Matt and Eleanor
We’re Matt, Eleanor & Archer, and we live in a friendly, diverse and peaceful neighborhood on the south side of Seattle. We (Matt & Eleanor) met in 2013 and pretty quickly realized we were each other’s person. Matt loves that Eleanor is creative and passionate and she inspires him to go after his dreams. Eleanor loves that Matt is kind, thoughtful and one of the most accepting people she’s ever met. He can make friends and find common ground with anyone!
Archer joined our family in January, 2019 through open adoption. He loves to go on walks in our neighborhood looking for diggers, shouts excitedly whenever we walk past the house down the street where his favorite cat lives, and delicately pets flower petals before kissing them. He brings joy and exuberance to our lives daily, and we can’t wait to see him as a big brother. Our relationship with his birth family is strong, and while they live quite far away, we send lots of photos and talk to them over FaceTime.
We also share our home with two dogs: an exuberant and goofy labradoodle named Manny, and a recently adopted sweet little sausage of a mutt from Mexico named Pippa. Both dogs thoroughly enjoy the perks of living with a toddler who constantly leaves a trail of snack crumbs in his wake.
We have quite the “urban homestead” at our house just a few miles from downtown Seattle. Eleanor maintains a 1300 square foot garden where she grows tons of flowers that she uses in her floral designs (more on that later) along with tons of vegetables. We’ve got a freezer in our basement that’s packed with sauce, salsa, and all kinds of frozen meals made from things we’ve grown in the garden. We also have eight chickens who give us tons of eggs along with lots of entertainment. There’s nothing funnier than a chicken jumping. Archer loves to help out with chicken chores, and is thrilled when he gets to scoop the chicken feed into the girls’ feeder.
We are both business owners: Matt owns a restaurant and Eleanor is a wedding and event florist. Being our own boss is something we both love – it allows us to be creative on a regular basis, and gives us freedom to plan our schedule however we need. We love our work and know how lucky we are that they don’t feel like “jobs” to us.
Our family motto is to work hard and be nice to people. We know the importance of trusting your gut and making bold moves and we want our kids to feel brave enough to make mistakes. Everyone makes them – the key is what you learn from them! We imagine having lots of traveling adventures, playing in the garden and getting our hands dirty together, play dates with our friends kids, and tons of dog kisses. We live our lives with joy and can’t wait to bring another child into that.
Creating space in our lives for our children’s birth families through open adoption is very important to us, and we are committed to doing whatever we can to foster that relationship for our kids as well. We can imagine spending time together on picnics, park visits, at family dinners or whatever else we decide on together. We’re excited about what that can mean for all of us and how big and full of love our children’s worlds can be.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We wish you support and peace through this journey.
~ Eleanor, Matt & Archer