Dear Birth Parents:
We would both like to thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We both have great respect and admiration for you as you consider placing your child with an adoptive family. Just know that what you are considering is truly one of the most selfless acts a person can make. We are very excited that you are taking the time to get to know us.
Meet Connie and Matt
We are Connie and Matt, and we have been happily married for seven years. Both of us grew up in loving families. Even before meeting one another, we always dreamed of having families of our own. We both wanted an opportunity to give a child the same loving environment that our parents provided us. Unfortunately things have not gone as we would have dreamed. We have suffered from fertility issues. Our luck, however, turned around when were blessed by the birth of our wonderful son William, whom we adopted in in the fall of 2012 . He has brought so much joy to our family it is difficult to describe. Everyday with him brings us true happiness. He is an energetic, curious, loving little boy who loves to play with others and give big hugs. As a family we love going to the park, for walks, to children museums, golfing, and playing with cars. As a big brother William will show his sibling how to do everything from playing catch to jumping in mud puddles. He brightens the lives of everyone he meets, and we cannot imagine life without him. He will be a caring and protective older brother.
For the past 14 years Matt has been a high school teacher and coach. He loves his job and is a highly respected member of the faculty. What students in Matt’s classes enjoy most is his good sense of humor and relaxed, calm demeanor. Matt also is the coach of the high school golf team, which allows Matt to combine two of his greatest passions: sports and working with kids. Connie is an office manager at a podiatrist’s office. She has been there for over 14 years and, ironically, is disgusted by feet! Her friendly attitude has made her a favorite with the doctors, her fellow staff, and most importantly the public. Connie’s hours at work have become fairly flexible and the doctor is always been very accommodating when it has come to needing time off. If we were so blessed as to receive another child, she would be able to take as much time off as she needed.
Our Neighborhood and Family
We live in a nice, quiet part of town, with very little traffic and lots of children. Behind our house we have a huge fenced-in yard, and behind our property there are woods and a quiet little creek. The families in our neighborhood are also very culturally diverse. Our friends are very supportive of our decision to adopt. They all look forward to more of our kids becoming friends with their kids. Our families are very supportive of adoption and are also looking forward to us becoming parents again. Connie’s mother has a very special bond with William. It is hard to tell whose face lights up more when they see each other, Will’s or grandma’s. Matt’s sister Amy, who lives in Mexico, is in also an adoptive parent. She has one daughter who is adopted and one biological daughter. Both of Amy’s daughters and William all enjoy the same love and acceptance as every other member of our family.
Connie, About Herself
I was born and raised in northwest Illinois. I am the younger of two children. I was fortunate to grow up in a very fun and loving family. My parents were very committed to family and taught us to be self-sufficient, hardworking and gracious people. My father was a tool and die engineer, and my mom was a stay at-home-mom for most of my early childhood. She later went to work as an aid in the school district. I have a brother Craig and a sister-in-law, Melissa, and together they have three children.
Our house was always full of fun, family, laughter and all the neighborhood kids. My parents still live in the same house I grew up in. As a family we had many family vacations, usually involving camping, fishing, swimming and hiking. We are a very close family and love getting together to watch the kids in each of their sporting events or just gathering for a family meal.
Matt, About Himself
I was born and raised in a western suburb of Chicago. My childhood was about as ideal as anybody could hope for. My parents provided a loving, nurturing environment to grow up in. They never spoiled my older sister or me. My parents enjoyed taking us on vacations in the summer to all sorts of places. The ideal childhood I experienced came to an end, however, when my mother was diagnosed with brain cancer when I was 15. My mother fought but at the beginning my senior year of college she passed away. This was a hard time for me, but during it I decided that I wanted to do what my mother did –teach. I went back to school to gain my teaching certificate. Soon after, I was hired in the district in which I am currently employed and have been enjoying it ever since. Most importantly, I met my wife in this community. Meeting her and adopting William have been the best things that have ever happened to me, and I simply cannot imagine life without either of them.
Connie Talks About Matt
I am truly blessed everyday to have Matt as a husband. He is a very loving, caring and supportive husband and is an equally wonderful father. From the moment Will was born he has been a hands on father. Will and his daddy share a very special bond and are often inseparable. There is a special smile and giggle Will has that only his gets. I am excited and look forward to Matt becoming a daddy again.
Matt Talks About Connie
Connie is simply the most compassionate, loving, and caring person whom I have ever met. I have yet to meet anybody who genuinely does not like Connie. I had no doubt that she would be a wonderful mother, but she has even exceeded my expectations. I will never forget the moment the nurse put William in her arms for the first time and the look of pure joy and love on her face. She is a natural mother whose main role in life is to make sure we raise happy, confident, intelligent, and respectful children. She still has more love to give and looks forward to becoming a mother again.
We would like to thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We really enjoy the life we have together and would love the opportunity to share our life with another child. We are looking forward to the chance to get to know you as well. We would prefer an open adoption, like we have with Will’s birth mother, because we think it benefits everyone: the birth parents, the adoptive parents, and the child but we would also respect your decision if you do not want an open adoption. We have a very open adoption with Will’s birth mother. We have face to face meetings with Will’s extended birth family and regularly exchange photos through email and texts with both Will’s birth mother and birth grandmother.
We wish you the best as you make one of the most important decisions in your life. Please take care of yourself and know that our thoughts are with you.
Our best wishes,
Matt, Connie, and Will