Meagan and Matt

Meagan and Matt

Hello! We are Meagan and Matt

We are Matt and Meagan from Southern Oregon and we are excited to have this opportunity to tell you about ourselves.  We both come from large families with lots of nieces and nephews and look forward to opening our hearts, our home, and our lives to a beautiful baby.

We met in the summer of 2007 when Matt’s mom decided to play matchmaker.  We were both in town visiting mutual friends when we were introduced and soon began trading e-mails and letters.  Matt was going to school and working in Southern California and Meagan was living and working in Southern Oregon.  It was not long before Matt drove up to Oregon and we went on our first date.  We dated long distance for nearly two years before getting married in May of 2009.

OUR LETTER

Meagan

I was born in Southern California and am 38 years old.  When I was eight years old, my dad was medically retired from the Police Department and we moved to Southern Oregon.  I have lived here ever since (with the exception of two years in Southern California with Matt after we were married).

I grew up in a very close-knit family with parents who really valued spending time together.  Because we did not adopt my two younger sisters until I was 16 years old, most of my childhood experiences and memories are with my older brother and parents.  Whether it was board games and puzzles, four-wheelers at the sand dunes or traveling for my brothers football games, it was clear that my parents genuinely enjoyed being together as a family and spending time with us.  The same is true even today!  My parents only live a few miles away and rarely does a day go by that we do not get to spend time with them.

From a very young age, I knew that I wanted to be a hair stylist and so, shortly after graduating from high school, I entered beauty school.  Within a couple years I had built a steady clientele and decided to open my own day spa.  I am not the only one in my family to own a business though, both my father and brother are also successful business entrepreneurs.  After Matt and I were married, I sold the day spa and Matt and I opened a small business (a health spa) of our own.

I love to travel and have always enjoyed visiting new places.  I also enjoy the outdoors and am always up for a good hike.  When I have some free time, one of my favorite things to do is to create new dishes for Matt and I in the kitchen.  Since being married, I have become very interested in health and nutrition and when I’m not experimenting with food, I enjoy reading and listening to podcasts about improving our health.

What Matt wants you to know about Meagan: 

One of the many things I love about Meagan is that she is wonderfully complex and multi-layered.  She is highly intelligent, hardworking and perceptive and at the same time lighthearted, witty and a lot of fun to be with.  She has high integrity, faith, morals and confidence and yet she has an easy laugh, a approachable smile and a kind and generous heart toward others.  She is all these things, artistic, beautiful, and smart but most of all she is deeply loving.  I know that she will be a wonderful, loving and compassionate mother and I am excited that we get to start a family together!

Matt

I was born in Oregon but when I was eight years old, my dad got a job teaching school on military bases overseas and we moved to mainland Japan.  After four years in Japan, we moved to Germany where we lived for two years.  We eventually ended up back in Japan, this time in Okinawa, where I graduated from high school.

I have two younger brothers and a younger sister.  My sister was adopted and joined our family while we lived in Japan.  Growing up, we saw and experienced a lot of the world and were raised with a deep appreciation for different cultures.  My parents really valued spending time together and provided a safe and loving home for us to grow up in.  They gently instilled in us the values of faith, hard work and care for others.

I am now 40 years old and am a small business owner along with Meagan.  I love to learn and am currently pursuing a second Masters degree to become certified Mental Health Counselor.  I have always loved sports and the outdoors which is one of the things I love about living in Southern Oregon.  I also love to travel with Meagan and have enjoyed experiencing new places with her!  In my free time, I like to read, keep bees and spend time with friends.  If there is a lake or ocean nearby, I especially love to surf or stand up paddle board.

What Meagan wants you to know about Matt: 

One of the first things about Matt that I was attracted to (besides his blue eyes) was the way he listened to me.  It has almost been eight years now and he still listens so well to me! Matt is very trustworthy, does not waiver in his beliefs and has strong morals. He is tender hearted but very manly.  I love the way he cares for others, he truly loves people! Matt is great with children, he’s very patient and such an amazing teacher! I also admire how smart Matt is, he’s so full of knowledge and loves to learn and yet he can laugh at the little things too! We laugh a lot together and I enjoy his sense of humor! I’m excited to raise a family with Matt!  As you can see he has many wonderful qualities and I know he’ll be an awesome daddy!

