Paul & Markie

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and give us an opportunity to share a bit about ourselves and our family, with you. We know our family is not yet complete and we are looking forward to expanding our love to another child.

Our story starts way back in middle school! We only knew each other by roll call until senior year when we developed a friendship through mutual friends. It didn’t take long for that friendship to transform into a dating relationship and eventually love. We dated long-distance for two years, driving back and forth between DE and VA, while in college. Although the distance was never a strain on our relationship, we knew we wanted to spend more time together than apart. Two years after finishing college, we were engaged and seven months later, we married in the fall of 2012.

After getting married, we decided to spend some time traveling before starting a family. We had always wanted children, and adoption had always been discussed - even before marriage. Over the next five years, we were fortunate to travel to many wonderful places. A few of our favorites included: London, Paris, California, Colorado, Chicago, Nashville, Mexico and Canada. Then, in 2017, we had our first son, Miles, and a year later, we had our second son, Cole. We’ve been blessed with two wonderful and healthy boys, and after two stressful pregnancies and some minor complications, we knew that now was the time to grow our family through adoption. 

 

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Hi! Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and give us an opportunity to share a bit about ourselves and our family, with you. We know our family is not yet complete and we are looking forward to expanding our love to another child.

Our story starts way back in middle school! We only knew each other by roll call until senior year when we developed a friendship through mutual friends. It didn’t ...

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and give us an opportunity to share a bit about ourselves and our family, with you. We know our family is not yet complete and we are looking forward to expanding our love to another child.

Our story starts way back in middle school! We only knew each other by roll call until senior year when we developed a friendship through mutual friends. It didn’t take long for that friendship to transform into a dating relationship and eventually love. We dated long-distance for two years, driving back and forth between DE and VA, while in college. Although the distance was never a strain on our relationship, we knew we wanted to spend more time together than apart. Two years after finishing college, we were engaged and seven months later, we married in the fall of 2012.

After getting married, we decided to spend some time traveling before starting a family. We had always wanted children, and adoption had always been discussed - even before marriage. Over the next five years, we were fortunate to travel to many wonderful places. A few of our favorites included: London, Paris, California, Colorado, Chicago, Nashville, Mexico and Canada. Then, in 2017, we had our first son, Miles, and a year later, we had our second son, Cole. We’ve been blessed with two wonderful and healthy boys, and after two stressful pregnancies and some minor complications, we knew that now was the time to grow our family through adoption. 

 

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Meet Markie

Markie has and always will be “out of my league.” I was initially attracted to her fun-loving and social nature, but getting to know her loyal, dedicated, and loving character sealed the deal. Her outgoing personality ensures our family is constantly involved in activities with friends and family. She is confident and unafraid to speak genuinely, which makes her a great wife, friend, and mom. 

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Markie has and always will be “out of my league.” I was initially attracted to her fun-loving and social nature, but getting to know her loyal, dedicated, and loving character sealed the deal. Her outgoing personality ensures our family is constantly involved in activities with friends and family. She is confident and unafraid to speak genuinely, which makes her a great wife, friend, and mom. 

Our boys have inherited Markie’s love of horses, dogs and other farm animals, and it’s so cute seeing them eagerly follow her to the chicken coup or garden to “help out.” She is a dedicated mom and makes sure their days include things like: reading books, doing preschool workbooks, helping cook scrambled eggs, playing with cars, blocks, play-doh, outdoor activities, and seeing friends. Markie is not only a stay-at-home mom but she also works part-time, from home. 

Markie is handy and resourceful and loves redecorating our home with new paint colors, house plants, and decor. Her eye for design creates a clean, cozy feel in our home. Getting her hands dirty is not a problem, and she can be found weeding her garden, cleaning the chicken coup, or restoring something antique when she has a few moments to herself. Since we first met, Markie has always had a heart for adoption, and I’m excited to see her expand her motherly love to another child.

Five of Markie’s Favorite Things:

  1. Gardening 
  2. Antique shopping
  3. Traveling
  4. Chinese Food
  5. Netflix crime series

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Meet Paul

Paul first caught my eye with his witty personality. Although he is a man of few words he has the uncanny ability to make others smile and laugh. He has always been able to find the positive during trying situations, which makes him a great husband and father. 

Paul is a loyal man. His dedication to his family, friends, and work is truly remarkable. Paul is a CFP and has worked very hard to build ...

