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Mark & Janell
We are so excited to further expand our family through adoption. We are extremely grateful and appreciative that you are viewing our profile. We have so much love and laughter to share as we look to grow our family. Choosing us to be your child's parents would be the greatest gift we could ever receive. We hope that you consider us and are looking forward to the exciting journey ahead.
Adoption in Our Lives
In 2016 we began our first adoption journey. In 2017 we welcomed our son Brayden into our life. It has been an absolutely amazing journey. Watching Brayden grow over the last 15 months has been amazing. Seeing his little personality develop has been a joy and has lit up our lives. Our families love him very much and spend as much time as they can with him.
Brayden loves spending time with his cousins and plays very well with them. He lights up when he sees his cousin and his laugh is so contagious. He loves playing with his toys, painting, or just snuggling on the couch and watching his favorite shows. He is very active and is always running around the house. We recently put a swing set in our back yard that he loves to play on.
We are looking forward to expanding our family. We know Brayden will make an excellent big brother and we all have so much love to give to another child!
Our Leisure Time
We enjoy many activities in our leisure time. We enjoy traveling to different places and experiencing new cultures. We had an amazing honeymoon and had the opportunity to go to Ireland, England, France, and Italy. We enjoy seeing the historical landmarks of the places we go to better appreciate their individual history.
We also enjoy some of the simpler things in our leisure time like watching TV on the couch, taking our son and dog for walks around the neighborhood, trying a new restaurant, or swimming in the summertime. We are both avid baseball fans and enjoy going to games with family and friends.
We look forward to sharing these activities as we grow our family and giving them the opportunity to see and do many fun things. One of the best memories Mark has was taking his nephew to his first baseball game. Seeing his eyes light up at the sight of his first baseball stadium and answering the many questions he had about the game brought a new enjoyment to something already loved.
Our Family Traditions
We have a long list of family traditions. We celebrate birthdays and summer holidays such as Mother's Day or Father's Day by having cookouts with our families. For the Fourth of July, we take Brayden to the parade and then watch the fireworks. Mark loves Halloween and enjoys taking Brayden and our nieces and nephew night trick or treating in our neighborhood. We always celebrate Thanksgiving with our families and have large meals with our traditional family recipes.
For Christmas we make cookies and always take in a holiday play. We get together with both sides of our family to celebrate and open presents and then have a Christmas dinner.
Every year we make at least one family trip to a water park to celebrate our families summer birthdays. We all look forward to this one since we love being outdoors and in the water.
Opening day of baseball is also a tradition. We go every year with friends and family to celebrate the start of baseball. We also regularly attend the state fair and many other local festivals.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our community! Our town has been rated one of the top cities to live in the U.S. due to it's low crime rate, many parks, and top rated school system. We love exploring the community with our son Brayden and enjoy the blend of traditional and modern elements. Our town holds numerous festivals and family events throughout the year. These include a Christmas tree lighting and carriage rides, holiday parades, fireworks, and community movies in the park.
Our neighborhood contains many young families that we see playing in their yards with their children. We live in a newer subdivision on a quiet street. Our house is close to many parks and trails that we frequently take walks with Brayden and our dog Gunner. We live in a community that has access to many shops and restaurants but still has that small town feel to it.
Our Extended Families
We are lucky that both our families live close and are an important part of our lives. We make sure to get together for all family occasions like holidays and birthdays. We have our traditional events and meals at these holidays. At Thanksgiving, we have a large family turkey dinner. On Christmas we get together on Christmas morning and all open presents around the tree. We spend time with our families as often as possible. We go out to eat, attend sporting events, or just catch up. Every Sunday we get together with Janell's family. In the summertime we go swimming at Janell's brothers house or have a cookout. In the winter months we cook dinner together and watch movies. Our families are unique in closeness. We both see and spend time with our families often and make sure we keep this closeness no matter how chaotic life can become. Both of our families are always there for us and our son when we need them. Our families are both extremely excited about us extending our family through adoption. Our parents and siblings are excited to have more children in the family to love.
From Us to You
Hi! Our names are Mark and Janell. We want to start by thanking you for taking time to read our profile and getting to know us a little bit better. We would like to express our admiration for your strength and courage in making the decision of adoption for your child.
Since the beginning of our relationship we have always talked and dreamed about our future. A large part of that future was expanding our family. Shortly after we were married our struggle to become parents began. We soon realized there was another plan for us and our dream of starting a family. In 2017 we welcomed our first child,Brayden, into the family through adoption. Being parents is the greatest gift we have ever received. We are so excited to once again open our hearts and share all the love we have with your child.
We have been married for just over five years and we love our life together. Throughout our marriage, we have made decisions that were not only for us, but also for our future children. We have built a life together in a home and community that is excellent to raise a family in. Your child will be our number one priority and we will do everything we can to ensure they grow up feeling the same love, laughter, and stability both of us felt growing up. We look forward to sharing many experiences and developing lasting memories with your child, that they can look back fondly on later in their lives. We will work to ensure the child grows up with a solid foundation of love and support.
Since we are fortunate for Janell to work from home, we will be there for the child to ensure they are getting as much love and care as possible to develop a lasting bond with us. We offer financial stability that will also allow us to ensure the child has the things they need as they grow and develop while also being able to offer them other fun experiences like family vacations we both enjoyed growing up.
We would like you to know that you are important to us and always will be. We are happy to share photos and letters so that you can share in your child's growth and experiences! We promise you that your child will know that you love them and you will always be reflected positively to them.
Thank you for considering us as potential parents. While words can be difficult to paint a complete picture of us, we hope you were able to get a good sense of who we are and what the future of your child would look like with us. We want you to know that although this decision is difficult we will always respect you for your brave choice. That decision will be evident in our home. We know expanding our family would not be possible without your strength and courage.
Mark & Janell
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