Matt & Joseph


Dear Birth Parent:

We are so grateful for your act of love and unselfishness. While we can’t possibly understand your complete feelings, we are forever appreciative of your act of bravery and unconditional love. As parents, we promise to raise your baby in an environment surrounded by love, compassion, joy, laughter and a sense of family. We will nurture and raise your child to be confident, well educated, and more importantly happy.

About Matt & Joseph

We have been together since July 2014. We met at the San Diego Zoo. Even though we were both visiting San Diego, and from different parts of LA, Joseph happened to be in escrow on a house in Matt’s neighborhood. On our second date, we introduced our dogs to each other and they also had an instant connection. Two years ago, we adopted our son Theo. He is such a fun, smart and silly two-year-old. His favorite thing to do is to play with all of his cousins. We would love for Theo to have a sibling. We have a lot of love to share and Theo will make a great older brother.

OUR HOME

We live in a 2-bedroom craftsman home that was built in 1904 in a really cool neighborhood. We recently did a major renovation to make it more open and functional for our family. It has a big fenced-in yard that is filled with outdoor toys. We have raised gardens beds where we grow tons of vegetables. We also have fruit trees; including avocados, lemon and kumquats. Joseph is the gardener of the family and Matt loves to cook with the vegetables from the garden. Theo likes to help with both. Across the street from the house is a large park. We spend a lot of time chasing Theo down the slides and paying fetch with the dogs. There is also a sandbox where all the local kids meet up to play together. 

We also own a cabin in Big Bear. It is a place where we can be in nature, enjoy the lake, and go skiing in the winter. We love to spend the weekends there with family and friends. We also enjoy hiking with our dogs to our favorite secret lake and spending time out of the city in nature with Theo.

Matt (by Joseph)

Matt is the most caring, patient and kind person I know. He is also hilarious and can always make me laugh (even when I don’t want to). He is everyone’s friend and has a skill for making those around him feel good. From the moment I met him, I knew he was the person I wanted to be with. Matt is a doer. He always has a project and loves to work on the house. He is very smart and dedicated to his career in healing others. His patients love him. Matt is the coolest dad. His love for our son Theo is visible in everything he does. Theo is never without a hug or a laugh. Our son is so fun, wacky, and happy because Matt is such an awesome dad.

Joseph (by Matt)

Joseph is truly my best friend. I have never had a connection with someone like I do with Joseph. He is warm and caring, genuine and loyal. Although he is a hard worker and professional at work, he is a big kid inside. He makes the most out of life and loves to travel as much as he can. Traveling with Joseph is great; he has an amazing sense of direction. I will blindly follow him, knowing he is about to take me on an amazing adventure every time. 

From our first date, Joseph asked me if I wanted children. He also asked me the same question on our second, third and fourth dates. I was happy to find someone that shared my goal of having a family. He comes from a large family (6 siblings and 19 nieces and nephews). Over the past 2 years, I have seen him become the amazing dad that I knew he would be from our very first date.

Dads (By Theo)

They are awesome! (Translated by his dads)

OUR FAMILY

Joseph:

I was born in Northern California, north of Sacramento. I have 4 sisters, 2 brothers and 19 nieces and nephews. Most of my family lives in California and I see them often. We are all very close and they all adore Theo and love playing with him. Your child will be welcomed with open arms by not only his older brother Theo, but also his cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents.

Matt:

I grew up in a small town in Upstate NY in a loving and supportive family. I have one brother and an amazing sister-in-law, and they have a 1.5 year-old daughter. I talk to my family daily and visit 2-3 times a year. They also come out to visit us in Los Angeles several times a year. We spend two weeks in NY every summer at a cabin my grandfather built on a lake. We swim, boat, water ski, play board games, and enjoy family time. My favorite childhood memories are there, and I love that I now get to share these experiences with my children. 

Thoughts on Parenting:  

We feel strongly that children should be encouraged to explore the world around them, ask questions and enjoy learning.  We will surround them with love and support; while also making sure they feel safe. We will raise your child being open and honest about the adoption and will encourage the child to thrive and be his or her self. This includes making sure to have fun and enjoy life. All in all, we will spoil them with love and affection encouraging them daily as they grow. 

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