Ashley's parents came for a visit earlier this week, and we enjoyed plenty of quality time, laughter, and a game or two of Jenga. We are looking forward to adding another player to our family game nights!
Family TimeOct 15, 2021
Hocus Pocus!Oct 01, 2021
In our household, we truly enjoy the holidays! With the arrival of October, we love putting out decorations for Halloween. We had a blast hanging up ghosts, putting out pumpkins, and stringing up a giant spider and web outside. We can't wait to carve pumpkins and Trick or Treat with a little one!
Always be prepared!Sep 14, 2021
As we excitedly wait for an addition to our family, we have gathered a few baby "must haves" so that we are prepared for a little one. One evening this weekend, we put together a crib and acquired many essentials from friends. We can't wait to welcome a child into our home!
Labor Day WeekendSep 06, 2021
We are enjoying Labor Day weekend with family and friends in Austin! We love our people!
Our Happy 11th Anniversary!Aug 10, 2021
We recently celebrated our 11th anniversary with a lovely evening grilling, hanging out beside the pool, and reminiscing about the last 11 years of marriage! Here's to many, many more!
Family, Fun, and Sun!Jul 18, 2021
Since we moved to the new house, we have loved having visits from lots of family! We celebrated Matt's birthday with his parents, brother, and plenty of cake last weekend. Then we threw a pool party/baby shower for Ashley's cousins. Lots of family, fun, and sun! More pictures in the Family, Fun, and Sun photo album!
Meet Matt from Ashley's PerspectiveMay 25, 2021
There are so many wonderful things I could say about Matt, but I will try to keep it short! Matt is a deeply intellectual, easy-going, analytical thinker who enjoys traveling, teaching, and spending time with our friends and family. He is constantly learning new things, whether that involves researching financial investments, scuba diving, or how a specific kind of jet engine works. He is kind and generous, which I see every day by how he treats me, how he cares for his patients, and how passionate he is in providing medical care in underserved places like Kenya and Ethiopia. Matt has many interests, which range from hobbies to major career choices. As a physician, he has a passion for medicine that extends beyond his own practice and both drives him to teach other doctors and to continue his work on medical missions around the world. Matt plays the guitar and appreciates a broad range of music. He also stays very physically active and enjoys golfing, biking, hiking, and working out. Matt loves his family immensely, playing for hours with our nephew, catching up with his brothers any chance he gets, and checking in on our families to make sure they are doing okay. He has always been patient, thoughtful, and loving to me and adores our sweet, spoiled dachshund, Macy, boundlessly. If his devotion to our nephew and Macy is any indication, I know Matt will be an amazing, invested, joyful, and excited parent to our child.
Meet Ashley from Matt's PerspectiveMay 25, 2021
I affectionately refer to Ashley as my fiery, red-headed Texan. She is a strong, intelligent, independent woman who is passionately loyal to her friends and family. Even a global pandemic could not constrain her desire to stay connected with her friends, as she has become an avid "Zoomer" while she eagerly awaits the time that we can all gather again in person. Once we can travel again, you are most likely to find Ashley on a beach in a tropical location with her friends or family close by. We are both excited to have a new traveler join us for future adventures! Do not worry, Ashley is very health conscious and always packs extra sunscreen and hats. Ashley loves to garden, cook, practice hot yoga, and spend time catching up with friends. She has a passion for caring for the elderly as a Speech Pathologist and enjoys advocating for human rights along our southern border. She and her sister are both active in assisting migrants seeking refuge in our state. I have spent the last 12 years watching Ashley grow into the amazing woman she is today. We have known since we married 10 years ago that we would be seeking adoption. We both know that parenting is not an easy task but watching her persevere through 10 years of my medical training has proven to me that she is more than capable of being a loving, caring, supportive, and present parent to our future child(ren).
MacyMay 25, 2021
Macy is a playful long-hair dachshund, and we absolutely adore, dote on, and delight in her. She is 9 years old and is a DADDY'S girl! If Matt is home, Macy will always be found near him. Macy has a sweet personality and loves to "explore" in the yard. She loves snuggling in one of her many beds throughout the house if a warm lap or sunny spot is not available. She has been endless company to us both, but especially for Ashley when Matt was completing medical school, residency, and fellowship. Macy is a very big part of our family and we know our happy, playful, snuggly girl will one day be fiercely loyal to our child.
Our HomeMay 25, 2021
Our house is in a terrific neighborhood and city! We love this location, as the neighborhood is great for taking walks, often up to our local coffee shop, biking on nearby trails, and visiting with friends. Our home has plenty of room to grow our family and a yard in which our children and Macy can play! We especially love our proximity to many amazing things here, including restaurants, parks, and museums that we cannot wait to experience as a family. Here, we feel like our child will receive all of the amenities of a big city but with more of a small-town feel. We are excited for our children to join us in making memories with their playmates and our friends!