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Mark & Erica

We are so excited to start this experience with you! We believe we were led to adopt to meet not only our family needs but yours as well. We hope you will find us compassionate and a good fit for this relationship. We understand this may not have been an easy decision and hope we can all come together to provide a loving future for this child.

About Us

Mark
Erica
Job
U.S. Army
Flight Attendant
Education
Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts
Associate's Degree in Travel & Tourism
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Why We Chose Adoption

With Abigail & Bailey

The choice of adopting a child is probably one of the biggest or most important decisions we have made as a couple. Some of the reasons are easy; we love children. They bring us joy and a satisfaction that is not matched by anything else in our lives. However, others are more difficult, and that is the issue of time.

We both have children from previous marriages. Mark has two adult daughters ages 21 and 20. Abigail is married to a soldier and they are currently living in Colorado Springs near Fort Carson. Bailey is attending a college in Ohio and studying Video Game Design. They are super excited to be the "big sisters" on this journey!

Erica's son, Xavier, would have been 10 years old this year. He unexpectedly passed away in 2011 from a virus in his heart. The year and a half he was with us is treasured every day. We keep his memory alive by sharing stories we remember often.

Our marriage came to be later in life, as most second marriages do. As we discussed having a child together, we faced challenges. We attempted IVF and were unsuccessful. After much prayer, talking to our friends who had adopted, and then a very heartfelt discussion as a couple, we decided that adoption was the best option for us to make our desire of having a child together a reality. We are so excited to be taking this step and cannot wait for this next chapter in our lives!

Our Leisure Time

Hiking & Spending the Day at Waimea Bay

We like to spend our down time in many ways! We truly enjoy spending time with our military friends and family. A normal weekend may include having them over for lunch or dinner, spending time on the back patio laughing or keeping the littles occupied in our large backyard. We do enjoy simple days of a movie or playing a competitive game of Shanghai Rummy or board games with friends. We have two Catahoula pups that have mastered the "puppy dog face" that entices us to take walks around the neighborhood. We also enjoy getting away whenever possible to explore new places.

Erica loves crafting. She also loves to take pictures, create from scratch and is currently learning all about Pyrography (wood burning). She is a lover of books and can lose herself in a story. However, some mornings she just opens Candy Crush on the phone and relaxes!

Mark loves to hunt and fish when available. He also gets tricked into helping with Erica's crafts, but she believes he secretly loves it!

Our Promise to You

As we begin this adoption journey, we believe that the most important detail is the child. Our promise to you is we will always place the child first in our life. We will remember that this is about them and what we as parents are doing to give them the best life that we can. If you so choose, we will make you as much of a part of their life as you want.

We promise to love this child, provide for them and raise them to ensure they grow to be someone that has a sense of pride, responsibility and respect for their family and community. We promise to always honor the choice you made to place your child for adoption and will ensure this child knows that that choice was made out of love. We promise that no matter what age, gender or ethnicity this child is, we will love them as our own and do everything to provide them with a life and home that will let them be proud of their family, background and culture.

