Dear Expectant Birth Parent(s),
We write this letter with a big heart knowing that you are experiencing difficult circumstances and are having to make some really tough decisions. We cant even begin to understand all that you going through. We are praying for you. May you recognize how loved and how brave you are.
We are Matt and Ashley. We live in the beautiful state of Colorado! We have been together for twelve years--married for almost eight. We met our senior year of high school at youth group in Southern California and quickly became good friends. We started dating the summer before college. We were both very active in our church and had the unique opportunity to go to India together with twenty of our close friends. We used to spend our Friday nights at Disneyland (we had annual passes). Some of our best conversations happened while waiting in line to ride Indiana Jones, Space Mountain, or the Matterhorn. We dated for four years before Matt proposed in a cute little restaurant built in a 100-year old farmhouse surrounded by Ashley's best friends. We were married eight months later on a beautiful, rainy day in December.
We moved to Colorado in 2014 for Ashley to accept a new job as a Registered Nurse in labor and delivery (she loves taking care of women and newborn babies) and for Matt to pursue his masters degree (he now works for the church we attend). During the week we enjoy taking our dog, Vader (yes, we love Star Wars), to our local dog park where he can go swimming. We both love getting outside to enjoy all that Colorado has to offer. In our spare time, Ashley enjoys getting coffee with her friends and Matt enjoys reading. We host a bible study at our house. We frequently visit family in California. Recently, we visited Matt's sister and brother-in-law in New York. Our favorite memories this year have been going to Cancun and experiencing Taylor Swift in concert.
We are writing you this letter because about two and a half years ago we decided it was time to start a family. We thought getting pregnant would be easy. Months of trying turned into years. We hoped medication would help and even tried some medical procedures to increase our chances. However, each month was met with disappointment. Through the grief and tears we felt God expanding our hearts with the desire to adopt. Eventually, we found Nightlight Christian Adoptions and made our decision. God has been faithful!
Thank you for taking the time to read this. You are in our prayers.
With much love and admiration,
Matt and Ashley