Married Since: 2016

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

It would be a dream come true to open our hearts and our home to another child.

Matthew and Nicole

from Louisiana

Matthew

Ancestry: European

Religion: Protestant

Occupation: Military Officer

Education: B.A.

Hobbies: Fitness, Rock climbing, Travel

Nicole

Ancestry: Chinese

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Realtor

Education: B.S.

Hobbies: Cooking, Baking, Fitness, Travel

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Matthew

Animal
Monkey
Book
Harry Potter
Color
Blue
Family Activity
Road trips & camping
Food
Pasta
Hobby
Weight training
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure Activity
Rock climbing & hiking
Subject in School
Sociology
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
TV Show
Big Bang Theory
Vacation Spot
Mountains

Nicole

Animal
Moose
Book
Harry Potter
Color
Maroon & black
Family Activity
Big family parties
Food
All the carbs
Hobby
Baking & weight training
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Leisure Activity
Traveling
Subject in School
Science (Anatomy & Physiology)
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
TV Show
Friends
Vacation Spot
Beaches
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From Us to You

First and foremost, we want to express our gratitude and admiration for you. We can’t imagine what all must be going through your mind throughout this process, or what led you to this decision. Whether this was an easy or difficult decision, we want you to know that we don’t judge you at all, but rather we admire your courage. Like you, we want what is best for your baby and we want to assure you that our love for him or her will be no different than the love we have for our biological son. We promise you that he or she will be a cherished member of our family from day one.

Our names are Matt and Nicole. We have a four-year-old son, Owen, and three wonderful dogs. Matt is active-duty Air Force and we are currently stationed in Louisiana. We met online through a free dating app while Nicole was living in Colorado and Matt was in the process of moving there. After talking online for a few months, Nicole decided to fly out to meet Matt and road trip across the country with him. Maybe not the safest decision she’s ever made, but also the best decision she ever made. We’ve been together ever since.

We love to travel! One of our life-long dreams is to see the world and eat everything along the way. So far, we have traveled together to Germany, Bora Bora, Saint Martin and Mexico. We plan to go on a cruise and to Disney World in the future and would love to do these things as a family of four. It’s extremely important to us to live a healthy lifestyle and we do our best to set an example for our children to be active. We like to exercise as a family. Some days you’ll find us at the gym, other days you’ll find us at the park or exploring the neighborhood.

Nicole was originally adopted from China; left on the doorstep of an orphanage. She was adopted at around 15 months old, but that is a guess, along with her actual birthday and any medical or family history, because she was left with no information. As an adult, her older sister adopted a baby girl into their family. Needless to say, Nicole has had some personal experience with adoption in her own life and may have some understanding of the complicated emotions your child might have about being adopted as he or she gets older.

We have always been open to adoption. Nicole has endometriosis and we wondered if we would have trouble getting pregnant. The endometriosis caused her a lot of discomfort over the years and she’s had several surgeries for it. Fortunately, we were able to get pregnant, but had a very challenging pregnancy. After our son was born, we found out that the endometriosis had moved to her uterus. We decided that rather than her continue to suffer, it was best for our family if she got a hysterectomy and we pursue adoption once our son was a little older.

It would be a dream come true to open our hearts and our home to another child. Our son wants to be a big brother so badly. We can’t wait to guide them as they learn, to comfort them when they’re down, and to love them with every fiber of our being. We look forward to watching our children grow into adults, go on to pursue their dreams, and start their own lives with the lessons they’ve learned.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and we look forward to meeting you.

Sincerely,

Matt and Nicole

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About Matt

When I first met Matt, it felt like I had known him for years not weeks. Everything just felt right in a way I had never experienced before. Matt is a fun-loving, caring person with a heart of gold. He is my best friend and Owen’s hero. We call Matt “the fun one” and yet he is also our fiercest protector. He would do anything for the people he cares about and will keep us safe at all costs.

Matt loves to play games with Owen. You can typically find them outside playing soccer, racing, or teaching Owen about things like gardening, how a car works, and how to ride a bike. They are both so silly too! Tickle fights, superhero fights with shields and pool noodle “swords” and silly books are some of their favorite things to do. When Owen can convince Matt, he’ll hop on Matt’s back and yell, “Giddy up horsey!” If it gets super quiet in the house it means the boys are up to no good. Usually hiding somewhere trying to pop out and scare Mommy.

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About Nicole

Nicole is our rock. She’s a loving mother, an exceptionally considerate person, and my best friend. She takes it upon herself to do so much to take care of our family. I am definitely not a morning person, so Nicole is the one usually nudging me to get out of bed and start getting ready. She helps Owen get his teeth brushed and clothes on, then helps me by packing my lunch while I get ready for work. She’s typically the one planning our trips, running errands, cooking meals, etc. She’s the one who makes the home run.