Paul first caught my eye with his witty personality. Although he is a man of few words he has the uncanny ability to make others smile and laugh. He has always been able to find the positive during trying situations, which makes him a great husband and father. 

Paul is a loyal man. His dedication to his family, friends, and work is truly remarkable. Paul is a CFP and has worked very hard to build his business and provide for our family. As a father, he is fun-loving and always strives to be present, soaking in every moment. He is quick to lay on the floor to play cars or jump in the pool to swim with them! Paul is also handy around the house and never fails to involve the boys in his projects. He patiently lets them help, even when it slows things down. 

Ever since he was young, Paul has been a great athlete; the kind that can pick up just about anything! Teaching the boys how to play sports (basketball and football being his favorite) is something that always puts a smile on his face. He is always encouraging all of us to try new things and never give up on what we want in life. I know he looks forward to the day that he gets to share his love for sports and adventure with another child.

Five of Paul’s Favorite Things:

  1. Long-distance running
  2. Snowboarding
  3. Pizza
  4. Reading
  5. Listening to music

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The Big Brothers

Miles is four-years-old in February 2021. He is quiet, kind, and has a great imagination. He loves going on bike rides, building towers, and running circles around the house. He also enjoys learning, reading, legos and anything Paw Patrol related. Although Miles is only three, he takes the older brother job very seriously. He is very protective of his brother and is always aware of the situation, assuring that ...

Miles is four-years-old in February 2021. He is quiet, kind, and has a great imagination. He loves going on bike rides, building towers, and running circles around the house. He also enjoys learning, reading, legos and anything Paw Patrol related. Although Miles is only three, he takes the older brother job very seriously. He is very protective of his brother and is always aware of the situation, assuring that Cole is always safe. Miles is so excited to have another sibling! His only big brother requirement is that the baby has little hands, little toes, and wants to be held by him.

Cole will be three-years-old in October 2021. He is a lover, with such a sweet heart. At the same time, he’s quite a firecracker! His smart, sassy, stubborn personality is guaranteed to make you laugh. He loves being outside, playing with the chickens, and getting dirty. We often get asked if they are twins because Cole is almost as tall as Miles and already weighs more. We know Cole will love having a younger sibling that he can plot out fun adventures with and also love on and snuggle.

And let’s not forget our family dog, Kali. Kali is an 11-year-old Great Dane/Hound mix, who we rescued when she was six-months-old. She is very sweet and loves to lay in the playroom while the boys play.

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Our Home

We live in a cozy, two-story home with a pond view! We have a spacious acre lot with a lot of mature trees and a fenced-in backyard, giving us the ability to enjoy things like gardening, raising egg-laying chickens, having bonfires, and running around with our dog! Inside we have created a comfortable space with a lot of natural sunlight and plenty of room for the boys to run around, be creative, and simply be ...

We live in a cozy, two-story home with a pond view! We have a spacious acre lot with a lot of mature trees and a fenced-in backyard, giving us the ability to enjoy things like gardening, raising egg-laying chickens, having bonfires, and running around with our dog! Inside we have created a comfortable space with a lot of natural sunlight and plenty of room for the boys to run around, be creative, and simply be kids.

Moving to this neighborhood was an easy decision; we are five minutes away from both of our parents and the neighborhood has a quiet country feel. We enjoy the open space, providing our family with endless outdoor activities and at the same time being able to walk around and meet new families; it is sort of the best of both worlds.

The community surrounding us has several playgrounds, nature centers, zoos, state parks, and local family farms, all of which we go to frequently. We are also only 25 minutes away from Wilmington, DE where we have a membership to the children’s museum and aquarium. We are 90 minutes from the DE beaches and two hours from the Poconos in PA, so occasional day trips are fun too! 

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Our Family

We are grateful to say that we both have grown up with ‘family’ being something that we hold dearly and find great value in. We were both raised in two-parent households where love was displayed and expressed daily. Our parents always made family a priority which is something they have instilled in both of us.

The type of love that our parents gave us has turned them into wonderful grandparents. Both ...

We are grateful to say that we both have grown up with ‘family’ being something that we hold dearly and find great value in. We were both raised in two-parent households where love was displayed and expressed daily. Our parents always made family a priority which is something they have instilled in both of us.

