DaddyMatt: noun \’da-dē matt\ definition: an introverted dad of two rambunctious boys who lives in Zanesville, OH and is married to Superwoman.
Being a daddy has pretty much changed every part of my life.
My boys have been the catalyst for:
- Starting this blog.
- Discovering my love for photography and the start of DaddyMatt Photography.
- Dreaming up Magical Families (an annual gathering of adoptive families at Walt Disney World).
- Taking a two year break from church leadership after seventeen years to help rescue orphans around the globe.
- My vast knowledge of the Thomas the Train universe and of Minecraft.
I first realized I was a daddy on Christmas morning 2008, when my wife and I got a phone call from Taiwan. Our two-month old son, Chase, was waiting for us at The Home of God’s Love, an orphanage in Yilan County. They told us to check our email. This photo was waiting for us. Merry Christmas, indeed.
Six months later we met Chase in Taiwan and brought him home. Five months after that, the orphanage called us again with more news.
Chase’s two-week old brother, Jackson, wanted to come home too.
So in less than a year we traveled to Taiwan twice and doubled our family. The amount of diapers we went through also doubled. Thank you Lord for the adoption-tax credit.
DaddyMatt.com serves a few different purposes.
- A wise man once told me, “an unrecorded life is a wasted life.” Chase and Jackson are part of an amazing story and I want them to know it so they can become the heroic protagonists their stories deserve. It’s my firm belief it’s the father’s responsibility to provide a great story for his family.
- I am the Lead Minister at the North Terrace Church of Christ in Zanesville, OH and I LOVE my job. This blog helps people in the church and outside the church get to know my story. What I hope they will find is an imperfect guy who is trying to be the man, husband, father and friend God has called me to be.
- DaddyMatt.com is my creative outlet. Over the years my blog has grown from being simply a place for me to write, tell stories, share photos and contemplate ideas out loud, but it has also become a connecting point for old friends and new ones. It is so weird when we run into friends who live far away but are completely in the know with our family. Whether you are an old friend or new one, welcome.
So seriously, thank you for reading (and feel free to comment on posts cause one-way conversations aren’t much fun for the one doing all the talking…especially for an introvert like me).