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Marcos & Dena

We are so grateful for what you are doing. Considering adoption is a brave step to take. Thank you for considering us as adoptive parents. If you choose us, your child will be raised in a home of warmth, laughter, and love, with plenty of help to become their best self.

About Us

Marcos
Dena
Job
Solution Architect
Optometrist
Education
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science & Theater Arts
Doctor of Optometry
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Lifestyle

Hiking at Cloudland Canyon

Our lifestyle involves balancing our physical, mental, and spiritual health. For Dena, getting regular exercise several times a week is a priority, not just to stay fit but also to manage stress. We also have an exercise bike that Marcos makes use of at home. From time to time, we will go on walks through our neighborhood, which helps us to "check in" and connect with each other while getting some exercise at the same time. We both feed our creative sides by playing musical instruments: Marcos plays classical and electric guitar, and Dena plays fiddle. Dena "recharges her spiritual batteries" by attending church once or twice a month, where she helps serve the wine during Communion.

Most of our meals are cooked from scratch at home. Dena does the grocery shopping for the week on Saturdays and does meal prep (often with Marcos helping) for the upcoming week on Sundays. That way, we don't have to stress about cooking during the week. We don't always feel like cooking, though. We typically order takeout once or twice a week, usually Indian or Vietnamese. About once a month, we'll go out to dinner with friends. When we feel like having a date night or are celebrating a special occasion, the two of us will go a restaurant and see a movie, concert, or play. We love that there are so many entertainment options near us.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

Beautiful Day at Piedmont Park

Marcos About Dena: Dena is very easy to get along with. She's wonderfully kind, loving, and sweet. She's also intelligent and strong, as evidenced by the fact that she has both a doctorate and a black belt. How many people could say that? She's been an amazing wife and partner. She has always been calm, comforting, and supportive, even in the most stressful of times. She's a remarkable woman, and will be a fantastic role model that any child would be lucky to call "Mom."

Dena About Marcos: Marcos is so easy to be around. His personality is usually very calm (but definitely not when watching football). He treats me with respect and affection, and he has been supportive of me since our dating days. While I was training for my black belt in karate, he would wait until I got home from practice at 8:30 in the evening and have dinner ready so we could eat together. He didn't complain once about me spending four or five evenings a week at karate or about being asked to help with the cooking! Instead, he made sure what time we did have together during those evenings could be spent together.

Our Promise to You

Our promise to you is that once your child is placed with us, we will love them like they were our own child. That's because they will be our own child, no different than if they had shared our DNA. To us, being a parent means making their health, happiness, and development the most important priority of our lives, and that's what we promise we will do for your child.

We believe the best thing parents can do for their child is to provide for them, love them, and guide them. That means nurturing their talents and passions. It means teaching them responsibility so that they learn to stand on their own as they grow into adulthood. And it means bringing out the best in them, so that they become the best possible version of themselves.

If you place your child with us, they will be given the love and guidance that they need to thrive in this world. That is our promise to you.

Photos

Enjoying a Hike
Enjoying a Hike
Dena at Her Black Belt Test
Dena at Her Black Belt Test
Dena Practicing Her Fiddle
Dena Practicing Her Fiddle
Marcos Ziplining
Marcos Ziplining
On Our Tour of Iceland
On Our Tour of Iceland
Marcos Diving
Marcos Diving
Bergen, Norway
Bergen, Norway
At a Charity Fundraiser
At a Charity Fundraiser
Key West
Key West
Outside of Kilkenny Castle in Ireland
Outside of Kilkenny Castle in Ireland
Soaking Up the Sun in Naples
Soaking Up the Sun in Naples
Exploring Norway
Exploring Norway
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Enjoying a Hike
Enjoying a Hike
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Dena at Her Black Belt Test
Dena at Her Black Belt Test
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Dena Practicing Her Fiddle
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Marcos Ziplining
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On Our Tour of Iceland
On Our Tour of Iceland
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Marcos Diving
Marcos Diving
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Bergen, Norway
Bergen, Norway
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At a Charity Fundraiser
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Key West
Key West
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Outside of Kilkenny Castle in Ireland
Outside of Kilkenny Castle in Ireland
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Soaking Up the Sun in Naples
Soaking Up the Sun in Naples
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Exploring Norway
Exploring Norway

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a major city in the Southeast in a spacious (3,000 sq. ft.) townhouse with a large deck in the back. We have a garden on the deck where we like to grow herbs and vegetables for cooking, as well as flowers. A bird feeder hanging off the railing often attracts cardinals and other local wildlife, in addition to providing great entertainment for our cats.

