Married Since: 2018

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We want your child to know about you, their beginning, where they came from, where they were born, and that they were born with your love. The saying is “It takes a village” and your child will certainly have a village waiting for them when they come into this world.

Mark and Megan

from Pennsylvania

 

Mark

Ancestry: English, German

Religion: Methodist

Occupation: Insurance Adjuster

Education: High School

Hobbies: Sports, Outdoors, Family time, Travel

Megan

Ancestry: Polish

Religion: Methodist

Occupation: Account Manager

Education: AA

Hobbies: Hiking, Family time, Travel

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Caucasian / Asian, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Methodist

Favorites

Mark

Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
Family vacations
Color
Blue
Food
Chicken parm
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Leisure Activity
Watching sports
Sport
Hockey
Thing to Cook
Grilling
TV Show
Criminal Minds
Vacation Spot
Disney World

Megan

Animal
Giraffe
Childhood Memory
Family vacations
Color
Melon
Food
Sushi
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure Activity
Watching Netflix
Sport
Football
Thing to Cook
Casseroles
TV Show
Grey's Anatomy
Vacation Spot
Outer Banks
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From Us to You

Dear Expecting Mother,

We don’t know you yet, but keep imagining what it will be like once we do. We can’t begin to understand the thoughts and challenges you’re facing right now, but we are cheering you on. The fact that you are giving us the biggest gift we could ever ask for, makes us speechless.

We want to be your support system & your friend during this time.  We hope to have the relationship that you want with us. We want to do what makes you comfortable and happy. Whether you need a listening ear or help of any kind, we are your people. We want to teach your child of family traditions that your family may have, so they can experience their family roots. We want your child to know about you, their beginning, where they came from, where they were born, and that they were born with your love. The saying is “It takes a village” and your child will certainly have a village waiting for them when they come into this world.

Adoption really spoke to both of us. After conversations with friends who have adopted, family, and doing research, we felt even more drawn to adoption. It’s meant to be a part of our journey. We are so ready to grow our family. Not a day goes by that we don’t picture what our life will look like with a child. We have already started getting things ready for your baby’s nursery. The theme is jungle and giraffes! We also already have our “mom car” with all of the safety features and third row seating. Excitement is almost an understatement.

Your baby will be spoiled with love. They will have a big sister, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents who won’t be able to get enough of them. Their Grammy, which is Megan’s mom, has talked about having a grandchild forever. She started penny jars when Megan was young and said it’s for her future grandchild. Also, your child will be lucky enough have a “guard dog” who is excited to be a “big sister”. We will make sure that your child will never go without. They will be encouraged with academics, sports, music or whatever their interests might be. They will get to travel and experience new things with us and their big sister, Hannah. There have already been many talks of a family trip back to Disney World. In addition, Hannah plans to go to college nearby, so she can see her sibling as much as possible.

If you look back and read this letter, please remind yourself that you are a strong & beautiful woman. Know that not many would be brave enough to make the decision you are making. Know that you have made us the happiest people in the world. We hope you find happiness in knowing that your child will know all of these things about you & that you were the one who gave us the opportunity to become a family.

So much love,
Mark & Megan

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

Megan has always known she wanted a child. At a young age, she said how much she would like the gift of being able to adopt. Mark knew that he wanted another child and was always interested in adoption due to having two cousins that are adopted. Mark’s adopted cousins, Jenne and Michael, are biological brother and sister that were adopted from South Korea prior to him being born. Growing up they weren’t very close due to location; they live in Hawaii and Mark lives in Pennsylvania. Even though there wasn’t a close physical connection there have been several family gatherings both in Pennsylvania and Hawaii and social media helps us keep in touch. Mark was able to witness firsthand the way they fulfilled his family. Even though they weren’t biological or the same race that didn’t change anything; they were just Jenne and Michael, loved members of our family. They are able to give us some perspective and insight into the life of an adopted child.

We also have seen the joy in close friends of ours that have adopted & want to experience that same joy. They have a 12-year-old daughter who is such a unique kid with a full personality. When your child is old enough, she will be able to give our family valuable insight on the ins and outs of being raised as an adopted child.

In all honesty, the decision was easy for us. We have had several discussions and know our path is to adopt a child in order to grow our happy family.

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About Megan, by Mark

I could write a book about Megan but I will try to limit myself to a few paragraphs. Meg is a very driven and dedicated person. Since I have known her I’ve seen her accomplish so many projects and conquer many challenges that most would have given up on. Her drive to succeed in all aspects of life is contagious and by far my favorite quality. Meg works hard at her job and takes great pride in being a highly respected employee.

What makes Megan special to me… Number one, she has formed a special relationship and bond with my 17-year-old daughter, Hannah. Their favorite thing to do together is gang up and pick on me (I probably deserve it)! Seeing them together, laughing and smiling, is very special to me. Number two, the way Meg helped me pick up the pieces when my mom passed away unexpectedly in 2016. Without her, this trying time would have been that much more difficult. It was through this challenging time that I knew Megan was my one & only.

