|Our Education||Master of Science in Electrical Engineering||Master of Arts in Mathematics|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Caucasian|
|Some of Matt & Shawnie's Favorites
|Who is your favorite author?||Michael Crichton||Jane Austen|
|What is your favorite TV show?||Seinfeld||Malcolm in the Middle|
|What is your favorite food?||Anything with chocolate||Anything with potatoes|
|What is your favorite Bible verse?||"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." James 1:17||"Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20|
|Who is your favorite superhero?||Iron Man||Spiderman|
|What is your favorite vacation spot?||Whistler||Alaska|
|What is your favorite research topic?||Autonomous Systems||Number Theory|
|More About Our Family
|Our Special Interests|
We love to explore new places, hike in scenic areas, and go on long walks together. Shawnasie and Kai watch the Great British Baking show together, and then they like to bake as if they are on the show. Kai will say, “Bakers, you have ten minutes!” Kai loves to help his parents with chores around the house, blow bubbles, sing and play instruments. Shawnasie and Matt like to play volleyball, and Shawnasie is Kai's soccer coach. We also like to participate in 5K and 10K races together. Shawnasie even did a half marathon!
We are non-denominational/evangelical Christians and active members of our local church. We believe the Bible is God's Word and is our absolute authority. The Bible is the inspired Word of God and contains the teaching of Christ, the history of His church and divine instructions for a joyful and peaceful life; we strive to follow all of its teachings. We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is the creator of heaven and earth, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power, we rejoice that He answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ was the only begotten by the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary, and is truly God and truly man. We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from God to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and comfort those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. We believe that all who believe that Jesus is the Christ, repent of their sins, are baptized by immersion in His name, and confess that He is Lord of their lives are cleansed from sin, born again of the Holy Spirit through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, are raised from the grave of baptism as disciples of Christ, and are given eternal life.
|Our Musical Interest|
We love music and worship. Shawnasie has played many instruments over the years, including saxophone, piano, guitar, and the ukulele, but her favorite instrument is the drums. Matthew plays the guitar, the bass, and the ukelele. Neither of us can sing, but Kai has a beautiful voice, and we like to jam out to praise songs as a family. Your child will be exposed to a lot of different instruments and styles of music, but in particular will grow up singing praises to God.
|About Our Home|
We own a newly remodeled, three-bedroom house near the ocean. Your child will enjoy playing in a backyard and picking oranges right off of the tree. We enjoy doing life as a family, teaching our children to pitch in with chores, and we all have fun doing it. Your child can grow up helping Matt work on the yard, or bake in the kitchen with Shawnasie. She tends to break into dance in the kitchen, and Kai loves dancing with her. We are currently learning Spanish in the home, motivated by Kai, who loves to sing in Spanish and is always asking for the Spanish words for things.
Kai will be an amazing older brother to your child. He is very affectionate and kind. If a child is hurt at school, he is always right there, wanting to help and make sure his friend is okay. He is happiest to be around people and looks at any person, regardless of age, as a potential new friend. His ability to form quick attachments to people, to reach out to others, is an inspiration, and we are confident he will love his new brother or sister.
|We live in the state of...|
It is a quiet, safe neighborhood, with lots of young families. It is a wonderful place for kids, with plenty of nearby parks, close proximity to beach, excellent schools, and a number of family-friendly activities. There are many cultural, community events your child can enjoy with us, such as the Lemon Festival, Old Spanish Days Fiesta, and Summer Solstice Celebration. We have a membership at the zoo in Santa Barbara and a fantastic local library that caters to children.
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...
|Age of Child|
Newborn to 3 months
We are open to twins
We are open to any gender
|Ethnicity of Child||Caucasian, Hispanic, and Caucasian/Hispanic|
|Future Contact with Birth Family|
We are open to sharing letters, pictures, and visits.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We look forward to hearing from you soon and learning about your hopes and dreams moving forward!