Family

Extended family is very important to us and we are glad to live within driving distance to all of them.  We always look forward to spending time with all our grandparents and parents, brothers and sisters and nieces and nephews. We want our child to know them as well!

As parents, we want to give our child a safe, loving and supportive home environment similar to those we grew up in.  We love to laugh and enjoy life with one another and look forward to sharing that with our children.  Meagan is especially excited about someday being a full-time mom.  Because both our families have experienced the joys of adopting, they are all very supportive and excited for us as well!

Thank you for taking the time to learn about us and we look forward to meeting and getting to know you. We are excited for the opportunity to share our love and lives with a child.

Matt and Meagan

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Elissa and Eric

Elissa and Eric

Hello! We are Elissa and Eric

Hi there! Thank you so much for looking at our profile! We are Eric and Elissa and we live in central Oregon—a beautiful sunny area that’s great for doing all kinds of outdoor activities. When it came time to think about starting a family, adoption was our first choice. We have never tried to have children biologically, but rather want to extend love to a baby who is already alive and needs a warm, stable environment.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

Elissa Loves
  • Disney Music.
  • Bugs.
  • Reading (especially outside).
  • Spanish TV shows!
  • Sunshine.
Eric Loves
  • Longboarding
  • Hanging out with friends
  • Hiking and the great outdoors
  • Reading
  • Ultimate Frisbee

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parents,

 

Hi there! Thank you so much for looking at our profile! We are Eric and Elissa and we live in central Oregon—a beautiful sunny area that’s great for doing all kinds of outdoor activities. Eric grew up here and we have lived here together since our marriage in 2011. Eric is an accountant but doesn’t identify himself with his work. How does he identify himself, you may ask? As a fun, nerdy longboarder, who loves spending time with friends (and reads too much fiction). Elissa loves being a preschool teacher, and enjoys painting, playing the piano, reading and watching Spanish TV shows (she is fluent in French, having grown up in Belgium, and is trying to attain fluency in Spanish). We spend a lot of our free time together, whether that’s reading to each other,
floating lazily down the river, or just goofing off. We enjoy each others’ company so much!

They say marriage is hard, but that has not been our experience. This is probably due to our similar personalities, easy-going lifestyle, reliance on God, and the fact that we are both loving, respectful and communicative. When it came time to think about starting a family, adoption was our first choice. We want to extend love to a baby who is already alive and needs a warm, stable environment. Even though we would be raising your child, we want you to be part of their life. We want this to be an open adoption, for your sake as much as for your child’s, so they can grow up knowing how
loved they are by everyone around them. We will work hard to provide an environment in which they can thrive, be creative and fulfill all their dreams. Elissa plans on staying home with the child to give them all the care and affection needed to grow healthy and happy.

We are very grateful that you are considering adoption and that you are taking the time to look through our profile!

Roses are red
Violets are blue
We’re writing this lame poem
To say: Thank You!,

Elissa and Eric

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Ellen and Dave

Ellen and Dave

Hello! We are Ellen and Dave

Thank you for taking the time to read this and find out a little bit about us.  We are Dave and Ellen and are honored that you may be considering us as a possible adoptive family for your child.  While we cannot know what this experience is like for you please know that we respect and honor your courage and strength in considering adoption for your child.  We live in Washington State and have been together for 17 years (married for 13) and are very excited by the possibility of welcoming another child into our family.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

About Ellen
  • Coming from a large Irish family, Ellen learned Irish step dancing and danced in the annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade.

