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Brendan & Mattie

We understand the strength and courage it takes to make an adoption plan and so we thank you for viewing our profile and considering us to be a part of your story. Our relationship is rooted in love, laughter and unending support and can't wait to share that with a child. We look forward to getting to know you!

About Us

Event Coordinator
Bachelor's Degree in Economics
Bachelor's Degree in Sociology
Legally Married

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

Taking in the Beautiful Views

Mattie: Brendan is the most thoughtful person I have ever met. He is the kind of person that you mention something that made an impact and he will not only remember, but he will do something to show you he remembers. For example, I once casually mentioned how nice a neighbors front yard looked when we were on a walk and the next weekend while I was gone, he had not only spruced up our yard and put in a vegetable garden, but found out exactly what plants the neighbor had that I loved so much and planted them for me. Brendan is a very hardworking and dedicated guy, always working on projects around the house. He is also very playful and fun and I know he will always keep our child laughing, entertained and feeling loved.

Brendan: One of the qualities I admire most about my wife, Mattie, is her selflessness. She always puts everyone before herself and is constantly taking care of others. She is a truly positive person and always strive to see the bright side of things. I know I can always count on her to be there for me when I have had a bad day or just need to laugh. She knows exactly how to put a smile on my face. I know she will be an amazing mother because of the love she shows me and others every single day. There is no one else I would rather share this experience with.

Fun Facts About Us

At the Park With Murphy

  • We were on a family game show called America Says with Mattie’s brother and his wife-we didn’t win
  • Between both of us, we have 50 first cousins and 21 aunts and uncles
  • Neither of us has ever lived outside of California
  • Brendan is a fantastic baker and can make and decorate cakes of any shape. Some of his best cakes include replicating a chick-fil-a chicken sandwich and a bass guitar.
  • Mattie’s family has strong ties to her Native American heritage and is a descendant of a Potawatomi Indian Chief
  • Brendan loves theme and costume parties. His favorite costume has been Buddy the Elf
  • Mattie was on a reality TV show with her cousin about her cousin searching for the perfect wedding dress
  • Mattie has played volleyball since she was in 4th grade and one year her club team won Gold at the Junior Olympics
  • Brendan is an excellent woodworker and built several pieces of outdoor furniture for our backyard
  • We love our 1.5 year old Golden Retriever, Murphy, and take her everywhere we can. She has already been to 5 states!
  • Cultural Diversity

    We are extremely fortunate to live in a very diverse and vibrant area. Our friends, family and community would accept any child of ours with open arms. They would also help us embrace and celebrate the child’s culture and unique background, whatever it may be.

    Mattie comes from a multiracial family and is a mix of a lot of different races-most notably Native American, Filipino and Caucasian. Brendan is Irish but because we both have large extended families, there are lots of family members and cousins from a wide variety of races and cultures. It will be very easy to introduce any child into that environment.

    We understand the importance of respecting, honoring and celebrating different races and cultures and would absolutely do this for our child. Some ways we may incorporate this would be to celebrate any cultural traditions or holidays, have a variety of books and other media in our home that are representative of our child’s race and be sure to continue to surround ourselves with people that can guide our child through the ups and downs of navigating their particular race. We are also really looking forward to cooking special dishes and cultural treats with our child.


    Staying Warm in Tahoe
    Staying Warm in Tahoe
    Fun With Auntie Mattie
    Fun With Auntie Mattie
    Hiking With Friends
    Hiking With Friends
    Uncle B Babysitting
    Uncle B Babysitting
    Setting up for a Country Music Theme Party at Our House
    Setting up for a Country Music Theme Party at Our House
    Amazed by the History at the Colosseum
    Amazed by the History at the Colosseum
    Visiting the Grounds of the Palace of Versailles
    Visiting the Grounds of the Palace of Versailles
    The Happiest Day!
    The Happiest Day!
    Playing Fetch With Murphy
    Playing Fetch With Murphy
    Anniversary Trip to Seattle
    Anniversary Trip to Seattle
    Exploring the Beautiful Mendocino Coastline
    Exploring the Beautiful Mendocino Coastline
    Lunch in the Park With Brendan's Mom & Sisters
    Lunch in the Park With Brendan's Mom & Sisters
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    Staying Warm in Tahoe
    Staying Warm in Tahoe
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    Fun With Auntie Mattie
    Fun With Auntie Mattie
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    Hiking With Friends
    Hiking With Friends
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    Uncle B Babysitting
    Uncle B Babysitting
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    Setting up for a Country Music Theme Party at Our House
    Setting up for a Country Music Theme Party at Our House
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    Amazed by the History at the Colosseum
    Amazed by the History at the Colosseum
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    Visiting the Grounds of the Palace of Versailles
    Visiting the Grounds of the Palace of Versailles
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    The Happiest Day!
    The Happiest Day!
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    Playing Fetch With Murphy
    Playing Fetch With Murphy
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    Anniversary Trip to Seattle
    Anniversary Trip to Seattle
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    Exploring the Beautiful Mendocino Coastline
    Exploring the Beautiful Mendocino Coastline
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    Lunch in the Park With Brendan's Mom & Sisters
    Lunch in the Park With Brendan's Mom & Sisters

