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Matt & Ashley
We believe that fate led us to this special moment in time. If you choose us to be your child's parents, you will be giving us the most precious gift in life. We'll dedicate the rest of our lives to loving them with everything we have, protecting them, and investing all of our energy into ensuring they become the best version of themselves. We want to provide a life full of happiness, experiences, and gratitude. Thank you for considering us, we are so truly grateful.
Why We Chose Adoption
When we first started dating we spent a lot of time talking about what we wanted most in life, what was important to us, and how we saw our future unfolding together. Having children and being a Mom and Dad was the one thing we both wanted more than anything. It was not about what we did for a living, how much money we had, or where we lived, but having a happy family and loving marriage is what we desired and continue to value most in life. Having a strong marriage is central because in order for us to have a healthy and stable family environment, we need to have a strong foundation.
After being together for 6 years (including dating) we were excited to start our family, but the universe had different plans. After a very long emotional and medical journey including attempts at IVF and surgery, we learned our fate. It was impossible for us to have biological children. After taking time to grieve and considering all of our options, we realized that adoption presented us with an incredible opportunity. With so much love to give, we now know that this was the path we were meant to take all along. Children are the most precious gift we could ever receive, and we will cherish every moment and memory we have as a family. We have even more love and motivation to give them the life we know we can provide them, as we have continued on life's journey for us, Ronin, and our growing family.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Matt About Ashley: I've never met another person who gives more of herself to others or loves her family more than Ashley. Ashley gets her energy by being a care-taker and giving to others and she gets her self-fulfillment by being a mother and caretaker for the family. However, Ashley's purpose in life was to be a mother, and to share her gift with our future children. She spends the majority of every day care taking, feeding, changing, kissing, hugging, playing, and teaching Ronin. He's growing and learning so much faster because of how much time she spends to teach him things. Ashley's love language is spending quality time, and that has only increased since Ronin has joined our family. She encourages us to make the most of every day, weekend, and holiday together. All of these amazing qualities make her who she is and what I love about her.
Ashley About Matt:It truly was love at first sight when I met Matt. He is the most patient, loyal, understanding, and honorable man I have ever met. He is such an incredible father to Ronin and wants to take part in every activity in his daily life from playtime, feedings, baths, walks, stories, bedtime routines, and even diapers. There is not a day that goes by where we are not reminded of how much he loves us, through hugs, kisses, and "I Love You's". He truly is a kid at heart and it's been amazing to see him interact and play with Ronin, as well as our niece and nephew. He is the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I consider myself incredibly lucky to call myself his partner and wife.
Our Dreams for This Child
We dream that our children will grow into adults who are a genuinely good human beings, who spend the majority of their life happy and can look back on their childhood with fond memories and feel that they had the best possible upbringing that they could have imagined. We dream that they feel fulfilled with their life, and that they meet and fall in love with a life partner they can take life's journey with. Someone who deserves them, who loves and respects them, who appreciates them for exactly who they are, who makes them happy, and one that they can eventually build a family of their own with. We dream that this child, just like Ronin, will become our greatest source of joy and we'll take pride in seeing them grow and flourish and accomplish bigger and more meaningful milestones and dreams that they have for themselves. We dream that we'll have wonderful memories, events, vacations, and activities that we enjoy together. We dream that they will develop a strong character and integrity, and be a well-rounded person who thrives in all situations and develops genuine relationships easily with others. We dream that our children develop a sense for hope and optimism, and self-belief that they can be the light they wish they see in the world. We hope they will be kind to others, and develop a passion around impacting other people's lives.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live just outside of Denver, Colorado, in a historic brick bungalow that characterizes the charm and traditions that our neighborhood embodies. We have 3 bedrooms, with a spacious finished basement that has a ton of room for all of Ronin's toys and a play area for him and his future sibling. The house is fenced in and has a great back yard for running around, playing ball, and family barbecues. We have families with children and pets everywhere! Great schools nearby, and one of our city's nicest and largest parks is only 4 blocks away, where we take our dogs, and walk around the scenic 2.5 mile loop, almost daily. Along with the park, we also have just about everything within walking distance- playgrounds, bike rentals, paddle boats/lake, kids fishing, restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream, and we take advantage of that convenience whenever we can.