The type of love that our parents gave us has turned them into wonderful grandparents. Both sets of grandparents are enthusiastically involved in our children’s lives and eagerly await more grandbabies to spoil! We have many nieces and nephews whom we see frequently. We love watching the boys play and develop special relationships with their cousins and we know they will have lifelong friends. We feel blessed to be able to welcome another child into such a loving and supportive family.

We take two big family vacations each year, which is always a highlight for us. Paul’s family spends a week up North on a Lake; swimming, canoeing, and big family dinners are some of the fun things we enjoy up there. Markie’s family spends a week down South, on the beach, where we swim, play in the sand, play games at night, and love to dress up and have dance parties.

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Our Friends

We have a one-of-a-kind group of friends that have become like family to us. We are so blessed to do life with friends that love well. They always walk with us through the hard times and celebrate with us in the good! Several years ago, pre-kids, we started ‘friendcation,’ where we would pick a location, usually a beach, rent a house, and spend a week together. The fun is endless and now that most of us have ...

We have a one-of-a-kind group of friends that have become like family to us. We are so blessed to do life with friends that love well. They always walk with us through the hard times and celebrate with us in the good! Several years ago, pre-kids, we started ‘friendcation,’ where we would pick a location, usually a beach, rent a house, and spend a week together. The fun is endless and now that most of us have children, around the same age, it is even more fun! 

With more babies on the way, we know that the kids will have strong friendships and many older ‘siblings’ to pave the way. It is very special and important for us to teach the kids just how important good friendships are and we are grateful to be surrounded by families that exemplify that.

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Hobbies + Traditions

Our family loves being outdoors. Markie has grown up riding horses, so outside of family time, she enjoys riding or teaching lessons. Paul is an avid runner and likes to get up early to go for long runs. 

We are an active family and we like to make the most of our family time! A typical summer weekend may include: hiking at the local state park, playing in the creek, having a family picnic, visiting ...

Our family loves being outdoors. Markie has grown up riding horses, so outside of family time, she enjoys riding or teaching lessons. Paul is an avid runner and likes to get up early to go for long runs. 

We are an active family and we like to make the most of our family time! A typical summer weekend may include: hiking at the local state park, playing in the creek, having a family picnic, visiting the orchard, spending the day at the pool, or loading up and heading to the drive-on beach. We love music, so we have been known to have random after dinner dance parties! 

During the cooler months, we enjoy the children’s museum, aquarium, indoor craft days, playdates with friends and lazy movie days. Of course, if it snows we love to pull the boys around on a sled.

We strive to raise compassionate children who love others well. We attend church on Sundays, and the boys enjoy being a part of the children’s program. We see the importance of a church community and as we all know, it takes a village to raise children. We are truly blessed to have such an involved and loving church family. We are also fortunate to have a few close friends that have also adopted, which will provide a great community and resource for your child.

Family traditions:

  • Christmas tree tagging and cutting
  • Christmas Cooking baking days
  • Easter egg hunts
  • Halloween Dinner followed by Trick-or-Treating w/ cousins and friends
  • Birthday Dinner Celebrations 
  • After Dinner walks to see the horses, in the neighborhood.


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Closing

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We hope you were able to get a glimpse into our lives and understand that we are a fun-loving family with a strong support system, dedicated faith, and an endless amount of love that is ready to be shared. 

We want you to know that we have so much respect and appreciation for you. We can only imagine how difficult of a process it must be to choose a home ...

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We hope you were able to get a glimpse into our lives and understand that we are a fun-loving family with a strong support system, dedicated faith, and an endless amount of love that is ready to be shared. 

We want you to know that we have so much respect and appreciation for you. We can only imagine how difficult of a process it must be to choose a home for your child. Please know that, if chosen as an adoptive family, we will honor you in our household and make known to your child how strong of a woman you are for choosing life.

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Summer Vacation #2
Prior to kids, we would get together for game nights, almost weekly, with 3 other couples. We love spending time with friends and we are also competitive, when it comes...

Prior to kids, we would get together for game nights, almost weekly, with 3 other couples. We love spending time with friends and we are also competitive, when it comes to games. It didn't take long for us to find our game crew and the crew has remained faithful, even after kids. Obviously, we had to plan a bit more, take turns alternating houses, setting up pack & plays and starting games much later, after the kids go to bed but it has always been something we look forward to, monthly now! This was our first, hopefully annual, game crew beach trip and it was one for the books! Our kids have grown up together and they have such great friendships that we work hard to foster. We spent the days playing on the beach and the evening playing games til late. Although we sometimes need a vacation from our vacation it is always worth the time we get to spend with friends and the memories we make! 
The friends pictured are some of our dearest friends who have supported and inspired us through this process. 

