Matt & Erin’s Letter

Dear Birthparents,

Hello, we’re Matt and Erin. We have been happily married for 8 years, and we are very much looking forward to adding a child to our family. We admire and respect your choice to make an adoption plan. We consider adoption an incredible act of love on the part of the birthparents. Your strength and courage during this time will ensure your child has a safe, happy, and secure home. Even though you don’t know us yet, we have been praying for you and trusting God to be with you through every step.

We were led to adoption at the beginning of 2014 when we started to attend the support groups at Catholic Charities. Learning about open adoptions and how drastically the process has changed over the years has made us very excited about growing our family through adoption. We have been through fertility treatments over the past few years and have never been told that we cannot get pregnant, but we have made the decision to shift our efforts towards adoption. God is teaching us and leading us through this process and we are so hopeful about becoming parents.

Both of our jobs involve teaching and working with children and young people. Erin is a school social worker at an elementary school where she works alongside teachers and parents to provide educational, behavioral, and emotional support for children. Erin loves her work in schools; however, our plan is to find a way for Erin to be home as much as possible when a baby arrives. For 8 years Matt taught art at an elementary school. In the fall of 2014 he moved to teach art at the high school level. While he misses the fearless creativity of the little ones, he enjoys the advanced skills and deeper thought processes of students about to enter adulthood.

Having jobs in education allows us to have time together during the summer and over breaks. We enjoy taking our camper to state parks, traveling to see friends throughout the country, hosting parties and get-togethers, as well as spending relaxing time at home. We look forward to making lasting memories with our child and providing them with enriching experiences and a big view of the world.

We hope the experiences we can provide for our child will influence them to make a positive impact on the world as well as nurture a strong sense of who they are as a unique person. Regardless of the different culture or background of our child, we will love and guide them knowing that God is the source of wisdom and grace we need to support their growth. We also look forward to the growth in ourselves as we become adopted parents. There is a bible verse found in the book of Isaiah that stands out to us. Although Isaiah is speaking about the coming of Christ, we feel this verse is a promise of hope for our lives:

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland (Isaiah 43:18-19).”

We know that God is involved in all of the details around our adoption. He is making a way for us to experience life in this new and thrilling way. This time in your life may feel uncertain and scary. It is for us as well. All of the unknowns about the future and the weight of the past can feel overwhelming, but we are certain that God will do a new thing with your life and ours. He will be with us through each step we take.

Thank you for taking the time to read our letter. We would love the chance to meet you.

Sincerely,

Matt and Erin