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Matt & Wendy

We care about you as birth parents. While we don't know all you are going through, we will do our best to love you and your child. Loving, guiding, and supporting children to become the best version of themselves is something we take pride in. We feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to care for this child. Thank you for considering us.

About Us

Matt
Wendy
Job
Civil Engineer
Stay-at-Home Mom
Education
Master's Degree in Civil Engineering
Master's Degree in Business
Children
Jack, Caleb
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Lifestyle

With Our Exchange Student From Thailand

We have an active, fun, and eventful lifestyle. Wendy is a stay-at-home mom, and finds many activities to be involved in that include serving on the board with her family business, volunteering with the grade school parent association, coaching youth sports, working out, hiking, gardening, cooking, and juggling kids activities. Matt works longer hours at his job Mondays through Thursdays to be able to have Fridays at home with the kids. Matt volunteers at the church and enjoys running, soccer, and playing games. Our oldest son, Jack, is in first grade at a public school near our house. We like to ride bikes to school on warm, sunny days. Caleb goes to a small preschool two days out of the week with a teacher that we love.

Many of our activities are centered around our kids. Indoors we enjoy playing Legos, reading books, or doing puzzles. In our backyard we often play chase, hide and seek, and swing. Some days we transform into superheroes and run around the house fighting evil. As a family we like to go camping, play at the beach, and sled in the snow. This year we are enjoying touring Oregon with our exchange student from Thailand. We have fun together and are grateful for these opportunities to spend time together at home and out adventuring.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

A Good Day to Play Soccer

Matt About Wendy: I love how caring and thoughtful Wendy is. She is often thinking about how to keep our kids safe, meet family member needs, and make a positive difference in the lives of others. Wendy is organized and a hard-worker. She encourages getting our family out to do various activities including attending sporting events, gathering with extended family, and participating in various kid activities like music, gymnastics, soccer, and playdates. I appreciate her ability to keep our family running smoothly.

Wendy About Matt: I love that Matt is kind, honest, and consistent. He is home every evening and makes time to care for the kids and me as we get ready for dinner and bed. Matt does a lot of chores around the house including washing dishes, washing and folding laundry, and mowing the lawn. Matt is easy-going and even-tempered which makes him agreeable and consistent in how he interacts with others. The kids love playing chase and superheroes with Matt as well as reading books and telling stories together. He is a wonderful dad and husband.

Cultural Diversity

Diversity highlights the uniqueness of individuals and influences how we live and experience life in this world. Through coaching, work, church, and school, we have been fortunate to meet and become friends with people that come from many different cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. We are continuing to learn about our own privilege and bias as well as how to stand up to injustice when we see it.

This year we are hosting an exchange student from Thailand which is helping our family appreciate and have greater understanding for different people, languages, traditions, holidays, and world views. We believe that getting to know people different from ourselves helps us to learn, grow, and have a greater empathy for people in general.

It is important to have role models, toys, characters in books, and friends that look like you, so we will make that a priority for our children. A sense of security and belonging are critical in a family and something we will do our best to foster with all of our children.

Video

Photos

Out for a Chilly Hike
Out for a Chilly Hike
Swinging Makes Us Smile
Swinging Makes Us Smile
Resting on Elephant Rocks, New Zealand
Resting on Elephant Rocks, New Zealand
Date Night
Date Night
Pumpkin Patch Fun
Pumpkin Patch Fun
Wendy Enjoying a Day at the Lake
Wendy Enjoying a Day at the Lake
Family Selfie on the Soccer Field
Family Selfie on the Soccer Field
Bedtime Stories
Bedtime Stories
Exploring Crater Lake
Exploring Crater Lake
A Beautiful Day Together
A Beautiful Day Together
Our Family
Our Family
Cross-Country Skiing Break
Cross-Country Skiing Break
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Out for a Chilly Hike
Out for a Chilly Hike
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Swinging Makes Us Smile
Swinging Makes Us Smile
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Resting on Elephant Rocks, New Zealand
Resting on Elephant Rocks, New Zealand
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Date Night
Date Night
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Pumpkin Patch Fun
Pumpkin Patch Fun
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Wendy Enjoying a Day at the Lake
Wendy Enjoying a Day at the Lake
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Family Selfie on the Soccer Field
Family Selfie on the Soccer Field
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Bedtime Stories
Bedtime Stories
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Exploring Crater Lake
Exploring Crater Lake
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A Beautiful Day Together
A Beautiful Day Together
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Our Family
Our Family
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Cross-Country Skiing Break
Cross-Country Skiing Break