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Summer Vacation #1
Every year for as long as I can remember(& even before) my family has taken a week long beach vacation. For the past 3 years we have gone to the...

Every year for as long as I can remember(& even before) my family has taken a week long beach vacation. For the past 3 years we have gone to the Outer Banks and this year didn't disappoint! We had a beautiful house on the beach and the weather was perfect. A house full of 5 boys, under the age of 10, is a recipe for fun! 
We enjoy cooking big meals, catching ghost crabs at night, making beach obstacle courses for the kids(& adults) and spending quality time together! Paul always put together some sort of video at the end of the trip and this year he surprised us with a funny music video to recap the week. The whole family is excited for our family to grow and they cannot wait for him/her to be a part of our fun vacations together. 

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Swing set project
Paul has decided to build a new swing set!! We hope to grow into a bigger one very soon. One of the best parts of our home is our back...

Paul has decided to build a new swing set!! We hope to grow into a bigger one very soon. One of the best parts of our home is our back yard with the woods, the chickens, the garden, the sand box and water toys and now the brand new play set. When the weather finally gets warmer we will be living outside, so the swings and slide will get much use. We look forward to the day the swing set is filled with 3 kiddos! 

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Easter
Our family really enjoys Easter! We look forward to our church service in the morning and than family time in the afternoon. This Easter didn't disappoint!! After church we gathered...

Our family really enjoys Easter! We look forward to our church service in the morning and than family time in the afternoon.

This Easter didn't disappoint!!

After church we gathered for a large family lunch/egg hunt at Markie's parents house. The boys and all their cousins energetically ran around the yard finding/collecting eggs AND many other fun prizes. It brings us such joy watching their faces as they find eggs and open them. Most are filled with coins and candy but there is always ONE egg that has a $20 bill in it! We all anticipate who will be the lucky winner.
The rest of the day was spent outside playing yard games, eating more food and relaxing with our loved ones.

HAPPY EASTER!  

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Spring is coming!
If you've noticed, we love to be outside! :) One of our favorite things, last spring, was planting a vegetable garden as a family! Last year was our trial run...

If you've noticed, we love to be outside! :) One of our favorite things, last spring, was planting a vegetable garden as a family! Last year was our trial run and since it was such a big hit we decided to expand it a bit, this year! Today we spend our afternoon building a new fence around the garden and also building 2 additional raised bed. We look forward to growing tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, mint, basil and FLOWERS! Who doesn't like a pretty bouquet of flowers?!?! We haven't done a flower garden before so this will be the trial year for that; fingers crossed it does well! Gardening has been a great family activity. I think most kids enjoy digging in the soil, getting dirty and learning how to grow their own food. 
COME ON SPRING!!!

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Marble Madness
We love to find creative toys to play with, especially in the winter months. Our neighbor passed forward an entire marble set which the boys LOVED! I actually think Paul...

We love to find creative toys to play with, especially in the winter months. Our neighbor passed forward an entire marble set which the boys LOVED! I actually think Paul enjoyed it more than the little ones. 

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Winter Outdoors
It's been a cold January but we really try to get outside and explore as much as possible. Some days that looks like a quick walk to the chicken coop...

It's been a cold January but we really try to get outside and explore as much as possible. Some days that looks like a quick walk to the chicken coop to collect eggs or on nicer days it may be a playground date with friends or days like today, it was a family hike to play a little 'soccer' and stretch our legs! 

We are grateful to live across the street from a wonderful state park with playgrounds, pavilions, hiking paths, sports fields, creeks and a nature center. No matter the season there are always activities for us to do with the kids in our surrounding area!

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Christmas Day
Christmas was well spend this year! We had a lazy morning in our pjs making pancakes, opening presents and enjoying company from both sets of grandparents! We are grateful that...

