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S: Mark and Jennifer 2011 Adoption Journey



2: Dear Birthmother, Mark and I are extremely honored that you have chosen to read our letter to get to know a little more about our lives. We pray that as you look through our profile you'll experience a connection between our desire for parenting, through the gift of adoption, and your brave decision in considering an adoption plan for your child. We thank you for opening your heart and being so strong in making a selfless decision as a mother. As you will see, Mark and I love doing a variety of different things and we have a lot of fun with friends and family. We met in 1999 and married in 2001. We love traveling and going to local sporting events that support the "home" team as well as spending time around the dinner table with family and friends. Both Mark and I have envisioned being parents and have dreamed about raising our children. We have a strong desire to become parents. Unfortunately, we have had two miscarriages and Jennifer had a corrective surgery that has seemingly not allowed us to get pregnant and have biological children. Despite the heartache, we continue to trust the Lord and His plan for us as a family. We know that our family will become complete through adoption just as God makes us complete by adopting us into His family. He has a great plan for us and we look forward to pouring our love into raising our child. We know this is a huge decision for you. We want you to know that our promise is that your child will be raised in a loving, Christian home and always nurtured and surrounded by many family and friends that will love your child unconditionally. With our heartfelt prayers,

3: We met at a university in Oklahoma and were married two years later. We had a small winter wedding with family and friends. This year we will celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. Being married for almost forty years, our parents are great examples to us. People that know us say we have a great relationship. We have had our challenges, but these things have brought us closer together and closer to the Lord. Without God, we know we wouldn't have made it through life's challenges. He's the one who encourages us, lifts us up and keeps us going every day. In our free time, we entertain at our house while visiting with family and friends. Mexican food is our favorite to enjoy, whether cooking it ourselves or eating out at a restaurant. We have enjoyed traveling to many places together such as Florida, Colorado, New York, Las Vegas and Hawaii. On the weekends, we relax cuddling up to the fireplace with a movie during the cold months or going for a bike ride in the spring and summertime. Year round we are involved in helping Jennifer's parents pioneer a church, where we are board members. Mark is the Technical Director and Jennifer sings on the worship team. We love music and Christian concerts as well as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In our leisure time we go to different sporting events. Jennifer's sister has a boat and from time to time we go fishing with them experiencing Wisconsin's lakes. We look forward to sharing all of these things and more with our child providing them with a world of fun experiences. | US | Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra | Milwaukee Admirals

4: About Jennifer, by Mark Jennifer is the love of my life and my best friend. I met Jennifer during my senior year of college. I was attracted to her smarts and intelligence. She is a person who puts her heart and mind into the things she is passionate about. She is very compassionate and caring and loves to teach, encourage and develop children. As an elementary school teacher, she excelled in her career for seven years. Being nominated for teacher of the year for her entire school was one of her top accomplishments. Currently, she is a stay at home wife and the church secretary assisting her parents in pioneering their church. She also sings on the worship team. Jennifer loves spending time with our families and friends and is a very active person as well as a great cook. As a mother, Jennifer has many valuable role models and I know that she will be very loving and nurturing to our children just as our mothers were and are to us. I know her attentiveness and care along with her excitable personality will provide a whole world of fun and love for our children. I greatly admire these qualities as she is always encouraging me to do my best and to give 100% in all that I do. Jennifer has helped me to reach my potential in my career by encouraging me to pursue my interests and is always there for me as a helpmate throughout life. I love her and care for her always and continue to desire the very best for her in life. | Teacher of the Year | Friend's Grand-daughter | Jennifer & nephews at Hoover Dam | Brewers Game

5: I met Mark in Marriage and Family Counseling Class in college. After class, he walked me to where I was going, talked with me and I remember thinking that he was a really nice and friendly person. After spending a lot of time together on campus with friends, we went on our first date. Our love grew from there. Every night I would look forward to Mark calling me and enjoyed his company until our phones lost their charge. His father was one of my professors, which I didn't know at first. Often times, we would stop by his office when Mark and I were finished with classes. After a while, my mom could tell I had found the one that I would marry. | Marrying Mark has been the joy of my life as he has many qualities I admire, which his parents instilled in him while he was growing up in a Christian home and school. He is extremely smart and loves to take apart any electronic gadget and put it back together fixed. He loves sports and was a soccer athlete growing up. He is a kind, gentle and compassionate person who is optimistic and does his best to encourage those around him. I am so excited for him to become a father as he will be a great example, spend quality time with his children and direct them in a Godly path. He loves family and goes out of his way to see them, whether that means traveling far or just stopping by for dinner. He has a great sense of humor, is an avid reader and a hard worker always aiming to learn more to better himself including his recent graduate studies. He encourages me and is a great comforter. Mark is very affectionate and is always careful to only say things that are uplifting. These are a few of his many great strengths. He is my best friend and the love of my life! | Friend's new baby boy | Mark & nephew at Brewers Game | Lambeau with Brother-in-law | About Mark, by Jennifer

