Matthew and Kristin

Married Since: 2013

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We cannot imagine how difficult this process and decision must be for you. As parents, you have nothing but our complete respect for the decision you are considering and how selfless it is. Thank you for considering our family.

Matthew and Kristin

from California

Matthew

Ancestry: German, English

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Firefighter Captain

Education: BA, EMT certification

Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Reading, Traveling, Board games, Biking, Running

Kristin

Ancestry: German, English, Irish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Senior Finance Manager

Education: BS

Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Traveling, Baking, Tennis, Board games, Puzzles

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother:

Thank you for taking the time to watch our video and read our letter. We cannot imagine how difficult this process and decision must be for you. As parents, you have nothing but our complete respect for the decision you are considering and how selfless it is. It is difficult to portray in words or even a short video, but we hope we can help you picture the life your child will experience and the loving family we are.

We have been married for six years and have been living in a house we bought together about five minutes from the beach. I (Matt) work as a Firefighter and Kristin as a Finance Manager. We enjoy the beach, traveling, hiking, camping, reading, cooking shows and spending time with friends and family. Most of all we love being parents and cherish every moment we get to spend with our four-year-old son Cameron. Getting to Cameron was a tough, tough road. It involved years of fertility treatments and a complicated pregnancy, but it could not have been more worth it. His frequent laugh and smile, energy and need to give everyone “knuckles” or “high five” makes our day. He is everything to us.

We have done all we can to give Cameron every opportunity and will do the same if we are blessed with the opportunity to raise another child. He has traveled regularly from visiting family in Kristin’s home state of Indiana to seeing a sea turtle in Hawaii and numerous road trips in between. Both of our jobs allow for flexibility and a lot of quality time with Cameron. As a firefighter I work an odd work schedule that allows me to be home a lot during the week. Cameron attends daycare on average two days a week and the rest of the week it gives me plenty of time to take him to the beach, zoo, aquarium, children’s museum and park to name a few. On the weekends, we do these activities with Cameron as a family but also hang out with his favorite Aunt Lesli. Lesli, an elementary school teacher and Kristin’s older sister/best friend, lives only a few minutes away with her husband and daughter. Our two families have spent endless weekend afternoons, vacations and holidays together.

When asked why we want to adopt? For us the answer is simple, we never saw ourselves as a family of three and want Cameron to have a sibling in which he can build a lifetime bond. Although we understand the challenges of raising a child, we still feel that we have more love to give and can provide a second child with the same level of love, stability, financial, mental and emotional support as well as plenty of fun that we do with Cameron today. We look forward to the day of being able to travel or go visit family only with two car seats instead of one!

Again, we sincerely respect you for the decision you are making and are humbled by you considering us. Each child’s story is different and special. We tell Cameron his story and how he was brought to us and we will make sure that your child will understand the journey of love and courage it took for you to pursue adoption. We thank you again for reading our letter and wish you nothing but the best.

With love,
Matt & Kristin

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About Us

Matt, by Kristin:
Matt and I met through friends seven years ago. We quickly new that our friends were right, and we were meant to share our lives together. We were married a year later. Matt is everything I wanted in a husband and a father for our kids. He is caring, goofy, loving, committed, patient and so much more. He always lends a helping hand when asked or if he just spots a situation where someone needs help. He’s the type of guy that if someone is driving away with a drink on top of their car he will go running after the car to let them know vs just saying oh man that is going to make a mess. A small example, but he is that considerate about everything he does. He makes me a better person each day just by watching how he is with family, friends or a stranger. He is dedicated to his family and is an amazing father. He takes our son Cameron to check out so many new things each day. As a father he is loving, silly, a teacher and at the same time makes sure that Cameron understands what is right and wrong. I’m lucky to have him as my best friend and partner for life.

Kristin, By Matt:
I can still clearly remember Kristin standing outside as I drove up to pick her up for our first date. I don’t believe in love at first sight, but this was pretty close! Kristin is smart, fun, compassionate, positive and the one person I always feel I can talk to. I have always admired Kristin’s commitment to family, especially her devotion to her elderly grandmother. While it is especially true for Cameron and I, Kristin sincerely puts her family’s happiness ahead of her own. She is simply a wonderful wife and works hard at being an all-star mom. I am still routinely amazed that Kristin despite a possible long day at work always finds the energy to be a loving, attentive mom with Cameron. From hide and seek to various arts and crafts projects she comes up with to story time at the end of the day, Kristin loves being a mom. I feel very fortunate to have met and married my best friend!