 

  • Ellen’s siblings used to put on talent shows together for her parents.  Ellen loves to sing along with, dance and listen to recorded and live music. 
  • One of Ellen’s favorite professional activities is being able to conduct oral history interviews with Native American and non-Native American elders to find out about their past. 
  • Ellen’s favorite relaxation activity is reading books.  Spending time at the library looking for good books to read is a real treat! 
  • Ellen enjoyed gymnastics as a kid and embraces the challenge of a backbend or headstand as part of her yoga practice today.
About Dave
    1. Dave’s first job was as a cook’s helper at a Mexican Restaurant and he still enjoys cooking. 
    2. Dave played halfback on the soccer team and swam freestyle on swim team in high school. 
    3. Dave has contributed to over 50 scientific journal articles including ones about how bacteria interact with iron minerals and contaminants in the environment. 
    4. Dave was very interested in animals and nature from an early age.  While in Malaysia, Dave and his family took day trips into the jungle to view wildlife and collect butterflies. 
    5. Dave loves all kinds of music, has played guitar in several bands and enjoys writing music.

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parents,

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and find out a little bit about us.  We are Dave and Ellen and are honored that you may be considering us as a possible adoptive family for your child.  While we cannot know what this experience is like for you please know that we respect and honor your courage and strength in considering adoption for your child.  We live in Washington State and have been together for 17 years (married for 13) and are very excited by the possibility of welcoming another child into our family.

We joyfully welcomed our son Miles in 2011 and treasure the adventures we have together as a family.  We both grew up with siblings (Ellen is one of five and Dave is one of three) and hoped to have more children, but are unable to do so on our own.  We hope to be able to grow our family through adoption and have the opportunity to parent and share our love and open-hearts with you and your child.

Ellen is warm, thoughtful, and intuitive. She enjoys playing outdoors, reading books and doing yoga. In her professional life, Ellen enjoys working as an anthropologist and is passionate about understanding and protecting the past and other cultures. Ellen grew up in Virginia and comes from a large blended family consisting of siblings, nieces, nephews and step-family.   Ellen’s brother was adopted as a newborn, influencing her perspective and awareness about adoption.  Ellen’s siblings are very close and are supportive of each other and Ellen and Dave’s adoption hopes.

Dave is easy-going, gentle and intellectually curious. He enjoys the outdoors, gardening, skiing, and playing guitar. Dave recently made the decision to stay at home full-time.  In his professional life, Dave enjoys working in a field and laboratory setting as an environmental microbiologist.  Dave grew up in Seattle and spent time skiing, hiking and camping.  Dave is close to his Mom and siblings and texts and talks to them often. Dave’s mom and brother’s family are a big part of Dave and Ellen’s family life, and they visit and/or vacation together often.

We consider ourselves to be a progressive family and believe in tolerance and compassion for all.  Work and family life balance are very important to us. We are fortunate for Ellen to be able to work part-time and for Dave to be at home full time.  We strongly believe in providing a loving and nurturing environment for your child and that our job as parents is to teach emotional development, lovingness and respect for each other and others.  We also hope to provide multiple opportunities for self-enrichment and fulfillment so that your child has a strong foundation to become their truest selves.  Our greatest desire for your child is that they are secure in their place in the world, are able to pursue their passions, have fun, and develop the emotional tools they need to have love and compassion for themselves and others.

We hope to maintain an open and honest relationship with you and your child’s extended birth family and are flexible about any degree of adoption openness you are comfortable with.  It is difficult to convey in words and photographs all about who we are as people, parents and a family, but hopefully you can get to know us a little better through our portfolio. We care about you and your emotional well-being and hope we can provide the support you need if you decide to move forward with making an adoption plan with our family.  Whatever you decide, our hearts are with you.

