S: Mark and Rachel
FC: Rachel and Mark
1: Dear expectant parent, Our names are Mark and Rachel and we want to thank you for taking the time to consider us as adoptive parents. We hope this profile allows you to get a sense of who we are. First of all, we want you to know how much we respect the important decision you are making for your child. We plan on letting her or him know how brave and selfless you were to not only consider the future of your child, but also to help us begin our family. We want you to feel comfortable with your adoption plan and we promise to do everything we can to help you find peace with it. Most of all, we want you to know that your child will grow up in an environment where they are loved, accepted, and the focus of our lives. We would be so incredibly grateful to you for allowing us to be the adoptive parents of your child.
2: fling | About ourselves, We met each other nine years ago through a mutual friend from the hospital where we both work. We were immediately comfortable around each other and eventually found ourselves spending more and more time together. After a year of dating we were engaged to be married. We were both ready to begin our lives together and start a family. We learned early on that we were faced with infertility and were told our chances of ever conceiving a child of our own was very low. We decided to explore different options for starting a family and found that adoption was the next natural choice. We embrace adoption as the plan made for us and hope to share our lives with a little one. We deeply want to be parents and look forward to seeing our child growing every day and have someone call us Mom and Dad! We currently live in a coastal community in a neighborhood with beaches and parks nearby and mountains within an hour by car. Our neighborhood is friendly and full of children. Two wonderful newborns joined the neighborhood this year! We both work in a hospital that is 10 minutes away from our home. Rachel is a Registered Nurse and Mark is a Physician Assistant. Our jobs allow us to fulfill our need and desire to provide care in our community and abroad. For the past three years, Rachel has been traveling to third world countries as part of an organization offering free reconstructive surgery to those in need. While on trips Rachel cares for many children and adults recovering from surgery to correct physical deformities or burns. Rachel loves this part of being a nurse. We hope that we can eventually take our child with us when we travel and teach our child the importance of helping others. We both have schedules that are flexible that will allow us to work while also ensuring us time to spend time together as a family.
3: Vacation in Florida | Motoring around
4: Our hobbies, We both love the outdoors, running, hiking, skiing, biking, and hanging out at the beach. Mark has recently taken up surfing and guitar and Rachel practices yoga on a routine basis. One of our favorite things to do on the weekends is to cook good food and get together with friends. We also love to watch movies and look forward to having “movie and pizza night” with our child. Mark loves sports and there is not a sport he doesn't like to play or a team he doesn't want to be a part of. We both enjoy traveling and family vacations will be important to us. We want our child to see the world and realize how much is out there for her or him to explore.
5: Surfing in Costa Rica | Sanibel Florida | Cooking withMark's dad! | Mark relaxing on the porch
6: Rachel's thoughts on Mark, It did not take long before I realized Mark was the person I wanted to start a family with. I still remember the day clearly when I knew he would be a wonderful and cool father. We attended a friend's wedding together in Ithaca, New York and on the drive back from the wedding we stopped in Cooperstown to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame. While there, Mark was taking photos of all the statues and monuments of all his favorite baseball players so he could send the pictures to his young nephews who also love baseball. I knew right there that Mark needed to be a father. He was so excited to share the experience with his nephews he loves so much. My favorite memory of Mark is when he put on a morning pirate skit for our friend's children. He was wearing plastic swimming goggles and used a broom as a wooden peg leg. What a sight, seeing him hobble around the kitchen on a broom while we were making pancakes! The kids loved it and he had to put on several encores throughout the day. Doing it all happily, at the enjoyment of our friend's kids and the heckling of the adults! That memory is a close tie with Mark's “running man” dance at weddings. Mark is goofy, fun and likes to see others laugh and smile. These are the traits I love most about him.
7: Mark is an easy going and open minded person who our families and friends adore. Initially, he seems like the strong silent type, but it doesn't take long for him to let his guard down and his silly streak comes out. He's got a knack for bringing calm, guidance and support to others around him. He's the guy who snow plows driveways in the early morning to help our neighbors out, he's the guy who stays at the back of the pack while skiing or hiking to make sure no one gets hurt. He believes people can make mistakes and can start over with an appreciation for the past. It is clear he cares about the people he loves and never lets them down. He is a compassionate, patient and devoted man. It is a blessing he came into my life and the child who comes into our life will be the recipient of his loyalty and love. | Mark's niece Kalie | Our little friend Maya | Hiking in ZionPark
8: Mark's thoughts on Rachel, What can I say I have a wonderful wife. Plain and simple I love this lady! Rachel has opened my eyes to a whole new world of adventure. She is extremely caring, compassionate, and supportive. There is not a day that goes by that I'm not grateful for having her in my life. I couldn't have been more proud of Rachel than the day when she was honored, by her peers, with our hospital's humanitarian of the year award. It is human nature, I believe, to want to help others. Rachel acts upon those feelings. When she returns from her trips abroad, I am showered with pictures of children and adults she was able to help and whose lives she has changed forever. The glow in her face is blinding. Our life has been full of wonderful adventures, this being the most exciting one of all. The outpouring of support and desire for her to become a parent, by friends and family, has been overwhelming. I'm sure she will instill her passion for life, learning and love into the heart and mind of your child. I look forward to coming home every night and seeing that glow of happiness on two beautiful faces.
9: Mayer, our neighbor's newborn | Jacob, our best friend's son | Working inVietnam
10: Charlie and Pedro ( The boys! ) We have a chocolate lab named Charlie who is sweet and playful. He's especially good with kiddos and is a world class snuggle pooch! And then there is our cat Pedro. Now, Pedro's definitely not as sweet as Charlie, but he has his moments of eye contact. He's a cat and that's all and we still love him.
11: Nap time for Pedro. | Great day on the beach with Charlie!
12: Family and Friends, Our families and friends have been extremely supportive of our decision to adopt. They are just as excited as we are and can't wait for us to become parents and share their love with your child. We visit with them as often as possible. | Mark's parents after his 1st triathalon | Rachel's family
13: Bath time with Rachel's niece Annelise | Football with our buddy Jacob | Fourth of July with friends! | Thanksgiving football with friends! | Our friend's child Owen
14: As parents to be, Our parents have raised us with good morals and values which we intend to pass on to your child. We plan on raising your child in an environment that is filled with love, laughter and respect. We would encourage your child through all his or her milestones as well as setbacks and help guide your child to become a caring, thoughtful adult who can achieve what he or she sets out to do. Your child will be taught to be proud of his or her adoption story and we are open to staying in touch throughout the years, in a way that feels comfortable for all of us. Please know that if you allow us to adopt your child, your child will be loved and cared for not only by us, but by all of our family and friends. We admire your courage. Sincerely, Mark and Rachel
15: For more information about us, please call Bright Futures Adoption Center at 877-652-6678