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Matthew & Luke

We are so excited to be on this adoption journey together! Adoption is a precious gift that we deeply respect. Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile. It means a lot that you would consider us to be your child's parents. We look forward to sharing love, laughter, and life lessons with our expanded family.

About Us

Matthew
Luke
Job
Ballet Master
Director of Vocal Music
Education
Some College
Master's Degree in Music Education
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Individual Strengths

Matthew Performing With American Midwest Ballet

Matthew is incredibly organized and hard-working; he manages several jobs and yet is able to cook a delicious homemade meal each night. Matthew is task-oriented and loves to stay busy; he is an amazing ballet dancer, enthusiastic Jazzercise instructor, and works tirelessly to keep the family home looking pristine. Matthew's fun-loving and goofy personality makes it easy for him to get along with everyone; he is the first to poke fun at himself to help someone smile and make their day.

Luke Conducting His Choir

Luke is generous and caring; he gives of his time and energy to his family, friends, coworkers and students. Luke enjoys laughing and sharing his love for life; his laugh is infectious and will light up a room. Luke is passionate about music, singing, and people; his job as a community college music professor allows him to share his excitement for learning with his students and colleagues. Luke is empathetic towards others and often finds himself working tirelessly to address the needs of those around him.

Addressing Cultural Diversity

As gay men, we already find ourselves in the margin of society. In our own lives and as a married couple, we've navigated the terrain of being outside the norm. We understand what it's like to be different and how in being so, we are misunderstood and not always accepted because of it. However, we have surrounded ourselves with like-minded friends and family who support us and celebrate our differences. Our guide for sharing cultural diversity with a child can be our own journey towards acceptance and understanding. As the child grows older, we can share more regarding the nature of families with two dads, two moms, a dad, a mom, or a mom and dad. We can also be open and honest about the fact that a family can be strong, nurturing and normal - no matter the color of our skin, where we came from, or who makes up our family.

10 Fun Facts About Us:

Matthew in Spain

  • We both have traveled to several foreign countries; 12 different countries between the two of us!
  • Luke started running over a year ago and has dropped 5 inches from his waistline!
  • Matthew's grandfather had his name legally changed in 1941; however, we don't know what his real last name would have been since his great grandmother remarried after the death of his great grandfather around the same time she immigrated from Italy through Ellis Island.
  • Luke participated in 4H as a kid and can tell you lots of surprising facts about raising cows, sheep, and pigs.
  • Matthew won a scholarship to a prominent boarding school for dance when he was 15 years old.
  • Luke is also a composer of music, and his songs have been performed by several groups over the last few years.
  • Matthew ran his own dance studio business for 10 years.
  • At 6'8" tall, it's easy to spot Luke in a crowd.
  • We held a brunch wedding on a Sunday in which our friends and family had breakfast, mimosas, we got married, and everyone celebrated ... all before Noon.
  • We bought a new house last year just to make room for our future kids and family.
  • Video

    Photos

    In New York City
    In New York City
    With Friends From Jazzercise
    With Friends From Jazzercise
    Breakfast Date
    Breakfast Date
    Fun at Universal Studios
    Fun at Universal Studios
    Exploring Maine
    Exploring Maine
    At the Movies
    At the Movies
    Adventureland With Our Nephew
    Adventureland With Our Nephew
    Luke & Our Nephew at the Pool
    Luke & Our Nephew at the Pool
    Matthew Performing in the Nutcracker
    Matthew Performing in the Nutcracker
    Matthew Teaching Jazzercise
    Matthew Teaching Jazzercise
    Luke With Our Nephews & Niece
    Luke With Our Nephews & Niece
    We Can't Wait to Become Parents!
    We Can't Wait to Become Parents!
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    In New York City
    In New York City
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    With Friends From Jazzercise
    With Friends From Jazzercise
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    Breakfast Date
    Breakfast Date
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    Fun at Universal Studios
    Fun at Universal Studios
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    Exploring Maine
    Exploring Maine
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    At the Movies
    At the Movies
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    Adventureland With Our Nephew
    Adventureland With Our Nephew
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    Luke & Our Nephew at the Pool
    Luke & Our Nephew at the Pool
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    Matthew Performing in the Nutcracker
    Matthew Performing in the Nutcracker
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    Matthew Teaching Jazzercise
    Matthew Teaching Jazzercise
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    Luke With Our Nephews & Niece
    Luke With Our Nephews & Niece
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    We Can't Wait to Become Parents!
    We Can't Wait to Become Parents!

