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A Letter from Matt & Shawnie

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We have always had a deep desire to be parents, and five years ago we were blessed to adopt our beautiful son, Kai. We are all so excited to be adding a child to our family and have an opportunity to get to know you as well. We look forward to welcoming your child into our family of music, adventure, and love. We are open to visits and sharing pictures. 

About Us

We are a fun-loving, Christian family living in sunny California. We are actively involved at church, where we enjoy fellowship with our church family, as well as play in the church praise band. We spend a great deal of time together as a family, with regular family dinners and game nights, we also take time to strengthen our marriage and enjoy couples nights. We love to travel and explore new places as a family, including recent trips to Denmark, Sweden, and Poland. We are excited to welcome your child into our family and include them in all of our family adventures!

About Matthew

Matthew is optimistic, enthusiastic and I admire the drive and focus he applies to everything he does. He is passionate about his work as a researcher in Electrical Engineering. He works hard to provide for our family, and he is always encouraging those around him.

Matt is very social and he likes to chat with our neighbors and church family. He spends much of his free time working on our yard, learning new riffs on the electric guitar, and hosting barbecues at our house. He is a very active dad and is looking forward to taking your child to the park and zoo. I know he is also excited to teach your child all the joys of playing sports!

About Shawnie

Shawnasie is a mathematician who loves to learn, and as a mother, is excited to cultivate your child’s sense of curiosity as they discover the world. She is very creative and artistic and loves to dance, especially in the kitchen. Her hobbies include reading, studying the Bible, and writing fiction and poetry. 

Shawnasie shows her love for her family by cooking delicious meals, planning elaborate birthday parties, and providing words of encouragement. She has an amazing ability to calm and comfort children and is an incredibly caring and nurturing mother. I know she is excited to read bedtime stories with your child, share her love of dancing, and help them with math homework.

Our son, Kai

Our son, Kai, is five-year-old and was adopted at birth.  He continually amazes us every day with his curiosity, loving nature, and his great sense of humor. Shawnasie and Kai like to read books together and when said book is finished we do a special dinner themed after the book (James and the Giant Peach was so fun!). Kai is so excited to have a sibling to share his love of bubbles and trains with and is looking forward to teaching his sibling how to skip!

Our Family

We have a lot of extended family in Washington and Wyoming.  Your child will enjoy hiking to a waterfall or searching for fossils in Wyoming with Shawnasie’s family, as well as water balloon fights and trips to the Oregon coast with Matt’s family. Kai’s grandparents from both sides love to visit and are excited to be active in your child’s life!  Your child will have lots of family — grandparents, aunts and uncles, and nine cousins under the age of ten! Our whole family is thrilled to welcome them into the fun.

Our Home in California

We own a three-bedroom house near the coast that includes a backyard with orange trees and plenty of space to play games and host family. We love to take walks to the beach in the summer, go on trips to local museums, and visit the zoo. We already have your child’s room picked out and are excited to decorate it. Your child will grow up with a wonderful big brother and have every opportunity to play and make friends with the neighborhood children at the neighborhood park and the butterfly grove nearby. 

Our Promise

We promise to love your child unconditionally. We will put their needs before our own and equip them with the necessary knowledge, tools, and educational opportunities to help them thrive as an adult. We will cheer for them, support them as they explore their interests and passions. We promise to keep you updated on your child’s welfare and development milestones through letters, pictures, and visits. Your child will always know love from us, God and you.

To learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

Learn More About Matt & Shawnie

  Matt Shawnie
Our EducationMaster of Science in Electrical EngineeringMaster of Arts in Mathematics
Our ProfessionsEngineerScientist
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasianCaucasian
Some of Matt & Shawnie's Favorites
Who is your favorite author?Michael CrichtonJane Austen
What is your favorite TV show?SeinfeldMalcolm in the Middle
What is your favorite Bible verse?"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." James 1:17"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20
Who is your favorite superhero?Iron ManSpiderman
What is your favorite vacation spot?WhistlerGdansk, Poland
What is your favorite research topic?Autonomous SystemsNumber Theory
More About Our Family
Our Faith

We are non-denominational/evangelical Christians and active members of our local church. We believe the Bible is God's Word and that God is the creator of heaven and earth, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, and measureless in power. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.

Our Musical Interest

We love music and worship. Shawnasie has played many instruments over the years, including saxophone, piano, guitar, and the ukulele, but her favorite instrument is the drums. Matthew plays the guitar, the bass, and the ukelele. Neither of us can sing, but Kai has a beautiful voice, and we like to jam out to praise songs as a family. Your child will be exposed to a lot of different instruments and styles of music, but in particular will grow up singing praises to God.

We Prefer a Child Who Is...
Age of Child

Newborn to 3 months


We are open to twins


We are open to any gender

In Closing

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We look forward to hearing from you soon and learning about your hopes and dreams moving forward!

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