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Mara and Christopher

Status: Qualified for Adoption

About Mara

  • Mara
  • 32
  • CC
  • Christian
  • College
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Anything outdoors - running, hiking, working out
  • Traveling, trying new restaurants, volunteering in our community
  • Serving and helping others
  • Selfless, caring, and loving
I was born in Orlando, FL and moved to Georgia while I was a teenager. While I'm not working, I love spending time with my family & friends, trying new restaurants around the city, and doing anything active. If you asked my friends to describe me, they would probably highlight my generosity, selflessness, and love for others.

About Christopher

  • Christopher
  • 35
  • CC
  • Christian
  • Post College
  • Senior Manager
  • Anything outdoors - running, hiking, working out and homebrewing
  • Traveling, trying new restaurants, volunteering in our community, golf
  • Serving and helping others
  • Loyal, drive, and initiative
I was born and raised in Atlanta, and have lived here my entire life. While I'm not working, I love spending time with my family & friends, trying new restaurants around the city, and playing golf.

Dear Birthmother

We are so grateful you have taken the time to get to know us by looking through our profile! We are excited to be on this adoption journey, but before we tell you about ourselves, we want to make sure you know how incredibly thankful we are for you and the choice you have made. We admire you - your bravery, strength, and selflessness - in this decision. We want you to know that if you choose us to be a part of your story, we will honor you from the very first day we bring your child home. You will become part of our family through shared conversations and stories, and we will celebrate the qualities we see in this child that they have because of you. We feel it's important you know we have not reached the decision to adopt because we are unable to have biological children. We have been married for 5 years, and knew early on, even before getting married, that we hoped to grow our family. We have one biological daughter and look forward to adding to our family through adoption. Adoption is something that has been on our hearts for years, and we are so excited to be walking down this path. Although we are still at the beginning of our journey as parents, we realize that parenthood and trans-racial adoption require a humble spirit and a lifetime of learning and relearning. We are not perfect, but we are committed to each other and our family, and with the support of our community, cannot wait to give your child a life full of unconditional love. We are grateful for this opportunity and humbled that you would consider us. We will honor you the rest of our lives for this precious gift!

Reason to Adopt

From the very start of our marriage, we hoped to grow our family. We didn't give a lot of thought into what that would be like, but looked forward to having children to share our life with. As we began trying to get pregnant naturally, we, like so many others, struggled with years of infertility. Through it all, we hung on to the truth that God is able. These difficulties were a great test of our faith, and we found ourselves drawing closer to one another and to God. Infertility was a wonderful reminder that we aren't in control of a single aspect of our lives, including the way our family would grow. It started to become very clear that God's plan for our family might someday include adoption. Infertility treatment provided us the incredible blessing of having our daughter, Holland. We love being parents, and we began to see that the hard road of infertility brought about unique qualities in us that shaped us into being better parents & people. Soon after our final failed embryo transfer, we started to hear God's whispers (more like shouts) for us to focus our hearts on adoption. The more we thought and prayed about adoption, we could tell that God had already written this part of our story. Did we have the resources? Can we really do this? And then again, just as He always does, the Lord spoke to our hearts and told us no. We didn't have any of those things. But He did. And He would again supply everything that we needed. And that again, He would give us immeasurably more than we could ever imagine. Well, how do you argue with the One who literally created the world? So here we are! We embark upon this journey with a desire to welcome another child into our family, who will know the great love we have for them and their birth family. Adoption is not a backup plan but part of the story God was writing for us from the very beginning.

Our Story

We met in 2013 while collaborating on the same team at work. One afternoon at a team social event, Chris and I spent hours getting to know one another. Little did we know it would turn into a lifetime together! The next day, Chris asked me on our first official date. We dated for one year prior to engagement. Chris planned the most wonderful day that included a multitude of fun activities to try to catch me off guard. The evening of his proposal, he took me back to the park we walked around on our first date, where he had a beautiful table setup. A wine bottle that read 'Open when we get engaged' was the only thing on the table that was different than the day of our first date. Chris got down on one knee, said a lot of sweet things that I cannot remember, and asked me to spend forever with him. I didn't pause for a second with my YES! We ended the night with a surprise engagement party, celebrating with family and friends! Chris and I got married one year after our engagement. It was a beautiful day in April at an old train depot. Our ceremony was filled with tears of joy and laughter. After the ceremony, we took tons of pictures with our wedding party and danced the night away. In our five years of marriage we have made some amazing memories. We love looking back on our anniversary book and remembering the joy and the times of heartache. We believe the times of trial have made us stronger, more dependent on God, and are a wonderful reminder that we chose one another. Our largest mountain we have climbed has been our journey towards building our family, as we were diagnosed as infertile early on in our marriage. During these past five years, God has taught us to trust in His timing and purpose. He's enabled us to be content in our circumstances. Even though our hearts ached from loss, they now beat strongly for the daughter we have and our the baby we hope to adopt.

Holland

Holland is our 1.5 year old daughter. She is a wonderful example of God bringing beauty from ashes as she is our only child from infertility treatment. She is a joyful, sweet child. She loves interacting with other children. We enjoy taking her to parks, to swim, and to spend time with her cousins. She keeps us constantly laughing with new words, dance moves, and mannerisms. We are excited for Holland to be close in age with her brother. We ask her everyday if she is excited to meet him and her response is a rapid head nod. She practices pushing her babies in a kid stroller, stopping every 5 feet to kiss them on the head. Holland is enrolled in the accredited child-care facility on our work campus. It is a wonderful environment for her as she interacts with many different types of children. We are excited to share this same experience with our son.

Home Sweet Home

Our home is a red brick, two story house in a suburb of a metropolitan city in Georgia. In addition to the bedrooms and bathrooms, we have an open floor plan including a large living room, kitchen, dining room, and playroom. We have a beautiful private backyard right off our porch. We love spending time out here in the spring and fall. We live on a quiet street in an established neighborhood with lots of families and young children. We have lived in this neighborhood for over a year now, and plan on staying here for a long time. One of our favorite parts of living in this neighborhood is the convenient location to a fun, family-friendly city center with local restaurants, summer concerts, and a Saturday farmers market. There are also great amenities to our neighborhood including a park, swimming pool, and tennis courts. We take nightly walks around our neighborhood, and we have loved establishing lasting friendships with our neighbors. We love coming home from work and having to drive slowly down our street due to families on walks, toddlers on tricycles, and babies being pushed in stroller. The school district is a big reason why we moved to this area; the school system we are zoned for scores very high academically. There is a great diversity in the public schools around our home, which is very important to us. We live about 15 minutes from the downtown area of our city, and there is always something to offer entertainment-wise for families. We love going to concerts, sporting events, cultural events, and we have a children's museum and aquarium. There are many different types of restaurants and fun dessert places all over our city; we love to try new places to eat! We have an amazing support system to raise our children. Both of our families are so supportive of our journey, and our friends have been praying alongside us for years now. Because our church is in a major city, there are so many different races, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds that surround us. This is important to us as we seek to adopt a child who is a different race than us. We know the importance of surrounding ourselves with people who can help bridge the gap for us, as we have been on a huge journey of growth in this area.