Our neighborhood is pretty suburban, although we're in close walking distance of multiple parks, playgrounds, and family-friendly restaurants. It's a popular area for families. Whenever we go walking around our neighborhood, we see lots of children playing as well as couples with strollers. It's a safe area with highly rated nearby schools.

The local library (also within walking distance) has story time and book clubs for the local kids. One of the nearby playgrounds has a swimming pool where children can take swimming lessons. Plus, our area has community events like ice cream socials that are great for families to meet and enjoy spending time together.

Our Extended Families

All Smiles With Family

Dena's parents and brother live near us. We often invite each other over to dinner and talk about life over wine. We're also close with Dena's aunt and uncle who live about an hour away. Dena's father likes to relax on the weekends with gourmet cooking, and we've had plenty of impressive meals over at their place. Dena's parents have a condo in South Florida where they like to get away, and we've joined them a few times when we felt like a change of scenery.

In Iceland With Marcos' Family

Marcos' family lives in and around South Florida. In addition to his parents, he has an older brother and sister, both with teenage kids. We try to go down a couple of times a year to visit. Marcos's parents have a condo on the water in South Florida, and his brother has a place in the Florida Keys. Both are great places to relax and enjoy the water. This wouldn't be the first adoption we've experienced, since Marcos's sister also adopted a child.

Our families are very different, but everyone gets along well. If you want a picture of how different, then consider watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding if you haven't already. Gender swap the main couple, and it's pretty close metaphor.

Dena's family is a mix of English, German, and Norwegian on one side and old South on the other. Marcos's family is from Spain, by way of Cuba.

From Us to You

We can only try to imagine what you must be going through right now. This process must be incredibly difficult. What you are doing takes incredible strength and courage and for this reason, you have our admiration and our gratitude.

We're not sure that anything we say can make this easier, but what we can tell you is this: if you chose us as adoptive parents, we will make sure that your baby grows up strong and happy. We will give them a safe and loving home filled with warmth and laughter. We will show them how to achieve their dreams and we will help them to become the best possible version of themselves.

Raising a child will not only entail providing them a nurturing environment, but it also involves teaching them responsibility so that they make the right choices in life. The core responsibility of being a parent is to prepare a child for adulthood. That means teaching them right from wrong, and that their actions have consequences. Under our guidance, your child will grow into a strong, responsible, and proud adult, able to capably handle anything that life throws at them. They will be well prepared for whatever path they wish to take in life, whether that means becoming an artist, an engineer, or a CEO.

Both of us have been blessed to have wonderful parents who gave us all of the above. We want to pass this gift along to your baby. We don't take this lightly. Once we become parents, your child's growth and happiness will become our life's work. We are ready and well prepared for this. We have the money, stability, and emotional maturity to take on this monumental task.

We've been married for almost four years now, and those years have been the happiest of our lives. Our relationship is based on love, mutual respect, and equal partnership. We want to point that out, since the parents' relationship becomes the basis for what a child expects from their own relationships when they become an adult. We've both had shining examples of what a wonderful marriage looks like, and it has helped us find that for ourselves. In this too, we can pass this gift along to your child.

Since our dating days, we knew that we wanted to become parents. We are both at a point in our lives where we are better prepared for this than the vast majority of parents. Fate has seen to it that adoption is our path towards this next phase in our lives. We can't wait for it to start, and so we hope you choose us to become your baby's family.

Of course, we want you to always know that you made the right decision. You can rest assured that, should you desire, we will send you letters and pictures of your baby as they grow up. We are also open to periodic visits, and we can discuss what that would look like. Rest assured, you will not be making a mistake by entrusting us with this gift. We will not let you or your baby down.

