Matt and I met when we were going to college at BYU 11 years ago. What stood out to me is how he only said kind things about people. I loved that about him. We became friends and eventually started dating. We were clueless about a lot of things, but I loved that we could talk about anything together and feel totally safe being ourselves. Even though we were young and had very few things set in stone, we knew we wanted to be together, so we got married at age 20 and 22.
About a year after we got married, my Crohn's disease started acting up. I was in a lot of pain and Matt was so supportive and loving as we worked through doctor's offices and surgeries. Even with everything going on, we felt so lucky to have each other. We grew closer through that hard time. When I got better, we traveled around Europe and started planning our careers. I started teaching Kindergarten and LOVED it, I have continued to love being a teacher.
After a few years of hoping for kids, we started seeing doctors for infertility. We got a surprise miracle in the form of adoption in 2016. Our life was forever changed as we became parents and grew our hearts to include our son and his birth family. We love our open adoption and the opportunity to be parents.
In the last few years, Matt started our business (Hopscotch Songs) and we've loved that as an additional hobby and job.
Through all of the adventures, we are grateful to have each other and can't wait to see what is next for our family.
We currently live in a 3 bedroom home at the foot of the mountains. We have a wonderful neighborhood and love so many people we have met here. We plan to move to Texas this summer. We hope to give our family more diverse experiences and live with people of all backgrounds and faiths, and buy a home with room to grow.
Our home is an environment of love, music, and teamwork. You will always find a laundry basket of clothes that need folding, as well as a home that is clean-ish but not perfect. We try to honor the stages of life and the messes that childhood bring, while keeping it safe and manage-able.
Joanna (according to Matt)
Joanna is an intelligent, kind, and very spunky individual. She is amazing with children of all ages, (her 2nd graders adore her, as does our little buddy), and she has so much passion for bettering the world around her.
She was raised in a big military family (7 children) and spent most of her childhood in Europe. She loves people and talking with people and working with people. She supports me in my musical hopes and dreams, which is REALLY good of her. I don't deserve her at all, but she doesn't seem to know that so... mum's the word.
(By: Joanna). Matthew/ Matt is an amazing dad, husband, musician, songwriter, friend, and companion. He is usually bearded but shaves on occasion. He is more of an introvert to my extrovert, the patient to my anxious, the calm to my quick, the detail-oriented to my big-picture thinking. We make an amazing team and so much of it is because he teaches me through example every day how to be a better person. I am so grateful to go through life's adventures with him. If he doesn't know something, you will find him reading to learn how it works, or looking up a YouTube video to master a skill he needs. He is an incredible parent to our son, from make-believe and storytelling to cleaning up accidents. I love seeing his passion and quiet genius in his music and every-day living. There is no one I would rather spend time with. He grew up in a big family and spent his childhood in Las Vegas, Nevada.