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A Letter from Matt & Jen

Dear Birth Parent,

We are a happy, fun-loving family of three who enjoys spending time together and making each other laugh. We are extremely blessed to have adopted our son, Henry, 4 years ago, and are thrilled to expand our family a second time through adoption! We are looking forward to sharing our love of music, sports, and family with your child. Your child will be encouraged, supported, and above all- LOVED!

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About Us

We met 15 years ago (in a barn!) while still in college, and just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. We have always known we were meant to be parents, and after struggling with infertility, we realized we were meant to be parents through adoption. We were blessed to adopt our son in 2016 and are excited to grow our family once more through adoption!

We love hanging out with our friends and neighbors, vacationing with family, and relaxing at home together. We both enjoy a wide variety of music, and love to see live concerts and shows together. Matt’s love for baseball has rubbed off on Jen (and on Henry!) and we try to see a professional baseball game each summer, or create our own game in the backyard! We are most excited to snuggle with and share our love with your child. We know Henry will be a wonderful big brother.

About Matt

Matt is very easy-going, and from the first time I met him, I felt I could be my true self with him. He makes me smile, and helps to balance me out. No matter what life throws at us, he is always very calming, supportive and determined. Matt’s job as a territory manager allows him a flexible schedule, which is great for family life. He is also a natural athlete, and enjoys golfing and playing baseball in a local summer league. He is a fun, encouraging, and loving father to Henry. I know that Matt is excited to coach our children in T-ball and baseball some day! He looks forward to welcoming our next child into the family with open arms and an open heart!

About Jen

Jen is a caring, intelligent and creative person who puts others needs before her own and is very family orientated. She works as an Interior Designer at an architecture firm, the career she’s wanted since she was a little girl. At home, she likes to take on crafts such as sewing baby burp cloths for friends, as well as home improvement projects. Jen also likes to spend time outdoors going on walks and attending sporting events. Jen loves to sit down with our son to create new things with play-doh and even set up fun Hotwheels tracks around the house. She is always very encouraging and patient with him. She is a wonderful mother and I know she is thrilled to welcome your child into the family to love, teach, and help them grow as an individual.

About Our Son, Henry and Family

Our son, Henry, just turned 4 and is quite the character! He has such a big personality, funny sense of humor, and the most contagious laugh! He loves going to the park, riding his bike, and playing with cars and trucks. He is also a big helper around the house and likes to vacuum and help Dad mow the lawn. He is excited to be a big brother, and already has some of his toys set aside for his new baby brother or sister.

Jennifer grew up in a small town with a large extended family, while Matt grew up in a big city with a small family. Although we come from opposite family backgrounds, we both come from loving and supportive families. Family is very important to us and we take every opportunity we can to visit, host, or travel with them. Everyone is very excited to welcome your child into the family!

Our Home in Washington

We bought our 4 bedroom home with our growing family in mind! We have plans to turn the guest room into a nursery. The playroom is located perfectly where it is visible from the kitchen and living room. Our spacious, fully fenced backyard is great for hosting summer BB-Q’s and impromptu T-ball games, and we hope to put in a swing set this summer. We live on a quiet, safe street surrounded by families with young kids, who are always eager to ride bikes and play with Henry.

 

 

Our Promise

Our promise to you is to love your child unconditionally with all of our hearts. We promise to support them educationally and encourage them in a variety of activities and experiences. Your child will grow up in a loving home, and will always know that they are loved. We are open to staying in touch at your comfort level through letters, pictures, and visits.

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Learn More About Matt & Jen

  Matt Jen
Our EducationBachelor DegreeBachelor Degree
Our ProfessionsRegional Sales ManagerInterior Designer
Stay-At-HomeNo, but he has a flexible scheduleNo, but her work is very family-friendly and understanding when flexibility is needed
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasianCaucasian/Mexican
Some of Matt & Jen's Favorites
FoodSteakMexican Food
Type of MusicAlternativeBroadway Musicals
Place to visitThe coastAnywhere with sunshine and water
SeasonBaseball SeasonSpring
HobbyPlaying baseball on a summer leagueDesigning & re-designing our home
Childhood MemorySeeing a game at Yankee Stadium with his grandpaFamily camping trips
Activity with HenryGoing for puddle bike rides Building car tracks and ramps
More About Our Family
Our Son's Adoption

We are very blessed to have adopted our son, Henry, 4 years ago. From the first time we met him at just 12 hours old, we fell madly in love with him! Watching him grow into the spunky 4-year-old he is has been an absolute joy for us, and we can't wait to watch him become a big brother. We have an open adoption with both of his birth parents, and are open to doing the same with you and your child!

Our Faith

Jennifer was born and raised in the Catholic faith and has received her Sacraments. Although Matt was not raised in a religious family, it has always been our desire to raise our children in the Catholic Church, and attend Mass together as a family. We both appreciate the morals and sense of community and family that the Catholic Church instills. Our son was Baptized in the church as a baby, alongside his cousin... a pretty special day for our family!

Our Musical Interest

We both enjoy a wide variety of music and love to see live concerts, shows, and Broadway plays when we are able. Matt played trumpet in middle school, and Jen played clarinet and took piano lessons for 11 years. We always have music playing in our house and like to encourage Henry to make the next song selection. We hope to get a piano for our home someday and are looking forward to sharing our love of music with our children.

About Our Home and Neighborhood

Our home has a cozy, inviting feel, and we are having fun slowly making improvements. Last year, we had hardwood floors installed downstairs, and all the tan walls painted a bright, happy white. We love our quiet little neighborhood full of amazing neighbors and lots of kids. They are all so supportive and excited to watch our family grow! We often have get-together's with our neighbors during the summer, and even celebrated the 4th of July with a block party. Our home is located in a great school district, with the school bus stop just right down the street.

We live in the state of...

Washington! We moved here 8 years ago, with the thought that we could always move back to California if we didn't like it... but we LOVE it here! It is always so green, with beautiful mountain or river views in any direction. We're located not far from the city, coast, and mountains, so the options for adventure are endless.

We Prefer a Child Who Is...
Age of Child

Newborn to 3 months

Twins

Yes!

Gender

We would love either! Henry is very excited to have a baby brother or sister!

Ethnicity of ChildCaucasian, African American, Hispanic, Native American, Hispanic/Caucasian, Hispanic/African American, African American/Caucasian
Future Contact with Birth Family

We are open to any level of future contact that you are most comfortable with. We currently have an open adoption with our son's birth mother and birth father, including photos, texts, and visits.

In Closing

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our family, and for considering us as parents for your child. We are so excited to welcome your child into our family, and into our hearts. Your child will grow up in a loving home, and will always know that he or she was adopted out of love. We are open to discussing the amount of future contact that you are hoping for!

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