BC: Made with Love | 2013
FC: Matt and Ali
1: Our Message To You | Matt & Ali | Dear Expectant Mom, Thank you for considering us as loving parents for your child. We are Matt and Ali and we'd like you to know that your bravery and love for your child has given us the strength to continue our journey to be parents. We hope the following letter and pictures give an accurate glimpse of who we are and the kind of parents we will be to your child. Our love for each other and our deep desire to create our own family means everything to us. We will always love unconditionally and nurture your child for the rest of our lives.Wherever your journey takes you, we hope you find comfort in knowing that your gift means more than words could ever say. It takes a very special person to consider adoption and helping a childless couple like ourselves. Your gift would be our dream come true. We understand that in the next few months you will be faced with some difficult decisions. Please know that you are always in our hearts. May you find the perfect loving couple for your baby.
2: Our Story | Matt and I met 4 years ago on a blind date. Three years later we eloped to Las Vegas | Matt and I fell in love on our first date! We even talked about the family we would have one day. All of our hopes and dreams for the future revolved around us having children. After we got married we faced a three year battle with unexplained infertility. We had discussed in vitro but that never felt like the right choice for us. After some deep soul searching we realized that we didn't need to carry a baby ourselves. We just wanted to be parents. Adoption was the only choice in our hearts. Although its been a difficult journey we know that when we become parents it will all be worth it.We promise to always strive to provide the most loving, stable home with lots of family and friends to surround your child with love.
3: We were both raised in Christian families and will pass on those same values to your child. We will teach your child about all faiths and to show love, compassion, and respect for all cultures and beliefs. Education is very important to us. We were both fortunate enough to go to college and we are able to provide excellent educational opportunities as your child grows up. We hope to instill the love of learning and have already started a college fund. As our hearts and home patiently wait for a child, we can already imagine homework at the kitchen table, kissing a skinned knee, even cleaning up spilled milk. Our parenting style will include patience, loving boundaries and guidelines, and lots of hugs and kisses! We will always be truthful and honest with your child about you and their adoption journey. We are open to a semi open adoption; including sending pictures and letters a few times a year.
4: About Ali | I've had a love for animals and children since I was a little girl. I remember I wanted to grow up to be a Veterinarian and a mom. As a teen I was the neighborhood babysitter and I later worked with special needs kids while I was in high school and nursing school. Although I enjoy working as a nurse I'm really excited to be a full time stay at home mom. I want to experience everything motherhood has to offer and I don't want to miss one bit of it! I love being in the kitchen and I love cooking for people. I even plan on making my own organic baby food. I try to lead a healthy lifestyle and enjoy swimming, pilates, and yoga to stay fit. Traveling is a hobby and I can't wait to take your child on adventures. I have a deep desire to nurture and cannot wait to be a mom for the first time. I feel like I have been growing your child in my heart. Being a mother will always be the best thing that happens to me and the most important thing I ever do.
5: About Matt | Camping with friends Lilly and Faye. | I was born and raised in Philadelphia where I have been a community pharmacist for over a decade. My greatest love is music and I have been writing songs and playing guitar for over 25 years. I love the outdoors and spending time hiking, camping and gardening. Baseball and hockey are my favorite sports. I love to travel and look forward to showing the world to your child. Becoming a dad is something I've waited for my whole life.
6: O u r | H o m e | Our family room | Our kitchen is the heart of our home | Welcome!
7: We live about 20 minutes from Philadelphia in a quiet family neighborhood. Being just outside the city gives us opportunity to explore all it has to offer. We love baseball and cannot wait to take your child to their first Phillies game! Our home is a converted barn and has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Our basement is finished and leads out to a fully fenced in yard as well as secured swimming pool. We have great neighbors and plan on raising our family there for years to come. Matt loves doing the landscaping and a vegetable garden is in the works. We think our kitchen is the center of our home. Its the gathering place where some great memories have been made. We love our home but feel it will not be complete until it is filled with the laughter of a child. The nursery, which is located next to the master bedroom, is a cheerful room that gets great sunlight and looks out over the yard. A short five minute walk from home is our local playground. Our local elementary school is just a few miles from our home. There are also several community parks where we like to hike and take our dog for walks. | Our neighborhood playground is only a few blocks away | Frank loves the swing
8: OUR PETS | Ali's nephew Alex and Spencer! | Frankie is our sweet rescue dog who loves people and is very gentle with kids. He loves to cuddle and play ball and is an extremely loyal friend. He is always happy and it shows in the continuous wag of his tail. | Sylvie and Pumpkin are our two lazy but lovable cats who just enjoy sleeping and eating. They love to be petted and are always on the lookout for a cuddle or a head scratch. | Spencer is our chatty parrot and the real show off of our family. He loves to sing and dance and one of his favorite sayings is "Goodnight, I love you".