Warmest wishes,

Ellen, Dave, and Miles

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Jason and Cassie

Jason and Cassie

Hello! We are Jason and Cassie

Thank you so much for taking the time to look through our profile. We know this is a challenging time for you, and we can’t even begin to imagine what you’re feeling right now. We know that whatever your decision may be, that you are making the best decision for you and your baby. Please take a look at this profile we have created, as we hope this gives you a chance to get to know us.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

About Cassie
  • Enjoys crafting-making signs, cards, and jewelry.
  • Got a sewing machine a year ago and has developed a love of quilting.
  • Enjoys her job as an elementary school teacher.
  • Reads as many books as she can.
  • Loves to work out–especially boxing and running.
About Jason
    1. Loves collecting albums from new musical artists and going to live shows.
    2. Enjoys rock climbing.
    3. Considers himself a movie connoisseur and collector.
    4. Loves running and ran competitively in both high school and college.
    5. Loves spending time with family.

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parents,

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to look through our profile. We know this is a challenging time for you, and we can’t even begin to imagine what you’re feeling right now. We know that whatever your decision may be, that you are making the best decision for you and your baby. Please take a look at this profile we have created, as we hope this gives you a chance to get to know us.

After dating for several years we got married and have enjoyed eight years of marriage together in love and laughter and, at times, heartache. After trying to have children for over three years, we discovered that we are unable to have children of our own. We are so excited to have a child to raise and love and know that, for us, adoption is the path we are meant to be on.

As we think about welcoming a baby into our home, we are thrilled to share our lives of love and happiness. Cassie is a teacher and Jason We see ourselves reading, creating art, watching movies, and exploring the outdoors with a child. As avid outdoor people we love hiking, biking, running, climbing, and camping.   With many outdoor family adventures, on both sides of the family, every year we know that a child will have fun running and playing with their cousins, aunties and uncles, and grandparents.

Family is very important to us. Both of us come from families with three children and we spend as much time as possible with both our parents and our siblings. Jason’s family lives close and we see them often – we meet for family barbeques and celebrations or sometimes just to catch a movie or some coffee. We love having them close by and they are a great support system for us; always willing to lend a hand when we need one. Cassie’s family all lives out of state, but we keep in touch through daily phone calls and weekly Face Time chats with all of them. Additionally, at least twice a year we enjoy traveling to Montana where Cassie’s parents and younger brother and his family live.

 

A child blessing our lives through adoption is an amazing opportunity to build our own family; one that might include members of the birth family as well. We will love a child with all our hearts and souls, yet we also know that there is no such thing as too much love.

 

Sincerely,

Jason and Cassie

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Joanne and Adam

Joanne and Adam

Hello! We are Joanne and Adam

Our message to you is of compassion, open-mindedness, and acceptance. Our thoughts are with you. We sincerely thank you for considering adoption, and the possibility of us as parents. There is simply no way for us to know what you’re going through, though we understand this must be an incredibly difficult decision. We want the best for you and your child and wish you the best now and in the future. Even though we haven’t met, we respect your decision, whatever it may be.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

About Joanne
  • Enjoys knitting for our nieces and nephews
     
  • Loves taking care of our garden and watching it grow
     
  • Makes up and sings silly songs to our dog, Cooper
     
  • Values spending time with children and seeing the world through their eyes
     
  • Values building community in our town and spending time at farmer’s markets
     
  • Enjoys teaching college biology and helping her students find their path
     
  • Loves the outdoors, such as hiking, camping, gardening, and walking our dog Cooper
     
  • when she met Adam, she loved his sense of humor and can-do attitude
     
  • loves inspirational quotes
     
About Adam
  • Enjoys making his mom’s spaghetti sauce recipe with pasta from scratch
     
  • Enjoys helping others with home improvement projects
     
  • Family tradition: making sausage using family recipes for 40 years
     
  • Makes Sunday dinner for our friends and their families
     
  • Values building community with those close to us – whether they live near us or work with us
     
  • Is hands down the chef of the family and would much rather make food than go out to eat
     
  • Wen he met Joanne, he loved her hair and laid back personality
     
  • Is restoring a 100 year old farm house as a business
     
  • Loves listening to records
     

OUR LETTER

Dear Birthmother,

Our message to you is of compassion, open-mindedness, and acceptance. Our thoughts are with you. We sincerely thank you for considering adoption, and the possibility of us as parents. There is simply no way for us to know what you’re going through, though we understand this must be an incredibly difficult decision. We want the best for you and your child and wish you the best now and in the future. Even though we haven’t met, we respect your decision, whatever it may be.

