We are so excited to
introduce our family to
you and to share a little
bit about who each of
Our happy family can’t
wait to grow and we
can’t tell you how
happy we are that you
are considering helping
us make that dream
DEAR We love to see new places!
BIRTH MOM THINGS WE WILL TEACH
OUR SON OR DAUGHTER !
We’d like to introduce ourselves.
* THAT THEY ARE LOVED!
Hello, we’re Matt and Gabe! Matt * How to love themselves
* the value of a formal education
works as the creative director for a * how to take care of animals
local church and a theatrical producer * the value of a strong work ethic
and director. Gabe is the Program * how to be self sufficient
Chair of Political Science and Military * about their own and other
Studies for an online university. We
have been together for eight years cultures
and in September we will celebrate
our fourth wedding anniversary. We
live in Madison, Wisconsin in a beautiful
home on a large two-acre lot with lots of
room to run and play. We both love to
travel and cook. We also enjoy movies,
theatre, and music. We want to expand
our family and give Maddie a little
brother or sister.
WE MET AND FELL IN LOVE IN THE SPRING OF 2009
We met when we lived in Kansas. Matt was working for a medical clinic and a local theatre
company in Wichita while Gabe was working for a college in Winfield. We moved in
together after about three months and shortly thereafter began the process of adoption.
Nine months later, along came Maddie.
Gabe is definitely the planner. He likes to have a clear plan of how to do things and likes
things in order. Matt is more the dreamer. He likes to dive right in and experience things like
an adventure. We feel our two personalities compliment each other very well.
Matt in Bora Bora Our Wedding in New Mexico Gabe in Bora Bora
Now that you know a little more
about us as a family, we want to
tell you a little bit about each of us
MattA Little About
I’m a Colorado native. I went to college Matt on the Island of La Grande Jatte in Paris, France
for a couple years before I decided I
wanted to become a professional actor.
After several years, I landed in Wichita,
Kansas. That’s where I met Gabe.
I love everything to do with music and
theatre. It’s definitely a passion of mine!
I also love cooking, movies, traveling,
camping, and spending quality time with
my family and friends.
One thing people will tell you about me
is my obsession with Christmas!! I love
decorating my home and doing all kinds
of fun holiday activities!
Matt at 1 year old Camping in Colorado
Conducting an orchestra With the cast of Seussical
Singing with the Heart of America Men’s Chorus Me in Into The Woods
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest
fear is that we are powerful beyond measure! -Thomas Jefferson
MY LISTEN WATCH
I did a mid-west tour
of the musical Forever
Plaid and played
Frankie & Jinx
I hate Ocra!
I love Oysters!
I had a job as a
gunfighter and stunt
man at a movie theme
GabrielA Little About Playing in the snow At the Louvre in Paris
I grew up in Lyon, France! I came to
the United States and got my PhD in
Political Science from Purdue University in
I met Matt while I was working for
Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.
I’m currently finishing up my second
I really enjoy traveling, working my garden,
and reading. I love helping Maddie with
her homework and doing special art
It’s a dream of mine to climb Machu Pichu
Hanging out in our back yard
Gabe with Maddie and his niece
At a patio restaurant Gabe and Maddie setting up Halloween Decorations
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with
some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. -Maya Angelou
MY LISTEN WATCH
When I first moved to
the USA, I didn’t speak
a word of English.
Now I am fluent!
I used to be a
I drove all of Route 66
I graduated Law
School when I was 20
MaddieA Little About
I can’t wait to be a big sister! I’m looking
forward to having a little baby brother or
baby sister who I can play with, sing songs
to, and read stories to.
I’m a very active girl and I love doing
things like swimming, karate, and riding
horses. I love spending time with my family
and I loved it when we went to visit Walt
You might be suprised to know that my
favorite food is salad! I love to sing and do
shows with my daddy. I also love going to
the movie theatre and doing art!
Maddie & Daddy in Paris Playing in the sprinkler Making snow angels
Singing in the choir concert at school A moment with Papa
Oh the thinks you can think, think and wonder and
dream, far and wide as you dare! -Seussical the Musical
MY LISTEN WATCH
I have four freckles on
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I’m a picky eater
I like popcorn. A LOT!
Last year for Halloween,
I went as a werewolf!
We love to
AND SEE THE WORLD!
Traveling has always been a passion of our family and we look
forward to sharing that when our family grows! We have been
very fortunate to see a lot of wonderful places and experience
OUR WISH LIST
ALASKA Walt DisneyWorld Cancun, Mexico
ITALY Honolulu, Hawaii Paris, France
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
We’d also like to
go on a cruise
Our family is loving, loud, crazy,
bold, fearless, and silly! We
come from all diferent walks of
life and we love spending time
Our family stretches borders
and crosses oceans! We are
a big family and can’t wait to
grow even bigger!
We are so honored that you have taken the time to consider giving the
most incredible gift imaginable. We hope that from this book, you’ve
been given a peek into who our family is and what we hope to give in
return to the newest addition to our family.
While we hope to offer so many things, we hope you see that the
greatest thing we have to offer is a lot of love. In our family, love is never
in short supply; and we know that with a new addition to our family, that
love is only going to grow.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!