Nicole is an incredible cook! Even though everything she makes is great, she’s most well-known for her baking. She’ll usually bake her local-famous brown butter chocolate chip sea salt cookies for my work events or around the holidays as “cookies for Santa.” Even the people without kids say their Santa needs some of Nicole’s cookies! I just recently moved to a different office and was told, “Come back and see us anytime, but only if you bring some of Nicole’s cookies.”

Nicole is smart, dedicated, and passionate, but my favorite thing about her has to be how incredibly supportive she is. Whether I’m working on my Master’s degree at home, putting in more time with my job during busy weeks, or just taking some “me-time” to decompress, Nicole is always understanding and supportive. She’s a nurturer and is always ready to take care of someone if they’re having a hard time. She’s also the first one to want to cuddle under a huge blanket on the couch, while we watch a movie as a family.

One of Nicole’s favorite parts of the day is when Owen get home every afternoon and runs to her with arms wide open yelling “Mommy,” and giving her a giant hug. It’s so amazing to see how loved she is by everyone, especially our son. I don’t always get it right, but I am always trying to give her everything she deserves.

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Our Home

Our home is a place of comfort and relaxation for our family and our dogs. We bought this home with the intention of growing our family so we have a bedroom ready and waiting for when that time comes. We live on a quiet street with friendly neighbors, including a few other young couples who have had babies within the last year.

We often go for walks around the neighborhood. Owen loves going on walks and will occasionally help walk our smallest dog, Toby. He also enjoys riding his scooter and is learning how to ride a bike. On the weekends, we like to visit local parks and playgrounds where Owen can play with other kids. We picture Owen teaching your child how to play on the playground, pushing him or her on the swing, going down the slide with them so they won’t be scared, and looking out for and protecting them. We also have a local aquarium that Owen loves. His favorite things are the sharks and petting the stingrays and jellyfish.

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Our Family and Friends

We are very close with Nicole’s family. We talk with them on a regular basis and even visit cousins in Dallas as much as we can, including a cousin who’s only 6 months older than Owen and one of his best friends. Nicole’s mother is one seven kids, so the family get-togethers are generally big parties and everyone is super close, even though we are all geographically separated. We even have a Facebook group with all 50+ members of the family where we share important events and what we’ve been up to. Although Matt’s family is smaller than Nicole’s, he has a wonderful, close relationship with his siblings and extended family as well. Visits back home to Indiana for gatherings with his family are usually filled with laughter and great stories. Both families are very excited about our decision to adopt and can’t wait to meet the new addition to our family.

Our friends are scattered all over the world. It’s an occupational hazard of being a military family, but also a blessing. Most of us are geographically separated from our families so our friends are supportive like a family. Another part of being in the military community is that since most of us move around every few years, we are also very accustomed to making, or taking in new friends quickly. Even still, we keep the bonds with those who have moved on to their next assignment, or those we’ve left behind after we’ve moved. On the bright side, we have friends all over the country that we can visit and always have a place to stay. We frequently visit with several friends from a previous assignment in Colorado.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

We always envisioned our family as a family of four. Shortly after having Owen we made the difficult decision for Nicole to have a hysterectomy. That decision was made easier because we knew adoption was in our future. We feel like we are missing a part of our family and would be so grateful to be given the opportunity to make our family whole. We were both lucky to find support and friendship in our siblings and hope to give Owen and our future child the chance to have that special bond only siblings can share.

Adoption in Our Lives

Nicole was adopted from China when she was a toddler. Her family was always open about her adoption and made sure to incorporate her Chinese heritage in her life as she grew up. They told her about her brave birth mother who loved her so much. Nicole also has an adopted niece, Heather. While Nicole has zero information about her birth family, her niece was adopted domestically and would share a more similar experience to the one we are going through. Her sister and brother-in-law were fortunate enough to meet Heather’s birth mother and they still communicate at a level that both are comfortable with.

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Our Lifestyle

We love to travel and explore the world (and food) around us. Owen absolutely loves flying on airplanes and going on road trips. Even staying in a hotel is an exciting adventure for him! Sometimes Owen will pull out his suitcase and ask if we can go to the hotel or the airport, as if that’s the most exciting part of our travels. Colorado is one of our favorite places to visit. The weather there is perfect for our active lifestyle. We love to go camping and hiking in Colorado. Owen’s favorite camping activity currently is roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. Colorado is also home to one of our favorite zoos. We are all big animal lovers and this zoo offers so many opportunities to interact with the animals. Owen experienced feeding giraffes the first time at this zoo! We also get to walk around with the wallabies that roam free around us and feed the birds that land on our heads.

