Leslie and Matt



We are Leslie and Matt, and we met in 2013 when we were both living in Texas. Matt loved how compassionate, hardworking, and adventurous Leslie was, and Leslie was won over immediately by Matt’s goofy sense of humor, generosity, and easy-going nature. We have since moved across the country to a beautiful Seattle neighborhood. We picked Seattle because of its natural beauty, proximity to nature, and a limitless supply of new experiences. The nearby mountains are also perfect for hiking and camping. We love it here!

Leslie works as a brand manager for a fun local company. She focuses mostly on product innovation, and she loves her job because each day is different. Some days she digs deep into consumer research, and other days she gets to taste test new products. When not working, she spends as much time as possible outdoors. Whether going on walks around the neighborhood, working in her garden, or going on big hiking and camping trips, she feels her best when she’s outside.

Matt works as a project manager for a consulting firm. He appreciates that he gets to learn new things each time he starts a different project and that he works with people from all around the globe. Outside of work, Matt loves running, skiing, and pretty much any activity that gets him moving. He also enjoys hosting friends and family at our house for board games and a delicious home-cooked meal.

On the weekend we typically spend one day doing something outside of the house, like heading toward the mountains for a hike, spending time catching up and eating yummy food with friends, or checking out a city park or museum. We then spend the other day relaxing at home with our cats (June and Gus), working on our house or yard, watching movies, or doing a puzzle.

One of our favorite things to do is go on adventures together. This often means taking a road trip to a national park, though sometimes it is traveling across the globe to learn about a culture that is different from our own. Matt’s favorite international trip was to Scotland because he loved exploring old castles and trekking through the highlands. Leslie’s favorite big trip was to Thailand. She was awestruck by the incredible jungles, beaches, and delicious street food.

When we are parents, we hope to help our child discover the beauty in nature, the inherent value of other people and cultures, and their own worth as a member of our family and community. We are so excited to learn, explore, and grow together! We hope for openness in an adoption, and we welcome our child’s birth family as a valued addition to our own family. We believe that the connection a child has to their birth family will help them know their personal story and heritage, and it will give them an even larger community to love and to support them.

Thank you for reading a little about us! Warm regards,
Leslie & Matt

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