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Matt & Karla

We hope to grow our family through adoption and we are honored to share our story with you! We are so eager and excited to provide a child a home filled with faith, love and laughter. We want to be the best parents we can be by instilling faith, a good work ethic, patience, kindness and respect. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and our prayer to become parents.

About Us

Matt
Karla
Job
IT Engineer
Marketing & Communications Director
Education
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science
Master's Degree in Public Relations and Advertising
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

At Fullerton Harbor on Lake Michigan

We affectionately call Sunday “Sunday Funday” where we try to spend as much time together, and if at all possible spend it outdoors. These activities range from snowshoeing around our lake house to taking our dog Porter for a long hike at a nearby forest preserve. Most spring, summer, and fall Sunday Fundays end with us relaxing on our deck, eating dinner and playing games. Karla loves to garden during the spring and summer, which helps provide fresh vegetables straight to the grill for most of these dinners. Being some-what skilled woodworker, Matt recently built sectional seating for our deck that allows for some comfortable lounging options.

For those rainy, cold, unbearable forced indoor Sunday Fundays, Karla likes to fill the house with delicious aromas from the oven or crockpot (this is amplified for weeks during Christmas when she makes dozens upon dozens of Christmas cookies, it’s awesome). These indoor days are centered on playing games, working on a puzzle and planning our next favorite thing to do: traveling the world together.

Karla has always loved to travel and caught the travel bug even more when she studied abroad at Cambridge University in England. Matt was more of a domesticated traveler and previously enjoyed climbing trips to Colorado. Since getting married, Karla has successfully passed the bug onto Matt. It doesn’t matter if it’s an international destination or two states over, we love exploring new places and trying local flavors.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

Exploring Scotland

Karla About Matt: One quality that first drew me to Matt was his faith. Throughout difficult times, including our infertility, Matt’s faith has never wavered. He reminds me when I’m frustrated or worried to leave whatever is troubling me with God. He’s my rock and helps me to make sure everything I do is rooted in my faith. He’s also thoughtful, detailed and kind. He has a passion for doing a good job the first time and not cutting corners. He’s proud of working hard, whether it’s completing a project around the house or an initiative at his work. He’s also driven to learn new things. From watching YouTube videos on how to make cold brew coffee to reading about the Apollo space program computer system.

Matt About Karla: Since I met Karla, I have been in awe of how much compassion she has for everyone around her. You could be having the worst day in the world, grumpy as can be, but Karla will still go out of her way to make you feel better. Karla has this ability to see the best in everyone and wants to help everyone see the best in themselves. Karla’s compassion and love for everyone are most evident when she is in “teaching mode.” Be it coaching girl’s junior high basketball, teaching me how to make waffles, or mentoring a colleague at work. It is this compassion and love I can’t wait to see Karla pass on to our child during all those life’s teachable moments.

Adoption in Our Family

Adoption has affected us personally in many ways. Karla has two cousins that were both adopted as infants. One of the cousins was adopted almost twelve years before Karla was born, but even with the age difference, we are still very close with her and her family (her two daughters were our flower girls for our wedding).

The other cousin stayed with Karla and her parents when she was in high school. They lived in another state and since the baby they adopted was born in Chicago, they had to stay in Illinois for three weeks. Even to this day Karla remembers her new little cousin “christening” their couch, which was a hilarious moment and a story to this day we still talk about even though this cousin is now engaged to be married!

One of Matt’s best friends adopted a bi-racial newborn baby over two years ago. We have had the joy of watching the family grow together as well as with the birth mother. They have been and continue to be a source of knowledge and support while we have been on our adoption journey.

We feel fortunate to continue to see the joy and love adoption brings to our family and friends as well as a support network readily available to whatever comes up along this journey.

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Silly Faces With a Friend's Daughter
Silly Faces With a Friend's Daughter
Snowshoeing at the Lake House
Snowshoeing at the Lake House
At Wrigley Field in Chicago
At Wrigley Field in Chicago
Visiting Cousins in Sweden
Visiting Cousins in Sweden
Karla With a Friend's New Daughter
Karla With a Friend's New Daughter
Exploring Austin
Exploring Austin
Sunset Kiss in Scotland
Sunset Kiss in Scotland
Christmas PJs
Christmas PJs
At a Mumford and Sons Concert
At a Mumford and Sons Concert
Hiking in Seattle
Hiking in Seattle
At the Beach With Porter
At the Beach With Porter
With Our Goddaughter, Anya
With Our Goddaughter, Anya
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Silly Faces With a Friend's Daughter
Silly Faces With a Friend's Daughter
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Snowshoeing at the Lake House
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At Wrigley Field in Chicago
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Visiting Cousins in Sweden
Visiting Cousins in Sweden
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Karla With a Friend's New Daughter
Karla With a Friend's New Daughter
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Exploring Austin
Exploring Austin
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Sunset Kiss in Scotland
Sunset Kiss in Scotland
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Christmas PJs
Christmas PJs
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At a Mumford and Sons Concert
At a Mumford and Sons Concert
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Hiking in Seattle
Hiking in Seattle
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At the Beach With Porter
At the Beach With Porter
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With Our Goddaughter, Anya
With Our Goddaughter, Anya

