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Mark and Karen's Profile

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FC: Our Story | Mark & Karen (973) 699-3413 karenandmark@luckymail.com

1: Dear Birth Family, It would be impossible for us to understand what you're feeling right now. We admire you for taking this difficult step. Thank you for bravely opening up your heart and mind to read our letter and learn more about our family. Although we can't meet you face-to-face at this moment, with these pictures and words we'd like to share our story with you and introduce you to the people who are most precious to us. Karen & Mark .

2: About us... | When we met eleven years ago at Ohio University, we felt an immediate connection to one another. We instantly fell in love, became best friends, and were married on April 26, 2003. From that time on, our relationship has grown out of love, respect, kindness and laughter. Almost two years ago, we adopted our son Andrew. Since the very first moment we held him, he has filled us with immeasurable joy. He is the light of our lives, and we know another child will only make our lives brighter. Now we're in our early 30s, and we can't wait to continue building our family together. Nothing would make us happier than to open our hearts and home to another child with whom we can share our love. We are raising Andrew with the same love, respect, kindness, and humor we give to each other, and we'll do the same for the new baby who joins our family. We will be strong role models for our children and will shape their lives with encouragement, wisdom, and guidance. We also value education and will ensure our children receive a good education through schooling and by exposing them to a wide variety of life experiences. In doing so we hope to help them develop strong character and to live a life they are be proud of. We believe in the importance of religious faith and intend to raise our children with Christian values.

3: We are a very active family and have fun doing just about anything together! The three of us spend a lot of time outdoors and have fun going on bike rides together and hiking with our dog Lewis. On weekends we love going to Manhattan to explore its neighborhoods, museums, parks, and cultural events. We also love to travel. We enjoy visting different cities and national parks in the U.S. and around the world. At home we relax together by playing games, cooking or hanging out with our family and friends. | How we spend our time together...

4: Seeing Mark through Karen's eyes... | It's impossible to truly get to know Mark without meeting him in person. But by sharing these thoughts and photos with you, I hope you'll begin to see the many special qualities Mark has to offer and why he is such a great dad and husband. When I met Mark in college, I immediately fell in love with his sense of humor. On our first date, he made me laugh so hard that I had tears streaming down my face. I admire Mark for his easy-going personality, honesty, and intelligence. Family is more important to Mark than anything else in life. From the moment we adopted Andrew, Mark was a natural at being a dad. He is a very hands-on father and shares equally in parenting our son -- from changing diapers and feeding him, to playing and reading with him, to comforting him when he's upset. My heart melts when I see how loving and gentle he is with Andrew and how much he is also adored by our eight nieces and nephews. Children seem to easily relate to Mark's fun-loving personality. When he can, Mark enjoys cheering on our nephews at their sporting events and looks forward to doing the same for our children someday.

5: Mark is a huge sports fan and is very athletic. He has enjoyed playing sports since he was a child and continues to bike, play basketball, and run. He has run five marathons and competed in a triathlon. He also rarely misses a chance to watch his beloved Ohio Bobcats, Mets or Jets. Almost as much as sports, Mark loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, camping and traveling. In addition to valuing his family and health, Mark also believes a quality education is very important. He and I attended undergraduate and graduate school together. He loves to learn new things, especially about geography, history, and nature, and he is always teaching our son Andrew something new. Mark is currently a manager at a healthcare company, where he has worked for ten years. He is a respected leader and is well liked by his team and co-workers. I hope that my words helped you begin to understand who Mark is and the many reasons why he is loved so much by our family.

6: Seeing Karen through Mark's eyes... | In writing about Karen I have trouble summarizing her within a couple of lines. She has so much to offer, I will do my best to show you why I love her and why I think the child who becomes part of our family will too. I was attracted to Karen in college because of her fun and passionate personality. When we started dating I found that we shared many common interests which helped us build a great friendship that we enjoy today. She has enhanced everything we do together by bringing her enthusiasm to our activities. Karen is a wonderful mom to our son Andrew. She and Andrew love to play, read, do art projects, make music, dance and sing, and be silly together. She enjoys teaching him about the world and showering him with hugs and kisses. Karen is also a godmother to our niece Alexis and has created close personal bonds with all of our nieces and nephews. She has an amazing ability to relate to children and can draw out even the shyest children in our family.

