enjoy finding new places to ride, going to a new restaurant for a snack break, or just heading to a playground so Weston can climb! Our town has too many parks to count and visiting new playgrounds is a daily activity!
We also love to visit our local library, where many events are held for children, and visiting the farmers market for local, tasty food. Both are within minutes of our house, and we love to explore what the town has to offer each weekend.
How Adoption Has Affected Us Personally
God made a way for adoption early in our relationship. To say that adoption has been and will continue to be the best decision we have ever and will ever make, is an understatement. Adopting Weston in 2017 not only gave us our son, but gave us another family. We were fortunate enough to have been chosen by Weston's birth mother early in her pregnancy. She shared appointment updates and we emailed back and forth to get to know each other better. This allowed us to form a strong, healthy relationship. It also gave us insight on her love for Weston and how adoption was affecting her as well. We met our birth mother and her extended family and continue to have contact with them today. We share pictures, videos, and stories of Weston often and she loves our updates, big and small. Weston's birth mother and her family made such a difficult choice, but in the end, both her family and our family feel that we gained another family through this experience.
Through our relationship with our birth mother, adoption has opened our eyes to be more empathetic, patient, and resilient. Most importantly, it has made us rely on God's plan above all else. God chose Weston for our family. We are continually amazed by God's grace in Weston's life. We know that our family is not complete, and God has made it clear (again!) that another person is needed to make it whole.
Our Individual Strengths
Matt is as loyal, hardworking, and determined as they come. His loyalty is evident with his closeness to his family and friends. He will do anything and everything to help out any family and friends in need. Matt takes fatherhood and his career very seriously! Being attentive with Weston, from the minute he walks in the door after work, has made me fall in love with him all over again. He takes off work to attend Weston's well checkups, and plays with him until Weston is about to fall asleep in the playroom each night! Outside the walls of our house, Matt is incredibly diligent at work and is known as someone who always makes sure his work is done accurately and with attention to detail.
Amanda is bubbly and vivacious. A friend to everyone, Amanda seems to make everyone around her feel that she has known them for years. Her empathy and energy is infectious, which helps make her career as a counselor a perfect fit for her personality. She listens actively when others speak and always circles back to make sure that the other person feels loved and appreciated. Amanda is an amazing mother who is teaching Weston how to love others well, and to articulate himself so we understand how he is feeling - no small feat for the mom of a little boy!
Our House and Neighborhood
As soon as we walked into this house, we knew it was for us. Our 4 bedroom single home is one of about 200 homes and is situated in a cul-de-sac, perfect for bike riding and playing games. We love hosting as often as we can and our house is usually a gathering place for family and friend events in the finished basement or large back patio. Weston's favorite room in the house has to be the playroom on the main floor with lots of puzzles, books, trucks, and more. Our favorite room is the family room. It is a high ceiling, filled with windows and a fireplace. The sunlight shines through and warms us up. And our dog particularly loves the fenced in backyard!
Our neighborhood is across the street from a 300-acre park with a very well-known large playground, perfect for all ages. The town often plans festivals, 5Ks, and bike races that Matt loves to participate in. The neighborhood and town have biking paths throughout, and we are often seen on our beach cruisers with Weston biking into town. Our neighborhood also has a strong social committee and Amanda serves on the "Sunshine" committee. The social club plans family-friendly events every month designed to build and strengthen our little community. The Halloween parade meets outside our house and it has become a fun tradition that the neighborhood (and we!) enjoy. There are kids everywhere and we love every minute of it!
Our Extended Families
We have both been very fortunate to have been raised by strong, loving families on both sides that still remain very close to us to this day. Both sets of parents lives within miles of one another, and have actually become good friends themselves! This has made holidays, vacations, and family time very easy! We live less than 20 minutes from both of them, making it very simple to get together.
Matt's parents have been married for 45 years and their bond has continually been strengthened through their professional and personal travels throughout the world. Matt and his two siblings are also very close and love spending time together. Matt's brother, sister-in-law, and their son live a few miles down the road from us and it has been fun to watch their son and Weston, who are 10 days apart, grow up together. When the whole family is together, we enjoy chasing around Weston and our nephew, playing in the grandparents' pool, and weekly family meals together.
Amanda's parents have been married 47 years and have enjoyed watching their family grow in recent years with more grandchildren from Amanda's sisters. We love spending time with our 6 nieces/nephews and watching them love Weston. Amanda's family also enjoys trips to the beach and loves spending afternoons playing beach games and jumping the waves. Our families are thrilled about our decision to adopt again and can't wait to meet the new baby!
From Us to You
We can only imagine what you are going through during this season of your life. We are honored for your consideration as potential parents as you make this significant decision, and would consider ourselves incredibly blessed to have your child in our lives forever. We have been fortunate to experience the unparalleled joy that comes with being an adoptive parent but we look forward to seeing how this joy grows exponentially with the addition of another child in our family; making our family complete and whole. Watching Weston and his sibling grow up together will undoubtedly be one of the greatest joys of our life. A sibling is a built-in best friend and we have been fortunate to experience this within our own families and we look forward to fostering this with Weston and the new child.
We cannot wait to share our lives with the little one; he or she will have a very excited group of grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins set to welcome them into our family! Sharing holidays, vacations and just casual get-togethers with our extended families is one of the greatest joys of our life and these moments are only enhanced in the most profound of ways by sharing these memories with our children.
Our hope for this child is that first and foremost, he or she will feel loved and cared for at all times. We then hope that this love blossoms into this child becoming a strong and loving young person that has the confidence, maturity and empathy to head out in the world to pursue their passions and care for those around them. These are goals that we take very seriously and as two extremely hard-working and dedicated individuals, please know that we will tirelessly pursue the best life possible for our family. We believe that the cornerstone of fostering this type of environment is in the relationship that we share together as husband and wife. We have been in each other's lives now for nearly 15 years in some capacity and over this time together, we have forged a relationship built on trust, compassion, and love. This is not to say that our time together has always been easy, and our relationship has been tested by numerous personal challenges, but despite all of this, we have always persevered and ultimately become stronger as a couple. This strength has carried over into how we operate as mother and father as we do not simply tell our children we love them, we strive to show them what this looks like through both good times and bad.
Finally, we want you to know that even though you may not be spending each day with your child, we are fully committed to maintaining a level of connection between our two families, in whichever way makes you feel comfortable. At a minimum, we will send letters and pictures to keep you informed of the life your child is leading. In our experience, the hardest part about this is narrowing down what pictures to send from all of the memories we'll build together. Beyond this part of the relationship, we are open to having your child reconnect with you and your family (should you want this), after the birth/placement. How our son or daughter enters our family will never be a secret and we would ultimately view you as an extension of our own family. We view Weston's biological family as our extended family, and would open that door to you, if you so choose it.
Thank you again for considering us as parents for your child. You will be granting us the greatest gift we could possibly ask for!
Matt & Amanda
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