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Matt & Heather
Hello there! We want to sincerely thank you for the courage and strength you are showing in placing your child for adoption. We appreciate you taking the time to read our profile and hope that you can see how much love, laughter, adventure, and happiness we have to give to your child. It would be our greatest blessing to become parents, and we cannot wait for the journey to start!
Why We Chose Adoption
We both have known adoption would be part of our future since before we even met. When Heather was 10 years old, she told her parents that she "wanted the United Nations of babies." She knew she wanted a large family and adoption has been on her heart ever since. She knew when looking for her soulmate that she needed her husband to be not only on board with adoption, but excited and looking forward to the opportunity. She found that perfect trait in Matt - who has also known adoption would be a part of his future since he was younger. It fit in perfectly with his dream of "five kids and five dogs to play baseball with and bring camping." While Heather is still unsure about the five dogs part, we both are beyond excited to begin this journey!
It was never a question of if we would adopt, it was a matter of when. We decided now is the perfect time as we have found the perfect house to raise a family, are both enjoying our jobs, and know we are ready to begin this journey. We cannot wait to welcome your child into our home!
Our Leisure Time
Our lifestyle is very much 'laid back meets adventure.' Ever since we met, we have had a thirst for travel. Every year, we try to do one big trip and several weekend trips- a tradition we are very much looking forward to sharing with our children one day. While we love to camp, go on long road trips, and see the world together, there is sometimes nothing better than relaxing under the stars in front of our fire pit!
When we aren't traveling, we tend to split our weekends relaxing in our backyard pool or entertaining friends and family with game nights, movie nights, and good ole-fashioned barbecues. One of our favorite traditions on weekends is surprise date night. These date nights entail planning a date night that is completely for your spouse, and we always try to one up each other. From meaderies and escape rooms to weekend trips to the mountains- it allows us to recharge, reconnect, and fall in love with each other all over again. We already have plans of implementing this into our parenting style- allowing each kid to draw a name from a hat and plan a surprise outing where they are only thinking of what his/her sibling or parent would like to do.
Our Family Dreams
We were both lucky enough to grow up in households where both parents were actively involved in raising us, disciplining us, and protecting us. Our goal for our child is that they always see a united front. We may have differing opinions on what sports we want our kids to play, what vacations we will take, or what colleges we want him/her to go to, but we pride ourselves on knowing that our family dream is the same. We dream of laughter, love, safety, comfort, and making as many memories as we can!
We feel strongly in allowing our child to have a voice, in raising them to be respectful, responsible, caring, and compassionate adults. We dream of raising not just successful children, but good citizens- ones who will take time out of their day to help someone in need. Aside from that, we dream of giving our children the world. Our child will know no strangers and will be raised to love no matter what someone's background, race, culture, religion, or orientation. We promise to give your child an amazing, loving, adventure-filled life.
Our Extended Families
We were both blessed to be raised by parents who have shown us the value of family game nights, fun vacations, and always being there for each other-no matter what the distance. While our parents do not currently live super close, we make sure to see each side at least 1-2 times per year and use the distance to plan epic road trips! Matt's family always has a big Thanksgiving feast, whereas Heather's family takes celebrating Christmas to the next level! This year, our family has been especially blessed because we welcomed a nephew and a new cousin- both of whom are well loved (and possibly spoiled) by grandparents and extended family who cherish them deeply. We know our future child will be no different!
Aside from extended family, we have also started our own traditions we cannot wait to share with your child. From making delicious corned beef for St. Patrick's Day and driving around the state to see Christmas lights, to endless Monopoly games and traveling the country to see our amazingly supportive family, we will do our best to make every day with your child special. We promise your child's life will be filled with bedtime stories, wonderful adventures, and, most importantly, that they are loved by so many amazing people!
Our House and Neighborhood
About a year ago, we knew we wanted to find the perfect home to raise our future family. We made sure to get a good-sized house with a big yard in a great neighborhood! We found the perfect four-bedroom house, but the best part is outside- we just put in a swimming pool with a really cool waterfall! Because North Carolina gets so hot and Heather swims like a fish, it was the first thing we did when we moved into the new house. Next step will be putting in the fire pit to roast marshmallows, share stories, and camp out under the stars!
While our house is cool, we have fallen in love with our neighborhood. Living in what we call the "rural suburbs," we have the benefits of living in a safe subdivision with plenty of land for kids to play. Halloween is our community's favorite holiday- they take it very seriously! So many goblins, princesses, and even "poop emojis" visited our home this past October. In our subdivision, there is a swimming pool and playground, but it is not uncommon to see tons of kids riding bikes together or playing soccer in the street. It is clear that this is going to be the perfect place to raise children and build a future together!
From Us to You
First and foremost, thank you for your courage and selflessness. While we cannot fully understand what you may be feeling, we want you to know how much we will care for and unconditionally love your child. We hope that by reading our letter, you may be able to experience a sense of peace; and, maybe even hope, as you learn more about us, our desire to be parents, and our dream for raising children.
Our story began like most modern relationships- on the internet. As we swapped stories, it became evident that our futures were combining more each day. Matt knew Heather was his future spouse when he watched her give up vacation plans to support a friend who had just lost her father. For Heather, the defining moment was when Matt drove four hours to her sister's house (whom he had not yet met) to deliver a couch, no questions asked. It was this, and countless moments since, that showed Heather that he always puts family first. We married two years later and we continue to learn about each other's pasts, present, and our ambitious goals for the future.
For the past four years, we have traveled the country, experienced many joys, and created countless memories. But we have also yearned for the opportunity to become parents. For both of us, we knew that adoption was the first route we wanted to take. It is an adventure we have both been drawn to since before we met, and the desire grew stronger as our relationship matured. We are both incredibly blessed to have wonderful families who already love you and your child- and are fully prepared to spoil him/her. And, as for us, we cannot wait to raise your child to be the kid who stands up for others and loves no matter someone's race, religion, beliefs, or background.
We want your child to experience all of the wonders this world has to offer. We want to foster their curiosity and zest for life, support their passions (even if they become a Red Sox or Duke fan), and ensure they are provided a strong education to lead them to a strong future. We both highly value a strong work life balance, making sure family always comes first. This means frequent weekend trips to the mountains to relax or surprise date nights to make sure we are always putting each other ahead of ourselves. When we are blessed with the opportunity to become parents, we plan to treat your child no differently.
We promise to protect this child and love them fiercely. We will always make sure your child has a healthy, happy home and is able to explore the world and all of its cultures with us. However, above all, we promise to make it no secret that he/she is adopted. Adoption is such a gift, not one to be hidden or dismissed. We plan to celebrate the love you have for your child by always sending letters, photos, and emails detailing your child's adventures, accomplishments, passions, and dreams. We are open to visits where, if desired, you can answer any questions your child may have and we will always keep the communication open. If you know one thing about us, it is that we immensely value the sacrifice you are making and your child will always be our number one priority because they will always be our greatest blessing.
Thank you for taking the time to read our letter and explore our profile. We cannot wait for the day we are chosen to become parents and we cannot express how much we admire your bravery. We will be thinking and praying for you as you continue on this journey.
Matt & Heather
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