Matthew and Laura

Married Since: 2009

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Matthew and Laura

from Arizona

Matthew

Ancestry: German, Irish

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Real Estate Broker

Education: Bachelor's Degree, Broker License

Hobbies: Hiking, Working out, Sports

Laura

Ancestry: Irish, German, Italian

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: School Director

Education: MS-Ed, MS-Psy

Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Shopping, Photography

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nonpracticing

Favorites

Matthew

Animal
Dog
Book
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Childhood Memory
Playing Ice Hokey
Color
Green
Family Activity
Traveling - Vacations and holidays
Food
Pizza and Steak
Hobby
Hunting, Hiking, Fishing, Dogs, Hockey
Holiday
Independence Day
Leisure Activity
Working out, Walking the dogs, Reading
Movie
Shawshank Redemption

Laura

Animal
Dog
Book
The Giver by Louis Lowry
Childhood Memory
Bike riding with my dad
Color
Green
Family Activity
Cooking and eating dinner together
Food
Mexican and Italian
Hobby
Scrapbooking
Holiday
Valentine's Day
Leisure Activity
Walking the dogs, Puzzles
Movie
The Wizard of Oz
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Welcome!

We’re so glad you’re checking out our profile! Our names are Laura and Matt. We hope as you read our profile that our love for each other, our values and the love and life we could give your child comes through our words and pictures. We imagine that you have many tough decisions ahead of you. We hope as you look through our profile you feel that we are the right match for you and your baby. We are affectionate and loving people; our dogs get way too many treats and kisses! Hugs are a daily part of our routine if one is leaving or coming home. We like to do things to make each other laugh; there’s definitely lots of laughter in our home. Laura is an Elementary School Principal for grades K-6th and has been in education for 15 years. She has 2 Masters Degrees, one in Educational Leadership and one in Psychology. Matt is a Real Estate Broker with his own Brokerage. He has been in this field for 11 years, and has a degree in Criminal Justice. Both of us value education and will highly encourage your child to always continue their education, with the support of us!

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About Matt

Matt and I are very opposite in many ways, but when brought together I feel that’s what makes us a strong team. Matt is very passionate and energetic; he puts thought and heart into everything he does, including his work, our family, and our home. He loves to read, take the dogs for walks, hikes, and loves his sports (Astros, Cowboys, Rockets, UFC) Matt is very emotionally available and cares very deeply for those he loves. I know how Matt is as a partner, and so I am absolutely sure that as a parent he would always put your child first. He will be engaged and open as a parent. He wears his heart on his sleeve and gives deeply for those he loves. I know that a child would open his world to so much and there wouldn’t be anything he wouldn’t do for them. I also know he will be protective and want the very best for his child, nothing else will do.

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About Laura

Laura has been in education for all of her adult life, starting as a 3rd grade teacher and working her way toward Dean of Students and is now the Director of an Elementary School. Needless to say, she knows children, it’s been her life’s work, and something she is very passionate about. While all this knowledge is great to have, that’s only part of the reason she would be a great mother. She is selfless, hard-working, happy, a great leader, and very patient. These traits, along with her knowledge of early child development make her the ideal adoption applicant. Laura enjoys scrap-booking, traveling, adventures, family, and animals of all kinds. An ideal “Day Off” would be spending the day with family at the local Zoo for Laura. She loves learning and spending time with our Golden Retrievers, Zoe and Stella, and me.

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Our Families

Laura:

I was raised by two of the most selfless and amazing people. I strive to be like them every day in mimicking their servant leadership and always helping others before myself. My parents are very active, they love to antique, eat Mexican food, and have family dinners very frequently. I have one sister who is younger than I am. She is very funny, artsy, and creative. She is an Art teacher for grades K-6th at the same school I work at. She has a very free spirit and is very brave!! She loves to hike and kayak on her days off. We all volunteer twice a month at a food pantry near the school. My extended family is small, but very close and committed to each other’s happiness. My mother works at the same school that my sister and I do, so the three of us spend a lot of time together!

Matt:

My extended family is mixed with my father and step-mother living half the year about 5 minutes from where we and the rest of the year at our lake house in upstate New York. My father is my best friend, confidant, and advisor. He was a principal for over 30 years before retiring. My dad and stepmother enjoy spending time with friends and family and my father is a big-time outdoorsman. My mother and stepfather live about 40 minutes away from us. My mother is a retired special education teacher and has a doctorate degree in education. On the weekends you can find them playing golf at their local country club and enjoying time with family and friends. They have 2 beagle puppies, Tara and Tucker, who are the newest members of the family. My brother lives about an hour away. He is 3 years older than I am and also my best friend. We have been through a lot together over our lives and continue to support each other in whatever ways we can. My brother has a master’s in education and enjoys spending time with his dog Cooper, hunting, and spending time with friends and family. Whether it’s football or baseball, we always have some sports team to catch up on together. My grandmother on my mother’s side is almost 94 years old and resides near my brother. She enjoys anything to do with family and getting everyone together.

