S: Matt & JJ
FC: Matt & JJ | Live, Laugh, Love
1: Dear Birth Family, Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about our family. We are Matt, JJ, Benjamin, Harper, and Cameron. We truly respect the courage it takes to give your baby the gift of life and your selflessness in pursuing this journey towards adoption. We know that you love this child so much and have the best wishes for a happy, successful and stable life. We are so excited to bring a new baby into our family – one that’s full of love, laughter, fun and stability. If you choose to take this journey with us you will be safe, supported and respected. If you are open to it, we look forward to a great bond with you and hope that a lasting friendship can develop, so even after your child is born he or she can know that you did so much for us and for your baby. We would be so blessed if you chose us to be your child’s adoptive family. Matt, JJ Ben, Harper, & Cami
2: Our Adoption Story... We always knew that we wanted to have a home filled with children. We both have large extended families and know the joy that children bring to a family. When we struggled to conceive our first child, we began talking about how to grow our family. We were excited about the possibility of adopting a child right away. With help, we were blessed to have two children biologically, but knew that we wanted to pursue adoption to have more children. Our third child came into our family through adoption and we couldn't imagine our life without her. We strongly believe that each child is a gift from God and that He wants every child to live in a home where he or she is loved, nourished, and pursued. We want to be that for your baby.
3: We met before college and both moved out west to Colorado to attend school. We fell in love with each other and the Great Outdoors. | Our wedding day was one of the happiest days of our lives. We've now been married for 11 incredible years and continue to enjoy each other everyday!
4: About Matt (Written by JJ) Matt is the love of my life. First and foremost, Matt is an incredible husband. He is engaged in our marriage and is always looking for ways to make things be the best they can be. Matt is an exceptional dad. Because he is one of the funniest and most carefree people I've ever met, he definitely knows how to have fun with our children. Matt works very hard in his career which allows me to stay at home. Even with this, he has a great work/life balance and is home for dinner every night. I am so thankful that God brought us together. | abc
5: About JJ (Written by Matt) JJ is my best friend. She simply brings joy to anyone she comes across. She has an amazing love for all her family and friends, and is the most giving person I know. Her caring and nurturing spirit have allowed her to be a terrific teacher and now an amazing Mommy. I love to take walks with her, play games with her, go on adventures with her and simply hang out and talk with her. What I love most is her smile and her ability to bring smiles to others. | abc
6: We are so blessed with three fun and outrageous kids who are excited to have a brother or sister! | Benjamin | Harper | is a super outgoing and hilarious boy. He is incredibly smart & creative, and loves building things & playing games | is our dramatic girl who is always performing (singing, dancing, telling jokes, etc.). She loves playing dress-up & tea parties, and loves her brother & sister | Our Kids | Cameron | always has a smile on her face and has the funniest laugh. She is constantly chasing her brother & sister around and loves to play in the backyard swing set.
7: Parenting Philosophy | We believe that each child is different in their own right, and those differences should be celebrated! We strive to create an environment where everyday is filled with fun and excitement. We know that there needs to be a balance of fun and discipline, and we are both committed and consistent when it comes to discipline. Our hope is that each child that comes into our home can leave one day and be a successful member of society because of what they learned from us.
8: Big Families! | Family Totals: 4 Brothers, 2 Sisters, 15 Aunts, 11 Uncles, 64 1st Cousins, 47 2nd Cousins, 4 Nieces, 1 Nephew! | Having both come from very large extended families, our families play a huge role in our life. Holidays and traditions have always been very fun and important to us, with lots of family always included.
9: JJ's family has a cottage on the lake where we make memories every summer!
10: Matt's | Watching great movies Eating ice cream Listening to and singing (though not well) music Playing & following various sports Reading a great book | Being a passionate (and patient) Chicago Cubs Fan Cooking & eating all kinds of food Anything outdoors (hiking, skiing, camping, etc.) Traveling to new places There's nothing I enjoy more than spending quality time with family & friends | 10 | 9 | 8 | 7 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1
11: things to know about JJ... | 1. The most important thing in my life is my relationships: with my husband, my kids, and all my family & friends. 2. I feel very fortunate to be able to stay at home with our children. I love spending our days together, playing & learning along with them. 3. I love love love hanging out with our friends. Whether we go out on the town, go for a sail, or have a game-night at someone's house, we've got great friends who I love spending time with. 4. Reading is one of my favorite past-times. I've been a big reader since I was a kid, and if I'm into a good book, I'll stay up all night reading it. | 5. I consider myself a fairly athletic person. In school, I played all kinds of sports, and this year, Matt & I joined a co-ed kickball team. I also enjoy going to live sporting events, but can't stand watching them on TV. | 6. Traveling with Matt has been one of the best parts of our marriage. I love going on adventures with him! 7. I am the worst entertainment critic. I love every movie, book, and TV show I come across. 8. I cook dinner for my family almost every night. But once a week, I have to order out! | 9. In my professional life, I was an elementary school teacher. I have a passion for education and I plan on returning to the field in some capacity in the future. 10. I grew up in a small town and lived close to most of my very large family That is one of the reasons why family is so important to me.
12: Central Park, New York City | Geyser in Rotorua, New Zealand | Santorini, Greece | Auckland, New Zealand | The White House | We love traveling and going on adventures!
13: Sydney Opera House, Australia | Park City, Utah | Gondola ride, Venice, Italy | Niagara Falls, Canada | Disneyland!
14: Home Sweet Home | We are fortunate to live in a beautiful home with a great backyard for kids. Here you see some of our friends playing at our house on the playset Matt built and the kids building a snowman with their cousins. Our neighborhood is filled with kids and we're always having fun playing with the other families from our block. We're also part of a Moms & Tots group that is very diverse and has so much to offer. Our neighborhood is also in a fantastic school district.
15: Our friends are so important to us and we know how to have a good time! | An intense Wii Boxing match! | Harper & one of her closest friends, Chloe. | JJ and one of her closest friends, Jen. We've been friends for 25 years!
16: Our Christian faith is very important to us. You can count on your child being raised in a home where Christ's love is modeled. | With Ben's Godparents, our good friends, Luke & Rachel, at his dedication ceremony in 2007. | Above, the girls from our church's small group getting together for dinner. Below, the guys from small group hanging out at a BBQ. | Matt & Ben with members from our church at an annual service project
17: Thank you so much for taking the time to read our profile and for your consideration in choosing us for your child. For more information, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org Visit our website: www.mattandjjadopt.weebly.com
18: Best Wishes to You throughout this Journey