We have fantastic neighbors, who look out for one another, and whose families are centered around their children. Our community park hosts sports practices (soccer, lacrosse, cross country), summer camps, mommy and me groups, and has BBQ areas for family gatherings. And the recreation center, located in the park, has a pool, where we want to spend a lot more time in the summers. We are lucky call this our home, and feel it is the perfect place to continue to raise our family.
Our Extended Families
Ashley's family is extremely close. We get together a few times a month, and talk just about every day. They're the cool family in terms of being the fun ones who are always planning events and looking to have a good time. They take vacations together, cookouts, dinners, concerts, dancing, and any fun family events.
Matt has an all-American family, centered around his grandmother, and niece, nephew, and now our son Ronin, who are the family's pride and joy. The women in Matt's family have all been selfless in their careers, dedicating their lives to helping others. Spending time with Matt's family is a constant reminder about what a being a good person looks like. They are competitive, love playing games and sports, and value all of the holiday traditions and activities that revolve around kids, while taking TONS of pictures together. Both families are 100% on board and excited for us to expand our family, and have been incredibly active in Ronin's life. We have so much love to give to this little one, and loads of support for us as well. We consider ourselves very lucky, and can't wait to continue sharing these experiences with our children!
From Us to You
While undoubtedly this may be one of the most difficult times in your life, we hope to provide you with some comfort in your decision making process, should you choose us as your child's adoptive parents. We have been together for 8 years, and married for 5 now, and neither one of us have ever been more confident in any decision than the day we said our vows to one another as husband and wife. The love we have for each other is beyond words, and we can't wait to share that unending love with this child.
When we were married, we were so excited to start our family, but the universe had different plans. After a very long emotional and medical journey including attempts at IVF and surgery, we learned our fate. It was impossible for us to have biological children. After taking time to grieve and considering all of our options, we realized that adoption presents us with an incredible opportunity. With so much love to give, we now know that this was the path we were meant to take all along. Children are the most precious gift we could ever receive, and we will cherish every moment and memory we have as a family. We have even more love and motivation to give them the life we know we can provide them, as we have continued on life's journey for us and our family.
It's so hard to imagine how you must be feeling, or what words could be expressed to help you in your decision making process, but we want you to know that if you decide that we are who you envisioned as your child's adoptive parents, and believe as we do that can provide them with the life you imagined, we want to be there to support you as you work through the ups and downs of this process as well. We are very interested in maintaining a relationship with you, and want to ensure that you feel a part of your child's journey in life in a way that is comfortable for you. We would love to share emails, photos and letters to help build a lasting relationship.
While you may not have the answers now, nor do we, we want to work together to ensure that this transition is one that remains a lifelong partnership, so that we are ALWAYS doing what is best for them. This is our promise and our commitment to you, that this will always be something we honor, value, and prioritize as we raise this child. These commitments are things that we do not take lightly, and your gift to us will never be taken for granted. Please know that we will do everything we can to support this little one's understanding of who they are, where they come from, and how much they are truly loved by ALL of us.
As we said before you are making the most difficult decision, potentially of your entire life, and we want you to know that we are eternally grateful for you, and providing us with the most precious gift that life can offer. This child will be loved unconditionally, and if ultimately you do choose us for your child's adoptive parents, please know we are committed to giving everything we have each and every day to providing that support, love and guidance they deserve. Tears have been running down both of our faces as we've been attempting to put into words what we want to share with you and what this responsibility and blessing means to us. Based on the people that we are, our love for one another, our solid foundation we have across all areas in life, and our passion to be the very best parents we can be for our children, we have no doubt that we will be incredible parents and offer your child the life you would love to see them have. Thank you for your bravery and selflessness. We will forever be grateful.
Matt & Ashley