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Matt & Jara
We are Matt and Jara from Kansas. We are very excited about the opportunity to grow our family through adoption and we know you have a very difficult decision ahead of you. We hope that you find the answers you are looking for and may you find peace and comfort with your decision on this journey.
Our Leisure Time
We are fortunate that we don't have to commute for work and we both work in the town we live in. It allows us to have plenty of free time at home. Our favorite activity is walking our dogs, Toby and Specko. They've been our main source of entertainment during the last couple of years especially during the work week. We try to take them to the local dog park at least once a week and walk with them daily.
We love sporting events and live close to the University of Kansas. During the fall we like to go to KU volleyball games and we catch as many basketball games as we can. Kansas City is known for having the loudest fans in the country at Chiefs football games so during the winter, Sundays are for football. We have a group of friends that gets together often to watch the games.
Matt enjoys wood working projects. He made a dresser and is currently working on a desk. He also remodeled most of our previous house on his own. He is very talented.
Jara stays active and takes yoga classes at the local recreation center. She likes to sew and has made several quilts.
We also love to watch movies and binge watching TV series. We are looking forward to what leisure time will look like with a child and expect that we will spend a lot of time at the neighborhood park and making memories.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Our absolute favorite vacation spot is Orange Beach, Alabama. Jara started going there with her family when she was about 10 years old. Her family tries to go twice a year. Her parents have a condo down there so it feels like a second home to us.
The Orange Beach or Gulf Shores area of Alabama has an amazing beach. It is known for having soft white sand and emerald waters. It is a really popular destination during the summer months so we try to go before memorial day or right after labor day. The last three years we've been able to go with Jara's parents over the school's spring break.
When we are there we love to relax and play on the beach. We go for walks and look for seashells. There is a state fishing pier that we try to go to every year. We love to try a few new restaurants when we are down there, but we also love to eat at our favorites.
We try to go ride go-karts every year and if there is ever a rainy day, we go to the arcade.
We even had our wedding there at a resort. So we have been able to share our favorite vacation spot with a lot of our family and friends.
Fun Facts About Us:
Our House and Neighborhood
We just moved into our house in early 2019. It is our dream house and one we can see ourselves living in for a long time. The house has three bedrooms, a large living room, and our kitchen/dining room is an open area. We have a large fenced-in backyard where we like to play fetch with our dogs. Our neighborhood has several families with young children. It almost feels like our neighborhood is out of a movie to have so many kids riding bikes and running between houses.
We live about four blocks from the brand new elementary school in town. The school has a new playground and swing sets. We are also close to walking trails, bike trails and a community park. Our town is known for being a playful city. We have a golf course in town and two city pools. They just recently added a ninja warrior type obstacle course, basketball courts, and a skate park on the trail closest to our house.
Several of our friends and my sister have kids that would be around the same age as your child. The community also has several youth activities available through our recreation center, local schools, and universities.
Our Extended Families
We both have amazing families, but they are very different. Matt is the oldest of his two siblings. He has one brother and one sister, they are both currently attending college. His dad is a helicopter pilot for an EMS company. His mom works at the elementary school library in Matt's home town.
Matt's family has a tradition that on Christmas morning they open their Christmas stockings. Everyone, including his mom and dad, get presents in their stockings from Santa. They also get a Christmas ornament that is a memento of the year. His family is very thoughtful. His grandma's birthday is also on Christmas so we take birthday cake to the nursing home to share.
Jara is the youngest of her two siblings. She has two nephews and four nieces. Jara's family gathers at least once a month. Most of our gatherings are all about the grandchildren. Family events include watching the oldest nephews baseball games and having water days at Jara's parents. We love that everyone lives close enough to get together so often. Jara's mom works in the library at the middle school in town. Jara's father works at the same company as Jara and Matt.
We love celebrating birthdays and making the day special for the kids. It is important to us to be involved in their lives. Your child would have several cousins close in age and older cousins that will be great role models as they grow up.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We hope that this letter helps you understand us better and gives you comfort in your decisions.
We started dating in July of 2014. We knew early in the relationship that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. We got engaged September of 2015 and married in June of 2016. We had a beautiful destination wedding and were fortunate to have over 60 of our closest friends and family members join us. We spent the first year of marriage just enjoying the honeymoon phase and having weekly date nights and weekend getaways. We have a very strong and healthy relationship. It is important to truly be yourself in a relationship and we both feel like we bring out the best in one another. The two of us could have had a great life together, but we wanted more.
In the fall of 2018, we visited multiple specialists to determine why we were having problems trying to conceive naturally. We tried several different treatments but with every failed attempt, our resentment with the process grew. By the summer of 2019, we decided that the ups and downs of infertility treatments was not for us. We really want children. We really want to be parents and decided adoption is the right path for us.
We love kids. We love watching them learn and grow with every new day. It is one of the reasons why we decided that we didn't want to delay this next step of our journey any longer. We are ready to welcome your child into our life with open arms. We promise to be the best Mother and Father that we can be. We are ready to be there for them, to guide them, to read to them and to teach them new things. We want to celebrate that they are our child everyday and we want to show them how happy life can be when you have the love and support of a large family. We want to make sure they know they are the most important part of our world and that we would do anything for them.
We want to share our life with your child. We want to help them be his/her true self and be comfortable with who they are. We want to take road trips to the beach or just simply a short drive to Grandma's house. We have even joked that we are excited to re-learn about the stuff they taught you in school growing up as we help with homework in the evenings. We are certain that life will be an adventure with us.
We want to reassure you that we will share letters and pictures of your child with you if you want them. We are open to communicating via email and phone to share milestones your child has throughout his/her life. You will always be thought of positively in our household and we will only show respect when telling our child about you. Thank you for taking the time to read about us and we hope that whatever path you take, it is exactly what you and your child need.
This next journey in our lives would not be possible without you, your strength and your courage.
With love and respect,
Matt & Jara
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