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    We live in a metropolitan area in Iowa. Luke's employer hosts a few free events each year that encourages family participation in a friendly and fun atmosphere; the back to school picnic includes bouncy houses, yard games, barbecue, and music. The holiday party has face-painting, raffles, cookie-decorating, and an array of delicious foods.

    Many school-aged kids live in our neighborhood and we've become friendly with all the neighbors of various ages.

    We live in an updated, split level house with four bedrooms. We have a spacious back yard, perfect for playing outside. Matthew's favorite room is the kitchen (where he cooks and bakes almost every day), while Luke loves the downstairs family room (where his piano and digital TV are located.)

    The neighborhood pool is only a few blocks away from our house and is a lot of fun in the summer months. We also have an outdoor splash park close by. Several new playgrounds are within walking distance of our house. Our local children's museum is popular, and our town's art museum is always hosting classes and events for kids and their families.

    Our Extended Families

    With Luke's Mother

    Our niece and nephews live a few hours away but visit us regularly. We love taking them to the zoo, neighborhood pool, movies, and out for ice cream. Night time is also popular with our family as we like to read bed time stories to the kids.

    This summer we had a great time taking helicopter rides at the air show with Luke's family, and we had a blast at the corn roast party hosted by Matthew's brother.

    With Matthew's Family

    Matthew's family lives further away, but we talk and laugh on the phone often in between visits. Both Luke and Matthew's parents are anxiously awaiting grandchildren and have been very supportive.

    Our chosen family also plays a major role in our lives. "Grandma" Kathi is our fairy godmother; a mother figure, friend, mentor, and side kick to us both. "Uncles" Adam and Camilo always have the best advice...and jokes of anyone we know.

    Our entire community is anxiously awaiting the arrival of a child in our lives. They are ready and willing to support us every step of the way.

    From Us to You

    Hi! This may be a strange way to start a letter, but since we don't know your name, we'll just begin this way ... You're looking for a wonderful home and future for your baby, and we're looking to share our love and lives with a child. Perhaps we're looking for each other? We understand that this is a difficult time for you. We also understand the wide range of emotions that you must be feeling with the adoption process. We too have experienced the ups and downs of the journey towards adoption. Once we connect and get to know each other a little, it will become more real and less scary. Please know that we are good people with only the best intentions for both you and your baby. It is our aim and goal to stay connected with birth parents who choose us in their adoption plan. We will send letters, updates, and pictures on a semi-annual basis so you are content and blissfully aware of how the little one is doing.

    We'd like to share a little of our story with you. We have been married for a year and have been together for almost three years. Like so many couples these days, we met online. A three-hour first date over breakfast led to constant conversation, texting, and further dates. It was adjacent to love at first sight, maybe extreme like at first sight? Only a few short months led to our engagement and we were well on our way to our forever. One of our earliest conversation starters was whether or not we wanted children. We both discovered a need, a desire, and a want to bring children into our family fold. We love each other deeply and have so enjoyed building traditions as a couple. We are also excited and hopeful for continuing with those traditions and see them evolve when we are lucky enough to have children in our family picture.

    Our families are loving and supportive of our adoption journey. They all look forward to supporting us when the time is right for our family to expand. From far and near, we are and will continue to be connected to them through this great time in our lives.

    We have many friends and family that have children. We have two nephews and a niece who bring us great joy. We love spending time with them during visits, holidays, and vacations. Each of the kids have their own special bond with us that we have come to treasure greatly every time we are together. Our older nephew is in elementary school and loves to play sports with us, including swimming, playing catch, and running. He is an avid reader and will read everything we have in the house and then some! Our toddler niece mimics everything her big brother does, but also has a great mind of her own - she is very creative and likes to play house with both her uncles, and is quite the imaginative story-teller. Our younger nephew is six-months old and is the most snuggly of all! He is most content when being doted on, which is no problem for either uncle!

    As a gay couple, we have many close friends who have become our chosen family. Many of their children have become like surrogate nieces and nephews to us as well. We get our fair share of birthday parties, music programs, athletic events, and other momentous gatherings that keep us connected as friend families do.

    This is just a small window into our lives, but hope to continue to share more when the time is right and hope you'll consider us during this incredibly emotional and selfless decision you are contemplating at this time. Thank you so much for your time.

