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Mark & Stacey
We are honored that you may consider us to be the adoptive parents of your child. We look forward to getting to know you and hope that through our profile you can begin to know us, too! We promise to love your child with all our heart and soul and we look forward to welcoming you both into our lives. We will forever be grateful to you for giving us the incredible gift of family.
What It Means to Be Parents
Being parents means we are entrusted with a lifelong gift. In an interview, the poet Maya Angelou remarked, "How do children know you love them? Ask yourself this: Do your eyes light up when they enter the room?" Loving our children and providing them with a sense of safety, acceptance and encouragement are some of our greatest responsibilities as parents. We want our children to know that they are made in the image of God and we want to help them grow into loving and compassionate people, doing the best they can with their gifts, abilities, and talents.
We know that being a parent is not easy. We must continuously sacrifice our own wants and needs for what is in our children's best interest. It is our responsibility to be flexible and open so that our children feel comfortable sharing their joys and sorrows with us. It's important to us that they know they are free to be themselves, that they are not extensions of us as their parents, but encouraged to become who they are meant to be. And, most importantly, that we will always be there to cheer them on!
Fun Facts About Us:
We believe that openly discussing adoption is extremely important. We want your child to feel loved by all of us, birth and adoptive families. It is our solemn promise to you that your child will always know that you deeply love them and that it was your tremendous love that sparked your decision to make an adoption plan. We are happy to send photos and letters, to email, text, talk on the phone, and have in person visits. With our daughter Piper's birth mom, we created a private Facebook page where we frequently post photos and updates. This way, her birth mom can see updates when she wants. In Piper's room we have a photo of her birth mom and that will always remain.
We have a strong faith and will tell our children that we believe it was God's plan for us to come together as a family through adoption. We will explain our beliefs that God sends some children to parents through adoption and some children to parents biologically and that all kinds of families are awesome. With our hope to adopt another child, each will have a sibling to share this experience, which we feel is really important. Also, we are friends with four families who have adopted, so there are many children in our lives with both birth and adoptive families. We say they are "double loved!" Most importantly, they will know that you are an amazing mom with a heart filled with love for them.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a historic district where homes were built in the early 1900's and are beautifully restored. Our neighborhood is very quiet, has so much green space with trees, ponds and parks that one would never guess it is in a bustling city. Families push strollers, walk dogs and stop to say hello. We meet at the ponds to watch our kids feed the ducks and enjoy a cup of coffee together. We have a tree swing in our yard, one that is filled with rabbits, birds and squirrels. We have even seen the neighborhood fox pass through!
One of our most beloved things is hearing the chiming of the bells of a grand cathedral close by. We walk to museums, libraries, restaurants and theaters. Three universities and four private schools, grades K-12, are within walking distance. A twenty minute drive transports us into horse country where Stacey's parents live on 15 acres. We love that our children will have the experience of both city and country life.Our house feels like a family home. It is warm and inviting, with windows filling it with light. We gather in the kitchen and enjoy hosting family and friends for holidays and parties. We love the fireplace, the cozy sun porch, the great yard, and the patio for summer dinners. We have four bedrooms, 3.5 baths and, with four finished floors to explore, plenty of space to fill with books and toys!
Our Extended Families
Our families and friends mean the world to us. We are close with our parents who are very loving and supportive. They are thrilled to be doting grandparents and we all have a lot of fun together. Stacey's family lives close by in Maryland while Mark's family lives in Florida and Missouri. We take several trips each year to visit each other. Recently we went on a Disney Cruise and had an amazing time watching the kids have so much fun! We look forward to both sides of our families coming together during summers for a great beach vacation.
We have a group of close friends we also consider family. Each month we take turns hosting dinner and enjoy hanging out, playing games and celebrating birthdays. Between six couples, there are eight girls and five boys. We have a lot of (loud) fun!With Stacey's family in Maryland, we enjoy getting together for dinner, cheering on hometown sports teams and celebrating birthdays. We like taking the train to New York to see Broadway shows, eat at amazing restaurants and explore the city. We also love to hang out at home, play games, go on hikes and do house projects. Last Christmas we spent three weeks visiting Mark's family at the beach in sunny Florida. We are a close knit, fun-loving bunch. Piper is excited to be a big sister and often yells "babeeee!" Everyone looks forward to welcoming a new little one into our lives.
From Us to You
Adoption is the greatest gift we will ever receive. We are overwhelmed with different emotions as we go through this process, but our greatest feeling is one of profound gratitude. If we are blessed to be chosen as your child's adoptive parents, we look forward to a lifelong connection with you in whatever form you'd like. It is our deepest promise to you that we will love your child with our whole hearts and that we will always honor you. Thank you for taking a look at our profile. We hope that our words, photos and video will give you a glimpse into our lives and who we truly are.
We have been married for four years and together for six. After struggling with Unexplained Infertility and a brief attempt at IVF, we quickly chose to move forward with our dreams to adopt. A year later we were blessed to be chosen as adoptive parents. We can't imagine not having our daughter in our lives. We pray that we can welcome another baby into our family and we dream of the moment when we first meet and become a family of four. We deeply feel that our family is not yet complete and that we have so much more love to give.
As we begin the process of adopting a second child, we look back and remember our first experience. When we got the call that we had been chosen by a birth mom, we were ecstatic! We spent the next day driving through a snowstorm to arrive just as Piper Olivia was born. We were nervous, excited, scared. Will the birth mom like us? Will she feel like she has made the best decision for her baby once she meets us? How can we possibly convey our love and gratitude?
The experience of spending several days in the hospital with Piper's birth mom, grandmother and older sister was one that words cannot do justice. With everyone being nervous to meet, we were relieved when the conversation flowed and we developed a connection. We cried both tears of joy and grief. It is difficult to explain having such opposite emotions about an experience. We were overwhelmed with happiness for the gift of a precious baby. But, we were grieving for Piper's birth mom and the incredible loss she was feeling. It was and remains impossible for us to understand the experience of entrusting your child's life to near perfect strangers. We do not have words for the love and gratitude we feel. It is an incredible privilege to be chosen to parent a child.
We want to share a brief glimpse into what we are able to give a child. We are a happy, affectionate, stable family and one that is financially secure. We as parents share equally in all of the jobs involved with raising a family and believe it is vitally important to model a healthy and loving relationship for our children. We will provide an excellent education in private schools K-12, and will fully fund the college of their choosing. We will travel and see as much of the world as possible! Seeing the United States and visiting countries around the world is a passion we want to share with our children.
Early on, we will go to activities like playgroups, music, gym and swim classes, story-time at the library and trips to parks and playgrounds. Your child will grow up having close relationships with grandparents, will develop a strong faith and a desire to help others. We are a family where birthdays and holidays are big deals! As time goes on, we will support whatever interests a child develops: sports, dance, summer camp, etc! We promise to always give your child our best and will support them as they reach for their dreams.
We look forward to growing our family and to our children having a sibling to share the experience of adoption. We thank you for considering an adoption plan for your child and are grateful that you may consider us to be adoptive parents. Becoming a family of four will be the most incredible gift. Thank you!Sincerely,
Mark & Stacey
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