Home Sweet Home

Jan 03, 2020

We live in a charming white cape cod with a red front door in the suburbs. We love our house! The moment we saw it, we knew it was meant to be ours. It has 3 stories, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a large finished basement, which we can't wait to turn into a playroom. We have a large backyard, with a white picket fence, and plenty of room for our dog Bailey to run and play ball. We love to host backyard BBQs, birthday parties, and game nights on our back deck for friends and family. During football season, you will find us curled up on the couch in our living room, with Bailey snuggled between us. We look forward to family football Sundays all year! Our neighborhood is quiet and safe, and full of families, weekend garage sales, community festivals, and people walking dogs up and down the sidewalks. Our community is well known for its excellent schools, and we live within walking distance to all of them. We are surrounded by parks and play grounds, and both the YMCA and library are just up the street. Matt and I enjoy playing tennis on the nearby courts, or hiking at the local state park. We also enjoy walks with Bailey in the evenings. There is an outdoor shopping plaza with restaurants, movie theatre, ice skating rink (in the winter) and community concerts just a couple of miles away. We feel like we have the best of everything right outside our door!

Our community

Jan 03, 2020

We also have a uniquely intimate and unbreakable bond between us, our family, and our close friends. Our transplant journey was something that everyone in our lives played a huge part in. From waiting for the call with bags packed, to sitting with Matt at the hospital all day and into the night during surgery, to cooking meals, taking care of Bailey, and taking up running to support Amy in running races. We had 27 people, run a 5K with us six months post transplant. Those same friends and family are in our lives on a daily basis, and can't wait to be a part of this next journey with us.

What makes us unique

Jan 03, 2020

Perhaps the most important lesson we learned during our journey through organ donation is to remember that there are two sides to any important or life changing decision. New lungs for Amy was an incredibly happy and joyful time for our family because we knew that it was an opportunity for Amy to have a full and happy life. However, this organ donation was only possible because a family made an unimaginably difficult and selfless decision; a decision they will think about forever and will always associate with difficult emotions. We have promised each other to never lose perspective on what that must have been like for that family, and when we are connected to an expectant parent we will never lose sight of how hard this will be for her, and how she will think about this forever, and how our happiness will cause heartbreak for another. We talk constantly about how we wish we could thank Amy’s donor for their life changing gift, and we are so grateful that an open adoption will allow us to show birth parents the life of her child.

Bailey

Jan 03, 2020

We have a dog named Bailey, he is a white and tan Papillion, with giant ears and a tongue that is almost always sticking out! He is happy and energetic and LOVES playing fetch with his ball more than ANYTHING. He sometimes even falls asleep with his ball because he doesn't want to let it out of his sight. He is the most friendly and social little dog! He adores people and children, and loves spending the day in our backyard when we host parties. We think he is the best little dog in the world and he brings us a ton of happiness and love.

Our Story

Jan 03, 2020

Our story began 10.5 years ago during a training class at work. Amy was the instructor and Matt was one of the interns in the class. There was an immediate connection. Once the class ended, we remained in contact and developed a friendship. We finally started dating about a year later. It didn't take long for us to realize that we were in love, and our relationship became serious almost immediately. We already had such a strong friendship, and got along incredibly well. Being together was easy, and we could have the best time together just doing simple things, like sitting in rocking chairs on the front porch talking and laughing. We loved each others family and friends, and our lives seemed to blend together without effort. We also shared the same values, and had similar goals for our future. We both valued our relationship (now marriage), family, and close friendships above most other things. We believe that life is empty without those close relationships, and we put in the work required to maintain them. Matt proposed after 3 years of dating, and we were married in October of 2013. We love date nights because it gives us an opportunity to spend hours catching up and checking in with each other. We faced our most difficult challenge when the health of Amy's lungs took a sharp decline and she needed a double lung transplant to survive. Matt spent countless nights sleeping in a chair in Amy's hospital room, and spent every day at home taking care of her during the months of recovery that followed. We have come out the other side closer, stronger, and with even more love and appreciation for one another than before. The level of trust that we have for each other, and the commitment to our marriage makes us the most amazing team, able to get through absolutely anything. Amy is now incredibly healthy, which has opened up a whole new world for us! We are eternally grateful and spend each day appreciating how amazing our world is, and doing everything we can to honor the gift we received from Amy's donor.

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