Most Saturday mornings you can find us taking our family trip to the gym followed by lunch at Chick-fil-A. Owen loves to play at the indoor playground with friends, who also go every Saturday. He also loves to work out with us! He’ll do pushups or grab the 1 lb. dumbbells and copy whatever we are doing. It’s really important to us that we establish a healthy, active lifestyle for our kids, but that they also understand that it can be fun as well.

We love listening to all kinds of music. Owen in particular likes to listen to “loud music” (as he likes to put it), but sometimes if it’s the morning drive to daycare and we’re all still a little tired we’ll listen to “quiet music” or a few meditations to start our day. Either way, we typically have music playing in the house. Matt’s favorite time is around Christmas, because that’s the best music to sing along with, and he doesn’t hold back. Owen used to tell him he sounded good, but now he just says, “Dad, can you please stop singing that?”

We love to be outside! In the summer we enjoy grilling and eating on the back patio. Sometimes we set up the inflatable pool or play soccer in the backyard. Owen especially loves splashing and water gun fights with Dad. We cherish the quiet moments cuddled up on the couch and watching movies as a family. Owen is into a lot of different shows, but some of his favorites include anything involving super heroes, transformers, or Pokémon and we have no doubt that he will teach his new little brother or sister everything he knows about them, which is a lot for a four-year-old.

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Our Sweet Pups

We currently have three dogs – Stella, Toby, and Harley. Harley, a goofy boxer mix, is the youngest but the biggest, weighing almost 80 lbs. Toby is a dachshund, small but fearless, and we joke that he’s like Scrappy Doo. Stella is what we like to call a purebred mutt. She’s the old lady of the bunch and keeps the others in line. The dogs are a very important part of our family, almost like furry little kids. Owen loves them very much and says that they are his best friends.

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Our Family Traditions

The holiday season is such a magical time in our family. Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season for us. Every year we decorate pumpkins and go trick or treating in the neighborhood. Owen typically ends up wearing his costume for the entire month. For Thanksgiving. Nicole loves to cook a big dinner and bake way too many desserts. Before we eat, we go around the table and share what we are thankful for. For Christmas, we attend a local Christmas tree lighting ceremony and hide the Elf-on-the-Shelf all through December. Owen has an advent calendar where he gets to countdown the days until Christmas. This is something Nicole did as a child and we love that we get to pass down the tradition to our children. We also decorate two Christmas trees in the house; a big one in our living room and a little tree in Owen’s room. Owen always gets to put the star on the top of our big tree with a little help from Dad. We have special ornaments to commemorate major life events, travel, etc. such as our wedding and Owen’s birth. Owen’s even has his hat and hospital bracelet from the day he was born. We can’t wait to add new ornaments to our tree to celebrate brining a new child into our family.

In the evenings, we usually go over our day together, Owen shows us what art he made at school that day, and then we sit down for dinner as a family. If there’s time, we’ll sometimes cuddle up on the couch and watch a show. We end every evening reading books as a family in Owen’s room with the dogs curled up next to us. After books it’s time for goodnight hugs all around and Owen gives kisses to each dog and tells them goodnight. Then Owen gets into bed and Matt does a meditation with him to help him learn to quiet his mind, focus on his breathing, and listen to his body before going to sleep.

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About Us

Our marriage is built on communication, trust, and love. Every day we push each other to become the best version of ourselves. We have enough trust in our relationship that we are comfortable sharing our honest, unfiltered thoughts with each other. We know that communication is the key to the continued growth of our marriage and have made it a priority to keep open communication.  We encourage and support each other to pursue opportunities in our careers as well as personal interests.

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Cultural Diversity

As a military family, everywhere we go we are fortunate to always live and work in diverse communities. One thing we love about the Air Force is that everyone comes from different places and yet we all take care of each other, regardless of our differences.

Nicole was born in China and adopted by a Canadian family. Her family always had an open dialogue about where she came from and treated her Chinese heritage as something to celebrate and cherish. She was taught that being adopted and being Chinese are both things to be proud of. We will do the same for your child.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to love your child fiercely and unconditionally. He or she will never be made to feel any less loved or less important than our biological child. You will always hold a special place in our hearts and will be spoken of with love and admiration. Your child will learn about how much you love them, how brave and selfless you were to let us share that love, and how you blessed us by helping us grow our family.

Message Matthew and Nicole

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Matthew and Nicole

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!