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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.

About Us

Mark
Stacey
Job
Federal Government Management
Clinical Psychologist - Private Practice
Education
Ph.D. in History
Ph.D. in Psychology
Children
Piper
Relationship
Legally Married

What It Means to Be Parents

We Can't Wait to Be a Family of Four!

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:

Out to Lunch

About Mark:

  • I want to visit all 50 states in the USA. So far, I have been to 39.
  • I'm a lefty.
  • I proposed to Stacey at a beach where wild horses run free. Her two favorite things are the beach and horses, so I figured I was off to a good start.
  • I love anything and everything chocolate.
  • Through volunteer work, I have been to Africa twice and have gotten to see lions, chimpanzees, elephants, and hippos. I want to return with the family someday to show them gorillas in the wild- they are my favorite animal!
  • About Stacey:

  • I'm the only redhead in my family.
  • I have lived in New York City and London and have visited 13 countries in Europe.
  • I grew up showing horses and traveled a lot for competitions. This experience taught me how to win and lose graciously, how to work hard to reach my goals and how to never give up.
  • One summer I went to Costa Rica and volunteered at a nursing home for elderly people who had been abandoned by their families. During another summer I went to Mexico and built homes for families and a neighborhood café for kids to get free meals.
  • I will not kill any bugs. I pick up spiders and put them outside (they could be Charlotte)!
  • Discussing Adoption

    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.

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    We Love to Laugh
    We Love to Laugh
    Father's Day
    Father's Day
    Riding With Friends
    Riding With Friends
    At a Football Game
    At a Football Game
    We Love to Be Silly
    We Love to Be Silly
    Going for a Ride
    Going for a Ride
    At the Shore
    At the Shore
    Piper Will Be an Amazing Big Sister!
    Piper Will Be an Amazing Big Sister!
    Piper Loves Books
    Piper Loves Books
    Vacationing in Grand Cayman
    Vacationing in Grand Cayman
    Date Night
    Date Night
    Wow, is He Tall!
    Wow, is He Tall!
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    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    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

    Cousins Can't Wait to Meet the Newest Family Member

    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

    Favorites

    Mark
    Stacey
    Actor
    Denzel Washington
    Matt Damon
    Actress
    Amy Adams
    Jennifer Lawrence
    Animal
    Dog
    Horse
    Author
    J.R.R. Tolken
    Jodi Picoult
    Book
    The Hunger Games
    Gone Girl
    Candy Bar
    Snickers
    Twix
    Cartoon
    Arthur
    Curious George
    Childhood Memory
    Summer road trips and having fun with my brother and cousins
    Summers at the beach with my whole family
    Childhood Toy
    Big Wheel
    Sit and Spin
    Children's Book
    Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    City
    San Francisco
    New York
    Classic Movie
    Psycho
    The Wizard of Oz
    Color
    Green
    Purple
    Day of Week
    Saturday
    Friday
    Dessert
    Ghiradelli Brownies
    Oreo Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory
    Disney Movie
    Finding Nemo
    Inside Out
    Dream Car
    Tesla
    Volvo XC90 SUV
    Dream Job
    Zoologist
    House Flipper
    Dream Vacation
    African Safari
    A Tour of South America
    Family Activity
    Sunday Dinners
    Celebrating Birthdays
    Flower / Plant
    Tulips in the Spring
    Violets
    Food
    Indian
    Italian
    Form of Exercise
    Running
    Yoga
    Fruit
    Honey Crisp Apples
    Georgia Peach
    Game
    Battleship
    Clue
    Hobby
    Hiking & Running
    Horses & Photography
    Holiday
    Christmas
    Thanksgiving
    Holiday Song
    Jingle Bell Rock
    Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
    Holiday Tradition
    Opening one gift on Christmas Eve
    Leaving cookies for Santa & carrots for Rudolph
    Ice Cream
    Chocolate Fudge Brownie
    Salted Caramel
    Junk Food
    Donuts/Sweets
    Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
    Leisure Activity
    Watching College Sports
    Watching Netflix
    Magazine
    Wired
    People
    Memory with a Child
    I was home from work on a snowy day and witnessed our daughter's first steps.
    First time holding our daughter, she wrapped her fingers around mine and didn't let go.
    Memory with Spouse
    Honeymoon in Bermuda
    Getting engaged at the beach
    Movie
    Superbad
    Good Will Hunting
    Movie Munchie
    Popcorn and Chocolate Candy
    Milk Duds
    Movie Quote
    Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die.
    Just Keep Swimming!
    Movie Type
    Comedy
    Drama
    Musical
    Hamilton
    Hamilton
    Musical Group
    Green Day
    Adele
    Nursery Rhyme
    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
    Hey Diddle Diddle
    Olympic Event
    Swimming
    Gymnastics
    Personal Hero
    My Mom
    My Dad
    Play
    A Christmas Carol
    Alice in Wonderland
    Poet
    Shakespeare
    Sylvia Plath
    Quality about my Spouse
    She will go to the ends of the earth for her friends and family.
    He always sees the best in people and he has the best laugh!
    Quote
    When nothing is going right, go left.
    What people think of you is none of your business, so stop worrying!
    Restaurant
    Wicked Sisters
    Paper Moon Diner
    Sandwich
    PB&J
    Grilled Cheese
    Scripture
    Forget the former things: do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!
    Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
    Shopping Store
    Home Depot
    Target
    Song
    Time of Your Life - Green Day
    All of Me - John Legend
    Sport to Play
    Baseball
    Showing Horses
    Sport to Watch
    Football
    Lacrosse
    Sports Star
    Buster Posey
    Michael Phelps
    Sports Team
    San Francisco Giants
    Baltimore Orioles
    Subject in School
    History
    English/Journalism
    Superhero
    Captain America
    Superman
    Thing to Cook
    Steak on the grill
    Thanksgiving Dinner
    Time of Day
    Late Night
    Morning
    Tradition
    3 weeks vacation over Christmas
    Halloween night party- We have over 300 trick-or-treaters!
    TV Show
    The Walking Dead
    This Is Us
    TV Show Character
    Sheldon
    Randall
    Type of Music
    Indie Rock & Classic Rock
    Classic Rock & New Country
    Vacation Spot
    Bermuda
    Maui
    Video Game
    Atari Pac Man
    Old School Atari

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