Hello, we’re Emily and Matt. Our greatest hope is to become parents through adoption. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves to you and give you a sense of who we are. We hope our website is useful to you as you decide what is best for you and your child.
We first met each other in the sixth grade, started dating in high school and got engaged during college. We’ve been together for 16 years and were married 11 years ago, right after graduation. We are both 33 years old and have been living in Maryland for the last eight years. We have always wanted to start a family, but have struggled with infertility and are unable to have children on our own. We have always considered adoption to be a wonderful way to start a family. It feels right for us because so many of our friends and family members have adopted or were adopted themselves.
When we were married in 2000 we moved to Southern California for two years and taught at a small school in the mountains. During this time we enjoyed camping throughout California, the southwest, and in Mexico. Our favorite campsite was at Joshua Tree National Park in the Mohave Desert. We then lived for a year in Scotland while Matt pursued his Master’s degree, and traveled throughout Great Britain by train. We walked across the Isle of Skye and took ferry boats to all the islands on the west coast of Scotland.
When we returned to Maryland, Emily got her Master’s degree and Matt completed a Ph.D. We now both teach at small colleges in Maryland and spend summers in Maine.
We have always loved children and this has been a defining part of our relationship from the beginning. In highschool we babysat for several families who loved getting two babysitters for the price of one! Emily has taught young children in Sunday School and in summer art classes, and more recently has taught art at high school and college. Matt grew up helping his mom care for children at a church daycare, has tutored elementary school children, and has also taught highschool and college students in recent years.
We have had the fortune to develop close relationships with our nephew, our young cousins, and with the children of our closest friends. We have talked with them about our plans to adopt a baby, and they are excited to have a new playmate. One of our close friends has a five year old who recently told us that when we adopt a baby he wants to celebrate with a party! We are happiest when we are spending time with children and can’t wait for the opportunity to raise a child.