|Our Education||Master of Fine Arts in Screen Writing, Bachelor of Art in Cinema and Television||Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Teaching New Zealand|
|Our Professions||Writer||Physical Education Teacher at a Private Catholic School|
|Stay-At-Home||Part time. I work from home and create my own hours.||No, but I have great summer vacation time!|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Caucasian - born in New Zealand with dual citizenship|
|Some of Matt & Kirrily's Favorites
|Family Activity||Watching old movies together.||Exploring our neighborhood during our daily walks.|
|Favorite Part of Parenting||Great big smiles!||Seeing them learn how to master new challenges.|
|Movies||The Incredibles||The Princess Bride |
|Holidays||Halloween (dressing up time!)||Most definitely, Christmas!|
|Food||Any kind of food where you eat the container (tacos, ice cream cones)||All different sorts of berries and ice cream.|
|Favorite thing about our family||Warm hugs||How much we love to laugh together at silly things.|
|I hope to teach our child||How to be a good person||How to be kind, loving, and smart ... oh, and being a PE teacher, how to throw and catch correctly 🙂|
|More About Our Family
|Our Special Interests|
The most important interest we have is spending time together as a family. We love to visit the park and go bike riding, spending time on the playground, and kicking a soccer ball around. We take family walks together almost every day. Dinner is when we can talk about our day. We read stories and say prayers together every night at bedtime. It is truly the most important part about us.
Kirrily loves sports (or "sport," as they say in New Zealand), both watching and playing. She loves watching American games like football and baseball, even while keeping up with rugby and cricket back home. In addition to teaching and playing a variety of sports in her PE classes, Kirrily also coaches sports after school. She loves being active and participating in the growth of her students.
Matt is a cinephile. He loves movies of all genres from all different eras. His favorites include The Incredibles, It's a Wonderful Life, and Seven. He enjoys seeing movies in theaters, even taking Amelia with him to "Mommy and Me" screenings weekday mornings.
We are a Catholic family, which is part of why we felt called to adopt. We attend mass weekly, and volunteer to participate where we can, in addition to tithing.
It's important to us that our children learn the faith, as well. So as well as modeling spiritual behavior, we've enrolled Amelia in a Catholic school and will do so with our next child. We pray together nightly and discuss any religious questions she has.
|Our Musical Interest|
Our family loves to listen to all different types of music together - the range is endless! We each have our own influences on Amelia. She listens to classical music in Daddy's car and usually The Beatles in Mummy's car. Kirrily plays guitar and piano, the latter of which she's currently teaching to our daughter.
We're both educators, and care a lot about teaching our students to be whole people. There's more to education than rote memorization. We search for ways to make learning fun and engaging, so kids will actually want to continue learning outside of the home and classroom.
We are excited for Amelia to join Kirrily's private Catholic School next year, where she will have so many opportunities to develop spiritually, intellectually, and creatively.
|Parenting Style||Patience and listening are key. We want our kids to be their own people, but we'll also help guide them down a safe and productive path. We also like to have fun, actively engaging in play activities, from painting to Legos to just playing pretend.
We don't talk down to Amelia. Her teachers comment on her large vocabulary, which is due to us talking to her like we would anyone else. She loves to have conversations with everyone she meets.|
|We live in the state of California||Living in Southern California is amazing. The weather is pretty great and we are surrounded by so many opportunities for exploration. We are close to beaches and mountains. Feel like going to a theme park in the middle of winter? Perfect!|
|Our Neighborhood||We love our little suburb in So Cal. We're close enough to the big city to enjoy anything from concerts to film festivals to theme parks, but far enough that we're not concerned with crime or traffic.
There are a lot of families around with younger children, which is wonderful. It's not unusual find chalk drawings up and down our cul-de-sac as whole groups of kids get together to create art. Amelia enjoys playing different games with her neigbourhood friends.|
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...
|Age of Child|
Newborn to 3 months
Amelia would be excited to have a brother or a sister.
|Ethnicity of Child||We are open to a child of any race.|
|Future Contact with Birth Family||We would be happy to share letters, pictures, phone calls and visits with you, whatever you are most comfortable with!|
Thank you for taking the time to read through our website and getting to know our family. We are excited to grow our family and promise to surround your child with love, faith, support, and family. If you would like to learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime Adoption at 1-800-923-6784. We look forward to an open relationship, through letters, photos, and visits. We hope to connect with you soon.