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Matthew & Maile

Thank you for reading our profile! We believe adoption is a precious chapter in the grand adventure that is life. Life is beautifully imperfect, and we know we will make excellent parents and cherish the gift that is adoption. We hope that you consider us and we look forward to the adventure that is yet to be.

About Us

Matthew
Maile
Job
Lead Analyst
Officer - U.S. Air Force
Education
Master's Degree in System Dynamics
Mater's Degree in International Relations With Conflict Resolution
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

What Makes Us Unique

Alaska Was Our Second Duty Station

As a military family, who spent many years abroad, we have a unique perspective on the world, and maturity to back it up. Our friends used to joke we were the parents and already married when we were dating, and that joke was kind of true. We always try to organize, take care of, and otherwise help out our peers and family. It can be things as simple as one hour phone calls five time-zones out or enough food to last two weeks with a new birth, but we love serving and cherishing those close to us. We believe that makes us uniquely suited to take care of a baby, and expose them to the wonders around us.

We have never lost our appetites for exploring the world, trying new things, meeting new people, and that is a gift we think we can share, enabling our child to be a child and absorb as much as they can about this wonderful world. We are big, caring kids at heart, and we think its great to leverage our hearts in spreading joy wherever we go.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

In the Middle of Virginia Lockdown, We Decided to Have Our Own at Home Date Night

Maile About Matthew: Kind and quirky, Matthew is always up to something whether he is crafting the latest recipe for the week, beating a video game, rallying the neighborhood for adventure, or designing and running workshops to help advanced the next level of research and development for America. He is my rock, throughout all the ups and downs that life has thrown at us. Matthew already has a startling amount of "dad jokes" that can be funny and his time with much younger siblings has left him ready for teenagers and young adults.

Matthew About Maile: Big hearted (maybe too big sometimes) and brave, Maile is, in my humble opinion, the best wife in the world. I fell in love with a woman who is always willing to fight for what she wants and lend a hand to friends in need, whether it be a cup of tea and an hour listening session or her family's secret shortbread recipe. Maile's work in the service keeps her busy, but she always makes time to explore the locations she's sent to with family and friends, making new ones along the way and leaving hearts touched at every place she calls home. I truly adore her and how she can lighten up any room she enters with her winning smiling and empathy.

Cultural Diversity

We will cherish your child with all our hearts for all of our lives. Part of cherishing someone is talking openly about what culture they come from. Both of us have analytic brains and enjoy researching, discovering new traditions, and including what we learn in our lives. Whether it is a culture that we are familiar with, or a culture that is new to us, we plan to learn as much as possible and incorporate it into our daily lives. We love exploring culture through food and festivals, so sharing similar traditions will come naturally for us. We also enjoy learning history, both the good and the bad and all the shades of gray in between, and sharing our knowledge with others.

We have a diverse set of friends and family from a variety of cultures who have promised to support us in our adoption efforts, ranging from Indonesian cousins to African German bridesmaids. An advantage of the military is that you meet people from across the US, and world, and it has exposed us to a larger worldview than most of our peers. Both of us have spent time living abroad, and we are stronger for the experience.

Finally, our home of choice, where we hope to settle after Maile retires, is one of the most diverse in the nation with plenty of local cultural groups we can reach out join to make sure our child knows and understands their heritage.

Photos

Fishing in Alaska
Fishing in Alaska
Maile Singing Karaoke
Maile Singing Karaoke
Matthew at the Aquarium
Matthew at the Aquarium
Cooking as a Family at Maile's Dad's House
Cooking as a Family at Maile's Dad's House
Learning How to Make Talkeenta Roadhouse Pies
Learning How to Make Talkeenta Roadhouse Pies
Enjoying a Game
Enjoying a Game
Making Dumplings With Friends to Celebrate Chinese New Year
Making Dumplings With Friends to Celebrate Chinese New Year
Beautiful Colorado
Beautiful Colorado
At the Alaska State Fair
At the Alaska State Fair
Family Is Important to Us, We Surprised Grandma for Her 90th Birthday With a Party
Family Is Important to Us, We Surprised Grandma for Her 90th Birthday With a Party
Trail Running
Trail Running
Out for a Bike Ride & Seeing the Local Sites
Out for a Bike Ride & Seeing the Local Sites
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Fishing in Alaska
Fishing in Alaska
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Maile Singing Karaoke
Maile Singing Karaoke
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Matthew at the Aquarium
Matthew at the Aquarium
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Cooking as a Family at Maile's Dad's House
Cooking as a Family at Maile's Dad's House
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Learning How to Make Talkeenta Roadhouse Pies
Learning How to Make Talkeenta Roadhouse Pies
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Enjoying a Game
Enjoying a Game
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Making Dumplings With Friends to Celebrate Chinese New Year
Making Dumplings With Friends to Celebrate Chinese New Year
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Beautiful Colorado
Beautiful Colorado
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At the Alaska State Fair
At the Alaska State Fair
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Family Is Important to Us, We Surprised Grandma for Her 90th Birthday With a Party
Family Is Important to Us, We Surprised Grandma for Her 90th Birthday With a Party
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Trail Running
Trail Running
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Out for a Bike Ride & Seeing the Local Sites
Out for a Bike Ride & Seeing the Local Sites

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

Our community is rich in diversity and history which really drew us to the area. There is an annual Scottish parade to celebrate the founding families that takes over the entire city! The best part is that the parade includes every possible group throughout the community, not just the Scottish organizations and families. Although the Scottish puppies who "march" by are Maile's favorite. Almost as cute as all the kids either in the parade throwing candy to the crowd (and eating some along the way), and the kids cheerfully grabbing the candy and running back to their parents with glee.