Meg has a huge heart and loves big. She has a close-knit group of friends that she would do anything for. Meg has seamlessly become a part of my big and crazy family. She is so dedicated and great at everything she does. I just can’t wait to add being a great mother to the list!

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About Mark, by Megan

Mark is my person. We have been together for over five years. In that time, we have learned each other’s quirks, triggers, and happiness. We have been through tremendous loss together with losing his mom and my dad. He was and is my rock. He supports me and just lets me be “me.” He was close with my parents before experiencing loss and has now taken my mom in as his own. He is eager to help with any task that my dad used to take care of. Mark is reliable and I know that no matter what, I can ALWAYS count on him. He works hard at his job to help provide for the life that we live.

Mark has a daughter (Hannah), who is now 17. They have such a special bond. Mark has had to take on a unique role since Hannah currently lives in Germany.  As much as he wishes she were here, he makes the best out of the time he gets to talk to her and see her. He is always thinking of Hannah with mailing her packages/cards, talking to her daily and planning vacations for summer break.  I can’t wait to see him form this bond with your child.

In the winter months Mark bowls in a men’s bowling league and in the summer months participates in a golf league. Those are his two favorite hobbies to do with his friends. Other than that, you’ll find him spending the rest of his time with family, myself, and our dog Winnie.

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How We Met

The story behind how we met is far from exciting, but it makes us chuckle. Mark’s longtime best friend, so happens to be one of Megan’s bosses (Bob). Bob tried to play matchmaker for months and Megan was clueless.

Our town has an annual summer event with live music, food, and drinks. That was the first time we ever really talked. After that, Mark hinted around about going out a couple of times & even asked, but Megan didn’t bite because of all of their mutual friends. Finally, after much persistence, Megan agreed to meet Mark for happy hour at our favorite local Irish pub. We dated for many months and Megan likes to say, “Mark grew on her like mold” (haha). After about a year, we were at Megan’s best friend’s wedding in 2016, and she knew it was true love. We then got engaged on Labor Day of 2017 & married May 2018. We’ve been living happily ever after ever since.

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Our Lifestyle

Our lifestyle covers a wide range of activities. We are completely content being at home cooking dinner, watching TV, playing with our dog, & working on household projects. Our home is our happy place. Our door is always open to friends and family. We enjoy being the hosts.

However, we like adventures and experiencing new things. We enjoy going on walks/hikes to see the gorgeous views. We enjoy going to restaurants, shops, and breweries/wineries. We go on vacation once a year and try to squeeze in a couple of weekend trips. Day trips are a must and Megan’s favorite! Growing up, Megan and her parents would always take a drive somewhere; get ice cream or find a neat little town or view to experience. She and one of her dear friends followed suit and started taking day trips as soon as they got their driver’s license. Megan has so many cherished memories and wants to continue the memories and the opportunity to see new things and be able to return home to our dog at the end of the day. Mark inherited the love of travel from his dad. Growing up, as a family, we were always going on a trip or planning the next one. Mark feels that traveling is one of the best ways to learn new things and meet new people. Mark can’t wait to recreate some of his most cherished memories with Megan, Hannah and your child! We are looking forward to doing these things as a family of four!

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Home & Neighborhood

Our forever home is a four bedroom, two bathroom, recently remodeled, 100-year-old Colonial house. We have an oversized living room, where most of our time is spent. We have a formal dining room that leads into the kitchen. Our kitchen has an island where we like to entertain and eat our meals. We have a third-story-finished attic that we are anxiously waiting to turn into a child’s play area.  Our yard is fenced in for our dog and your child to play safely in.

Our home is located in a historic downtown. Right down the street is the middle and high school. There is a track and sporting field for local kids to play. A walking trail connects our downtown to hiking trails that are very close to our home. Local shops & a playground are within walking distance. That includes a small-town candy and ice cream shop. Our neighborhood is extremely safe with virtually no crime.

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Our Dog, Winnie

We have an English Mastiff named Winnie. She is 3 years old and lives up to the mastiff name. Winnie enjoys going on walks, playing with her ball and “lamb chop,” being EXTREMELY lazy, and snuggling. Winnie’s favorite thing is going through the Burger King drive-thru and getting a double cheeseburger. This happens more than we care to admit!  When getting Winnie, we had no idea what we were in for. She had health issues in her first year of life which included having a major surgery, an ER visit on New Year’s Day 2019, and another major surgery. She also spent 5 weeks at “boot camp” learning how to be a well-behaved girl. All of that being said, the age of two and three have been Winnie’s years. She is happy and 100% healthy.

