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Marc & Cathy
We believe everything in life happens for a reason, and are humbled that you are considering us as parents for your child. We have been looking into adoption as a way to grow our family for many years, and are excited to share this journey with you. We understand that a difficult decision lies ahead of you and we will keep you in our prayers.
How We Met
During Graduate School Marc decided to start a small cleaning business to help offset the cost of tuition. The business grew and flourished more than he expected. Soon the work was becoming too much for one person, so he decided it was time to place a help wanted ad in the local newspaper. Little did we expect that this tiny ad in a small community based newspaper would have a major impact on the rest of our lives.
Cathy's mother was one of the first to respond to the ad. Shortly after Marc hired her, she asked if her daughter, Cathy, could fill in for her at times. Since she was so great at her job, and well liked by the customers, Marc said yes. Cathy started to work for her mother on most weekends, and Marc always tried to find an excuse to come in and see her. We spent some time talking and getting to know each other. He finally worked up the nerve to ask her out, but because he is shy at times, he did it over text message. Her reply was "my favorite restaurant is the Cheesecake Factory!"
Our first date was dinner at the Cheesecake Factory on a Saturday evening, since then we have been practically joined at the hip. The ad Marc placed in the newspaper is now proudly framed in our home office.
Cathy and I are animal lovers. Shortly after starting to date, Cathy bought a small black and white Shih Tzu, whom she named Boots. We decided about a year after getting Boots, that she needed a friend to keep her occupied when we were not home. Rocky, another Shih Tzu, instantly melted our hearts. He came home with us the first day we went to see him. About a year ago we adopted Mia from our local shelter and she turned out to be such a sweet cat, we decided to adopt a friend for her as well. We adopted Chester from the same shelter and they are inseparable. They play all day long and love to sit and watch outside through the window.
Cathy fawned over both puppies and kittens like they were her own children. I remember thinking that she was so great and loving with them, that she would be a wonderful mother when the time came. We often joke that we take care of our pets better than ourselves. Our house is filled with dog and cat toys, and pictures we have taken with them on various vacations. We often plan our vacations around them, either taking them with us or finding the very best care takers to watch over them while we are gone. Our dogs and cats love playing and being with children, we can't wait to introduce them to each other!
Addressing Cultural Diversity
Cathy is Hispanic and Marc is Caucasian. Learning about each other's cultural background has helped us grow as a couple and be more accepting of other cultures. Being an interracial couple, we've had to educate our own families about our cultures. We look forward to teaching our child about their own culture along with integrating ours into their lifestyle. Cathy is bilingual and is so excited about teaching our child how to speak two different languages.
We have a circle of close friends and family that represent many different nationalities and races. The community that we live in is diverse and has members from different racial and ethic backgrounds. This makes it easy to seek out and reach out to places that embrace diversity like we do. We are confident this will be helpful in making our child feel welcome into our family. We hope this will teach our child about unconditional love and discovering what makes each person unique.
We hope to learn from our child just as much as we teach them. While our parenting strategies will have to change throughout the different stages of development, we look forward to cherishing every milestone and celebrating them.
Our Extended Families
We both come from large close-knit families. Even though some of our family is spread out throughout the country, we all gather for holidays and special events. Christmas and Thanksgiving are particularly special to us, and each year we all gather to feast and exchange presents. We see our nieces and nephews as often as we can.
Every summer Cathy's oldest nephew, David, comes to spend a week with us. Cathy is the middle child of three girls. My sister and I have been best friends our whole lives. My oldest sister, Jenny, has three boys David, John, and James. My younger sister, Nathalie, is a new mother to her son Lucas. I am a godmother to Jenny's son John, but love to spoil all four boys the same.
Marc is the youngest of four boys. My brothers and I have always maintained a close relationship. My two oldest brothers have five children between them and each year the whole family, including Cathy's, meets at the lake for a family reunion.Our parents are eagerly waiting to meet their new grandchild, and can not wait to care for them and love them in a way only grandparents can. We look forward to our child meeting all of their cousins and developing close relationships like the ones we have with our own siblings.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a large town in the Southeast that has many lakes, parks, schools, and shopping within a short drive. The state we reside in is full of activities for nature lovers. The mountains and ocean are a two hour drive from us in either direction.
Our town has many different events throughout the year. There is always something to do, whether it be hiking, going to the dog park, or attending the many seasonal events with friends and neighbors.
There are large parks for dogs and children within a few minutes from our home. These parks are full of wide open spaces, hiking trails, and community pools. We enjoy being outdoors, so much of our weekends are spent at the park with our two dogs down the road from our home.
We live on a quiet dead end street within a small subdivision. Our neighborhood is very diverse, it is a mixture of families and retirees. There are many children of various ages that play outside all year round. Our home is a wonderful place for children, we have an acre of property that is fenced in and private. Our home is spacious and open, we enjoy spending most of our time on our deck in the back yard.
From Us to You
Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to introduce ourselves and tell you about our family. We are Cathy and Marc, and want to start out by stating how grateful we are that you love your unborn child so much that you would consider us as potential parents. We hope in our hearts, that after reading this, our paths may cross one day. We cannot say that we even begin to understand the decision you are about to undertake, but know that you will forever hold a place in our hearts.
Please take comfort in knowing that your child will be welcomed into a loving and stable environment. We have been inseparable since our first date twelve years ago; we knew immediately that we found our soul mate. We married eight years ago, and our relationship has endured the typical up and downs that life has to offer. With each challenge, we found that as a couple there was nothing that could keep us down, each new set of struggles only brought us closer together.
We live in the Southeast, outside of several large cities. We are fortunate to be close to schools, shopping, and entertainment, while also being able to enjoy the privacy of country living. We moved from the northeast about ten years ago. Our reason for moving was to seek out a better life for ourselves and future children. Cathy is a Registered Nurse and Marc is a IT Project Manager. Our careers have provided us the opportunity to grow our family and be able to enjoy life.
As a couple, we feel that it is our calling to become parents. From early on in our relationship, we both realized that each of us had the drive and need to raise a child and grow into a family. We are both fully aware of the responsibilities that come with being a parent, and are ready to share our lives and love with a child.
We both share the same passions for life. We love to travel, explore our home state and spend as much time with friends and family as we can. We both come from different backgrounds, and have blended many of our family traditions together. We are proud of our individual histories and with your blessing, would love to share your history with your child. We plan on sharing our adoption journey from early on, and would love to send updates and pictures to you regularly so you can see how much your child is loved. We both feeling strongly that it is important for each of us to know where we came from, so we would be pleased to share anything we know about you with your child. We already know that you are an amazing person, faced with an incredible life changing decision. Your love for your child will allow us the opportunity to grow our family and we will never miss an opportunity to tell them how much they are loved, by all of us. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and for considering us as potential parents for your child. You will be in our thoughts and prayers as you undertake this journey.
Marc & Cathy
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