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a small college town in Oregon. We love the community we live in. We are only a short drive from the forest, beach, and mountains. There is a park with a play structure, pond, amphitheater, and community garden a short walk or bike ride from our house. We enjoy watching and playing sports, especially soccer, basketball, and ultimate frisbee. We like to swim at the community pool and paddle at a family lake during the summer. We go to our local public library a couple times a month and the kids fill a bag with books that we enjoy reading together. There is a vibrant farmers market year-round that we like stopping at and picking up fresh produce.

Sunset Over Our Back Yard

We live within walking distance to Wendy's mom and sister. We have apple trees, pear trees, and a cherry tree. We have a play fort in the back yard with swings and a garden for nibbling strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Our house has a large open living room with windows looking out over the countryside, a loft where we watch movies, and a covered porch where we enjoy eating on warm summer evenings.

We live a in a beautiful place that is abundant with resources and activities to help kids and parents thrive.

Our Extended Families

Wendy & Her Twin Sister

Wendy has an identical twin sister living in the same town, which leads to a lot of awkward conversations with people thinking they know her but really they know her sister, Sally. Sally and her family live within walking distance from our house. Her son often plays with our kids, usually Legos and make-believe games. Wendy's mom also lives within walking distance and joins us regularly for meals, trips, and kids activities.

Matt's Family

Matt's parents live on a farm a couple hours away and we enjoy going to visit them a few times a year. Matt's mom is a retired nurse, who recently worked for a pregnancy clinic. She has been a great support and resource. Matt is close with his two brothers and they connect online to play computer games once a week. Matt's youngest brother is expecting his first child next year, so there will be cousins close in age.

We have great relationships with our extended families and they are supportive and excited about our decision to adopt and add to our family.

From Us to You

You are brave and courageous. We want to get to know you and love you and your child. We can only imagine how difficult this is and how much you want to make a good choice for you and your child moving forward. We hope to provide some comfort in our passion for parenting, commitment to following God, and desire to raise a healthy and happy family.

We have been married for nine years and we have two boys, Jack and Caleb. Jack and Caleb will make excellent big brothers and they are already talking about how they will care for and play with their new sister or brother. We make it a priority in our house that siblings stick together and support each other in hopes that they will be life-long friends and allies. Our dog, Charley, is a 5 year-old Labrador that is extremely patient and gentle with our kids. We love being parents and we promise to love your child like we love our birth children. Our goal as parents is to love, teach, guide, and support our kids to lead happy and healthy lives. We want our kids to know, love, and follow God. We care about each child and value their differences and unique strengths. We want to help them become the best version of themselves. We would like three children and are very excited with the possibility of adding our third child through adoption.

If you would like us to, we will gladly visit before the child is born. We would like to talk with you about your desires for staying connected and work together to build a healthy relationship. We care about you and your child and will do our best to love, support, and encourage you throughout this process and the life of the child. We will be available by phone and e-mail. We will send pictures and not forget about you. You are important and we want you to be a part of this child's life as well as ours.

We will tell this child about their adoption and about their birth parents. We will speak positively of you and we will let the child know that they are loved and that they belong exactly where they are. Belonging and significance in a family are critical and we want both you and your child to feel that with us. If this child is a different race or ethnicity, we are prepared to love and acknowledge his or her differences as well as similarities. We will do our best to connect him or her with supports, mentors, and role models of the same race to help guide them so they can navigate and succeed in life. We are and will continue to work with all of our kids to recognize and stand up to injustice.