9: Our Best Friends | We have the most amazing group of friends! Our friends and their children all live within an hour of us and we get together as much as possible. There is never a shortage of dinner dates birthday parties,and cookouts. We love being a part of their children's lives. Our friends are really our second family and will add another layer of love and support as your child grows up. We know how anxious our friends are to see us become parents and can't wait for a new little one to join the gang! | Babysitting Enli and Quinn | Ali holding our friends newborn daughter | Swimming on Labor Day! | The Gang
10: I have a small immediate family that includes my mother Judy, my younger sister Abbey and my nephew Alex.We are close and since they live only a few miles from us, we spend a lot of time together. During the holidays my mom,sister, and I will make a day of baking cookies and tree decorating. At Easter we even have an egg hunt for the younger kids and summers are spent by the pool. My family has been very supportive on this journey and have waited for this moment along with us. | Ali's family | Birthday dinner for Alex | Mother's Day | Abbey and Mom help with Christmas dinner
11: My extended family is quite large. It consists of aunts and uncles, cousins and their kids. Mostly everyone is local and so we do get together as much as possible, especially holidays. My family is loud and fun. We love to get together, sit at the kitchen table and talk about our childhood memories . There is usually food involved and a lot of laughter! We spent every summer at the beach as kids and I can't wait to make those memories with a child of our own. | Your child will grow up with lots of cousins to play with. There will never be a shortage of love. My family has been so supportive of our adoption journey and are excited to meet the newest family member. | Labor Day Cookout | Grandmother's 90th Birthday | My Grandmother with her great grandchildren
12: Matt's family | My family is small but very close. My older sister has three kids and my brother has two and one one the way! My parents like to plan family days where we get together. Our favorite places are the zoo and aquarium. | My nephews Frank and Scott can't wait to meet their new cousin | I am from a small close knit family and grew up the youngest of three. My older sister has three adult children and my older brother has three children under the age of 6. My parents Edie and Frank are retired and love to spend their time with their grandkids. | Grammy and Poppy
13: Aunt Amy and Uncle Frank | Although my family lives in Delaware, we talk almost daily and get together as much as possible. We love going to the zoo and aquarium with my nephews or playing baseball in the yard. We spend summers swimming and even camping in the backyard. My nephews love exploring the barn and decorating our driveway with sidewalk chalk pictures. | Christmas with Mom and Frank
14: Matt by Ali | Matt is the kindest person I know. The first thing you notice is his smile and genuine love of life. He is a loyal friend, son, and loving husband who always strives to make family number one. | I know how much he wants to be a father. Matt is a patient person by nature and I have no doubt that he will make a terrific dad.
15: Ali by Matt | The best way to describe my wife Ali is fun, energetic, and hard working. She is enthusiastic about everything she does and is an extremely nurturing person. She can be incredibly silly and will go out of her way to make me laugh. My wish for her is to have the family she has always dreamed of and I know she will be a wonderful mom.
16: We have already fully stocked the nursery for a new baby's arrival. We have a crib,diapers,clothes, toys,and all the essentials ready. We also started a small collection of children's books about adoption. We will always be open and honest about our adoption journey and always answer your child's questions as detailed as you wish. We look forward to diapers changes and midnight feedings, rocking a sleepy baby and all the joys and trials of first time parenthood that lies ahead. We both think its important for children to grow up with siblings so we do plan on adopting once again in the near future.
17: Thank you again for looking at our family profile and for taking the time to learn about us, our love, our life, and our deep desire to have a baby to love and cherish for the rest of our lives. If you have any other questions for us, please do not hesitate to contact us through our adoption attorney Barbara Casey at A Baby Step Adoption. Best Wishes Always, | Matt and Ali