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    We live in a quiet suburb in the Bay Area of California. We have a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with a nice size backyard that we utilize almost all year round. Our favorite part about our house is probably the back deck. Brendan built it all himself, with just a little help from Mattie. It has a nice gazebo, a fire table and comfy chairs, so when the weather is mild (which is very often in our part of California) we like to play cards or games or just relax on the deck.

    Our neighborhood is quite diverse-our neighbors come from all different cultures and backgrounds and we love that about our area! There are lots of different ethnic grocery stores and restaurants where we can try a variety of delicious foods, all within just a few minutes’ walk.

    We really love to walk around our neighborhood and are right down the street from the local library and school. We can get to two large parks with lots of play structures and grassy areas within a few minutes’ walk of our house. One of the parks even has several miles of hiking trails! At any given time when walking around our neighborhood you can find families biking, walking the dog or playing at the various parks. One of our favorite times of year to walk around our neighborhood is Christmas time to see all the holiday lights!

    Our Extended Families

    Christmas With Family

    We are both so blessed to have large families that live close by! Brendan has 24 first cousins and Mattie has 26 first cousins and countless second cousins. With a few exceptions, most of our extended family members live within an hour drive so holidays and family gatherings are always a special time. Our child would be surrounded by love and laughter and instantly have several kids to play with around their age!

    Thanksgiving Family Kickball!

    We have many wonderful family traditions on both sides. On Brendan’s side of the family, we gather together around Thanksgiving to play a friendly, but competitive game of kickball. We also go to Tahoe every year with the whole extended family for skiing, board games and hot chocolate by the fire. Another favorite family activity is going to the Russian River for the 4th of July to swim and play in the river, have a large family barbecue and play cards under the stars. On Mattie’s side of the family, traditions involve singing and playing instruments around the fire pit at Christmas time and going to Pismo beach with the whole extended family for a weekend of swimming, sand and games. We are both so close to our extended families, with our cousins as some of our best friends, and we know our child would share those bonds and traditions with their cousins too!

    From Us to You


    We understand the courage and strength it takes to make an adoption plan and we appreciate that you are considering this for your child. We cannot imagine the weight of the decision you are facing right now and hope that no matter what you decide you find peace and joy with it.

    We have been a couple for eight years and have been married for four years. We share many interests and feel so lucky to share such a beautiful partnership. Our relationship is full of love, tons of laughter and unending support. We are truly best friends and have a wonderful time doing everything and anything together.

    Brendan is extremely thoughtful and sensitive and would be a wonderful role model to any child. He would be a fun and playful father, always willing to share their interests and participate in their games. He used to work in childcare and learned early on how to balance discipline with fun and respect. He impacted the lives of so many kids he taught and we hang the ornaments they made him in class from our Christmas tree every year still! Our nieces and nephews absolutely adore him and are always asking to see and talk to "Uncle B."

    Mattie is the definition of a nurturer. She is loving, warm and selfless and always invites everyone she meets to be a part of her circle. She is a Godmother and a beloved aunt and is always the first person that people call when they need a babysitter. Mattie is so excited to teach our child to bake and cook and be creative. Some of her best memories with her mom are in the kitchen and she can’t wait to carry on that tradition. We look forward to raising children to value education and hard work, be kind and respectful to everyone they meet, see the inherent dignity in every human being and to not take themselves too seriously-life should also be fun!

    If you choose us to parent your child, we hope that you and your family would be an integral part of our child’s story and someone that they know about from the very beginning. We plan to have open, honest and age-appropriate conversations with our child about adoption and their personal journey all throughout their life. We never want our child to feel like there was any secrecy or something to hide because adoption is such a beautiful start to any story.

