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Matt & Alexandra
Thank you so much for choosing to read our profile and consider us as prospective parents for your precious child. We are so grateful for this opportunity to grow through adoption. We have always wanted to raise children-to love them, laugh with them, teach them, and experience this beautiful world of ours with them. We are so excited to connect with the child we have held in our heart all these years.
What It Means to Become Parents
We believe that being a parent means intentionally investing in our relationships with our children and helping them develop into happy, caring adults who meaningfully contribute to the world. This means taking the time to learn and attend to their needs and explicitly teach, model, and enforce strong values and behaviors. It means being a support and a safe place for them to learn and grow. It means advocating for them and teaching them to advocate for themselves. It means educating them and nurturing their own curiosity and passions. Watching our children develop and thrive is what we are most looking forward to about being parents. And of course, sharing laughter and play, and seeing the world through the eyes of our children.
Our Leisure Time
Although we enjoy our work, we take a lot of time to rest and play too! We both love to go for walks, explore hiking trails, and travel to new places.
We especially love to visit the national parks, and it is our ambitious goal to see them all! Every time we're in a national park visitor center we see signs for the Junior Ranger program and fantasize about the adventures we might have with our kids someday as we explore nature together.
We also love to relax at home or in our backyard. Matt has done a lot of projects around the house since we moved in, and we love being home to enjoy them. We work in the yard, cook, play with our cat, Peggy, read, and simply sit and talk. We're not big group people, but we have a small group of close friends we love having over or going out with. They are excited to meet a new member of our family!
Our Professional Lives
Matt found his line of work rather by accident. He grew up drawn to science and engineering, and considered architecture and landscape design. However, after exploring a variety of these fields in college, he ended up graduating with a bachelors in outdoor education. This degree highlighted the outdoor recreational activities he enjoyed-running, biking, climbing, caving. However, shortly after college he got a job in Washington for a small surveying company. He has about 15 years of experience as a land surveyor now and finds a great deal of satisfaction in his work. Though life took him away from Washington for several years, he is back working for the same family-run company he started with. He truly feels like part of the family.
Unlike Matt, Alex has always known what she wants to do. She grew up with the dream of becoming a teacher. Today she is living that dream. She has taught in various capacities for over 10 years and worked with children ages 18 months-18 years. Currently she has the privilege of teaching first graders. She loves teaching and feels extremely fortunate to find such meaning and joy in her profession.
Our House and Neighborhood
We absolutely love our community. We live in a charming town in Washington, nestled in trees with stunning mountain views. We are surrounded by lakes, streams, and hiking trails. Natural beauty abounds.
When we're feeling like more of an urban experience, we can easily drive to downtown Seattle where we have access to museums, cultural sites, aquariums, zoos, beaches, and other amazing family experiences.
Our neighborhood is full of families, and you can often hear children playing with one another in neighboring yards, or see them riding their bikes.
We also have a beautiful park within walking distance with a play area and pond overlooking the foothills.
Our own home is on a quiet cul-de-sac, with friendly neighbors, many of whom have young children. We have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. While we love our cozy home, our favorite part of our house is the backyard, which backs up to the forest. We love looking outside and seeing nothing but trees and flowers.
Our Extended Families
Our family and friends are so excited about our decision to build a family through adoption. Our closest family members live out of state, but are already planning visits to meet the newest member of our family.
Matt's parents are ecstatic to welcome their first grandchild. Matt's mother has been collecting books and articles for years about being a great out-of-state grandma.
We're all excited about sharing our holiday traditions with a child. At Christmas time we travel to snowy South Dakota for a white Christmas, and enjoy days of yummy homemade treats, music, movies, gift-giving, and relaxing.
Alex's closest relatives are her aunts and uncles, who mostly live in California. Aunt Clare is especially excited to include a child in summer traditions like bike riding at the beach, swimming in the pool, and exploring the city.
Meanwhile, our good friends who live locally are excited to welcome a new addition as well. When we get together, we share food, conversation, and laughter. We have a wonderful, welcoming group of loved ones who can't wait to welcome a new member.
From Us to You
As we sit here, thinking about what we can write to express our appreciation for your consideration, and to express our desire and commitment to raise your precious child, we don't know where to begin. We can only imagine the storm of emotions you must be experiencing, and how difficult this choice must be for you.
More than anything we want to reassure you that any child we have the privilege of raising will be abundantly loved and cared for. We have been on a long journey to meet the child our hearts have longed for all these years. We have been married for 10 years and have been trying to grow our family for 7 of those. We can't wait to watch our child grow and blossom into a beautiful human being, and to be a part of guiding and helping them on their way to a happy, healthy and vibrant life.
We promise to do everything in our power to keep your child safe and healthy. We promise to be their strongest advocates and most devoted teachers. We promise to make them laugh and to show them how fun and magical the world can be. We promise to teach them to be kind to themselves and kind to others. We promise to comfort them in their fear and sorrow, and tend to their hurts with compassion and warmth. We promise to listen with our whole hearts as they reveal who they are, and to accept them and celebrate them as they are. We promise to have adventures with them and encourage them to be curious and get excited about the unknown. We promise to set limits that make them feel safe and empower them to be all they can be.
We promise, that as we work to be the very best parents we can be, we will be thinking about the promises we have made you. We will remember that if it weren't for you, we wouldn't have the gift of parenthood. We will remember that we owe you this.
Finally, we promise that you will be a part of your child's life. We already see you as part of our family, and we will never stop being grateful to you for the opportunity you've given us to be a part of your child's life. Your child will grow up knowing that they have two sets of parents who love them very much. We love that American Adoptions supports open adoption, and we will joyfully send letters and pictures of your child as they grow. We would also be happy to hear about other types of contact you would like to have with your child, such as emailing, calling or visiting. We understand that every birth parent will have different feelings and preferences about contact, and we wholeheartedly respect any decisions you make. We want you to feel supported and loved as well. You are not alone.
Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read our letter and consider sharing your child with us.
Matt & Alexandra
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