A Letter from Matt & Shannon
Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us! We are a young couple that has always dreamed of having a family. After struggling with infertility for the past few years, we felt God leading us to grow our family through adoption. We are so excited and ready to welcome our first child into our lives through an open adoption!
Our story started 6 years ago playing Jenga at a birthday party! We have now been married for 4 amazing years. We love to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. You can often find us playing board games, going on walks together around our neighborhood, or hiking trails nearby! You might also find us in our backyard reading, barbequing with friends or family, or just talking and enjoying the weather. We also have a love for travel and getting to experience new places!
Our Christian faith is the foundation of our marriage and life. We feel blessed that God has led us to adoption and are excited to share our faith and love for life with your child.
Matt is a caring, loving and dedicated person. Whether he is focused on a project for work or fixing something around our house, he always dedicates the same level of care and attention. He highly values family and you can often him find him FaceTiming with his brother and parents or spending quality time with me.
Matt likes fun and adventures; whether in the form of a good book, movie, or game, taking a hike or vacation somewhere new. Most of all, he boldly follows wherever Christ leads us. I know the love and care he shows for everyone around him will be the same love and care he will show our child.
Shannon is a playful, upbeat, and nurturing person by nature. She is a person who always provides for the needs of those around her. From a young age, her siblings liked to call her “mini-mom” because she is always looking out for them and giving them advice. Shannon is starting her 10th year at an elementary school and loves her job as a reading teacher. Close friends often reach out to her for advice because of her extensive experience with kids.
Shannon is also very creative. She loves to do interior decorating and always keeps our house clean and orderly. She can often be found in the kitchen making delicious, healthy food for me since I have multiple food allergies. Shannon’s love for children and her nurturing personality is going to make her an amazing mom!
Our home has three bedrooms and a big, open kitchen and living room where we like to host family and friends! We have a beautiful backyard which is perfect for gathering, playing, and relaxing in! We are lucky to have a brand-new park right across the street too!
We live in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood in northern Virginia. Our neighborhood has multiple parks throughout and is in walking distance to a public library. We also live minutes away from a small, town area that has ice creams shops, coffee shops, and holds a weekly farmers market! Our home is right down the road from our church and a few minutes’ drive from our elementary school!
As the first grandchild on both sides of our families, your child will be spoiled with lots of snuggles, attention, and love (especially from two very excited grandmas to be). Our families love to have get-togethers, especially over the holidays! We like to visit our family’s homes in places like southern Virginia, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Florida! We have lots of fun traditions like celebrating Christmas Eve at Shannon’s brother’s house and celebrating Christmas/New Years with Matt’s family at the coast! Both are of our families have been extremely supportive of our adoption and are excited to welcome the newest family member to all of our fun!
We promise to love your child unconditionally. We promise to provide a safe, loving, supportive home for your child where they can grow, learn, and explore. We promise to share our faith with your child and help them develop their own love for God. We are happy to keep in touch with you in ways you feel comfortable like through letters, pictures, and visits. We’re excited to welcome your child into our joy-filled home full of love, laughter, learning, and faith in the Lord who has so greatly blessed and enriched our lives. If you would like to learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.
Learn More About Matt & Shannon
|Our Education||Bachelor's in Marketing Management||Bachelor's in Elementary Education and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction|
|Our Professions||Senior Producer (Project Manager) at a Software Company||Elementary School Reading Teacher|
|Stay-At-Home||No||During school breaks and over the summer|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Caucasian|
|Some of Matt & Shannon's Favorites|
|Ice Cream Flavor||Mint Chocolate Chip||Cookies and Cream|
|Board game||Settlers of Catan||Settlers of Catan|
|Birthday||My 12th birthday at a skating rink with all my friends!||My 10th birthday. I got to have my first sleepover party with a few of my friends! We stayed up all night playing games and dress up!|
|Childhood Memory||When my family would take vacations, we would go to the grocery store and everyone could pick out their own cereal box and ice cream carton!||Making Saturday morning trips to the grocery store with my dad to get donuts for everyone and playing make believe games with my younger brother and sister like creating an arcade out of cardboard boxes!|
|Thing to treat yourself with||Thick sliced maple sugar bacon||Friday morning coffee from the coffee shop!|
|Thing about my spouse||Her loving, playful spirit brightens my day and picks me up when I’m down.||His loving and caring nature. He always makes me feel supported and loved.|
|More About Our Family|
|Our Special Interests|
Trying new restaurants and coffee shops
Our faith is extremely important to us. It is the foundation for our marriage and life. We both make time to read our bibles daily and we host a bible study group in our home. We attend a large non-denominational church just a few minutes from our home that has wonderful children’s programs. Our hope is to share and model our love for Jesus with our child and help him or her to grow in their own faith.
Our neighborhood has multiple parks throughout and is in walking distance to a public library. We are also located in a highly rated public school district and our elementary school is only a few minute drive from our house! Not only do we have so many wonderful things right outside our doorstep, but we are also a short drive from downtown Washington D.C. where we can visit historical monuments and museums. We are excited to share all these fun local places with your child!
Matt works as a project manager for a video game company. He has been with the company for 11 years and worked on several high-profile games. He works with diverse, multi-discipline teams throughout the world which has given him an appreciation for different cultures and points of view. While most of his time is spent in meetings, spreadsheets, and emails, he does get to play games before they come out!
Shannon has spent her career working as a teacher in an elementary school. She has taught Kindergarten and second grade and now works as a reading teacher in her school. She gets to work in lots of classrooms around her school helping teachers and students develop a love for reading. She already has boxes full of favorite books ready to be shared with your child!
|We live in the state of...|
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...|
|Age of Child|
Newborn to 3 months
Yes! We would love twins!!
|Ethnicity of Child||Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic, Caucasian/Asian, Caucasian/Hispanic|
|Future Contact with Birth Family|
We are open to letters, pictures, and visits!
We are so excited to grow our family through adoption! We are so grateful that you are considering us to parent your child! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us! Love, Matt and Shannon