We are blessed with two great families. They are our support systems. They laugh with us, cry with us and are behind us 100% in everything we do.
Catherine is originally from upstate New York so we travel back and forth several times throughout the year. Our visits are filled with lot of a love, laughs and snuggles with the kids. Our nieces and nephews always get spoiled when Aunt "Kellie" (Catherine's nickname) and Uncle Mark come to visit. Although we are not always together, we are very close and talk to each other several times each day. When we are not planning a visit to New York, our family is planning a trip to Tennessee. We also have a tradition of occasional visits in Ohio, or "MIO" as we call it. It stands for "Meet Me in Ohio.” We have many fond memories of meeting in the middle and use any excuse we can to spend time together.
Mark's family lives close to us in Tennessee. We get together often for holiday celebrations, birthdays, random weekly dinners, sleepovers with the kids and summer barbecues. Our favorite tradition with our family is at Christmas. It is always a blast to get together and watch all the kids open up all their presents. We always eat a lot, laugh a lot and watch "A Christmas Story" on repeat.
Our families are both so very excited for our adoption plan and cannot wait to share their love with a child.
We live in a charming home in a family friendly community in Tennessee. Our favorite part of our area is the large park footsteps from our home. The park has a community center, playgrounds, tennis courts, football fields, a walking track, and a splash pad.
Our favorite event is the Halloween Celebration. We love to see hundreds of children enjoying bounce houses, petting zoos, train rides and trick-or-treating. We also love grabbing a cup of hot chocolate and walking to the Annual Christmas Parade. We love being close enough to the city to enjoy all that it has to offer. We like to attend sporting events, concerts, theater and dinner date nights.
Our home is spacious with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Our favorite part of our house is the back porch and yard. The large back yard is fenced and our two dogs love to run around and chase the squirrels.
We are always looking for an excuse to have our family and friends over for barbecues, birthday parties or 4th of July bonfires and s’mores. Mark is always grilling something delicious back there, too! We have a garden where we grow delicious vegetables and flowers in the summer. We cannot wait to experience all the things we love with a child, we look forward to the first time they play in the grass, watching them chase the dogs, having birthday parties and planting their first seeds in the garden and watching them grow.
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