We met in March 2005 after an initial connection online and a six-hour first date that included three cappuccinos at a local cafe, before heading out to enjoy more conversation over dinner and dessert. Rebecca was attracted to Mark because he was a great listener who enjoyed hearing stories about her Grammy and Grampy. Mark liked Rebecca’s sense of adventure and her ability to appreciate simple times together.
Since then, we have enjoyed an open adoption with Valen’s birthmother, sharing stories and photos as he has grown into a wonderful little boy.
We now laugh about how many of our early dates actually took place while strolling the aisles of Costco on the weekends! We just enjoyed each other’s company, so it didn’t matter where we were.
We share many similar interests: we love to travel and enjoy swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling. Mark prefers warm-weather destinations while Rebecca is game for anything. That’s why Mark calls her “Dora the Explorer!” The good thing is that we complement each other very well: Rebecca likes to cook, and Mark is good at cleaning up after meals. Mark enjoys decorating the house while Rebecca prefers to grow a vegetable garden outside. Rebecca can be loud at times, while Mark – the “gentle giant” -- is reserved and soft spoken.
We were married at our home in the suburbs, sharing the experience with family and friends in a beautiful ocean side-ceremony.
When we discovered we could not grow our family biologically, we happily turned to adoption as our path to starting a family and sharing our love and joy for life with a child. That hope became a reality in 2012, when we were blessed to be at the birth of our son Valen. Since then, we have enjoyed an open adoption with Valen’s birthmother and birth grandmother, sharing stories and photos as he has grown into a wonderful little boy.
Now 4 years old, Valen loves to sing and dance with Mommy in front of the television. He helps Daddy blow leaves outside and clean up the yard. And he takes charge of feeding our dog Maxie breakfast and dinner.