|Occupation:||Lawyer in Marine Corps|
|Interest:||Playing soccer, running, playing PlayStation, walking the dog with Katie|
|Occupation:||Military Family Case Worker|
|Education:||1 yr. away from a Master’s in Social Work|
|Interest:||Jogging, hiking, traveling, animals, gardening, and playing games|
We are Marcus and Katie! We are honored that you are reading this letter and we recognize how difficult this decision must be. Just know that you are the hero in our story and we love you already!
We have been married for over six years. We spent the first four years of our marriage in central Oklahoma. Marcus is an attorney in the Marine Corps and, although we call Oklahoma home, we presently live in Twentynine Palms, California. Katie is currently a Master’s of Social Work student and she takes care of our home. When we lived in Oklahoma, we loved kayaking on the river, trail running, fishing, and going to food truck festivals. In California, we enjoy going on hikes in the nearby national park. We love looking at the beautiful sunrises and sunsets as well as searching for the evasive herd of big horn sheep. We enjoy taking walks with our dogs to the neighborhood park and playing soccer.
Oklahoma is our home and holds a special place in our hearts. It is where we grew as a married couple and developed with our church family. The Marine Corps called us away in 2017. While this gave us the opportunity to live in and explore beautiful parts of this country, we plan to return to Oklahoma after Marcus’ commitment is complete.
We have always wanted to be parents and have a family together. As a child, Katie grew up taking her baby dolls everywhere. She named them all and dreamt of being a mother. She wants to parent our child through the ups and downs of life and show them unconditional love. Marcus remembers the lasting impact his father had on his development. Marcus looks forward to reading books, coaching sports teams, and providing constant love and support that he grew up with. We first tried to grow our family in 2015 but suffered a miscarriage. Four years have passed and we have experienced several more. We have consulted countless doctors, but we do not have an answer as to why. After each loss, we are affirmed in our decision to adopt. Sharing DNA with our future children is not nearly as important as sharing the love in our hearts.
Not only are we excited to welcome a child into our family; we are also excited to welcome you into our family! We want a lasting and positive relationship with you. In other words, we don’t want you to be a stranger in our life. We want to be able to send you pictures, invite you to share in our child’s biggest moments, and be able to visit. We understand that there may be times when this memory is too much to bear and we will respect your decision if you want to take a step back. No matter what, we promise to always speak favorably of you and we will always remember that your sacrifice has given us this blessing.
We love doing everything together and we are so excited to have a little one to grow and explore with. We are already looking forward to family vacations, taking evening walks, and exploring the things we love with our child. It may be naïve of us to say that not much will change, but we are ready to take on parenthood. We have taken care of our nieces and nephews and we feel ready for the sleepless nights, dirty diapers, and children’s activities. We have always viewed ourselves as a team and we cannot wait for a new addition! And when we need a night away, we are blessed to have one set of our parents five minutes away and they are equally excited to be grandparents (again)!
We are open to adopting a child of any race or ethnicity. We come from family comprised of varying skin colors and ethnicities. Marcus is Hispanic and Katie is Caucasian. We take the responsibility to expose our children to diverse situations seriously. This includes ensuring that our child is surrounded by a community that looks like them. It would be remiss of us to not acknowledge the fact that racial inequities exist. We are not afraid to advocate for our child and fight for their equality. Although we carry a culture of our own, we look forward to learning about, embracing, and teaching our child about their culture.
We have found comfort and peace along this journey, and pray that you are able to also. We have this peace because, as 1 Corinthians 2:5 tells us, “your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” We are so thankful to be on this journey. We pray for you every day and look forward to being a part of your story.
Marcus and Katie