Derrick & Mark

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Dad Dad
First Names Derrick Mark
Religion Christian Christian
Ethnic Background Irish/Native American Irish/German
Education Bachelor Degree – Business Management Master’s Degree – Business Administration
Profession Regional Services Manager – Banking Industry Regional Director – Tax Industry

Our Story

Hello!  We are Derrick and Mark, welcome to our profile.  We met seven years ago when Mark walked into Derrick’s office.  Derrick thought Mark was really cute, but he was his client so he kept it professional!  A few months later, when Derrick had accepted another role within his company, he ran into Mark while getting coffee at Starbucks. Marks said:  "hey you’re the guy from the bank.”  We exchanged business cards and a few days later Mark emailed Derrick to meet for happy hour after work.  If Mark tells you this story, he will say Derrick emailed him, but that is not true, he totally emailed Derrick first!  J  The rest was history.  We remember thinking on our first date that we could easily fall in love with each other, and we did!

We were married on October 22, 2016 at sunrise on the beach.  It was a beautiful morning to say “I Do.”  After getting married, we quickly took photos, jumped on a plane, and headed to the Southern Caribbean for nine nights.  It was perfect!

We are about to celebrate our two year wedding anniversary.  We love each other very much and know that we have so much love to give to a baby.  We can’t wait to become parents.

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Family Life

As a family, we value spending quality time together. We love to travel and see new places, but we also love quiet nights at home with our dog, Henry.  Henry is a little beagle-spaniel mix who we rescued five years ago when he was just a few weeks old.  He’s the sweetest little guy who’s full of personality and love.  Henry’s favorite thing to do is cuddle on the sofa.  As a family, the three of us can’t wait to share all of our love with a baby boy or girl.

We value our family and friends so much.  We have several nieces and nephews that we love spending time with.  We frequently host back yard BBQ’s and holiday dinners.  Our favorite holiday is Christmas.  We always look forward to decorating our home and then filling it with the people we love.  At Christmas, we have a tradition of stuffing each-others stockings and we never leave Henry out!  He looks forward to his stocking all year because it’s always filled with treats and toys!

We are both of Christian faith and will raise our child with Christian beliefs, most importantly believing in love, acceptance, and forgiveness.

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Lifestyle

We love to spend time in our home and yard.  Mark loves to garden and is always picking up new flowers to make our yard beautiful.  We both love to cook.  We grill-out several nights a week and enjoy having dinner on the patio out back or at our dining room table.  We always light candles and play music around the house to make our home a special and relaxing place to be.

We plan our summer vacations all year.  We try to pick new destinations so we can see new things and learn about different cultures.  Some of our favorites so far are Curacao, Mexico, and St. Maarten.  We share a love for travel, shopping, food, adventure – but the best part is doing all of those things together.  We always talk about how amazing it would be to share the things we love most in life with a child.

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Adoption

We are very comfortable with keeping in touch with you.  Ideally, we would love to share emails and family photos with you as frequently as you are comfortable receiving them. We are also open to attend the annual picnic hosted by Family Options.  We understand that this decision is a very hard one for you to make and will respect your wishes in terms of contact frequency.  Our only goal is to ensure we are raising this child in the most loving and healthy way in order to be the best parents we can possibly be.  We want him or her to always know where they came from and will share details with them about their birth family.

As a same-sex couple, we recognize that we don’t represent what some think of as the “traditional” family with a mom and dad in the home.  However, we believe that what makes any family thrive, is love.  We love each other and will love our baby, regardless of his or her ethnic background.  Adding a child of a different race into our home would only make our family more special and more beautiful.

Our family has already been blessed with our niece and nephew, Aryana and Bentley who are multi-racial.  They are perfect and have brought our family so much love and joy.  We work for companies that value diversity and inclusion.  We both incorporate diversity into our work lives.  We celebrate difference.  We believe that difference only makes us stronger at work and also as a family.  We will embrace our child’s ethnic background by learning about his or her culture and ensuring we raise them around people and things that remind and teach them of where they came from and how we all work together as a family to love and respect each other.

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Favorites

Father-to-Be Father-to-Be
Genre of Music Soft Rock Pop/Rock
Childhood memory Family Summer Vacation!!  My favorite trip was to Orlando, FL visiting Disney World and then going to the beach. Going to the Florida Keys and spending time on my dad’s boat.
Quote “Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better, do better.”  Maya Angelou “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”  Helen Keller
Subject in school English/Creative Writing Band/Music
Magazine Southern Living Men’s Health
TV show Scandal Will and Grace
Movie Steele Magnolias The Color Purple
Hero My mom Grandma Nancy
Holiday Christmas Christmas
Dessert Carrot Cake Vanilla Ice Cream
Coffee or Tea? Tea Coffee
Eat in or Dine out? Eat in Eat in
Early Riser or Night Owl? Night Owl Early Riser

Best Wishes

We know that you love your baby.  You making this very difficult decision is granting us the opportunity to become dads.  We will ensure our child knows that their biological parents loved them and wanted them to have all the things in life that they deserve.  We will forever love and provide for this baby, ensuring they have the life and opportunity that you dream of for them.  Thank you for loving your baby enough to let us parent them.  We are forever grateful and will always have love in our hearts for you.

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