S: Matt and April
BC: Trust in the Lord with all your heart . . . And He will direct your path Proverbs 3:5-6
FC: Matt & April
1: We are Matt and April and we want to thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We would like to start by expressing our respect, admiration, and thanks for your courage right now. We can't imagine the feelings you have or will experience in your decision to plan an adoption for your child. We are excited that you would consider us as loving parents and we pray that this book will give you a glimpse of who we are and who we hope to be as parents.
2: Favorites: Movie: Sherlock Holmes Color: Green Food: Steak TV Show: Top Gear and Food Network Channel Hobby: Golfing Fast Food: Chick-Fil-A Music Group:Pearl Jam, Sublime, The Roots Game: Monopoly Dessert: Ice Cream Place to Visit: Hawaii | Matt is...31 years old Born in East Texas Attended Blinn College Owner of Sales and Marketing Business Likes; golfing, cooking, fishing, and watching football. | Matt
3: Favorites: Movie: The Help Color: Green and Pink Food: Italian TV Show: X-Factor & HGTV Channel Hobby: Decorating Fast Food: Rosa's Cafe Music Group: Adele, Bruno Mars, Lady Antebellum Game: Yahtzee Dessert: Cheesecake Place to Visit: Italy | If she returns to work part time, childcare will be provided by grandparents and church daycare. | April | April is...34 years old Born in West Texas Graduated from Texas A&M University 3rd Grade Teacher Likes; decorating, reading, golfing and fishing.
4: About April by Matt | If I had to describe April in one word it would be loving. She is a very honest and giving person. She cares so much for her family, friends, and her students. As an elementary teacher for 13 years, I feel she is well equipped to becoming a mom. Even though she is teaching now and loves her job, she is so excited to be a stay at home mom, once we adopt. She is very passionate about becoming a mother, and has dreamed about it her whole life. I know she will certainly give her all to being the best mom she can be; loving, nurturing, and guiding the life that will be entrusted to her.
5: It's hard to put all that Matt is into words. He is an amazing husband and friend and I couldn't imagine life without him. Matt is also one of the smartest people I know. He can remember so much! He is very handy with fixing things and is a wonderful cook! One of the things that draws people to him is his quick wit and humor. He keeps me laughing! Matt is a godly man. He is so disciplined to spend time with God everyday and pray about what's going on in his life. Children love Matt (or Uncle Mac as what my nieces and nephews call him). He will be a great father because of the way he loves and the knowledge he has to teach a child as they grow. | About Matt by April
6: Our Church | We are very active in our church. We have been members there for almost 2 years and love the people and the warm and loving environment. We enjoy attending church and are also involved in our Sunday School Class. We volunteer in the Children's ministry, which brings us great joy.
7: Young Life Youth Group | The Girls | The Guys | Our faith is very important to us and has truly grown over the past 5 years working with the high school youth. We do a bible study with them weekly and take them to an amazing camp in Colorado every summer. They have taught us so much and we love seeing them grow into Godly young adults.
8: Mom & Step Dad (Brion) | Matt's Family | Tim & Amy | Brothers Tim and Chris | Dad "Papa," "Grandmudder", & Chris
9: Most of my family members live close by. My dad, who is a Builder, lives in a suburb about 10 miles away. My sweet grandmother "Grandmudder" also lives close by and I love spending time with her. I have 2 brothers. Tim (also a Builder) is my youngest brother who is married to Amy and they live in the same community as us. Chris is my oldest brother who is a Nurse in Corpus Christi. My mom and step dad live in Corpus half the year and in Colorado at their ranch house the other half of the year. We are a very close family and enjoy fishing, riding ATV's, hunting, camping, and cooking together. We are all very excited to share these memories with a child.
10: April's Family | Clay & Family | Mom & Dad | Our Precious Nieces and Nephew | Luke & Family | Granny
11: I am very close to my family and am so blessed to have such a big and loving family. My parents are very active and are so excited about adding to the family. My dad's mom "Granny," is 90 years old and still drives. She loves being a great grandmother! I have 2 brothers. My oldest brother, Clay, is married to Deedra and they have 2 children; Elizabeth(5) and Claire(3). My younger brother, Luke, is married to Ashlee and they have 2 children; Kellen(10) and Savannah(15 months). My family loves to vacation together and go to my parent's lake house on the weekends; especially for Easter and 4th of July! It is one BIG happy family.
12: Our little sweetie pie | Our Home
13: We live in a great neighborhood! Our house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a children's playroom, and a large backyard. We are only a couple minutes away from family, church, a park, neighborhood pool, and an elementary school. We have sweet neighbors with lots of kids and a very safe and fun environment. There are always people walking and biking around our street.
