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Hello. Welcome to our family’s profile! We are Mark and Erin (parents) and Olyvia Nikole (our daughter). We are excited to share our love story, family history, and hope of adoption with you. Thank you for taking the time to let us share our lives with you. How We Met We met while both attending college at the University of Wyoming. Mark (aged 22) was studying computer science and graphic design; Erin (aged 20) was studying Exercise Science. We shared a mutual love of living a healthy, active life and met in the college's gym in the summer of 2001. Our first date was to Applebee’s followed by a movie – Cast Away with Tom Hanks. We watch it each year to celebrate our first date. We dated for a year and on June 26, 2002 we were engaged. We set a wedding date of August 2, 2003 in Sheridan – Erin’s hometown. We will celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary this summer. We continued our lives in Laramie as Erin completed her bachelor’s (2003) and Mark complete his (2004). Erin was accepted to the Kinesiology master’s degree program, so we decided to stay in Laramie for her graduate studies. Fortunately, a semester before completing her M.S., Erin was hired by her academic department to manage a National Institutes of Health grant. As a result, we were able to purchase our first home! About a year later, both of us were blessed with wonderful career moves which took us back to Sheridan, which is where we currently reside. We moved into our current home in 2008. A beautiful house that has plenty of room for adding to our family.

Hello. Welcome to our family’s profile! We are Mark and Erin (parents) and Olyvia Nikole (our daughter). We are excited to share our love story, family history, and hope of adoption with you. Thank you for taking the time to let us share our lives with you. How We Met We met while both attending college at the University of Wyoming. Mark (aged 22) was studying computer science and graphic design; Erin (aged 20) was studying Exercise Science. We shared a mutual love of living a healthy, active life and met in the college's gym in the summer of 2001. Our first date was to Applebee’s followed by a movie – Cast Away with Tom Hanks. We watch it each year to celebrate our first date. We dated for a year and on June 26, 2002 we were engaged. We set a wedding date of August 2, 2003 in Sheridan – Erin’s hometown. We will celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary this summer. We continued our lives in Laramie as Erin completed her bachelor’s (2003) and Mark complete his (2004). Erin was accepted to the Kinesiology master’s degree program, so we decided to stay in Laramie for her graduate studies. Fortunately, a semester before completing her M.S., Erin was hired by her academic department to manage a National Institutes of Health grant. As a result, we were able to purchase our first home! About a year later, both of us were blessed with wonderful career moves which took us back to Sheridan, Wyoming. We lived in Sheridan happily until June of 2019 when we moved to our current location, Cheyenne, WY. We found a beautiful house that has plenty of room for adding to our family. It even has a special "bonus room" that is a current play room for our little one. She hopes to share it someday soon! We always said before becoming parents to Olyvia that we were parents to three wonderful fur-bearing children. We still do. They are all very much our four-legged babies. The oldest is Mr. Frankie J. - a long-haired weenie dog whose personality is much bigger than his tiny body. Erin jokes that he’s the “dog-o-leisure” – loves to be on anyone’s lap, sneak goodies from under Miss O’s chair (she feeds him willingly as well well), and lounge in the sun. The second oldest is Dori. Dori is a rescue dog and is just as sweet as can be. She’s a Kerrie Blue Terrier and is our constant loyal follower and shadow. She enjoys being underfoot, running faster than Frankie, and sneaking popcorn when she can. The youngest and the most vibrant is Cheech – our Rottweiler. He’s actually Miss O’s best friend. He loves to play her patient when she wants to be Doc McStuffins and he lounges as close to her as he can. He’s the protector of the household and has the friendliest demeanor of any dog we’ve ever had the privilege of loving. Cheech believes anyone who comes to our door is there to see him and him only.

Facts About Our Family

Location:Cheyenne
*The location where the adoption agency’s office is.
State:Wyoming
# of Pets:3
Pets:Frankie J - Long-haired Mini DachshundDori - Kerrie Blue TerrierCheech - Rottweiler
Neighborhood: Suburban
Children:Biological Children

More About Our Family

Our family is close and extremely loving. We do not define “family” solely by those who are related to us. For example, our typical holiday table includes neighbors and friends in addition to grandparents, aunts and uncles. Between the close friends we do have, Olyvia is fortunate to have many sets of honorary grandparents and aunts and uncles. We are also fortunate to have extended family close by. Erin has a large number of family members in Newcastle and Rapid City. Mark’s sister lives in Denver and has an aunt in Thermopolis. His brother lives in Missouri but makes efforts to visit frequently with his wife and 5 children. In short, distance doesn’t separate the love we share. Olyvia's grandparents all live in Cheyenne near us, which is an added blessing!

About Mark

Profession:web developer
Education:College
Age:41

More About Mark

Mark is a family man through and through. He loves spending his free time hanging out with us and our three fun-loving fur children. In addition to being a tech "guru", Mark is in love with all things art-related (drawing and painting), reading a wide array of books, movies of every genre, and playing an occasional video game. Mark also enjoys living an active lifestyle. He prioritizes his health and the health of his family. He also coordinates weekly dinners with his parents and often goes bowling with his dad on the weekends. Mark is a true hands-on dad. He enjoys being there for every doctor's appointment, milestone, birthday, and new adventure. His true passion - despite his talent for design and art - is being a dad and a husband.

About Erin

Profession:education
Education:Doctorate
Age:38

More About Erin

Erin is one of the most passionate and caring individuals on this planet. She is always looking for ways to share her love with everyone she comes in contact with. Erin works from home teaching online and writing for either of the three personal training organizations that she is a part of. When she isn't working, she is spending her time with us and our dogs. Given her educational background and professional experience, living a healthy lifestyle is a top priority. Erin loves spending time exercising with Olyvia and finding new recipes to make for us. We are fortunate that her occupation allows her a great deal of flexibility as she can be home most afternoons with us. Like myself, Erin is an avid reader of all types of novels and professional development books. She is always finding new books for Olyvia to enjoy and keeps a "wishlist" of books to read. The list only grows each year! Erin and I are both family oriented individuals - which is one of the characteristics that make us such a devoted couple and loving parents to Olyvia. Erin prioritizes the needs of her family above anything else - that includes my parents and extended family as well as hers. We are fortunate to have deep family roots in this area and that our children can learn and grow along with other children in the extended family. Among other things Erin truly loves, is taking Olyvia to new places such as the library, a local tea shop, on walks in different parks, the fish hatchery, shopping, or to visit other playmates. Each day brings a new journey and Olyvia is always excited to report the events of her day when I return from work.

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