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Mat & Kallee
Thank you for looking at our profile and considering us to be your child's adoptive parents. It is our dream to start a family through adoption and share our love with a child. We hope that you will find a connection in our story and know that we will be a great match. Your journey ahead is full of difficult decisions and you are in our thoughts as you move forward.
Our Leisure Time
Our leisure time is often spent together. We love to travel and believe in taking one large vacation per year and several side trips. We enjoy recharging our batteries while on vacation and creating lasting memories. Other leisure time is spent exercising, hiking in state parks, riding bikes, attending sporting events, baking, reading, and walking our hound dog, Emma Lou. Mat enjoys golfing with friends, brothers, and father. On Sunday evenings we often cap off the weekend by watching a movie or Netflix together.
We enjoy spending time with our family, friends, and neighborhood. Families in our neighborhood find many reasons to hangout during the year. Whether it is a pool party in the summer time, trick-or-treating in the fall, or sledding in the winter, our neighbors love getting together. The neighborhood would love to add another child to the group and we are excited to share our experiences with him/her.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Mat About Kallee: First and foremost I love the way Kallee makes me laugh. She keeps me from taking life to seriously. She has accepted my family as her own. I admire the close relationship that Kallee has with her parents. We are a perfect balance of introvert and extrovert. She balances my occasional shy and quiet side with her ability to be a social butterfly. Kallee adores children and feels blessed to be a godmother.
Kallee About Mat: Mat is my best friend and I am truly lucky to have such a supportive and strong person in my life. He is loving, makes me laugh, reminds me to not take life too seriously, and has an amazing work ethic. A child will be the perfect addition to our family and I cannot wait to start this new adventure with him. I have no doubt Mat will be a wonderful father and will shower a child with love, attention, and support.
We are open to adopting a child of a different race. A transracial adoption will present an opportunity for us as parents to embrace the social history, traditions, foods, music, politics, and culture of our child's race. We are excited about conducting research, stepping out of our comfort zone to seek more diverse environments, and getting involved with another culture. Education and involvement will not only help us but will also benefit our child. Knowledge and being around diverse settings will help to build an identity and connection with his/her culture. We will embrace new cultural traditions and incorporate them into our current traditions.
We will not be a color blind household. We will be proactive in discussing cultural differences and answering difficult questions. As important as it is to answer questions and lead cultural discussions, it will be as equally important to listen to our child. Additionally, we are likely to make mistakes; however, we will do our best to recognize our shortcomings and find solutions.
In our small community there are several transracial adoptive families and one family lives in our neighborhood. These families are potential sources of support for our family. We believe our neighborhood, community, and extended families will embrace and accept a child of a different race.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a three-bedroom home. Our favorite room is the basement rec space which we use for entertaining guests, watching movies, and cheering for our favorite sports teams. Our yard provides plenty of space for play time and our backyard includes a patio and a small garden. Rabbits have been known to somehow maneuver through our garden fencing. One year we had more bunnies (3) than peppers (0).
We moved into our neighborhood two years ago. It is a very safe area and we are blessed with wonderful neighbors. The neighborhood includes many children ranging in ages from 1-16. Summers have been filled with pool parties and bonfires. A large park with playground equipment and several soccer fields is just two blocks from our house. The park is a great place to watch the City's 4th of July fireworks and provides a favorite sledding hill. Our community has a zoo, children's museum, outdoor pool, and a splash pad will be coming soon. Two annual parades highlight the city's community events. Our city has a rich history and the parades draw large crowds. Many children friendly events are held at the downtown square during the year. Our community is surrounded with state parks, lakes, and other natural areas. Tons of fun things to do!
Our Extended Families
We hold our families close to our heart and treasure the time we spend together.
Our parents live in Wisconsin and we visit frequently. Kallee's parents live in a rural area and have plenty of land for our dogs to run around and play together. They plant a large garden every year and even started raising chickens. Mat's father and stepmom are retired and love to travel. Mat's brothers work together and live in their original hometown. In addition to family, our lives are filled with great friends. Many of those friends live close to us and have small children.
Our greatest tradition is to gather for the holidays. The holidays are filled with multiple generations and include grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We spend Christmas Eve with Mat's side of the family and Christmas day with Kallee's side of the family. After sharing a meal we open presents and play games like Apples to Apples and Euchre.
All family and friends are excited about our adoption plan. They are looking forward to adding another member to the family.
From Us to You
We are honored and thankful that you have reviewed our profile. It is our hope that you found a connection in our life story and journey towards becoming parents.
We have been married 4 years and together for 12 years. Our relationship started with one brave step on social media. We connected immediately and enjoyed spending hours together telling stories of our past and discovering what is important in each of our lives. We have built our life together with the help of our loving extended families and wonderful friends that we have met along the way. Our sweet, yet sassy, dog has been at our side enjoying the journey together.
We moved into our new house a little over two years ago and have been absolutely blessed with our neighbors. There are plenty of children that will embrace adding a new friend. Our community is great. We feel it is just the right size to provide all of the opportunities and conveniences of a larger city yet small enough to maintain its charm and close-knit community feel. Our community has a zoo and many annual festivals that are family friendly. Our region of the state is filled with parks, lakes, and other natural areas for exploring. Also, a larger city with plenty of culture and diversity is within a short hour drive.
Both of us have steady careers that we enjoy. Our work schedules are 40 hours per week and it is extremely rare for us to work overtime or during the weekend. Our employers are flexible in terms of time off and will accommodate our future work-life balance. When baby arrives, we will stagger our family medical leave benefits and spend as much time as possible bonding with our newborn. After that time is up our child will spend the workdays at a local day care that has been thoroughly researched and recommended by our neighbors and friends.
Every year we take one large vacation and several side trips. We enjoy sports and watching our favorite teams. We attend several college and professional games. Our day to day activities include walking our dog, exercising at our local gym, and unwinding with a favorite book or TV program. We cook a lot of meals at home and enjoy each other's company around the dining room table. In the summer we spend a lot of time with our neighborhood families enjoying bonfires, pool parties, and watching fireworks from a nearby park. Extended family gatherings are cherished and extremely important to us. We spend time with our families during the holidays creating memories and enjoying our family traditions. Family camping trips include four generations and occur every summer.
During the past couple of years we have been trying to conceive our own biological child. A fertility doctor did not provide an optimistic outlook to our pregnancy journey. That was difficult news for us to hear. As we thought about what comes next, we both had a realization that our ultimate dream is to be parents and have a family of our own. Adoption provides us with an opportunity to fulfill that dream.
Open adoption was a new concept for us. The more we read and learned about open adoption the more we began to recognize its benefits. We are open to regular communication with you and your family in the form of letters, pictures, text messages and social media communication. We are also open to discussing other methods of contact including visits.
Thank you for reviewing our profile and considering us as your child's adoptive parents. It is our dream of building a family and we hope that you have identified a match in us. We will provide a child with love, support, devotion, education, fun and a strong moral character. The decision you are facing is a difficult one. We want you to know that you are loved and will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Mat & Kallee