6: Jennifer has a small family with many aunts, uncles and cousins across the United States. Her father, the youngest of four, is retired from the computer industry and is now the pastor of a local church. Her mother, the oldest girl of five children, has worked in the tax business for thirty-six years. Both of her parents enjoy being hospitable and helping others in need which has carried over into their love for church ministry. Jennifer's strong family values and conviction for Christian education will carry on with our children. Jennifer's older brother Jim, married her best friend, Kristy, two years ago. They are expecting their first child in September. Since we live so close, we frequently have dinner, go to the movies and hang out together. Jennifer and her older sister, Jessica, are thirteen months apart. She has two boys, Richard and Ryan, with her husband Rich. Jessica is very excited to be an auntie as they have a very close relationship. | Mark has a very large extended family on his mother's side that lives mostly in Oklahoma and Missouri. We have family reunions every two years in Branson along with every other Thanksgiving and Christmas. His parents were raised with strong Christian values that date back to the circuit riding preachers. The family is very close and many are in education - at least fourteen. Mark's father is an only child and a university professor. His mother was a junior high jazz band teacher and the middle child of three girls. They are wonderful grandparents and although we are sad that his mother has gone to be with the Lord, we always look forward to his dad visiting us several times a year. Mark's sister, Heather, is three years older. She is married to Ronnie and has two girls and two boys. They love the outdoors in Oklahoma and usually try to visit us in the summertime. | FAMILY | Our families are excited about our adoption plan and are with great expectation in welcoming our first child!

7: We are an active couple and always enjoy the company of our friends. Entertaining guests at our home is a fun environment filled with food, laughter and games. Jennifer likes cooking and baking with her friends and trying different foods and recipes. Her friend, Felecia, taught her and her sister how to make egg rolls and spring rolls - Mark's favorite! On holidays such as the 4th of July, we love to grill out and watch the fireworks at night at our local park. Our friends have supported us and encouraged us throughout our adoption journey. Most of our friends are married and have children and we look forward to our children taking part in these friendships as well. | FRIENDS | The heartfelt counsel of a friend is as sweet as perfume and incense. Proverbs 27:9

8: Our home is a Lannon stone ranch in a well-established family neighborhood. When friends come over to visit, we hear frequent compliments of our home's peacefulness. We have made it cozy with nice decorations and improvements to reflect us. We are excited to decorate our nursery. Our neighbors are very friendly, active in the community and involved with their families. We have a lovely back yard where we like to grill out in the summertime and look forward to adding a play set for our son or daughter. | OUR HOME

9: We both love to travel and have been to many places around the world. Some of these include museums and historical monuments in Europe, exploring the beaches and mountains in Hawaii, touring the Statute of Liberty in New York, cruising on ships in Florida and visiting the Grand Canyon in Arizona. We cherish the moments we share together vacationing, and look forward to visiting different historical and fun places with our children. Education is very important to us and we intend to provide these exciting, educational experiences for our child. | OUR TRAVELS | Maui | New York | Tampa

10: THE FUTURE | Thank you for taking the time to read more about us. We trust this has given you a glimpse into our lives, who we are as individuals, our families and us as a couple. We hope we have given you the confidence that your child will be welcomed with open arms into our home and our families. Our promise to you is that your child will be loved unconditionally and have all the provisions needed. We will raise your child in a Christian home with Biblical values and many family traditions that will bring joy and excitement. Your child will be surrounded with compassion, consistency and stability. Above everything, your child will always know the love you have for him or her and that our family is made complete because of your decision. We pray the Lord guides you with wisdom, courage, and strength as you make this important decision regarding your child. We believe that adoption is one of the most unselfish acts that a mother can make, and we will always hold you in a place of honor because of your decision. We look forward to meeting you and talking with you in person. Always in our thoughts and prayers, Mark and Jennifer

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