Christmas was well spend this year! We had a lazy morning in our pjs making pancakes, opening presents and enjoying company from both sets of grandparents! We are grateful that our parents are right down the road. We then got some time with just the boys, opening a few special gifts and later spent the evening at Markie's parents with her sister, brother-in-law and their 3 boys! As you can imagine it is an eventful night of gift giving, a nice dinner, laughter, and just special family time!  Although this years gathering didn't included the typical extended family we made the best of the situation and the Christmas spirit never disappoints. We have much to be thankful for and we hope and pray next year we will have another child to shower with love and some special gifts!

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Our FavoriteTradition- Part 2
Today is the day we look forward to all year- The TREE CUTTING!!! Normally, we bundle up and head out to the tree farm but today was a beautiful, sunny...

Today is the day we look forward to all year- The TREE CUTTING!!!
Normally, we bundle up and head out to the tree farm but today was a beautiful, sunny 55 which made it even better- no bundling needed! We met the same family that we tagged with except this time kids were included.
The boys love watching Paul saw the tree until it falls & I love watching them, watch him. :)

We enjoyed some play time at the playground and soaked in their Christmas festivities. The rest of the day was designated to decorating the tree and the house. 
As I sit here writing this blog all three boys are laying on the floor watching the toy train go around and around! It's been another great day celebrating the Christmas season and building the anticipation for Christmas Day!

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Our Favorite Tradition- Part 1
The first Saturday in November is opening day for Christmas Tree tagging! We wake at 4:45am, grab coffee, flashlights and out the door we go...the hunt for our 'perfectly imperfect'...

The first Saturday in November is opening day for Christmas Tree tagging! We wake at 4:45am, grab coffee, flashlights and out the door we go...the hunt for our 'perfectly imperfect' Christmas tree begins at 5:30am. Another adoptive family, that we have been friends with for a long time have also become part of this fun family tradition. We eagerly search for our tree as the parking lot fills up with more and more crazy families, like ours. This year we were 'tagged' by 6:15am and headed to breakfast w/ friends. We look forward to Part 2, when we venture out again to cut down the flashlight-picked-tree and hope that it's still as pretty in the daylight! :) 

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Fall 🍂
There is no denying it's fall around here!! We love this time of year, but it does require quite a bit of raking! The leaves never end when you live...

There is no denying it's fall around here!! We love this time of year, but it does require quite a bit of raking! The leaves never end when you live near the wood and for the boys that means jumping in leaf piles and helping daddy burn leaves after! Kali also loves this time of year & especially loves to lay in the cool leaves for a long afternoon nap!

We have spent the past several weeks enjoying the non-humid weather, pumpkin picking and Halloween costume planning! We look forward to hosting a small kids Halloween party since trick-or-treating isn't an option for us this year, due to some of the COVID restrictions. We still wanted to make sure that all the kiddos got a chance to dress up and have a little fun that night! 

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We love celebrating birthdays
We recently celebrated Coles 2nd birthday! We enjoy getting family and friends together to celebrate each other's special day! Cole especially loved being celebrated and spoiled by his grandparents and...

We recently celebrated Coles 2nd birthday! We enjoy getting family and friends together to celebrate each other's special day! Cole especially loved being celebrated and spoiled by his grandparents and buddies. Although he loved his gifts, he thoroughly enjoyed playing with the balloons and eating cake. 
Birthdays are certainly celebrated around here and we all look forward to the next family/friend birthday to get together! 

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Home Renovations in 2020
We are always up to something when it comes to home improvements! This year has had a few more updates than anticipated, partly because of COVID and being home more...

We are always up to something when it comes to home improvements! This year has had a few more updates than anticipated, partly because of COVID and being home more and the other part just because we really enjoy home projects. 

In April, we decided it was time to paint our kitchen. We have wanted to do this since we moved in so we were excited to get started(& finished)! The kitchen has a lot of cabinets so it did take some time to get everything painted, but we are thrilled with the outcome and we love how the white cabinets really brightens up the area! 

In August, the decision for Paul to work from home was dedcided, however, the space in our den was not ideal for as a long-term work space. We took to the unfinished basement! It was a daughting task to clean out the corner that we wanted to become an office, but after a couple days of moving storage bins and removing a large workbench/table, the area was ready for construction. Did we mention that Paul decided to build the room himself!?! Paul is handy but this was his first time finishing a room, start-to-finish. Thanks to his determination and YouTube :) the project was a huge success!! We both are fortunate to now work from home on a daily basis. We all love being able to eat 3 meals together, which was not something we could have done before. Kids grow up so fast so having this extra time helps slow things down a bit!

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