Dear Expectant Parent(s),
Hello! Mark and I are extremely honored that you have chosen to read our letter to get to know a little more about our lives. We pray that as you look through our profile you'll experience a connection between our desire to grow our family and your brave decision in considering an adoption plan for your child. We thank you for opening your heart and reading our profile.
Mark and I met in college, married two years later, and will be celebrating our 12th anniversary this year. We love having a house full of people as we enjoy food, games, and lots of laughter. Our backyard is the frequent host to summer barbeques and will gain a play set this summer for our children to enjoy. We enjoy friendships with many couples with children and enjoy watching the children play together.
Throughout the years, we have experienced traveling and cruising to museums, historical monuments, beaches, and mountains in places such as Europe, Hawaii, New York, Florida, and Arizona. Our weekends include relaxing, watching movies, boat rides, bike rides or fishing. We are actively involved in church, enjoy music and concerts as well as attending sporting events cheering for the home team. We cherish the moments together and look forward to creating new memories and adventures with our children.
Both Mark and I have dreamed about having a family. This strong desire to become parents led us to adoption and we welcomed our first baby, Niyla, home on April 26, 2012. She is a precious and sweet girl who has brought happiness to our lives. We are greatly anticipating the added joy that our second child will bring to our family as well.
About Jennifer, by Mark
Jennifer is the love of my life and my best friend. I was attracted to her smarts, intelligence and her compassion and care for people. She loves to teach, encourage and develop children. As an elementary school teacher, she excelled in her career, and was teacher of the year. Currently, she is a stay at home mother and church assistant.
As a mother, Jennifer has many valuable role models in our parents and her friends. She demonstrates those great qualities through her being very loving and nurturing to our daughter. I know her attentiveness, care, and excitable personality will provide a whole world of fun and love for our children.
Jennifer has a small, but close, family. Her father is retired from the computer industry and is now actively involved in ministry while her mother has worked in the tax business for thirty-eight years. Both of her parents enjoy being hospitable and helping others in need, which has carried over into their love for church ministry. Jennifer's brother married her childhood friend three years ago and they welcomed their first child, Gabriella, in September 2011. Jennifer’s sister has been married for fifteen years and they have two boys. The family is very close frequently enjoying dinner, movies, and time with one another. Jennifer's strong family values and conviction for Christian education will carry on with our children.
About Mark, by Jennifer
Marrying Mark has been the joy of my life as he has many qualities I admire, which his parents instilled in him while he was growing up in a Christian home and school. He is very smart and loves to take apart any gadget and put it back together. He loves sports and was a soccer athlete growing up. He is a kind, gentle and compassionate person who is optimistic and does his best to encourage those around him. I love watching him interact and spend quality time with our daughter. He loves family and goes out of his way to see them, whether that means traveling far or just stopping by for dinner. He has a great sense of humor, is an avid reader and a hard worker always aiming to learn more to better himself including his recent graduate studies. He encourages me and is a great comforter. Mark is very affectionate. He is my best friend and the love of my life!
Mark has a large extended family that has family reunions every two years. They are very close and many are in education - at least fourteen! Mark's father is a retired university professor and his mother was a junior high jazz band teacher. They are wonderful grandparents and although we are sad that his mother has gone to be with the Lord, we always look forward to his dad visiting us several times a year. Mark's sister is married and has four children. They love the outdoors and usually try to visit us in the summertime.
Our Promise to You…
Thank you for taking the time to read more about us. We trust this has given you a glimpse into our lives as individuals, our families and us as a couple. We hope we have given you the confidence that your child will be welcomed with open arms into our home and our families. We know this is a huge decision for you. Our promise is that your child will be raised in a loving, Christian home and always nurtured and surrounded by many family and friends that will love your child unconditionally. We look forward to the many family traditions that will bring joy and excitement to your child. We promise to surround your child with compassion, consistency and stability. Above everything, you will always be held in a place of honor. Your child will always know the love you have for him or her and that our family is made complete because of your decision. We pray the Lord guides you with wisdom, courage, and strength as you make this important decision regarding your child. We look forward to meeting you and talking with you in person.
With our heartfelt prayers,
Mark and Jennifer