We met at a bar in Long Beach in 2011. We had both just moved to Long Beach (Erin from NYC and Matt from Toronto). Matt was out at the bar with the Long Beach Surfing Club and Erin was out having a drink with a friend. Matt approached Erin and her friend and we spent the rest of the night out on the town together. Matt asked for Erin's number that night and took her out on a date the next week. We hit it off and have been together ever since.
Erin has a sister and a brother who live in Long Island and a sister who lives in Washington, DC. Her parents live in North Carolina. Matt has a brother who lives in Toronto and his parents also live in Toronto. We are very close with our families and spend a lot of time with them. We have 5 (soon to be 6!) nieces and nephews and love spending weekends and vacations with them. We also have a very large extended family.
We have chosen adoption because we love being Olivia's parents more than anything in the world. She brings such joy to our lives and we think that we have a lot to offer as parents. We also would love for Olivia to grow up with a sibling because we know how special our bonds with our siblings are. Erin was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in 2016 at the age of 31. The cancer was fed by estrogen so Erin is now on medication for 10 years in order to control the estrogen to ensure that she will live a long, healthy life. Erin cannot become pregnant on the medication which is why we chose to use a surrogate to have Olivia and also why we are choosing adoption in hopes of growing our family.
We live in a three-bedroom, three-bathroom home down the street from the beach. Long Beach is a very close-knit community where your neighbors are friends and everyone looks out for each other. We love living in Long Beach and all that it has to offer. In the summer, we spend all of our free time on the beach and riding our bikes around town. In the winters we drive up to Vermont to go snowboarding.
Matt about Erin- My wife Erin is one of the most amazing people I have ever met, specifically because of how selfless and determined she is. I am convinced there is no challenge she can’t overcome, but the interesting thing is how she chooses the tasks she undertakes. Erin never acts for selfish interests. She acts in a manner of helping others. Whether she is calling or emailing a congressman/woman to persuade them to vote for continued funding for a cause she feels is important for all Americans, to personally speaking with the NY State Office of the Deputy Commissioner, urging them to process some paperwork in a timely manner to ensure employment for her sister in the NYC Department of Education. Nothing will ever stop her! Erin has been described by others as a beautiful, pleasant young woman, but the thing I like about her most is her happy and positive disposition towards life and how much I learn from her every single day. Erin is also an incredible mother to Olivia. The love and bond that her and Olivia share is truly unmatched.
Erin about Matt- Matt is one of the nicest people I have ever met. He will go out of his way for almost anyone and is always focused on making a life for us that is nothing short of amazing. Matt is extremely personable and can strike up a conversation with pretty much anyone. He's always looking to better himself and really enjoys learning and trying new things. He’s a great listener and always seems to know exactly what to say in every situation. He loves to spend his spare time being active whether it's surfing, snowboarding, going to the gym, cycling on the boardwalk, etc. He is also the best Dad on earth and has the cutest relationship with Olivia.