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Sarah and Matthew

Hello! We are Sarah and Matt from Hermosa Beach, California

Thank you for taking the time to read through our profile and learn a bit about us through our stories and photos. More importantly, thank you for being courageous on this journey through pregnancy that you’re taking now, and ultimately for considering us as potential adoptive parents for your child.

As you take a peek into our day-to-day moments and gain an understanding of our past we hope you feel like you know us as well as a life-long friend. We want to express how EXCITED WE ARE TO BECOME PARENTS and welcome children into our world, and how ADOPTION IS SOMETHING THAT WE’VE BEEN DREAMING OF FOR QUITE SOME TIME!  Adopting a child will be a pivotal part of our family and our future and without incredibly strong women like you, would not be possible for us. We can’t imagine the difficult decisions you’ve had to make already, and hope you know how much admiration and respect we have for you! We know that you want what’s best for your baby and we hope that you will find us to be everything you envision, in your baby’s future.

About Us: We grew up in Michigan and are high school sweethearts. From childhood pals to life-long partners we’ve always know we’re a spectacular team! WE’RE THRILLED TO SOON CREATE NEW MEMORIES AND TRADITIONS WITH A GROWING FAMILY!

 

Top 10 Things To Know About Us:

  • Our favorite place to travel is up and down our California Coast! We’ve found it to be such a beautiful, fun state full of people young and old soaking up the sun & having fun!
  • Although we grew up fishing and camping, we are both beach bums and love the ocean!
  • We stop what we’re doing and dance to our wedding song every time we hear, “Come Away With Me”
  • We always have our great American Flag hanging at our front door
  • Our favorite sweet treat is Phish Food Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream!
  • We go nuts over birthdays! We think they’re SO super special and a fun way to celebrate someone’s talents and incredible presence in the world!
  • Matt’s favorite movie has always been Top Gun….it was his inspiration to join the Air Force
  • We watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean, from our deck, as many nights of the week as possible
  • We grew up 2 miles apart in a small town in Michigan, and are still each other’s very best friend!
  • Sarah has a vintage apron collection….and insists that all guests wear one as we host the annual Italian-themed Thanksgiving Dinner
  • We named our lovable yellow lab, Henley, after a big rowing race that Sarah competed in, in college….then Henley Royal Regatta in England

 

 

Meet Matthew

About Matthew, by Matthew: My childhood was fun; filled with a variety of sports, fishing at my grandparent’s lake in the summer, playing with friends after school, and family dinners each night.

I graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and have now worked for the Air Force over 13 years. I love that I am able to serve my country and make an impact every day. My job is flexible too, which allows me to take time off when needed for important family time.

I spend my free time getting out to the beach, reading a great book, exploring all of California with Sarah for new coffee shops and restaurants to try, grilling out for our friends and neighbors, and throwing the ball to Henley at the park across the street! I am very much looking forward to  RAISING OUR CHILDREN WITH GOOD WORK ETHICS, A LOVE FOR ADVENTURE, AND A GRATEFUL HEART AS I WAS.

More About Matthew, by Sarah: Matt is my HANDSOME HERO! He’s the most patient, honest and trusting person I know and is always up for an adventure. He constantly reassures me of decisions I’m facing and really listens when I’m needing to talk through anything on my mind. He’s goofy and makes me laugh every day, and he remembers the little details in peoples lives…like their favorite song or a pastime adventure. He is an incredible leader both at work and within our group of close friends. He has shared so many incredible qualities with me, making me the best version of myself, I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT HE’LL BE AN INCREDIBLE FATHER TO OUR CHILDREN!

Meet Sarah

About Sarah, by Sarah: I’m the oldest of 4 kids and was raised by my two hard-working, goofy, adorable parents. My parents still live in our Midwestern hometown, and are still the most generous, grounded people I know. After graduating college in Michigan, I married Matt, and we ventured to settle down in California. Working as a Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor has allowed me the flexibility to move around and support my husbands career. I get to spend the week at various different fitness/wellness clubs, with people of all walks of life….helping them preserver through a challenge or defeat a struggle. My clients have been a huge source of support for me as we’ve embraced this journey into the next chapter of our lives. I’m so lucky to have the career opportunities I’ve had and I’m excited to have my own children be a part of that as well.