Us
We love being outdoors whenever we can whether it be to sit in the backyard grilling out with family and friends, camping at the beach or mountains, going on a hike or taking a road trip to a new place. Although we live only five minutes from the beach we still love going to Hawaii for vacations. Once we had Cameron our day to day “Us” changed but added so much to our family. Everyday when we go in to get our son out of bed he just makes us smile and is a perfect start to any day. When we are off work we spend our time having Cameron out and about visiting local attractions like the zoo, children’s museum, aquariums and of course the beach. Cameron has been on his share of road trips with us as well as flying to Hawaii and the Midwest to visit family. We are fortunate to have family only a few minutes away and then grandparents a couple hours away. This has allowed for us to also get time for ourselves to ensure that our marriage stays strong for “Us” and our family.

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Our Neigbhorhood

The neighborhood we live in is the type of place we always saw ourselves raising our kids. We live in a 4 bedroom 2.5 bath house located five minutes from the beach. The house is near the end of the street on a cul-de-sac in a family-oriented neighborhood with lots of young kids. The neighborhood is in a good school district and only a few minutes from family. There is a small park with a play structure a block up the street. We bought this size of home in hopes of having two kids, so they could have their own rooms. The house has a backyard with plenty of space to play. Our home is near many attractions such as the zoo, aquarium and theme parks. On Halloween we have a neighborhood party and the kids get dressed up and play together and then head out to go trick or treating. At Christmas most homes are decorated with lights and the fire department comes through with their trucks and Santa Clause to do a food drive. Everyone comes out of their homes and donates food. The kids love it!

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Family

Kristin is originally from Indiana and still has most of her family back in the Midwest. We typically travel there a few times a year and her parents travel out to California a few times a year as well. Back in the Midwest are her parents, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandmother. She has one sibling Lesli who lives only a couple neighborhoods over with her husband and daughter. Kristin’s sister is an elementary school teacher and is one of Cameron’s favorite people. We spend time with them at each of our houses, but also traveling. We have traveled to Hawaii with them and gone on plenty of road trips including the Grand Canyon and camping to name a few. Outside of family Kristin has many close friends that we travel with as well. We just went to the mountains to go skiing with them a few weeks ago. The kiddos loved playing in the snow. We are already planning our next adventure. Matt was born and raised in California. His family lives only a couple hours from us. His Dad is a retired pilot that owns a small airplane that he and his wife fly down each chance they get. Cameron loves playing in Grandpa’s airplane and thinks every plane in the sky must be his. Matt has one sibling, an older brother Scott who lives a couple hours away with his wife and two sons. Cameron enjoys hanging out with his cousins when he gets the chance. Matt being a local to California has many friends he keeps in touch with from his earlier days as well as a strong network where we live especially through his work as a fire fighter. Between friends and family, we have a strong network that has been there to support us in our journey when we struggled to have Cameron and are now supporting us through this journey. Having friends with so many kids gives Cameron the opportunity to continue to experience new things, places and people each day.

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Traditions

Our traditions revolve around family and friends. Thanksgiving is always a crowded affair at our house: grandparents to cousins and everybody in between. Sometimes the whole party gets moved to the Fire Station to add the “fire family” and fire engine tours to the mix. Christmas starts the day after Thanksgiving when we get and decorate a tree as soon as possible. Christmas is a multi-location event for our family as we also travel back to the Midwest to visit Kristin’s family. Traveling is another favorite tradition of ours from exploring in Hawaii, our favorite beach spot each year, to camping in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and local camping. We try to get outdoors and have new experiences as a family as much as we can. We also have our day to day traditions at home such as reading stories at breakfast and bedtime. Sometimes it is just one or two and sometimes our son cannot get enough of Curious George, Paw Patrol or Dr. Seuss. Movie night is another one of our favorite traditions. While we usually eat dinner at the table as a family we all get excited to make pizza or order take out, plop ourselves on the couch and watch a movie (Cars has been the recent favorite) and of course have popcorn. It is amazing seeing how excited our son gets and how his excitement rubs off on us!

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Why We Want to Adopt

For us, the answer is simple, we never saw ourselves as a family of three, we love being parents and we want our son to have a sibling in which he can build a lifetime bond. Although we understand the challenges of raising a child, we still feel that we have more love to give and can provide a second child with the same level of love, stability, financial, mental and emotional support as well as plenty of fun that we do with our son today. We look forward to the day of being able to travel or go visit family only with two car seats instead of one!

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Our Lifestyle

Our lifestyle is primarily focused on giving our son and family opportunities to experience new things together. We have our traditions that are important to us and we hold onto, but we want to continue to have new experiences each day. These can range from traveling to a new place, trying new types of food, taking a train ride to visit Kristin at work or simply driving to a construction site for our son to see the bulldozers and other construction equipment. We feel new experiences create a world of new opportunities, perspective, creativity and memories for our lives, but most importantly for our son.

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