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Matt & Wendy
We care about you as birth parents. While we don't know all you are going through, we will do our best to love you and your child. Loving, guiding, and supporting children to become the best version of themselves is something we take pride in. We feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to care for this child. Thank you for considering us.
We have an active, fun, and eventful lifestyle. Wendy is a stay-at-home mom, and finds many activities to be involved in that include serving on the board with her family business, volunteering with the grade school parent association, coaching youth sports, working out, hiking, gardening, cooking, and juggling kids activities. Matt works longer hours at his job Mondays through Thursdays to be able to have Fridays at home with the kids. Matt volunteers at the church and enjoys running, soccer, and playing games. Our oldest son, Jack, is in first grade at a public school near our house. We like to ride bikes to school on warm, sunny days. Caleb goes to a small preschool two days out of the week with a teacher that we love.
Many of our activities are centered around our kids. Indoors we enjoy playing Legos, reading books, or doing puzzles. In our backyard we often play chase, hide and seek, and swing. Some days we transform into superheroes and run around the house fighting evil. As a family we like to go camping, play at the beach, and sled in the snow. This year we are enjoying touring Oregon with our exchange student from Thailand. We have fun together and are grateful for these opportunities to spend time together at home and out adventuring.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Matt About Wendy: I love how caring and thoughtful Wendy is. She is often thinking about how to keep our kids safe, meet family member needs, and make a positive difference in the lives of others. Wendy is organized and a hard-worker. She encourages getting our family out to do various activities including attending sporting events, gathering with extended family, and participating in various kid activities like music, gymnastics, soccer, and playdates. I appreciate her ability to keep our family running smoothly.
Wendy About Matt: I love that Matt is kind, honest, and consistent. He is home every evening and makes time to care for the kids and me as we get ready for dinner and bed. Matt does a lot of chores around the house including washing dishes, washing and folding laundry, and mowing the lawn. Matt is easy-going and even-tempered which makes him agreeable and consistent in how he interacts with others. The kids love playing chase and superheroes with Matt as well as reading books and telling stories together. He is a wonderful dad and husband.
Diversity highlights the uniqueness of individuals and influences how we live and experience life in this world. Through coaching, work, church, and school, we have been fortunate to meet and become friends with people that come from many different cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. We are continuing to learn about our own privilege and bias as well as how to stand up to injustice when we see it.
This year we are hosting an exchange student from Thailand which is helping our family appreciate and have greater understanding for different people, languages, traditions, holidays, and world views. We believe that getting to know people different from ourselves helps us to learn, grow, and have a greater empathy for people in general.
It is important to have role models, toys, characters in books, and friends that look like you, so we will make that a priority for our children. A sense of security and belonging are critical in a family and something we will do our best to foster with all of our children.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a small college town in Oregon. We love the community we live in. We are only a short drive from the forest, beach, and mountains. There is a park with a play structure, pond, amphitheater, and community garden a short walk or bike ride from our house. We enjoy watching and playing sports, especially soccer, basketball, and ultimate frisbee. We like to swim at the community pool and paddle at a family lake during the summer. We go to our local public library a couple times a month and the kids fill a bag with books that we enjoy reading together. There is a vibrant farmers market year-round that we like stopping at and picking up fresh produce.
We live within walking distance to Wendy's mom and sister. We have apple trees, pear trees, and a cherry tree. We have a play fort in the back yard with swings and a garden for nibbling strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Our house has a large open living room with windows looking out over the countryside, a loft where we watch movies, and a covered porch where we enjoy eating on warm summer evenings.
We live a in a beautiful place that is abundant with resources and activities to help kids and parents thrive.
Our Extended Families
Wendy has an identical twin sister living in the same town, which leads to a lot of awkward conversations with people thinking they know her but really they know her sister, Sally. Sally and her family live within walking distance from our house. Her son often plays with our kids, usually Legos and make-believe games. Wendy's mom also lives within walking distance and joins us regularly for meals, trips, and kids activities.
Matt's parents live on a farm a couple hours away and we enjoy going to visit them a few times a year. Matt's mom is a retired nurse, who recently worked for a pregnancy clinic. She has been a great support and resource. Matt is close with his two brothers and they connect online to play computer games once a week. Matt's youngest brother is expecting his first child next year, so there will be cousins close in age.
We have great relationships with our extended families and they are supportive and excited about our decision to adopt and add to our family.
From Us to You
You are brave and courageous. We want to get to know you and love you and your child. We can only imagine how difficult this is and how much you want to make a good choice for you and your child moving forward. We hope to provide some comfort in our passion for parenting, commitment to following God, and desire to raise a healthy and happy family.
We have been married for nine years and we have two boys, Jack and Caleb. Jack and Caleb will make excellent big brothers and they are already talking about how they will care for and play with their new sister or brother. We make it a priority in our house that siblings stick together and support each other in hopes that they will be life-long friends and allies. Our dog, Charley, is a 5 year-old Labrador that is extremely patient and gentle with our kids. We love being parents and we promise to love your child like we love our birth children. Our goal as parents is to love, teach, guide, and support our kids to lead happy and healthy lives. We want our kids to know, love, and follow God. We care about each child and value their differences and unique strengths. We want to help them become the best version of themselves. We would like three children and are very excited with the possibility of adding our third child through adoption.
If you would like us to, we will gladly visit before the child is born. We would like to talk with you about your desires for staying connected and work together to build a healthy relationship. We care about you and your child and will do our best to love, support, and encourage you throughout this process and the life of the child. We will be available by phone and e-mail. We will send pictures and not forget about you. You are important and we want you to be a part of this child's life as well as ours.
We will tell this child about their adoption and about their birth parents. We will speak positively of you and we will let the child know that they are loved and that they belong exactly where they are. Belonging and significance in a family are critical and we want both you and your child to feel that with us. If this child is a different race or ethnicity, we are prepared to love and acknowledge his or her differences as well as similarities. We will do our best to connect him or her with supports, mentors, and role models of the same race to help guide them so they can navigate and succeed in life. We are and will continue to work with all of our kids to recognize and stand up to injustice.
There are many ways that families are built and we feel blessed and honored to be considered to adopt and raise your child. Thank you for your courage, bravery, and trust in this process. We will pray for you as you navigate this challenging time.
Matt & Wendy
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