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Mark & Sheri

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for reading and considering our profile. Our hearts are filled with love at just the thought of adopting a baby, and we know that love will overflow when we meet your child. We cannot wait for the joy the child will bring to our lives and to shower him/her with all the love and support in the world.

About Us

Mark
Sheri
Job
Chief of Operations
Senior Litigation Counsel
Education
Master's Degree in International Relations
Law Degree
Children
Mckenzie, Mason, Myles
Relationship
Legally Married

Why We Chose Adoption

Celebrating Father's Day!

One of the great joys of a married couple is the prospect of building a family and raising children together. After we married, we tried IVF and donor eggs to conceive, but it was not meant to be. During the entire process, adoption was always on our mind, because Mark adopted his daughter during his first marriage. One day, we looked at each other and realized that adoption is what we want because it is the perfect way to complete our family. Mark has experienced the beauty, joy, and happiness that adoption brings to a family, and we cannot wait to experience that together. We are so excited to provide this child with a home full of love, support, understanding, fun, and laughter, and watch him or her grow and develop. Mark's three children, Sheri's stepchildren, even though they have all moved onto college and life after high school, are really excited about adding a child to the family and welcoming him or her into the family.

Our Individual Strengths

Celebrating Sheri's Birthday

Mark and Sheri balance, and bring out the best, in each other. One of Sheri's greatest strengths is understanding and being able to empathize with people. She is a wonderful listener and helps people take a step back from situations to help them make sense of things. She is a rock for her friends and family, who often turn to her for advice, and she is always happy to help. Sheri is also very funny and silly and loves to make people laugh. She enjoys breaking out into dance in the kitchen or singing jingles from commercials. She is extremely kind-hearted and has a soft spot for rescue animals - if she could rescue every dog that needs a home, she would!

One of Mark's greatest strengths is his optimism. He always sees and focuses on the best in people and situations. He is fiercely loyal to his friends and family and always thinking about ways he can help other people. He also has a fantastic sense of humor and a positive outlook on everything. People love to be around him. And, like Sheri, he enjoys breaking out into random dance in the kitchen! He is a wonderful father, family man, and friend, someone people always know they can rely on.

What Makes Us Unique

Mark grew up in Alaska and some of his family still lives there. Mark's aunt and uncle homesteaded in the 1960's and as a result, his family owns a property outside Anchorage that is 80 acres, has two lakes, an airstrip, and a wonderful cabin. The view of the snow-capped mountains in the distance is amazing! We visit as often as we can. It is incredibly peaceful and feels like a different world. There are moose we often see grazing the property and beautiful red foxes.

We love to travel in general and between the two of us, we have visited 29 countries. We enjoy learning about, and experiencing, different cultures as it gives a different perspective on everything. We look forward to sharing our passion for travel with a baby.

We also love getting back to nature, whether going to the beach for a weekend or renting a cabin in the mountains. There is something so tranquil about listening to whatever nature is around you, reading a book, unplugging from technology, and just spending time together. We also enjoy staying active through hiking, riding our bikes, kayaking, and paddleboarding, and love trying new activities, like white-water rafting and we even took curling lessons!

Photos

Visiting Philadelphia
Visiting Philadelphia
At the Top of Old Rag in Shenandoah
At the Top of Old Rag in Shenandoah
At Mark's Army Retirement Ceremony
At Mark's Army Retirement Ceremony
Luau in Maui
Luau in Maui
White Water Rafting Adventure
White Water Rafting Adventure
Enjoying a Rugby Match
Enjoying a Rugby Match
Enjoying the View
Enjoying the View
A Sunny Afternoon Together
A Sunny Afternoon Together
All Dressed Up
All Dressed Up
Exploring Alaska
Exploring Alaska
A Night Out
A Night Out
So Happy Together
So Happy Together
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Visiting Philadelphia
Visiting Philadelphia
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At the Top of Old Rag in Shenandoah
At the Top of Old Rag in Shenandoah
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At Mark's Army Retirement Ceremony
At Mark's Army Retirement Ceremony
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Luau in Maui
Luau in Maui
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White Water Rafting Adventure
White Water Rafting Adventure
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Enjoying a Rugby Match
Enjoying a Rugby Match
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Enjoying the View
Enjoying the View
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A Sunny Afternoon Together
A Sunny Afternoon Together
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All Dressed Up
All Dressed Up
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Exploring Alaska
Exploring Alaska
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A Night Out
A Night Out
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So Happy Together
So Happy Together

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in Virginia less than 10 miles from Washington, D.C. Our house is two stories with a family room, living room, dining room, kitchen, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, finished basement, deck, and a beautiful expansive backyard. We spend most of our time in the family room or on the deck. There are no houses behind us so while we are close to D.C., the city feels like a world away, because our neighborhood is so quiet. We love playing fetch with our dog in the backyard or sitting outside, reading. We have deer, foxes, and several types of birds that we see in our yard.

