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Emerald and Matt

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Emerald and Matt

Thank you for considering us. We are so excited to be adopting and bringing a child into our family!

We have a lot of love to give and wanted to open our home to a child who needed it. Regardless of race or gender, we can’t wait to provide a welcoming and supportive home to our future child. We know this is a big decision for you, and we are happy with an open adoption and would gladly craft a communication plan with you. We hope our story will help you in making your choice.

Please know that no matter who you choose, we wish you and your child all the best. We hope this gives you a glimpse into our family and look forward to meeting you.

At A Glance


Emerald: J.D. from W&L University Law School, BA from Baylor Univ.
Matt: B.A. in Film and Digital Media from University of California – Santa Cruz; getting an MBA from Lake Forest School of Management


Emerald: tax attorney
Matt: corporate learning sales at a graduate school


When did you meet and month/year of marriage:
We met in August of 2016 and got married in 2019, three years later to the day.


Emerald: agnostic
Matt: Christian /Jewish


Information on your home/community:
We live on a quiet street a block from the library, elementary school and park. Neighbors are out with kids and dogs daily. Our house has 4 bedrooms and a big backyard complete with a tree swing.


Number of children:


2 – Malcolm and River, our two rescue lab mixes. Both are sweet, rambunctious, and love people of all ages. River is smaller but definitely in charge.


Desired contact with a birth family:
We are happy to accommodate the level of contact you feel comfortable with. We are big believers in found family.


In one sentence, why do you want to adopt a child?
We are excited to love, sing to, play with, and support our future child as we do for each other.


Childhood Memory:
Emerald: sitting on her mom’s lap while being read Anne of Green Gables.
Matt.: hiking Cowles’ mountain at five and earning a Bat Cave.


TV Show/Movie:
Emerald: 10 Things I Hate About You and a tie between Justified and The Good Place
Matt: Back to the Future and Community


Emerald: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (Jenny Lawson)
Matt: Don Quixote


Emerald: woodworking and baking
Matt: cooking and interviewing Power Rangers (and other pop culture figures)


Emerald: chicken tikka masala
Matt: katsu don


Our honeymoon in Costa Rica. We went zip lining, horseback riding, and white water rafting as well as several days of relaxing in the jungle and on the beach.


Family Tradition:
Emerald: building new Christmas traditions, like picking a special ornament every year (she wasn’t allowed to celebrate as a kid)
Matt: going to Comic-Con every year since he was three with his dad.


Holiday Memory:
Emerald: her first Halloween with Matt, handing out full size candy.
Matt: our first thanksgiving together, my first time making a turkey.


Fun Facts:
We both do silly voices for the dogs. Matt wrote and recorded a TV show theme song.. Emerald is working on learning Spanish and obsesses about DuoLingo. We regularly participate in 5ks together.
What Friends Say
“Matt and Emerald will be phenomenal parents because they have a strong foundation and are a true team. They are responsible and playful, aligned in their values, and devoted to giving a child the best life possible. Emily, sister.”


“Matt and Emerald have spent countless hours with my children, and have always ensured their safety, comfort and happiness. Theirs is a home filled with love and joy that any child would be lucky to be a part of. Tony, friend.”


“Matt and Emerald bring a mix of skills to their family that I admire. Matt’s patience, empathy, and adaptability are noble traits that would make him an excellent parent. His calm demeanor and ability to understand others’ perspectives would create a great environment for children. Emerald’s nurturing nature, problem-solving skills, and effective communication complement Matt’s strengths perfectly. Together, their skills, humor and fun personalities will not only form a strong foundation but a loving home. Selena, friend.”
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