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Our Home and Neighborhood

We live in a neighborhood that is full of kids playing together in the community parks and we can frequently hear kids playing outside until sundown. We live very close to the local mountains, which can be seen from our front door! We have lots of great schools around our neighborhood, which Laura taught at for 8 years.

Our home is warm and filled with lots of love. We find it very important that our home is calm and serene, a place we both want to come home to and can enjoy each other and hopefully nurture a child. We enjoy simple things: going for breakfast on weekends, hiking in the mountains, taking the dogs for a walk, or staying in watching a new movie together. Because of our schedules we are able to spend a lot of time together and will have so much time and love for your child. We spend some time in the summers up at our Lake House in New York, where Matt enjoys fishing and would love to share this with a child.

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How Our Love Story Began

We met in college through Matt’s brother. Some of our favorite memories are from our college years together. We enjoyed sorority and fraternity events, nights watching it snow, and long weekends at home with each other’s families. We dated for 7 years before we were married in Sedona, Arizona. We recently celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. We celebrate our dating and wedding anniversary each year and try to make each day a celebration of each other.

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Our Sweet Pups

We have two Golden Retrievers, Zoe & Stella. They are sisters from the same litter and are 4 years old. Stella is the boss and loves to play with her toys, play chase, and talk (yes talk!) Zoe is much smaller than Stella and absolutely loves to cuddle. She is very sweet and loves to play ball, all day if she could!

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Family Time

We love to travel. We love trying new food and seeing new places. We try to always plan something to look forward to, so that may be a trip somewhere, or a special hike, or a new restaurant, or date night together. We love to write to each other, even it’s just a card or note several times a month; we try to remind each other what we love about our life and our love. Little things and moments are special to us, even if that’s making waffles for breakfast or having a dinner picnic and movie!

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Family Traditions and Holidays

We typically host a lot of holidays at our home. This includes family, and lots of friends. There’s always way too much food and lots of laughs! Laura loves to decorate, so setting the tables or decorating around the house for holidays is always a favorite activity. We both believe that little things make big memories, so we enjoy small gifts, notes to each other, or remembering about past memories during the holidays.

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When the Baby Comes

Laura:

I hope to take as much maternity leave as I can, and I know it will be tough to return to work at some point. Since I work at a school, I plan in the long run to take your child to school with me starting at age 3 for Pre School. Matt will most likely be at home more times than I will and when not working will do the childcare. Both sides of our family have expressed interest in watching a grandchild if we are blessed enough to have one.

Matt:

I have a somewhat unique job as I work as a Residential Realtor/Broker and own a small brokerage with a business partner. I have been doing this since 2010. I have time available when most do not, and have a very flexible schedule. I plan to stay at home with your child as much as is possible and even have the ability to take him or her with me to work if necessary. We have a beautiful home and I work from a home office. Laura would take maternity leave so we can create a routine and work through the initial steps of parenthood together, with the understanding I would be more of the “stay at home” parent. We are also lucky to have my mother and father in law just 30 minutes away, my father and step-mother 5 minutes away, my mother and stepfather 40 minutes away, and my brother close as well. We have multiple sets of parents who would love the opportunity to be grandparents and support us in any way possible.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

We have been married 11 years, and together 18 years. We’ve had time to truly learn who each other is and embrace our time together. We have been very blessed in our lives and would love the opportunity to share that with a child or children. We have not had any luck with a pregnancy of our own and know that in our hearts that adoption will be a great path for us. Laura is lucky enough to work at a school and with children every day, and has always been drawn to children. We know that having a child to care for of our own would be such a privilege in our lives.

Our Relationship With You

We would like you to know that you will always be a part of your child’s story. We will include you in stories and in the communication plan we create together. We are open to sending pictures during holidays, birthdays, and major milestones. When your child is old enough we will bring adoption and their special history with them. We believe in honesty and open communication with children and with you. Our hope would be that pictures and letters could help you heal and to feel reassured of your decision long after your baby is born and placed with us.

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Our Promise to You

We believe in open adoption, and your child will always know the special way you became a part of our family. We promise to give your child a lifetime of unconditional love, support, and a happy home filled with love and laughter. We promise to unconditionally love your child by providing a loving, safe, and stable home where every new day is a wonder. We will be patient and allow them to experience the world on their own terms, but to set an example, to teach, and to guide. We will absolutely instill good values, compassion, empathy, grit, responsibility, and kindness. We appreciate you taking the time to learn about us and we hope you have enjoyed getting to see this snapshot of our lives. We look forward to developing an honest and open relationship in the way that is most meaningful and comfortable for you. We would be honored to meet you and begin this journey. We will teach the value of art and culture, and all that is beautiful in the world. We know this is a confusing and difficult time for you while you are trying to figure out the best option for you and your precious baby. We hope that you feel supported and loved no matter where you are in your journey. We admire you so much for choosing life and for considering adoption. If you decide to make an adoption plan, we want to assure you that we promise to respect you and whatever level of openness and contact that you want to have with your child. We promise to cherish and love your child with our hearts and souls and to provide a safe, happy, home and a life with every opportunity possible.

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