We live in a townhouse that has three floors, three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a living room, a dining room/office, and a walk-out kitchen to the back patio. The front door is actually on the middle floor and the kitchen is on the first floor! While that is a different layout from any other house we've lived in, we've come to love our quite nook that is within a 20 minute walk of downtown adventure.

In less than a five minute walk we have four public playgrounds geared to different age ranges, as well as a community recreational center with after school clubs and a swimming pool. There are a ton of hiking and bike trails also. A short metro away is D.C.'s museums, food trucks, and cultural events. Our favorite D.C. event is the Cherry Blossom Festival, which we look forward to each year.

Our Extended Families

Ice Cream With Maile's Parents & Grandmother

While Maile is an only child, she has 16 cousins on her mother's side and 4 cousins on her father's side. Maile's extended family lives throughout Virginia, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Texas, California, and Hawaii. We see Maile's 90-year-old maternal grandmother, nickname Tutu (which is Hawaiian for grandmother) at least once a month. Tutu and Aunt Peggy live about 20 minutes away from us. We bring Starbucks and sometimes brunch to kick-off our visits and just chat about life and catch up. Maile's family is super excited about welcoming your child into our family. So much so that Maile's parents have already picked out grandparent names!

With Matthew's Mom & Stepdad

Matthew grew up with one brother but now has six siblings, enough cousins to make a football team, and two great sets of parents. Growing up the oldest, Matthew is still always planning events, coordinating with his siblings, and cooking for the whole family. When he gained his step siblings, he was always ready to take the youngest sister to the museum or playground or help his middle sisters move. His brother, who lives nearby, is planning on being a troublemaker of an uncle, but the good kind of trouble like ice cream trips. Both sets of his parents are looking forward to a grandchild to spoil, and his three nieces and nephew can't wait to play with their new cousin. Matthew's extended family loves to have big family meetups and can't wait to have giant meals with the baby.

From Us to You

We are excited to start this journey with you.

Our story is quite simple: We met and started dating in 2012 in Ohio. For two of those years, Matthew was overseas in Europe: Netherlands, Norway and Sicily while studying for two masters degrees. The military moved Maile from Ohio, where they met, to Maryland. Before graduating, Matthew proposed and we got married in Virginia in 2015. In 2017, the military moved us to Alaska. We have been trying to grow our family since 2017 but had trouble with fertility and turned to adoption. In 2019 the military moved us to Virginia and we quickly settled down to pursue adoption. We have a lot of love and wonder that we wish to share and pass on to your child.

We are open to all races and all cultures. After mourning the loss of the two miscarriages in 2018, when we thought hard about adoption we realized that all we want is a child to cherish and nurture and we want one without delay. Our love is not limited to, and does not care about, the color of their skin. We want to know what their culture is so that we can honor those traditions and teachings. We have informally (and one or two we seriously have considered formally as a sister) adopted many of our friends as family over the years and have an incredible diverse community, both near and far, who can help us learn and honor new cultures until we can incorporate those aspects as our own. Our neighborhood is known for diversity and has families of all ages around us. Our school system ranks #8 out of over 11,822 school districts in America for diversity. Our school system ranks #1 out of 132 school districts in Virginia for diversity.

Staying connected: Connecting with you and staying connected over the years is important to us. Before the birth, we are open to phone calls and emails. We are also open to visits as long as pandemic risk levels have gone down and we are not a risk factor for you as the birth parent. Alternatively, we are happy to do a digital meet and greet. After placement, we are happy to make reasonable efforts to facilitate yearly visits. The military may move us to locations where this is not feasible. Should this be the case, we will make every effort to sync vacation opportunities to include these visits or make efforts to visit before/after the military moves. Naturally, after placement we are open to phone calls and emails to stay connected. We look forward to at least one visit within the first five years of birth and we are open to yearly visits and exchanging pictures and letters for up to 18 years.

Life doesn't always go to plan. Our journey to adoption has been a long and hard one. But we can promise this: any child in our home will live a grand adventure full of love and experiences from a huge family of friends and relatives all over the world. That child will always be the number one adventure in our hearts and we will share everything we have with them. We will love, protect, and raise them with everything we have, no matter what, and ensure they grow up to be happy and amazed at the world around them.

