A Letter from Mark & Gen

Thank you for taking the time to meet us. We’re excited to expand our family and share with our next child our home and love. Genesis enjoys being a stay-at-home mom to our daughter and looks forward to showing our next child affection, and Mark’s excited to teach our children many things. We look forward to getting to know you as well as sharing letters, photos, and visits as our child grows.

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About Us

We met 11 years ago while out with friends. Gen was impressed by Mark’s tango dancing, and we fell in love over many dates and dances. Three years later, we were married! We’ve enjoyed many vacations, holidays, and special events with each other and our families since then. We adopted our daughter, Lola, at birth 3 years ago, and every day since then has been a blessing and a blast. We love to cook and bake together as a family, spend time at local parks and trails near our home, play with our dogs, and have dance parties. Our life is guided by our values of education, compassion, faith, and family. All things we are excited to share with our next child.

About Mark, by Gen

My husband loves learning new things and is a wise, patient teacher and a great dad. He is loving and considerate. I’m often amazed by how he thoughtfully shows his love and appreciation for our family and me.

Mark works long hours and enjoys fitness in his off time. He walks miles on his treadmill desk and still has the energy to play with our daughter after work. During college, he was in a circus acrobatics group and is excited to teach our children how to safely perform handstands when they’re older.

Mark is also an incredible cook. He makes his own pasta and sauce from scratch, and it’s the best! He recently started making homemade ice cream, and I have really enjoyed testing his recipes!

 

About Gen, by Mark

Gen is loving and caring in all she does.  Every day she wakes our daughter with a good morning song. She always makes sure that birthdays, celebrations, and holidays are special: bringing friends and family together and giving thoughtful gifts.

She is an amazing mom and provides a loving and supportive environment for the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs of our daughter.  As a former dancer and current yoga enthusiast, Gen has been nurturing our daughter’s creativity since she was very little and is excited to do the same for our next child.

She’s a great designer and DIYer: her style is colorful, bold, and fun, and she’s done many updates to our home herself.  Her skills have given our home a unique visual style that many of our friends have taken inspiration from in their own homes.  She set up a great art station for our daughter and a gallery to show off her work.

Our Daughter and Pets

Our daughter, Lola, is a curious, energetic, independent 3-year-old.  She loves exploring the outdoors and is fascinated by nature.  She enjoys arts and crafts, hide-and-seek, reading, and caring for her dolls.  We have a semi-open adoption with her birth mother and talk about her adoption story with her frequently.

We have two dogs, Teddy, a Shih Tzu, and Mojo, a Maltipoo.  Both are senior dogs and try to keep up with our daughter’s energy, especially at meal times!  Their favorite activities are sitting under the dinner table hoping she’ll drop a treat for them, lounging in the yard, and playing with their toys.

 

Our Home in Texas

We love our four-bedroom home and large backyard. We’ve decorated it to be bright and comfortable, from the Montessori-style playroom to our green kitchen and the nursery with partial shiplap walls installed by Gen. We enjoy spending time as a family playing games in our cozy living room, chasing the dogs or playing on the swing set in our backyard, and snuggling up for movie nights on the comfy sofa in our pink TV room.

We live on a cul-de-sac in a safe neighborhood with great schools and are within walking distance of many playgrounds. Many of our neighbors are also families with young kids. We look forward to making many memories here.

Our Promise

We promise to provide a loving home and family for your child, with the stability and care that will enable them to reach for their dreams. We believe in allowing children the freedom to learn and explore within a solid framework so they know they have a supportive network behind them always. We’re open to developing a relationship with you and your family as well as sharing letters, pictures, and visits if you’d like. We promise to share your child’s adoption story with them from the beginning and that they will always know they are loved unconditionally.

If you would like to learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

Learn More About Mark & Gen

  Mark Gen
Our EducationM.S. Computer ScienceB.A. Sociology
Our ProfessionsChief Technology OfficerHomemaker/Family Manager
Stay-At-HomeNoYes
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasian/LatinoLatina
Some of Mark & Gen's Favorites
Snack foodQuesadillaChips and salsa
Song to dance toBlue Danube Waltz by StraussBetter When I'm Dancing' by Meghan Trainor
Children's BookAesop's FablesMadeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
AnimalLionQuokka
Vacation SpotItalyNew York City
Christmas MovieA Muppets' Christmas CarolChristmas in Connecticut
Words to Live ByServe God FirstHave Courage and Be Kind
More About Our Family
Our Family Traditions

Some of our favorite family traditions include:
1) Pre-Christmas brunch with Gen's family, which always includes a themed costume contest. We won third place in 2019 for our Die Hard costume!
2) Celebrating Three Kings' Day on the 12th Day of Christmas (Epiphany). Our daughter sets out a shoebox with grass the night before (to feed the camels) and loves waking up to the small gifts the Three Kings deliver.
3) St. Patrick's Day, when we wear green, feast and have a dance party!

Our Extended Family

We both have really wonderful families and love hosting big family gatherings at our house. Our extended family includes many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as our parents. There are kids of all ages so there will be many playmates of similar ages for our child to grow up with. There is also a lot of love for them to grow up surrounded by!

Typical Weekend with Us

Baking Friday: Gen and Lola bake delicious treats for us to enjoy all weekend.
Family Saturday: Sleep in, go for a walk or play games indoors. We love running through the sprinklers in our yard when it's hot out, or visiting our local splash pad.
Sunday Funday: Church, brunch, and relax at home with the dogs while Mark and Lola make homemade pasta or pizza for dinner. A delicious end to the weekend.
We're looking forward to: Spending weekends planting and tending a fall vegetable garden in our recently built backyard garden boxes!

Fun Facts

Mark has lived all over the world, including Melbourne, Australia and Beijing, China.
Gen recently attended a yoga retreat in Tuscany, Italy.
Mark was a founding member of the men's group at our church back in Chicago, where we used to live.
Gen learned to dance and received a dance scholarship and now dances whenever.
Mark can do a one-armed push-up.
Gen has read all the Jane Austen novels so many times that she's had to replace the books multiple times.

We Prefer a Child Who Is...
Age of Child

Newborn to 5 years old

Twins

Absolutely

Gender

Any

Sibling Group

Absolutely! Oldest up to 6 years old.

In Closing

Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We look forward to welcoming your child into our lives and sharing with them our passion for family and fun. Adoption is very special to our family, and we look forward to building an open relationship with you in a way that is comfortable for all of us. Family is the most important thing to us, and we are excited to welcome your child into our hearts and home, and to love and support them throughout their life.

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