We both are able to work from home and refer to Winnie as our Secretary. It sometimes cramps her style because she likes being on house patrol and protecting the perimeter (haha). We are so excited to have a child that we tell Winnie she is getting a “sibling”. It makes us sound crazy and maybe we are, but we love hard, just like Winnie.

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Families & Friends

Our families mean the world to us. We always say, “Family is everything.” Megan comes from a small family as an only child. However, she was always surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and MANY cousins while growing up. Mark on the other hand comes from a large family. He is the oldest of four children (1 brother and 2 sisters). He is used to the more the merrier.

We have one nephew, Jase. He is 6 years old and the coolest kid you will ever meet. He likes to make us play hide and seek and other silly made-up games. We take him somewhere new for his birthday. So far, we have been to Monster Trucks, Science Center, and a Dinosaur Museum.

Since we got married, our families have become close as well. We enjoy spending holidays and special occasions as one. Fun fact; Megan’s mom, Mark’s dad & wife, & all three of Mark’s siblings live within half a mile of each other! We were both fortunate to grow up in loving households with both parents. Unfortunately, we both have experienced sudden loss. Mark lost his mom in 2016 and Megan lost her dad in 2019.

We have a close circle of friends that have toddlers. They call us Aunt Meg and Uncle Crab (a play on Mark’s last name). We love their kids dearly and cannot wait for your child to grow up with their children.

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What Kind of Parents We Will Be

We have had countless discussions on what kind of parents we want to be. There is our parents’ parenting style, how we see our friends raising their children, and the combination we feel is best. For starters, we will be very present in your child’s day to day life. Our work schedules are Monday-Friday 8-4 with the ability to work from home and be flexible. Whether they need to be picked up from school with a stomachache or want to do every sport available, we will have the time to make that happen. We are going to be your child’s biggest fan and they will be our number one priority.

Your child will have structure and understand what the word “no” means, but also be able to express him/herself and form their own personality. Your child will have manners and know right from wrong. We will let your child know that education is important and we will provide after high school education for the career path they desire. No matter what the situation, we want your child to be comfortable coming to us. We will listen before reacting.

We hope with living so close to the schools that we will be the fun house. Your child and their friends can come home after school is over for the day and have a snack, do homework, and play games. The goal is to be the best parents possible and to be their role model and friend; which is how we feel about our parents.

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Traditions

We have quite a few family traditions that we look forward to each year:

  • Birthdays- We like to celebrate each of our birthdays. For Mark’s birthday, we always go to a Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey game because his birthday falls in February. Megan changes what she wants to do every year, but it’s typically low key. We usually go out to dinner with a group of friends.
  • Family Dinner- Every Sunday we go to family dinner at Mark’s dad & wife Brenda’s house. It consists of Mark’s siblings and our nephew Jase. We always have an excellent meal and Mark’s dad is a dessert pusher! Then we play whatever game Jase has in store for us.
  • Annual Vacation- Growing up both of us went on annual family vacations. It’s a tradition we have carried on ourselves. For Megan, the beach is typically her pick. Mark enjoys traveling to new places and countries. Together we have been to; Outer Banks, Ocean City, Niagara Falls/Toronto, and our favorite so far has been Disney World!
  • Easter- Easter has always been simple. We go to Church Easter morning and then have lunch with Megan’s mom. We can’t wait to add coloring eggs, hiding baskets, and egg hunts to our Easter tradition!
  • Thanksgiving- We do a traditional Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving Day with Megan’s mom. She makes a turkey, stuffing, and an endless amount of side dishes. Then on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, we celebrate with Mark’s family.
  • Christmas Eve- Christmas Eve is a holiday we hold close to our hearts. Megan volunteers at her work’s blood drive in the morning. Then we get ready for church service. After church, we go to Megan’s mom’s, have goodies, and get our annual Christmas pajamas. Then we watch the best Christmas movie… The Grinch!
  • Christmas- We start off the day with Mark’s family and Megan’s mom joins. We have breakfast and exchange presents. Later in the day, we go to Megan’s mom’s house for dinner and gift exchange.
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Our Promise to You

We promise that we will love your child as our own. Your child will instantly become a part of a large, loving family. Your child will grow up in a calm and loving household. Your child will be encouraged to have a mind of his/her own and be creative. Your child will be the focal point and most important aspect of our lives. We will do everything to provide anything and everything your child will ever need. Your child will see the world with us. We put a big emphasis on experiences and can’t wait to experience new things through the eyes of a child. We promise to pass on our family traditions and start new ones as well. We promise your child will be treated with love, kindness, care and respect always.

In promising the world to your child, we also have a promise to you. We will be there for you as much or as little as you want us to be. We will support you emotionally and be a part of your pregnancy every step of the way, if you will have us. Your child will know at a young age that they are adopted. They will know that you chose us to be their family. They will know that you gave us the greatest joy we could ever ask for!

Message Mark and Megan

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Mark and Megan

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!