Matthew & Maile

Favorites

Matthew
Maile
Actor
J. K. Simmons
David Tennant
Actress
Natalie Portman
Anna Kendrick
Animal
Mantis Shrimp
Dogs
Author
Terry Pratchett
J. K. Rowling
Book
The Dresden Files series
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Candy Bar
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
Twix or strawberry twizzler pull-n-peels
Cartoon
Steven Universe
Gravity Falls
Childhood Memory
Big big holiday dinners that spill out into three different rooms
Going skiing with my parents (my dad taught me to ski)
Childhood Toy
Legos
Stuffed animal (a cow named Mookey)
Children's Book
Herschel and the Hanukah Goblins
Aesop's fables
City
Washington, D.C.
Tokyo, Japan
Classic Movie
The Original Star Wars Trilogy
Wizard of Oz
Color
Blue
Purple
Day of Week
Thursday
Friday
Dessert
Chocolate Pound Cake
Almost anything chocolate
Disney Movie
Tangled
The Little Mermaid
Dream Car
Not having to drive
Jeep Wrangler
Dream Job
I help smart people talk to each other instead of past each other; that's my dream job
Librarian
Dream Vacation
Train tour of Europe
Air B&B in a new city so we can walk or take trains or buses to discover the place, the people and the food
Family Activity
Exploring old cities and finding their interesting corners
Board games and reading together
Flower / Plant
Sunflower
Forget-me-nots
Food
Smoked Brisket
Chicken pot pie
Form of Exercise
Squats
Yoga
Fruit
Plums
Pears
Game
Cooperative board games
One night werewolf
Hobby
Cooking and learning new recipes
Exploring and going on adventures to discover the communities around us
Holiday
Purim
Christmas
Holiday Song
Dayenu
"A Marshmellow World" by Dean Martin
Holiday Tradition
Lighting the holiday candles
Making shortbread (a cookie) secret family recipe
Ice Cream
Moose Tracks
Wild Scoops (Alaska), Jeni's ice cream (Virginia)
Junk Food
Macaroni and cheese with tomatoes, chopped smoked brisket and hot peppers
Chocolate, Doritos
Leisure Activity
Video Games
Reading books
Magazine
Long ago, Nintendo Power
Memory with a Child
Taking our goddaughter to Zoolights and carrying her uphill to the car on my shoulders
In Alaska, Matthew would organize community events. My role was to create and run the scavenger hunt for the kids. I would think of silly rhymes and hide clues right before the event (usually an outdoor bbq). Then I would announce the start of the hunt
Memory with Spouse
Hearing her sing black velvet at Karaoke our 5th date
Whirlwind date in Palermo, Sicily. After drinking a small espresso from the cafe on the ground floor of Matthew's apartment, we visited a family vineyard named Buceci, had a wine tasting, then went out into the country.
Movie
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (you will never see a more well crafted movie)
Decoy Bride
Movie Munchie
Popcorn
Cookie dough bites
Movie Quote
"AVENGERS *music builds up and then a whisper* assemble"
"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." The Wizard of Oz
Movie Type
Science Fiction
Romantic Comedy
Musical
Book of Morman
Sound of Music
Musical Group
Backstreet Boys
Imagine Dragons
Nursery Rhyme
Rockabye Baby
"Silly bug, in a rug, what a little silly bug" intro to proper hand placement/form on the piano.
Olympic Event
Curling
Personal Hero
Albert Einstein
Chuck Norris
Play
Midsummer's Night Dream
The Nutcracker ballet
Poet
Maya Angelou
Sheldon Allan Silverstei
Quality about my Spouse
Her heart that dictates her to be all of her friends and family's number one hero and cheerleader
His generosity
Quote
Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us into something better. And on my soul, I swear that until my dream of a world where dignity, honor and justice are the reality we all share, I'll never stop fighting.
"If you want to see clearly, surround yourself with light." Family quote.
Restaurant
Spice Craft
Chipotle
Sandwich
Grilled cheese (with tomatoe soup)
Peanut butter and jelly
Scripture
At extraordinary times, awareness can sweep through a community or a nation, too. Mountains can move, waters can change direction, justice can flow. Change can begin with a trickle. With a stream of water as thin as the antennae of a grasshopper ...
Shopping Store
Those little mom and pop's shops with the neat little knickknacks that smell like fresh candles
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Song
BRE@TH??LESS featuring Mika kobayashi
"Hit me with your best shot" by Pat Benatar
Sport to Play
Cycling
Dodgeball
Sport to Watch
Soccer
Sports Star
Simone Biles
Sports Team
Team USA
Patriots (New England) Football
Subject in School
History
Creative Writing, Japanese Language class
Superhero
Superman (not because his power, but because his hope)
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
What makes my family happy (but I do like stir frys)
Brownies, cookies, cakes, & chicken oregano
Time of Day
Afternoon
9am
Tradition
Taking leftover Challah and making a big French toast breakfast
Secret family recipe for shortbread, passed down from Great Grandmother on my mom's side of the family
TV Show
The Mandalore
"So I'm a Spider, So What?", "Supernatural"
TV Show Character
The Doctor
Charlie from "Supernatural"
Type of Music
EDM/Dance
Rock (soft, classic, pop, christian), pop, workout,
Vacation Spot
Pigeon Forge, TN with my family
Japan. Hope to visit Greece, Germany, Ireland, and go back to Japan some day
Video Game
Super Mario Odyssey
Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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