There are many ways that families are built and we feel blessed and honored to be considered to adopt and raise your child. Thank you for your courage, bravery, and trust in this process. We will pray for you as you navigate this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Matt & Wendy

Favorites

Matt
Wendy
Actor
Harrison Ford
Denzel Washington
Actress
Sandra Bullock
Animal
Dog
Dolphin
Author
JRR Tolkien
JK Rowling
Book
Lord of the Rings
Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Candy Bar
Milky Way
Chocolate with nuts and berries
Cartoon
Muppet Babies
Super Wings
Childhood Memory
Playing in the Snow
Sledding on the hill behind our house
Childhood Toy
Army men play fort
Tandem bike
Children's Book
Elephant and Piggie Watch me Throw the Ball by Mo Willems
City
London
Vancouver, Canada
Classic Movie
Star Wars
A League of their Own
Color
Red
Magenta
Day of Week
Friday
Friday
Dessert
Brownie
Mud Pie
Disney Movie
Beauty and the Beast or Aladdin
Finding Nemo
Dream Job
Professional Soccer Player
Youth Sports Coach
Dream Vacation
Greece
Glass Igloo in Finland to view northern lights and go cross country skiing
Family Activity
Playing Board Games and watching movies
Paddling on the Lake
Flower / Plant
Dahlia
Food
Burritos
Taco Salad
Form of Exercise
Running and playing soccer
Bootcamp
Fruit
Strawberry
Watermelon
Game
Smash Up
Bridge
Hobby
Playing Video games and board games
Making Muffins
Holiday
Christmas
Christmas
Holiday Song
O Holy Night
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Holiday Tradition
Decorating the Christmas tree
Christmas Tree Hunting in Forest
Ice Cream
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Jamoca almond fudge
Junk Food
Ice-Cream
Nutella and graham crackers
Leisure Activity
watching movies or playing video games
Ultimate Frisbee or Skimboarding at the beach
Magazine
Mother Earth Living
Memory with a Child
Dance party with Caleb wearing high heels
Memory with Spouse
Rock climbing together and running together
Hiking in New Zealand
Movie
Star Wars
Charlotte's Web
Movie Munchie
popcorn or ice-cream
Chips and guacamole
Movie Type
Sci-fi/adventure
Romantic Comedy
Musical
White Christmas
Nutcracker
Musical Group
Rend Collective
Rend Collective
Nursery Rhyme
The old lady who swallowed a fly
Olympic Event
Skiing for Winter and Swimming for Summer
Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding
Personal Hero
Ravi Zacharias
Play
Mary Poppins
Poet
Ogden Nash
Quality about my Spouse
How thoughtful and caring she is
Reliable and Playful
Quote
"No man is a fool who gives what he cannot to keep to gain what he cannot lose" - Jim Elliot
"Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are travelling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind." - Henri Frederic Amiel
Restaurant
Qdoba
Laughing Planet
Sandwich
Dagwood
BLTA
Scripture
Galations 2:20
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Shopping Store
REI
REI
Song
Audience of One - Big Daddy Weave
Let there be Peace on Earth - Jill Jackson-Miller and Sy Miller
Sport to Play
Soccer
Soccer
Sport to Watch
Basketball
Basketball
Sports Star
Michael Owen (older English soccer player)
Marion Jones
Sports Team
Liverpool
Oregon State Beavers
Subject in School
History
Business
Superhero
Ironman
Elastigirl / Mrs. Incredible
Thing to Cook
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Time of Day
Morning
Morning
Tradition
I enjoy a cup of coffee and reading Bible before everyone gets up.
Drawing on the chalkboard wall in our house for birthdays and holidays
TV Show
Madam Secretary and Magnum PI
Madam Secretary
TV Show Character
Tea Leoni
Type of Music
Contemporary Christian
Contemporary Christian
Vacation Spot
mountains
Hawaii
Video Game
Overwatch

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