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Photos

Visiting the North Shore
Visiting the North Shore
Marriage Retreat With a Beautiful View of Diamond Head
Marriage Retreat With a Beautiful View of Diamond Head
Mark Surfing
Mark Surfing
All Dressed Up for a Military Ball
All Dressed Up for a Military Ball
Our Pups, Scout & Stella
Our Pups, Scout & Stella
Paint Night With Military Spouses
Paint Night With Military Spouses
Our Nieces & Nephews
Our Nieces & Nephews
One of Our Favorites Places to Visit Near Our Home - We Love to Feed the Animals & Being Able to Get Up Close!
One of Our Favorites Places to Visit Near Our Home - We Love to Feed the Animals & Being Able to Get Up Close!
Celebrating Abigail's Wedding
Celebrating Abigail's Wedding
Catamaran Ride
Catamaran Ride
Erica Visiting Abigail in Hawaii During a Work Layover
Erica Visiting Abigail in Hawaii During a Work Layover
Sunset at the Beach
Sunset at the Beach
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Visiting the North Shore
Visiting the North Shore
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Marriage Retreat With a Beautiful View of Diamond Head
Marriage Retreat With a Beautiful View of Diamond Head
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Mark Surfing
Mark Surfing
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All Dressed Up for a Military Ball
All Dressed Up for a Military Ball
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Our Pups, Scout & Stella
Our Pups, Scout & Stella
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Paint Night With Military Spouses
Paint Night With Military Spouses
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Our Nieces & Nephews
Our Nieces & Nephews
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One of Our Favorites Places to Visit Near Our Home - We Love to Feed the Animals & Being Able to Get Up Close!
One of Our Favorites Places to Visit Near Our Home - We Love to Feed the Animals & Being Able to Get Up Close!
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Celebrating Abigail's Wedding
Celebrating Abigail's Wedding
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Catamaran Ride
Catamaran Ride
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Erica Visiting Abigail in Hawaii During a Work Layover
Erica Visiting Abigail in Hawaii During a Work Layover
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Sunset at the Beach
Sunset at the Beach

Our House and Neighborhood

Home Sweet Home

We currently live in a modest two-story home in the great state of Texas with our two dogs. It often becomes a place to gather with our friends for weekend cookouts, spouse socials or an impromptu place to stay for travelling friends and family.

But what we think makes our home so unique is the people we share it with. By this we mean our military family. We have lived close to or on a military base for quite some time in our life. The soldiers and their families are what makes that special. The military community becomes your surrogate family. We can't help but fall in love with all the different people we meet and in doing so become so close to them. There is always a holiday we are preparing for, a homecoming we are excited about or an upcoming birth we are celebrating Whether we are staying for one year or five years we embrace our local community as our home until we make it back to our final destination.

Our Extended Families

Erica's Family

In our opinion, our extended family story is unique. We grew up in the same home town, Madison, Ohio. Its centered between Cleveland, Ohio and Erie, Pennsylvania. We both grew up there, moved away after high school and went our separate ways. Our parents, two of three siblings and close friends still live there. Because our professional lives have taken us all around the country, we go home to visit family often, usually around Christmas and in the Summer. Every time we visit is like a reunion. Spending time with family and friends, catching up, large family meals, get togethers, games and just relaxing.

Mark's Family

Soon, we will retire from the Army and move back to Ohio, where we intend to build a home, be closer to our family and try and live a more simple life—one where we can be part of our local community, volunteer at our schools and church and share in our family life.

We have many nephews and nieces back home and look forward to them being part of our son or daughter's life. We are very proud of our family and look forward to sharing this experience with them.

From Us to You

First and foremost, we want to thank you for considering us as possible adoptive parents. You have come so far and please know that we cannot imagine what choices you've had to make. We would like to tell you that, for whatever reasons you have made this decision to consider adoption, we see you as strong and selfless. We hope we both want the same end result: a happy, healthy and loving home for this child.

To share a little about us, we are from the same hometown in Ohio, where most of our family still lives. For the past 25 years Mark has served in the U.S. Army and Erica has been a flight attendant for Delta Airlines for 22 years. In about a year and a half Mark will be retiring from the Army and we will move back home to be closer to family and start the next chapter in our lives. This is one reason we know the time is right for us to adopt. We will be near our family, plan to build our home and lead a more simple life.

Another thing about us that is important to know is the we were both previously married. Mark has two daughters, Abigail (21) and Bailey (20). Erica had a son from her first marriage, Xavier, who unexpectedly passed away in 2011. Now that the girls are grown and are moving on into their adult lives, and we have grieved and are healing from losing Xavier, we believe the time is right for us to add to our family.

We hope you understand we will make this child our first priority through raising them in a home supported in love and respect. No matter the gender or ethnicity this child may be, we will ensure they are raised right and proud of their heritage. We will do whatever it takes to make sure this child is raised to be proud of their family and background.

