My idea of a good day begins with a good cup of coffee, preferably with a good book to read or a friend to chat with. I enjoy spending time with Matt, the rest of my family, and close friends. Because I like crafting, I also enjoy going to craft fairs and seeing what others have produced. I also like to do things that help make an impact on our community. For example, I volunteer at a local public high school once a week. I am also involved in a church ministry that helps people on their journey into the Catholic faith. The perfect ending to my day would include a nice dinner with my family, followed by a night of board games and chocolate cupcakes!
We are Marisa and Matt. We’ve been trying to think of the best way to introduce ourselves, but any words we choose just seem inadequate for the decision in front of you. Please know that we are praying you find some peace. We hope this profile gives you an idea of who we are, why we are adopting, what our values are, and how we plan to raise a child.
We are in our early 30s and met through mutual friends. We joke that we had six degrees of separation. Matt’s roommate had a cousin, who had a friend, who had a neighbor, who had a roommate, who was friends with Marisa. Somehow in this chain of people, we met and fell in love. We have been married for over 6 years and our family and friends say we bring out the best in each other. We share values and have supported each other as we’ve pursued our individual and combined goals. We both believe in education, and in giving back to the community. While we are both achievement-oriented and ambitious, we appreciate finding a balance between work and family. We have always shared major decisions and responsibilities, and we will continue to do so as we raise children.
Family is very important to both of us and when we got married we both looked forward to expanding our family. Our struggle with infertility was difficult because we looked forward to being surrounded by our family, taking children to parks and museums, sharing our knowledge with a child, and passing on favorite family traditions.
We enjoy spending time together, both as a couple and with our extended families. The things we do together include taking walks, going to the theater, debating politics, looking at art, talking about what we read, and playing games with our family. We are also involved in several ministries in our church together. We also share a love of cooking. Matt is always trying a new recipe while Marisa makes dessert. We love to travel and have taken vacations to Greece, Ireland, and Malta together. Of course we also enjoy more local sites and take a road trip almost every summer.
We have a large three bedroom home in Tennessee. Marisa is extremely close to her older sister who lives nearby with her husband and four children. Marisa has three other siblings who live further away. In fact, one is in another country right now because he is in the military! Matt’s parents live about 30 minutes away. Marisa’s mother lives in California but visits frequently. We enjoy hosting both of our families and some close friends for birthdays and holidays in our large dining room. We have six nieces and nephews, all of whom are excited to welcome a new cousin. Since Matt is an only child, his parents are eager for a grandchild to adore.
As parents, we plan to instill the values of family, faith, and education in our children. While we are financially blessed and can provide material comforts, we also promise to provide the emotional stability, commitment, unconditional love, and safe and healthy home that children need to thrive. We want to teach our children to treat other people with respect, to value family time, and the importance of serving others. We will strive to be role models to them in the way we live our values.
It is hard for us to imagine what it is like to be your shoes, but would understand if you are wondering if your child would fit into our family. Let us assure you that our family is large and diverse in many ways. Just in our immediate family, we have different interests, talents, ethnicities, religions, and appearances. What unites us is love and respect for each other and a recognition that differences don't divide us, but teach us to have compassion for others.
We plan on being honest with the child about adoption from an early age and to tell the child that you made this decision out of love with his or her best interest at heart. We would like to maintain some contact with you, sharing letters and pictures and perhaps an occasional visit because we feel it is important for the child to know about his or her birthparents. We love traditions and thus recognize that it is important for children to have a sense of their history.
Thank you for considering adoption and learning about us. We are happy to tell you more if you have a question.
Matt and Marisa
Let me tell you about my wife, Marisa. Marisa is driven, loyal, intellectual, and dependable. She is highly principled and is always concerned with doing the right thing. She is very organized, believes in traditions, and likes making events special. Marrying Marisa was the best decision I’ve made in my life.
Marisa was raised by a single mother and grew up in a working class community, where she was taught that education was the way to ensure we had a better life. Marisa took that lesson to heart and got all the education that someone would give her! She has a Ph.D. and her commitment to education prompted her to focus her career on improving the educational system for all students. Marisa’s hobbies include crafts such as crochet, knitting, and scrapbooking, as well as reading and baking.
|Age:||35 Years||35 Years|
|Education:||Advanced Degree||Advanced Degree|
|Profession:||Education policy||Information Technology|
|Residency:||Single Family Home|
Newborn, 1-2 months, 3-4 months, 5-6 months, 7-8 months, 9-11 months, 1 year old
Caucasian, Caucasian/Asian, Caucasian/African American, African American, European, Caucasian/Hispanic, Caucasian/Native American, Eastern European/Slavic/Russian, Hispanic or South/Central American, Jewish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Multi-Racial, Native American (American Indian), Pacific Islander, Asian, Other
Female, Male, Either
Open to discussion
Open, Semi-Open, Closed
How can I describe my husband, Matt? Matt is one of the smartest people I know, and that is saying something considering I work at a university! He is intellectual and logical; an introvert around strangers but more outgoing around family and friends. Matt is fiercely loyal and always dependable. I love that he makes me think as well as laugh.
Matt works in information technology, developing websites that help businesses serve their customers, and recently completed an MBA. Matt’s interests include reading, fitness, faith, art, cooking and politics. Matt was recently confirmed in the Catholic Church and I have noticed that his new faith is a very calming and steady influence in his life. Matt’s loves to cook, especially recipes from the Italian restaurant his grandparents used to own.