We are Adam and Joanne, and we live in a quiet college town in western Oregon. This is our paradise. We intentionally moved here, not once, but twice. Before we met, we each moved to Oregon to pursue graduate school and a new way of life. Then, 14 years ago, we met through mutual friends and quickly grew very fond of each other. Ten years ago, we married in the Coast Range of Oregon, a place that embodied our love of the outdoors. To pursue additional education and career development, we lived in Colorado for 7 years, where Joanne was a professor and Adam obtained his Ph.D. However, we were always drawn back to the Pacific Northwest, our home, and we were very fortunate to have been able to move back. Our lives (and Oregon) have changed in that time. What hasn’t changed is our love for the outdoors and open space. In our current home, we love our immediate proximity to open space and agriculture, the coast, and hiking- yet we are close enough to the Portland metropolitan area to easily pop over to see friends and go out to dinner.

We both highly value education and, together, we have supported each other while obtaining our Ph.D. in genetics for Joanne and fisheries science for Adam. Joanne is a college biology professor and Adam has a small construction business, fixing up old houses. We really like how our careers work together. It reminds us to continue learning in and out of the classroom, balanced with the hands-on practicality of building a home. Both of us really like to work with our hands and we are drawn towards projects that require our devoted attention. Even though we are trained as scientists, we enjoy the artistic process of creating something new.

Spending time with family, time outside and in open space, preparing and eating good food, and finding new things that inspire us are the things that we enjoy most. We have a very friendly dog (a black lab) named Cooper, who is the best dog ever (Ha Ha!) and reminds us to get outside often, whether for walks around town, or hikes in open space like Forest Park or Tillamook National Forest.  Joanne enjoys anything outdoors – especially gardening and hiking with Cooper. In the rainy season she enjoys knitting for her niece and nephews. Adam enjoys anything in the kitchen – his favorite thing is to create and cook our own dinners from scratch, such as making pasta with his mom’s Italian spaghetti sauce recipe.  He also enjoys making sausage and has recently began making sourdough bread! We really are do-it-your-selfers … well, except for making a baby. But we’re hoping you can help us out with that!

We also both love to build community, and seek to experience life with those around us – friends, family, and co-workers. We love to host Sunday dinners, which Adam cooks, and have our friends, and their children spend time in our home.

We see adoption as the greatest gift someone could share with us—one that would allow us to start a family and broaden our world. We are committed to and inspired to become parents. We worked with infertility clinics and tried a variety of infertility treatments for four years, including in vitro fertilization (IVF). Though this did not lead to a successful pregnancy, we continually returned to the goal of having a family. With this realization, we knew that it was time to let go of our initial vision of a biological child, and put our efforts into adoption, a process which humbles and inspires us. Adoption would allow us to build a family, something that would not be possible for us otherwise. Although we initially thought a family might happen through other more conventional approaches, we are truly open-minded and accepting about how our dream would happen.

We believe and know that family means more than your blood relatives. We also know that at times, life is complicated. We welcome and encourage an open adoption, if and when that option works for you.  Joanne grew up with two sets of parents and additional non-blood related siblings, due to some non-nuclear family circumstances, which we are happy to share if you are interested. She cherishes this extended network of additional parents and multiple generations of extended family. Both she and Adam believe these family members have enriched their lives and expanded their definitions of family – allowing us to experience so much more than we would have otherwise. It wasn’t always easy to explain our family to others, but it’s who we are, and it’s how see life: beautiful in its complexities and surprises. We draw peace and strength from those around us – from each other, our friends, and our extended family – and we see you as a part of that. We say this from a place of welcoming, not out of pressure or with expectations. Please understand that we want what is best for you, and if that includes us raising your child, we would be honored and humbled that you have chosen us for this most precious gift.

In gratitude,

Joanne and Adam

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