Mark Walking Our Pup Through the Trails Near Our Home

Our neighborhood is full of families. There are lots of children who are always out riding their bikes or playing together. The neighborhood has a get-together every Friday evening and block parties every few months. When we moved in, several neighbors baked cookies for us and everyone we see walking has introduced themselves. It is such a warm and friendly area to live.

Our neighborhood is also less than a 5-minute walk to local parks with running and walking trails. We love to go hiking there or taking our pup for a longer walk.

Our Extended Families

With Sheri's Parents

Family is very important to Mark and Sheri. Sheri grew up within an hour of her extended family and saw them all the time. Sheri frequently stayed with her grandparents, aunts, or uncle, over weekends to spend time with them. Her extended family lives outside Philadelphia and growing up, they took family trips into center city to play tourist, visit historical sites, museums, or the zoo. Sheri's family still lives in Pennsylvania which is within three hours of Mark and Sheri, and they continue to see each other all the time. They still enjoy visiting museums; Mark and Sheri's Dad play golf together; Sheri, her mom, and sister enjoy cooking and baking together; in addition to everyone relaxing/ enjoying each other's company. Sheri's aunts and uncle will all be honorary grandparents, in addition to her parents!

With Mark's Family in Alaska

Mark has 6 siblings and 15 nieces and nephews who live all over the country and they cannot wait for a new baby. He or she is going to come into our family with 15 automatic best friends! We do not see them as often, due to distance, but we visit as often as we can, and vice versa. We also catch up on FaceTime! Mark grew up fishing with his family, camping, enjoying water sports, and enjoying everything the outdoors has to offer. His siblings still enjoy all those activities with his nieces and nephews and we join whenever we visit!

From Us to You

We are humbled and honored that you are considering us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We cannot imagine how difficult this decision is and assure you that we will give your child the most loving, supportive, and nurturing home.

We have filled our lives with support and love since we met and cannot wait to welcome a baby into that. During our first date, we met for dinner and closed the restaurant, because we had so much to talk about and so much fun. We quickly started spending all our free time together and introducing each other to our friends and interests. Mark introduced Sheri to rugby, and we have spent many Saturday afternoons watching rugby matches with friends. Sheri expressed her love for astronomy and one evening, Mark arranged a date where we looked at the stars through an advanced telescope at a local University. We quickly realized we wanted to spend the rest of lives together. We spend a lot of time with family and friends who are like family: Mark's friends have become Sheri's friends and vice versa.

When we met, Mark was an active-duty Officer in the U.S. Army. (He has since retired). Six months after we met, the Army sent Mark away for a year. Mark gave Sheri a box before he left, which contained 365 notes for her to read, one for each day he was gone. Mark was inspired by the letters Sheri's paternal grandfather wrote to Sheri's paternal grandmother during WWII. Sheri's family still has those letters and Sheri also kept all of Mark's letters. Mark surprised Sheri with a visit home in February 2016 and proposed using a note he switched. Sheri quickly said yes! Mark returned from his assignment in August 2016 and we got married in November 2016.

We always take the time to check in with each other and do small gestures to make sure the other knows how much we care. Sheri bakes Mark's favorite cake for his birthday, Mark randomly surprises Sheri with flowers, Sheri surprises Mark with dinner reservations at his favorite restaurants, and one year, Mark planned a surprise birthday party for Sheri with all her family and friends. We will do the same for this child, always letting this child know how much we love him or her and surprising him or her with small gestures.

Adoption is the perfect way to bring our family full circle. It is our meant-to-be path and the perfect way to make our family complete, given that Mark adopted his daughter during his first marriage. Mark's three children have all moved on to college and life and Sheri and Mark have never had the opportunity and blessing to grow as a family with a child of their own. We cannot wait to bring this child into our life, enjoy all the moments from the very beginning, share all the memories together, nurture him or her, and watch this child grow. Our hearts are bursting, just thinking about raising this child and providing him or her with all the love and support in the world.