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

Our home is a cozy three-bedroom ranch with a finished basement located in an established suburb of Chicago. Our finished basement is our go-to-hangout spot when we have family game nights and parties for the Super Bowl, birthdays and other gatherings. We have a large table that provides plenty of space for extended family dinners, playing games or working on a puzzle.

When the weather is nice, we enjoy spending time outside in our fenced-in backyard with Porter. Our backyard features a sizable deck with additional seating and a large dining table to enjoy meals and playing games outside. We also have a bricked patio area with a fire pit. Many of our spring, summer and fall evenings are spent outside surrounded by friends and family and lots of s’mores!

We are a few blocks away from a variety of parks with playgrounds, baseball fields, basketball courts, as well as walking paths. We are also walking distance to two major hiking/biking trails. Our village offers many different seasonal activities including family movie nights and car cruise nights in the summer as well as craft fairs and holiday events during the winter months. Many of these events take place in our downtown, which is within walking distance from our house.

On the weekends we love to explore different forest preserves for hikes and walks as well as take advantage of all the wonderful museums, neighborhoods, restaurants, festivals and concerts downtown Chicago offers.

Our Extended Families

Christmas With Karla's Family

Family means the world to both of us. Both sides of our family as well as our friends (who are just as close as family) are excited for us and have shown nothing but love and support for us on this journey.

Karla is an only child and is very close to her parents, who live less than a half-hour away. We spend lots of time with them, from celebrating holidays and birthdays to helping out with special projects around their home since they live nearby. Karla’s mom is a fantastic cook so we try to grab a home cooked meal with them at least once a month.

Matt's Family

Matt is the middle child and has a younger and older sister. His parents, sisters and their husbands and our nephew all live within 45-minutes of us. We often meet up as couples as well as one big group! We love to get together and often go to church as one big family as well as share meals together whether it’s at a restaurant or one of our homes. We plan multiple family game nights throughout the year where we play our favorite board games and charades. We also have spontaneous get-togethers and see one another during the holidays and other special celebrations.

From Us to You

We are honored that you are taking this time to learn more about us. With everything going on in your world during this time, we want you to know that you and your baby are in our daily prayers. We hope the following gives you a glimpse into who we are, what we believe and our excitement to provide a safe, loving and supportive home to your child.

We were introduced to one another by Matt’s younger sister when all three of us happened to work together at the same university but in different departments. Shortly after the introduction, Matt asked Karla out on their first date which included dinner and a movie and unfortunately for Matt, a bad piece of salmon! Throughout our time dating, we discovered many commonalities, such as a love for learning, spending time with family and friends, being outside, exercising, laughing, as well as playing and watching all types of sports. On a beautiful sunset evening in 2012, Matt popped the question on the pier of Karla’s family lake house and in 2013 we were married at our church by Matt’s dad in front of our family and friends.

Our marriage has been one adventure after another. On most of our adventures, our dog Porter is by our side providing humorous moments along the way. Currently, Karla is a director of marketing at an aviation services company and Matt is an engineer at a financial technology company. Both of our positions allow us to travel, work remotely and have flexible schedules. This has allowed us to travel frequently to Europe, around the U.S. and to our lake house for peace and relaxation. We are both of the mindset of working hard, doing the right thing and most importantly, spending quality time with the people God has placed in our lives.

Our biggest adventure, though, is the one we are on now. Even when we were dating, we talked about having a family and how many children we hoped to have. We thought it would be so simple to get pregnant, but it wasn’t part of God’s plan for us. After years of unsuccessful fertility treatments and a few miscarriages, together we decided it was time to focus on adoption to help our dream to be parents come true.

Once we decided to adopt, we went into full research mode. We reviewed different agencies, talked to our pastors, read lots of books and constantly prayed. We talked to friends who had recently adopted and to two of Karla’s cousins who were also adopted.

