We met while we were both studying to get our master's degree in Special Education. After being in the same study group, we became close friends. When our Master's program ended three years later we decided to make the leap from friends to dating. We got married a year and half later. We have now been married for three years. We are so fortunate that our marriage started off as a friendship. Our relationship has a strong foundation built on love, an equal partnership, and respect. We are happy that we can provide a safe, financially stable, warm home as part of a loving, kind, and faith filled family.
Being teachers, we truly enjoy spending time with children of all ages. We always knew we wanted to have children. We had discussed adoption as part of our family 'plan' early on. After infertility treatments for a year we decided to alter the plan and pursue adoption a little earlier than anticipated. Amazingly, as soon as we decided on adoption, we found peace and hope for our family's future. Although this journey has not been easy, it has brought us closer together and increased our faith. Adoption has always been close to our hearts. Within our extended family we have family who have been adopted and others who grew their family through adoption. After seeing the love all our families have for each other we knew that adoption was for us.
We want to share our home and family traditions with a child. We are both very family oriented people. We often spend our weekends with our parents, sisters, and nephews. We live in a diverse, family driven suburb in Virginia, near Washington D.C. We look forward to sharing in our community events with our family and a child by our side. It's not just the pictures with Santa, Easter egg hunts, or birthday celebrations we look forward to. We can't wait to celebrate the everyday things, smiles at dinner, singing at church, playing at the playground, talking over dinner, and tears over homework (although hopefully not too many tears).
We are both special education teachers, so education is near and dear to our hearts. As an elementary school teacher, Margaret has always had a passion for teaching reading. She can't wait to teach a child to read and watch them grow over the years. Marshal loves teaching and coaching football and wrestling at the high school level. He's hoping to upgrade his coaching skills to little league. We both feel it is important to not only share our interests with the child, but also to foster new interests they may have. We are excited to grow as people and try new things as a family.
We believe strongly in an open adoption. We promise to send letters and emails as well as being open to a face-to-face visit within the first five years of age. It is important that children feel they can ask questions openly and get answers truthfully. We want them to know where they come from and who they are. We promise to always provide a loving, safe, and accepting environment. We were both raised in homes and families filled with love and laughter and we hope to provide the same in our family.
We thank you again for considering us; and thank you for possibly putting your trust and faith in us.Love,
Marshal and Margaret
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