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Markus & Natalia
We are grateful that you stopped by to look at our profile and hopefully consider us as parents for your child. Adoption is something we have wanted for many years now to grow our little family of two plus our dog. Our hearts are open and ready to love your baby unconditionally and to raise him or her to be a loving, respectful, and generous person.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Our favorite vacation spot is anywhere where we have never been before because discovery and exploration are our favorite past times. Whether it’s finding a new trail to hike, beach to stumble upon, or a city to get lost in, we like the feeling of being strangers in a new place. Sometimes we find a place we really like and make it a habit of returning there frequently. One such place is the Outer Banks beaches in North Carolina; in particular, the beaches along Cape Hatteras National Park, which offer the kind of disconnection from our daily lives we crave for inner reflection, connection to nature in its untouched beauty, and an endless supply of activities to feed our adventurous side. We look forward to the day when we can take a child along to the Outer Banks because through the eyes of a child, flat beaches turn into magical sand castles, kayaks become a world class cruise trip, and collecting hermit crabs and sea shells is suddenly the most important task on your to do list.
Education We will Provide
We plan to expose the child to a variety of educational resources like books, music, cultural events, sports, and trips around the country and abroad. Together we speak three languages and we plan to teach the child our native languages, German and Spanish, as well as English. In addition, we both enjoy classical music, with Markus being more the fan of orchestral chamber music and Natalia that of piano scores.
We also want to expose the child to different sports and recreational activities like soccer, ballet and swimming, which we enjoyed when we were young. Through exposure at home and in the community, we hope to pique the child’s interest in at least one of these activities as they grow older. Ultimately, the child will show us what they enjoy doing and learning as well as their talents.
We both grew up attending public school and plan to send the child to the local schools in town. Keeping a structured routine will be important for the child’s development so we will do our best to ensure this happens on school nights; however, on weekends we hope to plan fun family activities to unwind and teach the child the important role that leisure plays in our family’s work and life balance.
We plan to tell the child that he/she is adopted as soon as we bring him or her home and get them accustomed to the word “adoption.” As they grow older, we will explain more details and tell them they grew in your tummy and that you loved him or her very much but were unable to care for him or her and needed to find a new home that would be safe and loving. We also think that telling the child that we had been unable to give birth ourselves is necessary, and that through faith and the will of God we were led to him or her. We will offer more details as the child grows up and asks more questions, and encourage him or her to participate in the selection of the pictures and other correspondence we will be sending to you. We will remain open to his or her questions and allow him or her the space and time to decide if they want to reach out to you personally.
Our Extended Families
We both are very close to our respective parents and siblings so we try to get together with them as often as possible. Although Markus' family lives abroad in Germany, we both manage to talk to them if not every day, then every other day. Skype or web chat calls are an easy way to do it, and even though Natalia's German is not that good yet, Markus or his mom will interpret the conversation for her. We have been fortunate enough to host Markus' parents in the US several times as well as to visit them back in Germany once per year. Christmas is a really big deal in our family and especially in Germany so getting together for the holidays is a must. We can't wait to introduce a child to the German Christmas Markets!
Just last year, Markus's parents visited in the summer for an entire month. Markus' dad loves to be outdoors which is where he spent the entire trip; chopping wood and cleaning up our large backyard while we were at work. Since moving to a larger house, we make good use of the deck and have enjoyed hosting backyard barbecues with neighbors and Natalia's parents, her older brother, and his kids, who all live about 45 minutes away. Music, playing or listening to it in the background sets the mood for the grown-ups to catch up and watch as Natalia's nephew and niece, aged 13 and 10 years old respectively, run around after our hound dog, Lucy.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a country suburb with private access to a shared lake in the beautiful green state of Virginia. About an hour south of Washington, D.C., our neighborhood is home to families with children of a variety of ages as well as older, retired couples fond of the quiet, country style living. Most of our neighbors have one or more dogs and are very friendly. A community swim, tennis, and fitness club is roughly 4 blocks away from our house and hosts frequent community social and multicultural events for children, teens, and families throughout the summer months. In addition, summer camp opportunities for tennis and swimming lessons are available here as well as downtown at two other community recreation centers.
Our home is at the end of a cul-de-sac, and has three floors with a finished basement, 3 large bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a cozy living and dining room area. We spend a lot of our time in our sunny kitchen preparing meals together that we enjoy eating outside on our deck when the weather is warm enough. In the backyard there is a tree house and swing set just waiting for your child to play with, and just a few more steps away are the woods where many neighborhood children like to gather for fishing and exploratory adventures.
From Us to You
We are delighted that you have chosen to look at our profile. We recognize how tough it must be for you right now to be thinking of adoption for your baby. It is a courageous and selfless decision and we would be honored to be considered as a family for your child. It is our hope with this letter to provide you with a picture of our life together and what life with our family would be like for your child.
We met 12 years ago when Markus was serving for the German Armed Forces on location in the USA and Natalia was living with her family and attending graduate school. After getting engaged, we adopted a pet together, Lucy, and looked forward to building our family. Lucy has been and continues to be the center of our world; her loving nature, spunky personality, and little canine quirks make her easy to love. If you look at our photo albums, you will likely find more pictures of Lucy than of people because we are die-hard animal lovers.
Markus’ love for animals extends even further and Natalia has always felt that Markus would make an outstanding forest ranger or animal handler. Natalia never thought she would set foot in a swamp and find it interesting until she met Markus and we began exploring nature together. Although we both work full time, we make it a point to schedule regular time off to go away on mini vacations. Whether it is a hike in the woods behind our house or a trek along the local trails or the mountain lakes up in Germany where Markus’ parents still live, we love finding new places together. We hope to teach your child to also love and respect our beautiful planet.
In addition to exploring the outdoors, we enjoy spending time with our extended families to celebrate birthdays and holidays, grill a barbecue feast at home under the stars, work on beautifying our home inside or landscaping the yard, or simply sitting down to a home cooked dinner and talking. Whereas Natalia’s family lives nearby and visits often, Markus’ parents and sister live in Germany, such that visiting them takes a bit more coordination around our work schedules. Together, we speak three languages and celebrate our respective heritages through food, the arts, and attendance at multicultural community events. We live in a diverse community designed for families with reputable public schools, green parks and playgrounds, pools and recreation centers.
When we first met, Natalia was one year out from receiving a heart transplant and had been told by her transplant team of doctors that pregnancy would be very risky. Markus understood this limitation, and accepted and loved Natalia anyways, we quietly knew all along that our journey to parenthood would be through adoption. In addition, we consider the adoption of a child to be perfectly aligned with our deepest, core values; namely, love, compassion and service to others, determination, faith and a lifetime of learning. Natalia is a natural teacher and in Markus’ words, a gentle and patient soul. Natalia admires Markus’ levelheadedness, dedication to his family, and childlike curiosity.
Thank you again for taking the time to learn about our family. Should you decide to choose us as an adoptive family, we will be happy to send you letters and share photos so you can know how your child is growing. Know that we plan to be open about how your child came to us, and that this was made possible because of your courageous and selfless decision. Best wishes for a healthy pregnancy.
Markus & Natalia
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