5 Fun Facts About Maryland Adoptive Family Matt and Jenny

by | May 7, 2024 | Birth Parent Blog

Hopeful adoptive parents Jenny and Matt from MarylandI recently had the opportunity to chat with Matt and Jenny, hopeful adoptive parents who live in Maryland. When you’re thinking about adoption for your child, you’re able to talk to hopeful adoptive parents before making your decision. By chatting with them and asking them questions, you can get the full picture of the adoptive couple as potential parents to your baby.
 
I asked Matt and Jenny some fun questions that you won’t find in their adoption profile, and I learned that they are fun, loving Christian couple. They lead an active, healthy lifestyle and enjoy hiking on nearby trails, skiing at local resorts, and kayaking in their tandem kayak around the Chesapeake Bay in the summer. Matt and Jenny are excited to become parents through adoption!
 
Matt and Jenny share, “We’ve always wanted children and talked about becoming parents. Our love for each other and our future children has just grown deeper over time. We promise to love your child unconditionally, nurture, protect, guide, and provide for your child. Most of all, we promise to show your child how much Jesus loves them, and we love them.”
 

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Jenny and Matt practicing yoga together

1. What 3 things would you take with you on a deserted island? 

Matt: I’d take a solar-powered satellite phone, a survival knife, and a Bible. I would use the satellite phone if I needed to call a friend to rescue me. The survival knife would have compartments containing matches, a compass, a fishing line, and water purification tablets that I could use to make a shelter, catch fish to eat, cook food, and purify drinking water. Finally, I would read the Bible daily for encouragement, perspective, and prayer. 
   
Jenny: Just three things? Like three wishes, I would try to choose wisely and make each count. I would love to be stranded on a deserted island with Matt since we both love the tropical beach, and I’d be in good hands since he’s bringing all of the practical survival gear. I’d also bring my own solar-powered cell phone with satellite internet for off-grid access as a backup to Matt’s cell phone so I could film and share our adventure with our family and friends, and we could call for a rescue whenever we want. Finally, I’d bring one sailboat for deserted island “glamping.” With a sailboat, we could sail around the island in search of the best fishing spots, and have shelter and a kitchen (and hopefully it would still count as just my third thing!). 
 

2. What piece of advice or life tip has always stuck with you?

A life tip that has stuck with us individually at different times in our lives is the Bible verse Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” 
   
We are convinced that the older we get, the more we realize the Lord knows us better than we know ourselves, and we just need to trust in Him, do what he says, and become who he created us to be. 
 

You can get an even better glimpse into Matt and Jenny’s lives in their video:

 

 

3. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

Matt: I would definitely ask Jesus. It reminds me of Revelation 3:20 where Jesus says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Of course, I could think of a million questions to ask Jesus, but I think it would probably be best to listen and see what he would tell me. I would then want to give him a big hug and ask him to bless my family with faith, hope, love, and joy.   
   
Jenny: There are so many people in the world I’d want as a dinner guest. But if I could only choose one, I’d love to have dinner with Elizabeth from the Bible, the mother of John the Baptist, and near relation to Jesus. She and her husband Zachariah were too old to be able to have children. Then, in answer to their many years of faithful prayer for a child and living righteous before God, they conceived a miracle baby, the one who would prepare the way for the long-awaited Savior of the world, Jesus.
 
Elizabeth had the pleasure of bearing her long-awaited child in old age, rejoicing in God with Mary over their miracle babies, and of knowing Jesus himself from the time he was young! I would just love to hear her story, the wisdom she learned from waiting on the Lord so faithfully all those years, and from her life in heaven with Jesus, Abraham’s wife Sarah, and all the saints, and any advice she had for us to remain in the Lord’s will as we wait on God to grow our family.  
 
Jenny and Matt at a paint class together

4. If you were a superhero, what powers would you want to have, and why? 

Matt: If I were a superhero, I would want to be like Captain America, AKA Steve Rogers, in the Marvel movies. He is by far my favorite superhero of all time. He is not the biggest, strongest, or fastest superhero; however, his leadership, encouragement of others, and positive outlook when things get tough are what I admire the most. “I’m with you till the end of the line,” said Cap to his friends. It also convicts me that I don’t have to be a superhero to have and develop these qualities. 
   
Jenny: If I could be a superhero I would choose Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman, AKA Princess Diana, is my favorite superhero because she is an extremely powerful warrior with superhuman strength, durability, speed, agility, stamina, unassisted flight, reflexes, healing, discernment of truth, and immortality. However, she doesn’t use her power to dominate, but she possesses the gift of empathy and senses others’ emotions deeply, and remains a very kind, loving, compassionate, strong-willed lover of justice for everyone. She believes the best about people, is immune to mind control, and wants to make the world better through mutual understanding, love, and tenderness, as taught to her by her family.  
 

5. As parents, what is something specific you want to teach your child?

We want to teach our child to seek out who they are in the Lord, teaching them that they are loved unconditionally and highly valued based on who they are. Our child who is made in the image of God — and not what they do.
 
We want to teach our child their true identity in Jesus Christ: loved, strong, brave, chosen, free, forgiven, set apart, redeemed, unified with believers, and victorious in Jesus Christ. We want to teach them to seek God and His purpose for their life; to discover their unique qualities and abilities that they have been blessed with; and to build positive relationships with Jesus and other people.
 
We want to teach our child to trust that, “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God,” which reinforces that God saves us and enables us to follow Jesus and do good. We want our child to remember, “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:8-10) 
 

Curious to know more about Matt and Jenny?

You can check out their adoptive family profile online.

If you’re interested in talking to them as potential adoptive parents to your baby, just text or call Lifetime at
1-800-923-6784
and we can connect you with them.

 

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Heidi Keefer

Written by Heidi Keefer

Heidi Keefer is a Content Creator for Lifetime Adoption and has over 15 years of experience in the field of adoption. An author of thousands of articles and social media posts over the years, Heidi enjoys finding new ways to educate and captivate Lifetime’s ever-growing list of subscribers.

Heidi has a keen eye for misplaced apostrophes, comma splices, and well-turned sentences, which she has put to good use as a contributor to Lifetime’s award-winning blogs. She has written and published hundreds of adoption articles which explore the various facets of domestic infant adoption today.

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