We would feel blessed should you choose us to join you on this journey. In our discussion of raising an adopted child, we agree that you should be as involved in this child's life as you would want to be. We agree to send pictures, exchange emails or letters, phone calls and even future visits if that is something you would like to be a part of in this process. We are more than willing to meet with you in person beforehand as Erica flies for a living and can make this possible as much as you would like. As we are writing this, we pray that our hearts are coming out in our words as best as we can.

Thank you for taking the opportunity to consider us to adopt your child. As you may realize, this is one of the biggest decisions that we have made as a couple. We do not take it lightly, but are positive this is the right choice for us and hopefully you will agree.

With love,

Mark & Erica

Favorites

Mark
Erica
Actor
Robert Deniro
Matthew McConaughey
Actress
Rachel McAdams
Julia Roberts
Animal
Dog
All! My husband calls me Noah because I will rescue any and all creatures!
Author
John Grisham
Nicholas Sparks
Book
How Soccer Explains the World
The Help
Candy Bar
Milky Way
Whatchamacallit
Cartoon
Rocket Power
Mickey Mouse Playhouse
Childhood Memory
Camping Trips
Walt Disney World
Childhood Toy
Skateboard
Cabbage Patch Dolls
Children's Book
Huckleberry Finn
Curduroy Bear
City
Madison, OH
Home! Madison, OH
Classic Movie
The Godfather
Same Time Next Year
Color
Green
Purple
Day of Week
Saturday
Saturday
Dessert
Ice Cream
Oreos
Disney Movie
Shrek
Pollyanna
Dream Car
66 Shelby GT
Dream Job
Soldier
Flight Attendant
Dream Vacation
Ireland
Tahiti
Family Activity
Road Trips
Game Nights
Flower / Plant
Hydrangea
Gerber Daisy
Food
Steak
Crab Legs
Form of Exercise
Running
Zumba
Fruit
Pineapple
Watermelon
Game
Euchre
Euchre
Hobby
Fishing
Crafting
Holiday
St Patrick's Day
Halloween
Holiday Song
Little Drummer Boy
Carol of the Bells
Holiday Tradition
Thanksgiving Dinner
Opening one gift on Christmas Eve
Ice Cream
Any Coffee Flavor
Cookies and Cream
Junk Food
Chips and Pretzels
Pretzel Combos
Leisure Activity
Golf
Movie Night
Magazine
Ink
Star.......little bit of gossip but LOVE the crossword!
Memory with a Child
Daughters Graduation
Taking his first steps!
Memory with Spouse
Family Wedding
Our Wedding
Movie
Dazed and Confused
The Greatest Showman
Movie Munchie
Milk Duds
Popcorn
Movie Quote
"My Sons were better men"
Movie Type
Action
Comedy
Musical
Phanom of the Opera
Musical Group
AC/DC
Pentatonix
Nursery Rhyme
Along Came a Spider
Olympic Event
Men's Soccer
Snowboarding
Personal Hero
My Father
My Grandma
Play
Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland
Poet
Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein
Quality about my Spouse
Selflessness
Giving
Quote
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."
Restaurant
Longhorn Steakhouse
Chipotle
Sandwich
BLT
Turkey and Swiss
Scripture
John 15:13
1 Samuel 1:27
Shopping Store
Kittery Trading Post
Amazon
Song
Amazing Grace
I'm Yours by Jason Mraz
Sport to Play
Soccer
Volleyball
Sport to Watch
Soccer
Football
Sports Team
Ohio State
Ohio State Buckeyes
Subject in School
History
History
Superhero
Superman
Thing to Cook
Beer Bread
Desserts
Time of Day
Morning
Evening
Tradition
Midnight Mass on Christmas
Family Reunions
TV Show
Maine Cabin Masters
Big Bang Theory
TV Show Character
Sheldon Cooper
Type of Music
Classic Rock
Country
Vacation Spot
Lake McGillvary, Canada
Canada
Video Game
Mario Kart
Candy Crush

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