    We understand the need to be flexible because life is unpredictable. We know that there will be times with greater contact, less contact or perhaps no contact for a period and we are open to it all. Whether it be letters, phone calls, exchanging pictures or visits in person, we just want to assure you we will do our part to make sure that our child knows who you and your family are and that they will always have whatever love and support they need. We will be sure they understand the love and strength it took for you to make this decision and always speak of your bravery and selflessness with them.

    Thank you for considering us to be parents to your child and thank you for being open to an adoption plan. We are thrilled to be embarking on this next adventure in our life and are so honored you have taken the time to read this letter. We wish you a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery and we are sending you love and support as you make this most difficult decision.

    Brendan & Mattie


    Will Ferrell
    Paul Rudd
    Sandra Bullock
    Sandra Bullock
    Dog or Giraffe
    Golden Retrievers :)
    Michael Lewis
    J.K Rowling
    Harry Potter Series
    Candy Bar
    Peanut M&Ms
    Gummy fruit candies
    Disney movies
    Childhood Memory
    Being surprised with a trip to Disneyland
    Going to Pismo beach every year with my cousins and family
    Childhood Toy
    Red wagon my mom used to pull my sisters and I in
    Cash register-I loved to play grocery store
    Children's Book
    Love You Forever
    Charlotte's Web or anything by Shel Silverstein
    San Francisco or Boston
    New York or Rome
    Classic Movie
    The Sandlot
    Sound of Music or Shawshank Redemption
    Any shade of pink
    Day of Week
    Fruit Cobbler
    Disney Movie
    Lion King
    Princess and the Frog or Tangled
    Dream Car
    Vintage truck
    Range Rover
    Dream Job
    Professional Athlete
    Owning a home decor store
    Dream Vacation
    Italy or Ireland
    Trip around the world
    Family Activity
    Board games or singing karaoke
    Flower / Plant
    Japanese Maple
    Form of Exercise
    Biking or hiking
    Walking or Weighlifting
    Holiday Song
    Jingle Bells
    It's the most wonderful time of the year
    Holiday Tradition
    Family kickball after Thanksgiving
    Gathering with large extended family the day after Thanksgiving-kickball with Brendan's family followed by dinner and singing at my grandpa's house
    Ice Cream
    Mint chocolate chip
    Pecan Praline
    Junk Food
    Leisure Activity
    Listening to Music
    Reading or walking
    Family Handyman
    Better Homes & Gardens
    Memory with a Child
    Going to the zoo with nieces and nephews
    Watching my nieces and nephews learn to walk and talk-witnessing their big milestones
    Memory with Spouse
    Travelling in Italy
    Cooking class in Positano
    A League of their Own or Big Business or First Wives Club
    Movie Munchie
    Movie Quote
    You make sure they remember, forever, the night they played the Titans! [Remember the Titans]
    I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible [When Harry Met Sally]
    Movie Type
    Comedy or Mystery
    Romantic comedy
    The Greatest Showman
    The Greatest Showman
    Musical Group
    Old Dominion
    Garth Brooks
    Nursery Rhyme
    Twinkle, twinkle
    Old Mac Donald
    Olympic Event
    Skiing/Snowboarding Winter Games
    Personal Hero
    My Mom
    My Parents
    Maya Angelou
    Shel Silverstein
    Quality about my Spouse
    Hard working and thoughtful
    You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated. -Maya Angelou
    The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart. -Helen Keller
    Italian or Mexican
    Sushi or any Italian place
    And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
    Joshua 1:9 Life can be full of challenges, sorrows, and tough decisions. But even amidst hardship, the Lord counsels us to be strong and courageous.
    Shopping Store
    Too many country songs to pick from
    Too many country songs to count!
    Sport to Play
    Sport to Watch
    Sports Star
    Jerry Rice
    Logan Tom
    Sports Team
    San Francisco Giants
    Subject in School
    Wonder Woman
    Thing to Cook
    Pasta dishes
    Time of Day
    All of our family traditions
    All of our family traditions
    TV Show
    Chicago Fire
    Anything reality TV on Bravo
    TV Show Character
    Spencer from Seal Team
    Any character from Grace & Frankie or Schitts Creek
    Type of Music
    Vacation Spot

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