We are open to maintaining a relationship with you through emails, letters, videos and keepsakes throughout your child’s life. If opportunities present themselves, we are open to visits throughout your child’s life. Your child will grow up knowing they were adopted and we want them to know who you are and where they came from. They will know their journey started with an unselfish act of love on your part. We want you to know how grateful we are for you and what you have done for us and most importantly for your child. As much as we have gone through, we are humbled by the strength and courage you are displaying through this process.

Both sides of our family are excited and eager to welcome your child into our family. They have shown nothing but constant love and support for us while we have gone through our journey and still have even more love and support to give to you and your child. Your child will also be growing up amongst a plethora of honorary aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces that are just as excited to meet the little one.

If there is one thing you take away from this letter it is how much love we have to offer to a child and those around them. We believe that this adoption journey we are all on is one continuous act of love. Our prayer is that through us and our family that your child grows up to continue these acts of love.

Matt & Karla

Favorites

Matt
Karla
Actor
Nathon Fillon
Colin Firth
Actress
Jenna Fischer
Tina Fey
Animal
Dog
Labrador Retreiver
Author
Bill Bryson/Tom Clancy
Jane Austin
Book
Phoenix Project
Pride and Prejudice
Candy Bar
Almond Joy
Butterfinger
Cartoon
Futurama
Peanuts
Childhood Memory
Hikes in the Smoky Mountains
Walking to the park with my parents
Childhood Toy
Lego
A teddy bear named "Pookie"
Children's Book
Busytown
Anything Dr. Seuss
City
Seattle, WA/Breckenridge, CO
London
Classic Movie
Star Wars - A New Hope (the original)
Roman Holiday
Color
Blue
Blue
Day of Week
Friday
Sunday
Dessert
Cheesecake
German Chocolate Cake
Disney Movie
Lion King
Mulan
Dream Car
Ford F150 Raptor
Mini Cooper
Dream Job
Lego Masterbuilder
Vacation blogger
Dream Vacation
Hike across New Zealand
New Zealand
Family Activity
Game night
Game night
Flower / Plant
Trees/forest
Roses
Food
Anything grilled
Anything my mom makes
Form of Exercise
Hiking/running
Yoga
Fruit
Pineapple
Watermelon
Game
Cribbage
Cribbage
Hobby
Hiking/Woodworking/Brewing
Gardening
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Christmas
Holiday Song
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
Silent Night
Holiday Tradition
Decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving
Cutting down a Christmas Tree
Ice Cream
Black Cherry
New York Cherry or Mint Chocolate Chip
Junk Food
Mr. Porky Pork Scratchings
Donuts
Leisure Activity
Fishing
Walking
Magazine
Zymurgy
HGTV
Memory with a Child
Building a bobsled run out of snow for my friend's kids
Holding my nephew the day after he was born
Memory with Spouse
Traveling to Seattle, Scotland
Adopting our dog, Porter
Movie
Iron Man
Pride and Prejudice
Movie Munchie
buttered and salted popcorn
Popcorn
Movie Quote
"Clever Girl" - Jurassic Park
Movie Type
Action/Adventure
Romantic Comedy
Musical
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamCoat
Hamilton
Musical Group
Chris Stapleton, Mumford & Sons
U2
Nursery Rhyme
Twinkle Twinkle
Olympic Event
Biathlon
Soccer
Personal Hero
My mom
My grandparents
Play
Taming of the Shrew
Poet
John Keats
Quality about my Spouse
Always looking for the best in people
Supportive
Restaurant
BBQ
German
Sandwich
BLT
PB&J
Scripture
Matthew 28:16
Ephesians 2:8-9
Shopping Store
REI
Target
Song
Hopeless Wanderer - Mumford & Sons
Homegrown - Zac Brown Band
Sport to Play
Volleyball
Basketball
Sport to Watch
Baseball
Basketball
Sports Star
Ryne Sandberg
Michael Jordan
Sports Team
Chicago Cubs/Michigan Wolverines
Chicago Cubs
Subject in School
Physics
English
Superhero
Iron Man
Thor
Thing to Cook
Anything on the grill
any of my mom's recipies
Time of Day
Dawn
Morning
Tradition
Celebrating Birthdays/big life events as a family
Going to the lake house
TV Show
Firefly/The Office
The Office
TV Show Character
Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds/Jim Halpert
Jim
Type of Music
Country/BlueGrass
Alternative rock and country
Vacation Spot
Northern Wisconsin/Colorado
Wisconsin
Video Game
MarioKart
Mariokart

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