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Matt & Marissa
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We believe the gift of life is truly a miracle from God. To say we have an incredible amount of love, support, and joy to offer a little one is an understatement. We are very excited at the possibility of becoming parents. To choose us would be the greatest blessing of our life. We invite you on becoming a part of our journey.
Our Promise to You
We made a vow to each other in July of 2013, to always love and take care of each other. We also vowed that any child we raise will be nourished, loved, and supported in the ways of our faith. We made this vow in front of hundreds of our family members and closest friends. In our family, we take any promise (or vow) seriously. This is what we vow to you. We vow to you that any child we bring into our household will not only be loved unconditionally, but with a love that puts their happiness and well-being before ours. We believe the only life worth living in this world is a life lived for another. We show this in our marriage, and now we wish to show our child this same type of love and commitment. We cannot vow to you that we will be perfect. However, we can vow a perfect effort and a relentless pursuit to being the best parents we possibly can be for this child if you should choose us.
Our Family Traditions
Traditions in our families make for the greatest memories that we cherish, laugh about, and look forward to every year.
One of our biggest traditions is Christmas. We start the Christmas season with decorating the inside of our house and hanging lights on the outside. Each year we shop for ten local kids in need so that they wake up with gifts to open on Christmas morning. On Christmas Eve we start the day with family, baking goodies, and last minute gift wrapping. We gather in late afternoon for our Christmas meal before going to evening Mass. Afterwards, we change into comfy clothes to go look at Christmas lights throughout the city. We end the day with opening gifts and playing family games.
However, our traditions do not end there. During the summer, we spend Sunday afternoons swimming with the family. Every Memorial and Labor day weekend is spent at the campgrounds having fun on the lake, grilling, playing games, and eating s'mores around a campfire.
The 4th of July is one of our favorite traditions. We spend time with family barbecuing, swimming, and shooting off fireworks to celebrate our nation's birthday and our freedom.
One of our newer traditions has been going to Colorado for a relaxing vacation or Wisconsin for a Packer's game.
Fun Facts About Us
Our House and Neighborhood
We reside in the Sunflower State known as Kansas. We love living in Kansas where we get to enjoy all four seasons of the year. We live in a neighborhood that is not only peaceful and safe, but also has numerous parks, ponds, and other families with kids to play with. There are plenty of places nearby for family fun, eating out, shopping, and playing. Our city is always attracting big time concerts, circuses, Disney performances, air shows, and much more. We also live by numerous outdoor water parks, zoos, gyms, churches, colleges and universities, and sporting facilities.
Our home sits on a corner lot with a large fenced in backyard for kids to run around and play. Our upstairs has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. We really enjoy our open floor plan in our main living space because it allows us to still see what is going on in the living room while cooking in the kitchen. Our basement is currently not finished, but has the space for another family room, bathroom, and two bed rooms. We are excited to finished our basement over the years as we continue to grow our family.
Our Extended Families
Marissa's Family: Marissa's parents have been married for around 30 years. She comes from a family of five children, with Marissa being the second oldest. We currently have a niece and a nephew on Marissa's side of the family with more to come over the years we're sure. All of Marissa's family lives near by, so it is typical for us to spend time with her family at least once a week. When we are all together we love to camp, play card games, eat, and watch our favorite teams compete in person or on TV. In the summer, we have family swim night and supper on Sundays. Marissa's family is very excited and supportive of our adoption journey and cannot wait for us to add a member to the family.
Matthew's Family: Matt is the youngest of three boys and an uncle to five nieces and nephews. His brothers both serve in the military which takes them all around the country. Matt's parents have moved out of state due to work. Although distance separates us from his family, our love and care for one another only continues to grow. We get to see his family around holidays, planned trips, and occasional surprise visits. When family is around, it is endless talks, adventures, and memories. Matt's family cannot wait to see us become parents. They see how we are with his nieces and nephews and they can only imagine how we will be with our own child.
From Us to You
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our profile and getting to know some about us. We do not think there are any words to express our admiration of the strength, courage, and love it must take to consider this decision in your baby's future. Just know that you are in our prayers now and always.
The greatest struggle we as a couple have had to face is accepting the fact we may never conceive a child of our own. At first we thought God gave us this cross to bear as a result of something we had done wrong. However, after a lot of prayer, reflection, and emotional hardship we believe that God is leading us to our child through adoption, and we know adoption will be an amazing journey for us. We cannot wait to give a child all the love and happiness we have built inside us for the last six years.
We know that the decisions ahead of you are not only difficult, but in many ways emotionally overwhelming. We want to be parents, however the words to express this desire are not enough. We believe actions speak louder than words. If you are interested and it is possible, we would love to meet you and not only learn about who you are, but also let you see through our actions and emotions how much we are ready to be parents.
Your child, or any child for that matter, that enters our family will be accepted with loving arms from us and our extended family. They will be taught character, work ethic, Christian beliefs and values, and the value of family. Every child has some sort of gift. We are committed to helping them find that gift, developing their talents, and reaching the full potential of their desires, hopes, and dreams.
We are very anxious and excited for this next chapter of our life. When we got married six years ago, we thought we would be parents by now. However, through the years, we have remained each other's biggest supporters. We take advantage of the times we have with each other, family, and friends. Our families are 100% behind us in our adoption journey, and they are also praying for you every day.
We are open to whatever role you want to play in this journey of ours. Your significance to us does not have an ending. You will ALWAYS be a part of our lives. We welcome your continued investment in your child's life. We are happy to send email updates, to share pictures and stories, as well as write letter with keepsakes that mark milestone in your child's life. When times are appropriate, we could make arrangements for a visit(s). We want your child to know how their journey was an outcome of this display of your amazing courage and selfless love.
We know our past and present. Marissa is an Accounting Supervisor and has worked for the same company for seven years. After many years of hard work and dedication, Matt will be graduating with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy soon and then will begin his career in an outpatient clinic. We love our peaceful neighborhood and home and what the surrounding area has to offer. We enjoy spending time with our family and friends and cannot wait to grow our family. However, what the future holds for us is a mystery. We can only pray that being parents is in the near future. We have found comfort, peace, and hope in this journey so far and we hope the same for you. Just know we pray every day that God gives you comfort and the blessings you need. Thank you again for taking the time to learn about us.
Matt & Marissa
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