We're Margaret and Matt (M&M). Thank you for taking the time to read a bit about us and why we are pursuing adoption. Whether you decide to meet us or not, we want you to know that we think you are making a very courageous and selfless decision in considering adoption for your baby.
We met our first year of college through friends. Margaret fell for Matt's quiet charm and calm personality. Matt especially enjoyed Margaret’s sense of humor and how easy it is to talk to her. During college and still today, we enjoy outdoor activities like camping and canoeing. After four years of dating, we got married and settled in St. Louis.
We always wanted kids. Growing up we both had large extended families that we were close with and we wanted to continue that tradition. Part of the extended family includes two of Margaret’s cousins that were adopted from Korea. Since we have adoption in the family, we discussed adoption before we even got married. So, when told we likely wouldn’t have any biological children, it was natural for us to choose adoption.
In 2012, we adopted our daughter, Samantha. She was 3 days old when we met her in the hospital the day after Mother’s Day. Those were the happiest moments of our lives – even with the lack of sleep, the endless diapers and mountains of bottles to wash – we had huge grins on our faces.
Samantha has brought such joy to our lives. It is very fulfilling to watch her grow, help her learn, and teach her our faith and traditions. For example, on Christmas Eve, Matt spends the day baking cookies and tea rings (a family recipe similar to cinnamon rolls) for family and friends, while Margaret finishes up wrapping presents and enjoys taste testing (Matt's chocolate chip cookies are Margaret’s favorite. . . snickerdoodles fast second). Samantha now helps with the baking and picking out and wrapping the gifts.
After moving to a new neighborhood to be closer to work and a few career changes, we are finally ready to adopt again. We always wanted a large family and, being close to our siblings, we have a desire for Samantha to have a sibling. Samantha has been asking for a brother or sister for several years and is always the first to include her friends’ younger siblings during playdates. She is super excited that we are waiting for another child and regularly includes her future sibling in her prayers. Margaret is already daydreaming of holding our new child and slowly preparing the room for baby with Matt. As happy as we are as three, we can only imagine how wonderful it will be as four.
We hope you like what you read and want to get to know more about us. Please contact Nightlight for more information and photos not shared online - or if you want to meet or chat with us.
Matt & Margaret