Sincerely,

Marcos & Dena

Favorites

Marcos
Dena
Actor
Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr., Peter Dinkledge
Tom Hanks, David Tennant
Actress
Scarlett Johansen, Maisie Williams, Kristin Bell
Meryl Streep, Olivia Colman
Animal
Cats, Dogs
Cat
Author
Stephen King, Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Butcher
Barbara Brown Taylor
Book
Harry Potter series, Dresden files, Kingkiller Chronicles
Harry Potter series, Pride and Prejudice
Candy Bar
Twix, Kit Kat, Butterfinger
Snickers
Cartoon
South Park
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Childhood Memory
Christmas mornings, playing in the pool with cousins
Summer camps
Childhood Toy
Gizmo stuffed animal
American Girl dolls
Children's Book
Dr Suess
The Secret Garden
City
Miami, Atlanta
Atlanta
Classic Movie
It's a Wonderful Life, Forbidden Planet
Casablanca
Color
Blue
Blue
Day of Week
Saturday
Saturday
Dessert
Caramel Mocha Frappe
Chocolate
Disney Movie
Star Wars, MCU (those count!), Lion King, Finding Nemo
Lion King
Dream Car
Anything fully self driving
Dream Job
Novelist
Dream Vacation
Germany river cruise over the Rhine
Ireland
Family Activity
Movie/Game night
Flower / Plant
Gardenia
Food
Cuban, Indian, Thai
Thai, Indian
Form of Exercise
Cycling, Walking
Karate, Barre, Walking
Fruit
Pineapple
Banana
Game
Settlers of Catan, Cards Against Humanity
Settlers of Catan
Hobby
Playing Guitar, Gaming, Watching Football
Karate, Playing Fiddle, Cooking, Hiking
Holiday
Halloween
Christmas
Holiday Song
Trans Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve/Sarajevo
Holiday Tradition
Pig Roast on Christmas Eve
Christmas tree
Ice Cream
Cookies and Cream
Chocolate
Junk Food
Swiss Rolls
Potato chips
Leisure Activity
Youtube
Magazine
InStyle
Memory with Spouse
Musical Pub Crawl in Dublin
Vacation to Ireland
Movie
Infinity War/Endgame, Good Will Hunting, Deadpool 1/2
Star Wars (Episodes 4-6), Harry Potter series, Casablanca, It's a Wonderful Life, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Movie Munchie
Popcorn
Movie Type
Romantic comedy
Musical
Hamilton
Wicked
Musical Group
Sting, Barenaked Ladies, P!nk, Adele, Michael Buble
Queen, P!nk, Adele, Michael Buble
Nursery Rhyme
Frere Jacques; Rock-a-bye Baby; Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Olympic Event
Gymnastics, ice skating
Personal Hero
Martin Luther King Jr
Play
Wit (by Margaret Edson)
Poet
Shakespeare
William Shakespeare, Bob Dylan
Quality about my Spouse
Kindness
Thoughtfulness
Quote
"If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error."
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." - Nietzche
Restaurant
Verde Taqueria
Thai
Sandwich
Cuban, Philly Cheesesteak
Peanut butter and banana
Scripture
Jeremiah 29:11
Shopping Store
Nordstrom
Song
Odds Are, Fields of Gold, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Here Comes the Sun (by the Beatles)
Sport to Play
Karate
Sport to Watch
Football
Tennis
Sports Star
Dan Marino, Zack Thomas
Sports Team
Miami Hurricanes & Miami Dolphins
Atlanta Braves
Subject in School
Math
English
Superhero
Spiderman
Thing to Cook
Omelette
Thai peanut noodles
Tradition
Thanksgiving
TV Show
GoT, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Breaking Bad, The Good Place, Community, Stranger Things
Dr. Who, House MD, Great British Baking Show
TV Show Character
Abed (Community), Arya (GoT), Chidi (The Good Place)
10th doctor from Doctor Who
Type of Music
Classic Rock
Vacation Spot
Mountains
Video Game
Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Everquest, Stardew Valley, Skyrim

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