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Matt & Brittany
Thank you for taking the time to read and view our profile and for considering us as potential parents for your child! Adoption has been on our minds for some time and we are SO excited to finally turn our dreams into a reality. We know this is not easy for you, but know that we are ready to provide a loving, caring and supportive home for your child.
Our Life Priorities
We were both raised with a set of values that helped shape who we are today. Growing up, we were taught the importance of family, love, faith and being kind to others.
We always put family first. We have many family members who live nearby and the rest are just a short plane ride away. Family is everything to us and we cannot wait to introduce your child to our loving extended family.
Love is the basis of our relationship. After just two months of dating, Matt confessed his love for Brittany at an Iowa Football game. We had already shared so many memories including Cubs games, a Rascal Flatts concert and more! Matt knew that Brittany had a kind and loving heart, which were traits that Brittany found in Matt as well. Knowing he had found "the one," Matt eventually proposed atop the Willis Tower in Chicago. Now, we are looking to grow our family so that we can share that same love with your child.
We are also involved in the Jewish community. We enjoy rituals and practices at home and love to celebrate the holidays with our family and friends. Your child will grow up in a loving, kind, supportive home guided by all of our values.
Our Leisure Time
We are both fun, outgoing and active people. We love spending time with family and friends. On weeknights and weekends, we enjoy going on walks in our neighborhood. In her spare time, Brittany can be found doing yoga, while Matt can be found working out at the gym.
We also enjoy heading into the city to attend concerts, sporting events, musicals and more! We love going to restaurants and trying out new places. We especially love trying out all the Chicago deep-dish pizza restaurants!
Every Friday night we have a family tradition of making dinner together. It is a nice way to start the weekend and reflect on the week.
When the weather gets colder, we enjoy staying inside and playing board games and watching movies in front of our warm, cozy fireplace. We also enjoy watching sports, especially our Chicago, Iowa and Kansas teams. We cannot wait to share all of these fun activities with our child.
What It Means to Become Parents
We have learned from our close family and friends how rewarding it is to be a parent. We both work with children in our everyday jobs. Brittany treats her students as if they are her own children and Matt always has fun with his students as well. We will provide our child with a loving, supportive, caring, safe and structured home. We will be there to cheer on our child through their successes and to mentor and teach them as they grow. We want our child to know that we support them no matter what and that it's okay to make mistakes and learn from them. Our child will grow up with a loving family where it's safe to be themselves. As parents, we want our child to feel comfortable and create a trusting relationship with us. Most importantly, we are excited to spend time together as a family doing activities, going on vacations and being with the rest of our extended family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a three-bedroom townhome in a suburban neighborhood near Chicago. Our home is very meaningful to us because it is our first home and we were able to watch it being built two years ago.
Our neighborhood is filled with diverse families with young kids. We are a five minute walk from our neighborhood park. Also nearby is a lake that offers swimming, boating and tubing. In the summer, we love to be by the beach and to BBQ with our neighbors. We often go on walks and explore the neighborhood. You can always find kids laughing and playing outside when the weather is nice.
In addition, our neighborhood is unique because of it's nearby attractions. We are right by the local mall, many restaurants and lots of local ice cream options! There are also many indoor activities that we enjoy doing such as bowling, ice skating and going to the movies.
Our neighborhood also feeds into a highly ranked school system. Our local high school was in the top 100 schools in Illinois. Education is very important to us, so we wanted to make sure that we lived in a diverse and supportive educational district.
When choosing a neighborhood for our first home it was important to us that it be family-friendly with a welcoming community. We cannot wait to bring your child home to our safe and loving home.
Our Extended Families
Family means everything to us. We were both raised in homes that taught us the importance of family.
Brittany has been surrounded by family her entire life. To this day, we live close to her parents, sister and brother-in-law, grandma, aunts and uncles and her cousins. Each holiday, Brittany's family takes turns hosting everyone at their homes, celebrating all together.
Matt moved to Illinois from Kansas, where both his parents, older sister and brother-in-law reside along with their two sons. Following in Matt's footsteps, his younger sister also moved to Illinois, where she currently lives with her husband and their one year old son.
Brittany's family has a tradition of going on family vacations every summer. We have been to Florida, Las Vegas, California, Wisconsin and look forward to more trips in the future with our child. When going on vacation, we enjoy laying by the pool and trying out new restaurants each night.
Matt's family enjoys spending holidays together as well. Matt's family travels to Illinois to celebrate together and oftentimes we road trip to Kansas to be with them. Our favorite tradition is opening up Chanukah presents together.
Our family has been nothing but supportive through our adoption process. They are so excited for our family to grow and cannot wait to have another baby in the family to shower with love.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to consider us. We can't imagine how difficult this decision must be for you. Please know that choosing us will provide your child with a safe, loving, fun and caring home.
We first met a week after Matt moved to Chicago in 2012. On our first date, we bonded over the fact that we both love to have fun in everything we do. After just two months of dating, Matt confessed his love for Brittany at an Iowa Football game. We had already shared many memories including Cubs games, a Rascal Flatts concert and more! Matt knew that Brittany had a kind and loving heart, which were traits that Brittany found in Matt as well. In 2014, Matt got on one knee and proposed to Brittany at the top of the Willis Tower surrounded by our families. Two years later, we celebrated a destination wedding in California with our closest family and friends.
In 2015, Brittany had just started working as a 6th Grade Special Education Teacher and Matt was working as a Youth Director at a Synagogue. We knew we both shared a love for children and wanted to expand our family. After much thought and discussion, we decided that adoption was a passion that we shared and would be the best direction for us to start our family.
We are a friendly, loving and caring couple who will go through this journey with you in our hearts and in our minds. We know that this is an emotional time for you, and we plan on making you comfortable through every step of the way. We believe open communication and discussion are key factors throughout this process. Please know that you can come to us at any point along the way with any questions or even just to talk. We will be there to support you just as we will be there for your child. If you are willing, we would love to work out an adoption plan where we provide you with letters and pictures and create an open-adoption plan through American Adoptions.
It is our goal to raise your child in a supportive, loving and safe home where they feel comfortable to be themselves. We want your child to know how much you care about them and how brave you are to make this decision. We want your child to grow up feeling confident and having the freedom to choose who they want to be when they are older with our guidance. They will grow up surrounded by family and friends and all of their achievements will be celebrated. We will parent your child by putting an emphasis on the importance of education and teach them that they can do anything they put their minds to and to never be afraid to shoot for the stars!
Thank you for considering us as potential parents for your child. We look forward to expanding our family with your help and will provide all the love and support that any child or parent could ask for. We know that you have a very difficult decision ahead of you and we will be there with you through this journey.
Matt & Brittany