If it weren't for you, we would not have the privilege of raising this child. We are very happy to share photos and letters. We are also happy to send email updates and are open to visit(s), if you desire. Overall, we are happy to accommodate whatever you wish.

We will be open about adoption with this child and make sure this child knows how much you love him or her and how difficult this decision was for you. We will ensure you are regarded very highly in the child's eyes and will forever honor you.

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts. Your selflessness and bravery has given us the greatest gift we could ever receive.

Mark & Sheri

Favorites

Mark
Sheri
Actor
Harrison Ford
Edward Norton
Actress
Natalie Portman
Meryl Streep
Animal
Wolf
Dogs!
Author
Frank Herbert
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Book
Dune
A Gentleman In Moscow
Candy Bar
Crunch
Take 5
Cartoon
Scooby Doo
The Smurfs
Childhood Memory
Camping
Summer vacations at the beach with my parents and my sister
Childhood Toy
Garfield
A toy kitchen my father built for my sister and I or the dollhouse he built for us!
Children's Book
Call of the Wild
The Giving Tree
City
Anchorage
Philadelphia
Classic Movie
El Dorado
Mary Poppins
Color
Orange
Yellow
Day of Week
Saturday
Saturday
Dessert
Ice Cream
Lemon meringue pie or creme brulee
Disney Movie
Robin Hood
Frozen or Sleeping Beauty
Dream Car
Porsche 911
Classic Jaguar XJ6
Dream Job
Rugby Coach
Owner of a small clothing boutique
Dream Vacation
Bora Bora
Overwater villas in Fiji
Family Activity
Camping and Skiing
Anything outdoors
Flower / Plant
Roses
Yellow tulips
Food
Steak
Pasta
Form of Exercise
Cross fit
Solidcore
Fruit
Orange
Watermelon
Game
Rugby
Clue
Hobby
Rugby
Cooking
Holiday
Thanksgiving
My birthday!
Holiday Song
All I Want for Christmas is You
Holiday Tradition
Cooking and eating
Meals with extended family
Ice Cream
Phish Food
Mint chocolate chip
Junk Food
Cheesesteak
Potato chips
Leisure Activity
Reading
Watching TV or a movie
Magazine
Sports Illistarated
People
Memory with a Child
Ice skating
Disneyland
Memory with Spouse
Maui
Hawaii
Movie
Tombstone
Silence of the Lambs
Movie Munchie
Pizza
White cheddar popcorn
Movie Quote
I am your Huckleberry
Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get
Movie Type
Crime Drama
Comedy or suspense
Musical
Grease
Wicked
Musical Group
The Refreshments
Billy Joel
Nursery Rhyme
Pop goes the weasal
It is not a nursery rhyme but my Dad used to sing you are my sunshine
Olympic Event
Rugby
Ski Jumping or Swimming or Diving or Sprinting. I love them all!
Personal Hero
Teddy Roosevelt
I have two. Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Jackie Kennedy Onassis
Play
Burn This
Burn This
Poet
Robert Frost
Walt Whitman
Quality about my Spouse
Caring
Optimism/sense of humor
Quote
"Try Fail, no worry. Try again, Fail better" Sam Beckett
It is hard to fail but it is worse never to have tried to succeed
Restaurant
The Oak Steakhouse
1789
Sandwich
Cheesesteak
Chicken club with avocado
Shopping Store
Target
William Sonoma
Song
Piano Man
Leningrad or WInds of Change
Sport to Play
Rugby
Running
Sport to Watch
Rugby
Hockey
Sports Star
Conor Murray
Dan Carter (Rugby player)
Sports Team
Munster
Philadelphia Eagles
Subject in School
History
Chemistry
Superhero
Captain America
Ironman
Thing to Cook
Anything on the grill
Pasta!!!!
Time of Day
Afternoon
Morning
Tradition
Fourth of July
Visiting my parents in Florida in the winter
TV Show
Law and Order
The Americans
TV Show Character
Lenny Briscoe
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Type of Music
Rock
80s and 90s music
Vacation Spot
Mountains
Beach
Video Game
Borderlands
Bubble Bobble!

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