    Best,

    Matthew & Luke

    Favorites

    Matthew
    Luke
    Actor
    Timothee Chalamet
    John Krasinki
    Actress
    Rachel McAdams
    Emma Thompson
    Animal
    Dog
    peacock
    Author
    Bart Yates
    John Green
    Book
    Leave Myself Behind
    Carry On
    Candy Bar
    Nestle's Crunch
    Twix
    Cartoon
    Looney Tunes
    Winnie the Pooh
    Childhood Memory
    Playing restaurant at my grandma's house
    Playing cards with my family
    Childhood Toy
    Lite Brite
    Mr. Potato Head
    Children's Book
    Amelia Bedelia
    Love You Forever
    City
    London
    New York City
    Classic Movie
    Sound of Music
    Wizard of Oz
    Color
    Lavender
    Blue
    Day of Week
    Thursday
    Thursday
    Dessert
    Pie
    Anything caramel
    Disney Movie
    Beauty and the Beast
    Sleeping Beauty
    Dream Car
    Corvette
    Cadillac Escalade
    Dream Job
    Director of the New York City Ballet
    Broadway star
    Dream Vacation
    Italian Riviera
    Hawaii
    Family Activity
    Board games
    Brunch
    Flower / Plant
    Lily of the Valley
    Peony
    Food
    Pasta
    Party potatoes
    Form of Exercise
    Jazzercise
    Running
    Fruit
    Peach
    Banana
    Game
    Mouse Trap
    Marrying Mr. Darcy
    Hobby
    Baking
    Reading
    Holiday
    Thanksgiving
    Christmas
    Holiday Song
    Carol of the Bells
    O Holy Night
    Holiday Tradition
    Christmas breakfast
    Decorating the house
    Ice Cream
    Cookie Dough
    Mint Chocolate Chip
    Junk Food
    Cherry Sour Candies
    Watermelon Sour Patch Kids
    Leisure Activity
    Try new recipes
    Watching TV
    Magazine
    Food Network
    Entertainment Weekly
    Memory with a Child
    Playing ball with my nephew
    "Uncle's Camp" with my nephew
    Memory with Spouse
    Going on a New England cruise
    Our wedding day party
    Movie
    Call Me By Your Name
    Love Actually
    Movie Munchie
    Junior Mints
    Twizzlers
    Movie Quote
    "By all means, move at a glacial pace." (from The Devil Wears Prada)
    "Good friends are one of life's blessings. Don't give them up without a fight." (from Harriet the Spy)
    Movie Type
    Drama
    Comedy
    Musical
    Phantom of the Opera
    Dear Evan Hansen
    Musical Group
    Little Mix
    Backstreet Boys
    Nursery Rhyme
    Itsy Bitsy Spider
    Humpty Dumpty
    Olympic Event
    Figure skating
    Curling
    Personal Hero
    Sandra Barnett (dance teacher)
    Dr. Louise Frakes (childhood music teacher)
    Play
    To Kill A Mockingbird
    Angels In America
    Poet
    Robert Frost
    Sara Teasdale
    Quality about my Spouse
    Creative
    Work ethic
    Quote
    Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
    "Be like a duck...quiet on the surface, but paddling like crazy underneath."
    Restaurant
    Olive Garden
    Panera
    Sandwich
    Cheeseburger
    Pork tenderloin
    Scripture
    Love your neighbor as yourself.
    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
    Shopping Store
    Chicos
    Target
    Song
    In My Blood
    My Funny Valentine
    Sport to Play
    Mini Golf
    Volleyball
    Sport to Watch
    Diving
    Basketball
    Sports Star
    Gus Kenworthy
    Adam Rippon
    Sports Team
    Pittsburgh Pirates
    Miami Dolphins
    Subject in School
    History
    Music
    Superhero
    Batman
    Wonder Woman
    Thing to Cook
    Cake
    Calzone
    Time of Day
    Morning
    Morning
    Tradition
    Holiday meals
    Christmas caroling
    TV Show
    Golden Girls
    Grey's Anatomy
    TV Show Character
    Angela from My So Called Life
    Jim from The Office
    Type of Music
    Pop
    Classical
    Vacation Spot
    Snow cabin
    Colorado
    Video Game
    Space Invaders
    Super Mario Bros.

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