Dear Expectant Mom,
Our hearts break that you are in this position of putting
your child’s needs above your own by exploring the option of adoption. While
this decision must be difficult, it is truly an incredible thing that you are
choosing life for your precious child. Being unable to have biological children
of our own, our hope and desire is to grow our family through adoption, and we
would love to provide opportunities for you to share in this relationship as
well. We always want to put the well being of our children first, and that
includes being open about their adoption stories.
We first met while attending a small university in Southern
Indiana as two shy freshmen. Dating was new for both of us, and Mariah was
especially nervous. At a young age, she discovered she would be unable to conceive,
but together we have been looking forward to our adoption journey ever since!
Mariah is fortunate enough to have started her dream job as
a stay-at-home mom 3 years ago when we adopted Kinley. Every week they take
trips to a local park, the zoo, or just head over to the grandparents’ house to
swim with all of Kinley’s cousins! Matt has a very flexible job as a financial
advisor and will often meet up with us at a park for lunch or take a day to go
hiking together. It is especially nice to have the extra time together
throughout the day when he works from home.
While at home, we spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying our
backyard. This summer we had so much fun making a mini playground with a water
table, sandbox, trampoline, and flower garden. Our backyard is surrounded by
several large shade trees that help on hot summer days!
Family is also very important to us, and we are so blessed
to live very close to Matt’s family where we will take day trips together or on
a Sunday afternoon after church we’ll go swimming with them in their pool. Mariah’s
family is just a couple hours away, so we get to spend a lot of time celebrating
holidays, hiking at state parks, or going on small vacations with the whole
family. One of our favorite holidays to celebrate is Thanksgiving when a lot of
Matt’s family gets together to eat, play some Wiffleball, and watch the kids
play while everyone else recovers from the abundance of food!
As active members in our church, we have been blessed with
an incredible second family. We often have members of our Sunday school class
over for supper, or have an occasional game night as a group. On Sunday
evenings our church offers a variety of Bible Institute classes we take
advantage of while Kinley takes off with her class of friends to play, make
crafts, sing, and learn Bible stories. This summer Mariah also helped with the
Vacation Bible School program and looks forward to possibly teaching next
summer. Our personal family and our church family are so excited for us to
welcome a baby into our home.
Ultimately we want you to know that we will be open with our
child about their adoption story. We have always raised Kinley to know how
loved she is by her birth mom, and we have several great children’s books about
adoption that we read with her. Kinley is so excited to have a sibling, and
they will get to grow up together with an understanding of what it means to
have a loving birth mom who made the most selfless decision for them.
Matt, Mariah and Kinley