Meet Matt & Shae

“As you make decisions for your future and your baby's future, we are praying that you will feel loved and supported, no matter what your decision may be. We admire your bravery and courage."
Matt & Shae

Dear Friend,

We are Matt, Shae, and Karsten, and we are honored to have the opportunity to introduce ourselves and tell you about our family. As you make decisions for your future and your baby’s future, we are praying that you will feel loved and supported, no matter what your decision may be. We admire your bravery and courage.

Matt and I have been married since 2014. We both attended Oklahoma State University and are big fans of our team – go Pokes! Matt works in IT and enjoys woodworking, volunteering at church, and being the commissioner of his fantasy football league. He put his woodworking skills to great use by building the crib and changing table for our nursery! I work in marketing and enjoy baking, reading, singing, and volunteering. Our daughter, Karsten, is two years old, and she loves checking cows, playing outside, Elmo, Minnie Mouse, and entertaining us! We have two dogs, Thabo and Hashtag, and two cows, Mullins and Ashburn.

After a few years of trying to grow our family, we received an infertility diagnosis, and with much prayer, in 2019 we decided to pursue adoption instead of medical procedures. We will never forget the call telling us that we had been chosen to be Karsten’s parents! Our lives changed forever that day; our world suddenly had more fun, more sparkle, and more giggles than we ever imagined. When we decided to grow our family again, we agreed that adoption was the path we wanted to take. We desire not just to grow our family with a baby, but to include you, too – we hope to build a relationship and get to support you as we all navigate this journey together.

Home for us is outside of a small town in central Oklahoma. The school system has great academics, athletics and agriculture – there will be opportunities to be involved in whatever your child dreams of as he or she grows up. Our home has three bedrooms and a bonus/playroom. Some of our family’s cattle and horses live in the pasture right behind our house! As your baby grows, he or she will always have the chance to ride horses, feed baby calves and learn about where our food comes from.

We have a large extended family, and most of them live within 30 minutes of our home. We are very close with our family and spend every holiday together. We also enjoy gathering for Sunday Dinners, birthday parties and “just because.” Our parents and siblings love being grandparents, aunts and uncles, and are so excited to have another little one join our family! Karsten has two cousins close to her age who we see often. Your baby will have no shortage of family and friends to spoil and love on him or her!

Our weekends are usually spent with family and friends. We have season tickets to OSU games, and when the Cowboys are away, we get together with a group to watch the game. We can’t wait to introduce your baby to our favorite OSU traditions! There are several toddlers and babies in our church, and we love knowing that your baby will have lifelong friends to grow up with in the nursery.

While we both enjoy our jobs, we agree that a good vacation is where it’s at. We especially love snow skiing and cruises with family and friends! We honeymooned at Disney World, and look forward to making more family memories there in the future – Karsten can’t wait to see Minnie Mouse up close!

If you choose adoption for your child’s future and we are part of that plan, we assure you that we will respect you and honor your wishes for whatever level of openness and ongoing contact you want to have with your child. We will provide a safe, happy home for your child, love him or her with all our being, and provide them with every opportunity possible. Most importantly, your child will always know the depth of your love.


With love,

Matt and Shae