7: Karen is a dedicated third grade teacher who cherishes bringing knowledge and joy to her students on a daily basis. She understands that each child has different dreams and motivations in life and creates a secure and nurturing environment where children are challenged to reach their full potential. You can experience the joy she receives from being a teacher just by being around her. When she is not sharing her time with others, Karen enjoys pouring her energy and creativity into painting watercolors, running, reading all types of literature in both Spanish and English, and writing poetry. One of her goals is to write a children’s book within her lifetime, which I know will be a classic. Like me, Karen is adventurous and is always willing to try new outdoor activities like whitewater rafting, zip lining, and snorkeling. She looks forward to welcoming another child into our adventures one day. I hope this gives you a little glimpse into the life of the woman I love.

8: Our son Andrew... | Andrew, who is almost two years old, is an incredible little boy. His beautiful smile and laughter always light up a room. He's full of energy and loves to run and play outside. He adores animals, especially his dog Lewis. He's also a big fan of music and will dance to any song he hears! In quieter moments, he loves to read books, do puzzles, build block towers, and create art projects together. Andrew is very curious about the world around him and is eager to learn new things. Whether he is visiting the zoo, a playground, or the beach, he always enjoys exploring new places. Andrew gets along well with other children and is a very affectionate little boy. He loves to give kisses and hugs to the people he loves. We know Andrew will be a great big brother!

10: Our family is very important to us, and we feel fortunate to have their unconditional love and support. A new baby who joins our family will be welcomed by four loving grandparents and lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins. | Us after a fun day of snowtubing with Mark's sister Lynn, her husband Mike, and nephews Shaun & Jack | Mark and niece Rachel at her 9th birthday party | Karen and Andrew hiking with her sister Lisa on our trip to Colorado last summer | Mark, Karen and Andrew with Karen's brother John, sister-in-law Nicole, and nieces Alexis and Chloe on the ferry | Mark with lots of support from his dad, nieces Amanda & Rachel, sister-in-law Denise, and brother Steve when he ran the NYC marathon | Mark, Karen and Andrew on a trip out west to visit Karen's sister Lisa last summer | Meet our extended family...

11: As a family, we enjoy being a part of one another's lives, and we get together for holidays, birthdays and other celebrations throughout the year. If we are blessed to welcome a new child into our family, we promise that he or she will be treasured by all. (PS: Our nieces & nephews tell us they can't wait to have a new cousin!) | Mark, Karen and sister Lisa at the Liberty Science Center | Karen giving niece Alexis a ride at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens | Karen with nieces Fiona and Alanna at Fiona's 5th birthday party | Andrew with Karen's mom and dad in Central Park | Andrew and Mark's parents at a family birthday party | Karen, sister Lisa and sister-in-law Nicole at Christmas

12: Our dog Lewis... | Lewis, our seven-year-old Airedale Terrier, brings a lot of joy to our lives. He is playful, smart, and excellent with children. Lewis has grown up with our young nieces, nephews, and our friends' children, so he's used to being around little one of all ages. He and Andrew love chasing each other around and playing together. We know he would welcome a new baby into our home.

13: Our home and community... | We live in a spacious 4-bedroom colonial in New Jersey. We have a large yard with lots of space for children to run and play. Our home is located in a beautiful family-friendly community, just a few miles from a historic town center that is filled with shops, restaurants, and a wonderful library. Our town is known for its excellent schools. It also has playgrounds, sports fields, and tons of open space where community events are held. We love being surrounded by nature and living in a town with friendly neighbors and many young children.

15: We realize that the thought of entrusting your baby's precious life to another family must be extremely difficult. We want you to know that we admire your courage and are grateful to you for opening up your heart to consider our family. We hope that by sharing our story, you have a better idea of who we are and what we have to offer a child who joins our family. The most important thing we can give to you is a promise that your baby will be loved and cherished every single day of his or her life. We'd love to speak with you and hope that you decide to share your story with us. Please call or text us anytime at (973) 699-3413. You can also email us at karenandmark@luckymail.com. If you'd prefer to speak with our adoption attorney, Robin, please call her at (212) 362-6945. You can also contact our adoption agency, A Loving Choice, by calling 1-800-816-6311. Warmest wishes, Mark and Karen

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