Christian & Matt
Christian & Matt
Race of child interested in adopting: Caucasian, Caucasian/Asian, Caucasian/Hispanic
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: CA
Dear Expectant Mother,
We’re so grateful to be considered as parents for your baby. It’s hard for us to fully understand how emotional this must be for you, but we are grateful for your selfless and courageous decision to provide the best possible home for your baby. We know that your journey through this process is not easy, but we promise to do everything we can to assure you that your baby would be joining a loving, nurturing, and caring family.
We’ve known since early in our relationship that raising a child together was important to us. There is no doubt in our minds that we are ready for this next step in our lives. We’ve had the fortune of coming from two amazing family settings. They provided love, compassion, and warmth throughout our upbringing, and we vow to do the same for our child. We cherish the opportunity to give our child all of the possibilities to live a meaningful, fulfilling, and rewarding life.
We’ll encourage our child to make mistakes and learn from them, to be the best they can be, and to be compassionate toward others. There is no more fulfilling reward to think of than providing a life for our child that is filled with education, enrichment, and, most importantly, fun and enjoying the small things that really mean everything.
We will love, nurture, and cherish your child every day, every hour, and every minute.
Our story began nearly six years ago and grew quickly as it was—and still is—so easy for us to get along. We married in June 2018 with our closest friends and family surrounding us in a celebration that was filled with laughs, hugs, dancing, and incredible food. Matt is loving, fair, and consistent. You can always rely on Matt for an honest answer, a good laugh, or an encouraging hug. Matt’s been working in a leadership role within the hospitality industry with the same organization for over 12 years. Christian is kind, respectful, and considerate. Matt knew Christian was the one when they met because of his calming and accepting demeanor. Christian has been in marketing for nearly 15 years, working with everything from small businesses to large global brands.
Last year, we sold our first home, which we had spent two years lovingly remodeling. We decided to purchase a home with Christian’s parents, providing us with more room for starting our family as well as having our parents close by as they move into their retirement years. Our new home is located on a quiet street in a peaceful suburb just 15 minutes outside of downtown. It offers separate living spaces for our immediate family and for Christian’s parents, with a shared kitchen and dining room where we spend our time cooking and eating together. The yard provides plenty of room for our two small rescue dogs to roam around as well as gardens and play areas.
Our Extended Family
We’re both close with our extended families near and abroad. Christian’s family is in the Midwest and Northeast, with extended family in Norway. (Fun fact: The whole family is from Norway originally, and they all speak fluent Norwegian). He had a lot of practice with babies and kids growing up and now spending a lot of time with his six nieces and nephews. Matt’s family is also on the East Coast. He enjoys any time he can get with his four nephews (two of which are twins), who lovingly call him Zio Matt due to the family’s Italian heritage.
In addition to our biological families, we are grateful for the incredible friendships we’ve grown over the years, all of whom have become an extension of our family. Most weeks we’re lucky to share a “family dinner” with our friends, who all chip in for a potluck meal.
A common thread between our families is food. We both grew up cooking with our families and hope to continue the tradition as we grow our own family—especially around the holidays, where we both have certain recipes we HAVE to make to ensure it smells and tastes just like our childhood memories.
What Led Us To Adoption
The conversation about having a family came up early in our relationship as it was a top priority for both of us as we looked to the next stage in our lives. We realized that adoption was the right path for us after having conversations with friends who had been adopted, walking through the adoption journey with another couple, and doing research about the realities of adoption for the mother, child, and adoptive families. We hope to share stories and learnings from our travels of the world, a moral compass with a strong sense of fairness that guides us each day, and hearts that are always open and accepting to the challenges life may bring.