| Matt & Julie |
I hope this letter finds you well (despite the stress or fear you might be feeling). This letter is much harder to write then I imagined it would be, but it pales in comparison to the decision you have weighing on your heart.Welcome to our family and thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us. We’re looking forward to the day we get to meet you!
My name is Julie and I’ve been married to my wonderful husband Matt for 5 years. We actually met in January 2012 on a dating website (Chemistry.com) and immediately had a connection. We liked each other so much that we starting dating seriously by the end of the month. Matt proposed to me on my family’s annual camping trip to Yellowstone Park in July of 2012 and then we tied the knot three months later. It was a whirlwind of a year but I guess when you know it’s meant to be things happen in a blink of an eye.
Matt, Maggie (our daughter from his previous marriage) and I began our journey together. I’ve always wanted to be a mother and I became one the day Matt and I got married, but I always knew that there was a missing piece to our puzzle. After almost 4 years of trying to conceive we decided that our fate was to grow our family through adoption and we are beyond excited! Matt’s little sister was adopted from Korea and we have two cousins adopted from the Philippines, so adoption is close to our hearts.
Family is such an important part of our life and we love spending time together. I have 3 sisters and 1 brother. Matt has 3 brothers and 1 sister so between the two of us we have quite the crew. We also have 6 nieces and 8 nephews, which range from 1 to 22 years of age. I couldn’t imagine my life without our big family. Which leads to another reason Matt and I are hoping to be blessed with another child. My siblings are my best friends and I want that for Maggie. I want her to have a sibling (or siblings) that she can love and cherish.
We are easy-going and love to laugh. Matt is always cracking a joke or making a funny face. Maggie is a sweet, silly 11-year-old that loves animals, doing crafts and taking care of her younger cousins (I know she will be a wonderful big sister). We also love the great outdoors, we often spend our summers camping, going for rides in the mountains on our UTV, floating the river or going for a walk with our dog, Ellie. Ellie is part German shorthaired pointer and part Cocker spaniel (aka a shocker). She’s 4 years old and has finally gotten out of her puppy phase, but she is still full of energy. We have a huge backyard with lots of trees and Ellie’s favorite thing to do is chase the squirrels. If she could talk she would tell you how spoiled she is.
Since we started our adoption journey I have learned so much and heard so many wonderful stories from birth mothers (my cousin is a birth mother), adoptive parents and adoptees. I want you and your child to know that the BOTH of you are loved and wanted! If you choose to join our family it will be the ultimate gift and we will be forever grateful and blessed!
I found this quote on Pinterest that touched my heart and describes my feelings toward adoption perfectly.
“I was chosen by my parents that gave me life
And by my parents that give me the tools to live it.
I went from wanted to wanted
From cherished to cherished
I grew in the hearts of many
I was the missing piece in grafting families together in unity
I went from loving arms to loving arms
I was adopted.”
We hope you will become a part of our family. We look forward to getting to know you! What are some of your interests? Likes? Dislikes? You are an amazing person and we only hope and pray for the very best for you and your baby.
Sincerely With Love,
Matt & Julie