14: We have lived in this house for over 2 years. We love to entertain our family and friends and have them over for dinner, movies, and games. | Children's Playroom | Entry Way | Warm and Inviting...a large backyard | Baby's Room
15: Nursery Ideas | Girl | Boy | ...spacious room & playroom ready for fun | Family Room
16: The summer before my 1st year of teaching (2000), we were both working at Outback Steakhouse. We immediately became friends and felt a bond between us. On our first date we went golfing and he took me to lunch at one of my favorite places "Le Madeleine's." After lunch we happened to be by his grandparent's house, so we stopped by and I meet them. Unbeknownst to me, he told his grandmother he was going to marry me! It was a great first date. We were inseparable right away! We dated for 3 wonderful years! | July 2003 | Jan. 2003 | 2000 | met and started dating | engaged | married | Our Story
17: 2008 | 2006 | 2003 | 2003 | Honeymoon | 1st house | moved home | moved to Katy | Matt proposed in Jan. of 2003. He cooked a wonderful Chinese dinner that evening and then created a fortune cookie where the fortune said, "Will You Marry Me?" It was so sweet! The wedding was in July of 2003 and was a wonderful day. It was beautiful to see all the people that have known and supported us over the years. It was a perfect day! After a honeymoon in Maui, Hawaii we moved into our first house. We moved away for Matt's job for a few years and then in 2008 we moved back home. We love our life here!
18: Our Marriage | Our marriage is faith based and very strong. Our strengths include good communication and the tendency to know what the other is thinking. We have very distinct roles in our marriage: April does the laundry, Matt does the cooking. One of the ways we could grow our marriage is to know more about the other's role in the family. We are a great team and work together to make decisions. Our family goal is to raise a child to know Jesus as their savior and friend. It is important to us to bring them up in a Christian home as we were.
19: One of the ways that our faith has grown and our marriage has been strengthened is through infertility. We have tried to conceive for 7 years. We have been very blessed to have our supportive friends and family through this time. Through prayer and guidance, we made the decision to begin the adoption process. We were fortunate to be like-minded when we made the decision. We feel it is a privilege to bring a child into our family just as God brings us into His.
20: These are our dogs, Kia and Beaux. Kia is 14 years old and loves to cuddle and be lazy. Beaux is 7 years old and is very playful...he loves to fetch and swim. | Pets | Kia | Beaux
21: Kia | Beaux with our nephew Kellen.
22: Friends & Family
24: Going Clockwise... Dining at a cafe' in Italy, Hiking in Colorado, Golfing in Hawaii, Mission Trip in Italy, Four Wheeling in Colorado at in-laws Ranch, Western Night at YL Camp, Fishing at parent's lake house, Alcatraz in San Fransisco.
25: Travel | We love to travel and experience different cultures, meet new people, and try new foods. We would love to share these experiences with a child.
26: Out of all the hobbies & interests we have, our favorite thing to do is have fun with our friends and family! | Golfing with the Brothers! | Matt DJ'ing at Darbie's sweet 16 b-day party. | "Modeling" with little brother Tim | Cooking at Tim's b-day tailgate party.
27: Having Fun | Matt singing western songs with one of the high school kids. | Pie in the face by some of the high school kids. | April Jet Skiing with Darbie . | April and brother Luke | April learning how to fly fish with Matt's dad Kurt.
28: Parenting is something we are ready to experience. April works with children and has learned a lot about different parenting styles through her job. We believe that there must be a balance between discipline and fun. We believe that we would have a loving home and would teach our child to be respectful and compassionate to others. | Parenting | April's 3rd Grade Class
29: Our discipline styles would be age appropriate. We are committed to finding a way to make sure our child knows that we mean what we say and they can trust us. | We both had great models for parenting by the examples of our parents and grandparents and believe that our different personalities will make for a great parenting team. | Discipline | In honor of our grandparent's who are no longer with us, but had a great influence in our lives.
30: sunny days | We will tell our child about their adoption when it is age appropriate. It is comforting knowing we have great support from our church, family, and friends. We will make sure our child knows the love of their parents and their Heavenly Father. | Adoption
31: spring is here! | Baby Girl | We would describe you to your child in a respectful and loving light because of the choice you are making. We will send updates and pictures of your child as long as you desire and will always respect your privacy.
32: We are so excited about the possibility of sharing our life with your precious child and hope this book has given you a glimpse of what that life would be like. We want you to know that if you choose to place your baby with us, we will do everything in our power to help them grow up to be a happy, healthy, successful person.
33: We wish you courage in the days ahead and will pray for the decisions you will make for your child. Thank you for learning more about us. Sincerely, Matt and April