More About Sarah, by Matthew: Sarah is the most beautiful person I know, and I am so lucky to have her in my life. Her patience, passion and commitment to life is something to emulate, and something she shares with others every day. Sarah will be a terrific mother, and her love of life will help create the ideal environment for our children. I know once a baby sees her smile and feels her love, they will be hooked as well, just like I was when we first met.

Our Family & Friends

We’ve worked hard to build on our, already strong, relationships with our families. They’ve always been a huge support system for us and have been excited to help us go after our dreams! They’re ABSOLUTELY THRILLED about the newest additions to our family, and are ready to be an influential part of their lives.

Matthew’s Family:  Most of Matt’s family lives in Michigan, so we’re fortunate to have time away from work to visit during the Holidays each year as well as a long-weekend in the summertime. Our family continually reminds us that “California feels like vacation all the time” so we get frequent visitors thru the year. When our family and close friends visit, we love grilling on the deck, watching a beach sunset, bike riding along the ocean and of course laughing for hours around our outdoor fire pit!

Sarah’s Family: Sarah’s family is spread across the country, which gives us all a great opportunity to travel together and explore each others communities. We all seem to find our way back to Michigan for weddings and family reunions and will forever spend Christmas day together celebrating our Italian traditions! Sarah’s family always makes time to visit California throughout the year as well and often times our siblings will plan to visit at the same time because we have so much fun together.

 

Family Traditions:

  • Our Thanksgiving family tradition is grilling homemade pizzas and having a dozen flavors of specialty ice cream for dessert!
  • Sarah’s mom, Mickey, is crazy about her favorite holiday, Christmas, and transforms every part of the house into a winter wonderland!
  • Sarah’s entire family spends a week on the lake camping each summer… a 30+ year tradition!
  • Matt’s mom, Linda, is a chef at two retirement communities and prepares over 50 meals each night
  • Both of our Dads have built each of the homes we grew up in.

 

Our Home and Closing Thoughts

 

Our Home: Two years ago we renovated an old-run-down beach house and created a beautiful, fun, beachy space where our friends and families love to be. We’re directly across the street from the park, right next to an amazing elementary school, and even have a yard full of home grown lemons, limes and grapefruits! We love that the BEACH IS A SHORT WALK AWAY and we spend a lot of our free time outside! Our big open kitchen is the usual gathering place for weekend BBQs, birthday parties, and even wedding showers! We renovated our home with children in mind, creating a cozy space for lots of imagination and fun.

Our Community: After our 4th move together, we’ve finally settled down in Hermosa Beach and it feels like home! Our community is incredible and full of energy. With sun-filled days, most of the year, there’s always an emphasis on something do to outside. We’re able to walk or ride bikes to visit our friends, or head to our favorite coffee shop, to our Church, and even to our local farmers market, where Sarah does cooking demonstrations.

Meet Henley: Henley is our 12-year-young yellow Lab who loves playing fetch in the park, taking strolls around the neighborhood, and is obsessed with peanut butter! The neighborhood kids love running around with him at the park next to our house and his tolerance for children is unmatched. He’ll be the HAPPIEST DOG ON EARTH when we bring home a little bambino!

Thank You! By now, you know how grateful we are for your sacrifice and for pursuing this gift of life. You understand that we admire and respect you and that we value your decisions and the person you are. You now, have an idea how your baby will be raised and what kind of love and security we can provide. You can imagine how your baby will grow, and laugh, and learn and do incredible things in this world with the encouragement we can offer and with us by his/her side. We promise to raise your child in an honest home, full of support, and to always remind them of where they came from. Your child will be loved, always, and greatly, by us and our families and know your great love for him or her as well. Our gratitude is far greater than we can even express. THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING US!