Dear Expectant Mother,
We are so, so happy to meet you.
Our names are Matt and Andrea. Before we tell you about ourselves, we want you to know how much we care about you and respect the difficult decision you're making. You are brave, and you will make the right choice -- whether you choose to parent your baby, give us the joy of parenting your baby, or choose another couple.
We are so excited to be parents - thank you for considering us.
We've always planned to build our family through adoption, and are not struggling with fertility issues. Adoption is our first choice. Matt is a teacher who spent a year and a half volunteering in a home for at-risk kids in Mexico. Ever since that experience, he has always known he wants to adopt. Andrea is an attorney who loves to hike, camp and can't wait to share these things with her kids. She has always planned to adopt as well.
We'll tell you more about ourselves, our family, our awesome dog Duke, and our home in this profile.
From Andrea: “I could not have had better parents. I felt unconditionally loved and cared for. They gave me plenty of time to play, and helped me in school. They encouraged me to be kind, smart, and honest. When I fell down -- which I did, a lot! -- they picked me back up, brushed me off, and encouraged me to get back out there. I can't wait to be a mother. With Matt's help, I know we can give our kids the same wonderful childhood that we both enjoyed. I am so excited to meet our child!”
From Matt: “I grew up with my Mom, Dad, and three sisters in the Milwaukee area. I've been extremely fortunate to have supportive parents that were always there to help me out when I needed it. My parents loved all of us very much and made a point to show that to us daily. I'm really excited about the chance to be a dad. I can't wait to share things I love, like camping, basketball, woodworking, and hiking with our kids. But more importantly, I can't wait to try to provide the love and guidance they need to become the best version of themselves. I know that's easier said than done, but I'm sure that with Andrea's support and love, we'll raise some pretty amazing kids.”
We met, fell in love, went camping a lot, and got married a few years ago. We can be pretty goofy and always try to find the humor in even the tough parts of life. We also rescued the best dog in the world, Duke, and we think he's pretty great. He's really gentle and loves kids (and giving puppy kisses).
We really love each other, and we can't wait to start a family together.
We live in a beautiful, safe neighborhood with lots of kids and incredibly good schools. Our home is warm and friendly. We have a fenced backyard with plenty of room to play. A beautiful park with a playground, baseball diamond, and soccer field is only two blocks away. We can't wait to teach our child how to ride a bike on our quiet street!
Andrea works as an attorney for a local city, and has a very flexible schedule. She will take three months off when the baby comes, and after that, she can take off whenever the baby needs.
Matt works as a bilingual teacher at a local middle school. He teaches half of his classes in Spanish, and half in English. Matt will take off a month and a half after Andrea goes back to work, and also has all summer, winter, and spring breaks at home.
Duke is a stay at home dog.
We're both really excited to share our holiday traditions with our kids. Matt's favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, and he's a good cook! Andrea's favorite holiday is Christmas and she gets really into baking and decorating the tree. She can't wait to make a stocking for the baby. We love celebrating both holidays with our families, including our two nephews and little niece.
We can't tell you how happy we are to be starting our family, and how excited we are to meet our new baby. We know you have a difficult decision ahead of you, and we'd be happy to answer any other questions you may have. If you would like, we can go through this process together. Thank you for meeting us!
With warmest regards,
--Matt & Andrea
Andrea & Matt