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Matt & Julie
As you consider your options we thank you for taking the time to visit our profile. We want to make sure you know that your child will always know their story and the respect we have for you. Our family has so much love to share and we promise to raise your child in a home full of laughter, fun and adventure.
Adoption in Our Lives
In middle school Julie learned that she had a sister who had been placed for adoption. At the time of her sister's adoption, records in Ohio were closed, so our family knew nothing about her whereabouts or how to learn more about her. In 2014, shortly before our wedding, we were finally able to connect with Julie's sister. It turned out she lived only about an hour away. We now have a great relationship and our families enjoy spending time together.
Through Julie's sister's closed adoption and learning more about open situations through a friend's adoption, we have a deeper understanding and appreciation of how adoption processes have changed. We feel an open adoption is very important for everybody involved in an adoption. Our adopted child deserves to know his or her true story and have birth family connections. We also understand the importance of access to family medical histories. We are absolutely open to creating a relationship with the birth family of our adopted child.
Matt has fond memories of working on Jimmy Carter builds in Kentucky and Detroit with his parents during high school. He has continued volunteering to help build with Habitat for Humanity in places such as Hawaii, Alaska, Poland, Vietnam, and Papua New Guinea. Our church hosts a walls build for a local Habitat house twice a year, and Matt often coordinates a team for them.
Julie enjoys volunteering for organizations that support children and animals. In college she was a mentor through Big Brothers and Big Sisters and also did a spring break trip for Habitat for Humanity. She has volunteered with Peace for Paws (a local dog rescue) and New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. Julie was an after school reading aide where she helped several students work on reading comprehension, letter recognition and now packs bags for weekend meals to help families experiencing food insecurity.
What we enjoy doing most together is traveling! We have traveled together in Asia and Europe and are currently focusing on exploring parts of America we have never been to together.
Matt's favorite activity is swimming and Julie's is horseback riding. We are enjoying sharing these passions with Hadley and seeing what she decides to explore more of. As our family grows we are excited to embrace new passions as we continue to share ours.
Honoring the culture of a child we adopt is very important to us. We are committed to educating ourselves on the heritage of any child we raise. We have started by making sure our daughter has books with protagonists of color, that she is exposed to TV shows with positive characters of all races, and that we introduce her to different cultures and foods in our daily lives and travels. We talk about the beauty in all skin colors and work to raise her to be a kind, color aware child. It is important to us that your child have role models and peers, in school and activities, who look the same. We want to celebrate everything that makes your child special. Connecting with other transracial families through adoption will be another addition to our commitment to your child. There is so much more for us to learn about how to best parent a child of another race that we will continue to explore. Love, laughter, and fun are abundant in our home, and we look forward to being the best parents we can to your child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live about a half hour outside the capital of Ohio. We chose the suburb we live in for proximity to Matt's work and the excellent school district. We love that we can walk to the local ice cream shop, restaurants, playground and still get downtown easily when we want to. The neighborhood civic association hosts many family friendly events throughout the year.
Our home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and sits on almost an acre of land. What we loved immediately about the house when we saw it, was the huge great room and finished basement. Entertaining is something we both love, so having space for us to host friends and family was very important when looking. The deck is also large and the yard is fenced so we can play and entertain safely outside, too.
Just 5 minutes away is the local zoo and water park so we spend a lot of time there, especially in the summer!
Our Extended Families
We have family nearby and far away. Our local family includes Matt's parents and two of Julie's sisters. We often go to Nana and Grandpa's for Sunday meals and holidays. Matt and his Dad both love baking homemade bread, and his Mom is a talented quilter!
We love to meet Julie's local family at parks around the city, the zoo, children's garden, and celebrating birthdays together.
Julie's mom lives about 2.5 hours away and visits regularly for sleepovers. She is a really good cook, and we enjoy trying new recipes with her!
We also have family to visit in Florida, Oklahoma, and Montana. We love visiting the local beaches in Florida with Gigi and Papa. In Oklahoma we get to visit with Julie's sister, Dawn, and her family. We try to go to Oklahoma to see our nieces for important activities in their lives. Sometimes these nieces come stay with us from 1-3 weeks on their summer vacations. We love the opportunity to spend more quality time with them, and Hadley adores being with her cousins!
We still need to explore Montana as a family!
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to learn about us as you explore options for your child. If you choose us to parent your child, please know we are committed to being honest and upfront with them about their story and the difficult decision you made with love. We will share pictures, videos, artwork, and stories of your growing child.
Our relationship began in 2008. Julie had a horrible blind date and was saved by a friend who was hanging out with her co-workers (including Matt) nearby. We enjoyed getting to know each other in the few months leading up to Matt's departure to Japan for work. He was scheduled to be there for two years. After we enjoyed a six-week visit when Julie joined Matt in Japan, we "took a break" until he came home in 2010. By 2012 we were both on the same page and ready to be exclusive. We enjoyed trips together to Japan, new parts of Southeast Asia, and seeing the Kentucky Derby and The Belmont. We each chose a place for our honeymoon and ended up in Turkey and Spain. We love experiencing all aspects of different cultures. It's not unusual for us to order Indian, Thai, Mexican or Sushi for a family meal.
In our second year of marriage we welcomed our daughter, Hadley, to our family. She has brought so much joy and happiness to our lives. Many of our friends already have children so we have been privileged to a wealth of information from their experiences in parenting. We have become confident in learning to make decisions in the best interest of our family. As Hadley grows, we see how much she wants a sibling and we want to give her that experience. Julie grew up with a sister and Matt is an only child. Through blended families, Julie has more siblings she is closer to in her adult life. Matt has had the opportunity to see how nice that connection is and agrees that adding to our family will be something we all value. We both have so much more love to give and look forward to parenting another child. If you choose us to parent your child, please know that we commit to providing an environment they will flourish in with encouragement to explore the activities they have interests in. We love watching Hadley experience new places, try new things, and enjoy being a kid. Creating a safe home where she can be comfortable sharing her feelings is an amazing experience we look forward to continuing.
We have had so many great life experiences together and are focused on our journey as a family now. As parents we are committed to providing the best childhood we can for our children. We love that Hadley has the opportunity to grow up in our church with an amazing support system to grow her faith. Nurturing and supporting the interests of our children is an amazing experience we find great joy in.
We both chose to go to college after high school and had great experiences there. Our careers, in engineering and real estate, provide us the financial stability to support our family and have fun experiences together. They are also careers with enough flexibility to be available for school field trips, parties, and events during the day.
The decision you are making for your child will not be taken lightly by us. This child will know their story and we will always honor you and speak of you with love and respect. While we may or may not look like you or your child, we are very committed to providing a life of diversity to our family.
Matt & Julie