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Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We have always had a deep desire to be parents, and five years ago we were blessed to adopt our beautiful son, Kai. We are all so excited to be adding to our family. We are open to visits and sharing pictures. 

About Us

We are an active Christian family living in sunny California. We have been married for eight years and share a passion for music, math and engineering. We spend a lot of time with our church serving as members of the worship team. We love to travel and explore new places as a family, including recent trips to Denmark, Sweden, and Poland. We are excited to welcome your child into our family and include them in all of our family adventures!

About Matthew

Matthew is optimistic, enthusiastic and I admire the drive and focus he applies to everything he does. He works hard to provide for his family, and he is always encouraging those around him. Matthew is the type of person who is happier when he is actively helping someone.

Matt was a competitive cyclist in high school, and he loves biking to work every day. He has a lot of hands-on hobbies, like wood-working and remote control helicopters. He even built his own skis! He spends much of his free time working on our yard, learning new riffs on the electric guitar, and reading engineering research articles. He is a very active dad and is looking forward to taking your child to the park and zoo. I know he is excited to help with homework, especially science, and is looking forward to teaching your child all the joys of playing sports!

About Shawnie

Shawnasie is very artistic and compassionate. She is a mathematician who loves to learn, and as a mother, is excited to cultivate your child’s sense of curiosity as they discover the world together. She loves to read, study the Bible, and write fiction and poetry. Music is an inspiration to her, and she is a dancer as well as a musician.

She is affectionate and shows love for her family through her actions: cooking meals,  planning elaborate birthday parties, giving thoughtful gifts and affirmation. She loves cuddling babies and has an amazing ability to calm and comfort a young child. Shawnasie will be an incredibly caring and nurturing mother to your child, and I know she is excited to read bedtime stories and help with math homework.

Our son, Kai

We have a wonderful five-year-old son named Kai.  He continually amazes us with his curiosity, loving nature, and his great sense of humor. He is so excited to have a sibling to share his love of bubbles and trains with and is looking forward to teaching his sibling how to skip!

Our Family

We have a lot of extended family and love to visit them frequently. Matt’s family is in Washington, and they are excited to have another child to participate in playing Uno, water balloon fights with grandma, and meeting at their favorite vacation spot on the coast in Oregon. Shawnasie’s family is in Wyoming, and your child will love joining them and cousins in their favorite activities: playing with Tonka trucks in the dirt, looking for fossils in the local canyon, swimming in the nearby lake, and hiking on their mountain up to the waterfall. Kai’s grandparents from both sides will be very active in your child’s life, and they love to visit. Your child will have lots of family — grandparents, aunts and uncles, and nine cousins under the age of eight!

Our Home in California

We own a three-bedroom house near the coast, including a backyard with orange trees and space to play. Your child will have opportunities to play with the neighborhood children and walk to the butterfly grove nearby. We love having family dinners each night and going for frequent walks in the evening. We also enjoy doing puzzles, games, and lots of movie nights on the couch snuggling up.

Our Promise

We promise to love your child. We will put their needs before our own and promise to equip them with the necessary knowledge, tools, and educational opportunities to help them thrive as an adult. Your child will experience the joy of following Jesus and will always know of your love for them.

To learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

Learn More About Matt & Shawnie

  Matt Shawnie
Our EducationMaster of Science in Electrical EngineeringMaster of Arts in Mathematics
Our ProfessionsEngineerScientist
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasianCaucasian
Some of Matt & Shawnie's Favorites
Who is your favorite author?Michael CrichtonJane Austen
What is your favorite TV show?SeinfeldMalcolm in the Middle
What is your favorite food?Anything with chocolateAnything 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 ManSpiderman
What is your favorite vacation spot?WhistlerAlaska
What is your favorite research topic?Autonomous SystemsNumber 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!

Our Faith

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.

Our Children

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.

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Our Neighborhood

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 ChildCaucasian, Hispanic, and Caucasian/Hispanic
Future Contact with Birth Family

We are open to sharing letters, pictures, and visits.

In Closing

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!

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