Hi there, we’re Mark and Kristin! Thanks for taking the time to view our profile and consider us as prospective parents.
Our love story began in 2007 when we met online through MySpace. After almost a year of chatting, we went on our first official date at Chili’s. (Each year, on the anniversary of that first date, we go back to Chili’s to celebrate.) We began spending more and more time together, going to festivals in Mark’s hometown, attending concerts, and traveling. We soon became best friends and fell in love. After three years of dating, we were married in 2010 in front of our closest family and friends.
We took some time to enjoy marriage as a couple before we decided to expand our family. And after a few years of trying to conceive, we learned that we were unable to have children biologically. We’ve always dreamed of becoming parents and are very excited to open our home and hearts to a child through adoption.
Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.
Navigating a pregnancy alone is never easy. Depending on your situation and location, you may qualify for financial assistance to help cover the cost of basic living expenses, such as food and groceries.
Receiving quality medical care during your pregnancy is vital to both your health and the health of your baby. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your pregnancy-related medical expenses will be covered by the adoptive family.
Women who choose to place their baby for adoption may receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of rent and utilities. If you feel that you’ll need some help with these costs, it’s important to talk to your adoption social worker about it early in the process. Each expectant mother’s situation is different, and eligibility may vary.
In order to have a healthy pregnancy, it’s important that you have everything you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Like food and groceries, the cost of some household items - like feminine and dental care items, along with prenatal supplements - may be covered during your pregnancy.
Placing a baby for adoption is a loving, but incredibly challenging decision to make. Many women experience an array of emotions during this time and find that counseling is very helpful in navigating those feelings. If you would like to receive counseling during or after your pregnancy, that can be arranged by your adoption social worker. The cost of counseling will be covered by the adoptive family or adoption organization.
If you need assistance with transportation, your adoption social worker can work with you to find the best solution. You may eligible for assistance with transportation costs or be connected with a transportation service to utilize during your pregnancy.
It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.
Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.
You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.
As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.
Mark's birthday was over the weekend and we had a great time celebrating. His parents came up and we went out for dinner on Saturday. Then we headed back to our house to eat some birthday cake. We also took a couple of days off of work last week and did some of our favorite fall activities. The art museum hosts Harvest Nights in October. It's full of fun Halloween decorations, music, and fun. We enjoy going to this each year and it's become a tradition. We also spent a day at the zoo. We're excited to someday bring a child to the zoo. This time of year, it's always fun to see kids playing in Pumpkin Town and dressed up in their Halloween costumes. We also spent a day hiking. The fall colors were so beautiful. We buy a state park pass each year and we're trying to make our way to each Indiana state park. We're about halfway through. I think we'll try to get in a few more hikes before it starts to get too cold this year.
Last week, we traveled to Florida to visit Kristin's sister and her family. We had so much fun! We spent time with our two nieces. We swam, watched fireworks over the Fourth of July, baked cookies, played games, danced, read books, and just enjoyed spending time together. They'll be coming to Indy to see us in a couple of weeks, and we can't wait. The drive home was long, but we made it back safely. Sunday afternoon, we spent time with Kristin's mom, aunt, and grandpa. It was a fun filled family weekend. Next weekend, we will be visitin Mark's parents. The town he is from has a festival every July and we plan to go.
Summer is such a great time to make memories with family. As a child, Kristin's family used to go camping around Indiana. One summer, her father brought home a camper. That very night, parked in the driveway, her family had their very first camping adventure. The following weekend, her parents packed up the camper and the family and headed to a campground. She remembers cooking dinner over the campfire and make s'mores. The entire family had such a great time and it was always something to look forward to when summer came around. Mark's happiest memories of summer are going on a family vacation. His extended family went to Disney World, Nashville, Virginia Beach, Niagra Falls, just to name a few. Disney World was definitely his favorite vacation. He had a great time riding the rides and seeing the characaters with his cousins, aunts, and uncles. Even as a child he had a passion for traveling and seeing new places.
Summertime always brings happy memories of having fun in the water as a child. We both love the water and spending time at the lake or pool. As a child, Mark and his sister enjoyed playing the classic game, Marco Polo. Kristin and her siblings competed to see who could do the best cannonball jumping into the lake or trying to catch minnows. We spent endless hot summer afternoons giggling and splashing each other. We look forward to passing on these fun family traditions.
We had our first official weekend of summer - even though the weather has been well into the 90s the last couple of weeks. Our weekend was pretty low key. We love trying new restaurants, so on Saturday night, we went to Prodigy Burger. It was so good! After dinner, we treated ourselves to some ice cream from Handel's. This will definitely be our go to for a sweet treat this summer. We cannot wait to take a little one here someday for some hand dipped ice cream. Sunday we stayed home and caught up on some things around the house. We also enjoyed our new patio along with the cooler weather on Sunday evening. Now the new week is off and running. We'll be visiting Kristin's sister and her family next week over the Fourth of July. We're excited to spend some time with family. Have a great Monday!
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