Dear Expectant Mother,
We are Mark and Cori from Northern California! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We appreciate the difficult decision you are facing, and we want to share with you a little about ourselves, and our values in the hope that it will make your own decision a little easier. We have been working very hard to become parents, and are honored to have the opportunity for you to consider us.
When we met, we both had very active and fulfilling lives, so it seemed appropriate that we met while on vacation in Italy through mutual friends. From the instant we met, we were nearly inseparable. We matched each other in energy and our love for adventure, people and Italy was the perfect place for our relationship to start and grow. When we came back to the USA, Mark went back to San Francisco and Cori went back to Southern California. Luckily for us, Mark’s job had him traveling to Southern California almost weekly – so we got to see each other a lot.
We both work in Commercial Real Estate so we have that in common. We knew that our relationship was something special, something that would last forever, so after traveling up and down the California coast for nearly a year, Cori moved to San Francisco with her black Labrador Retriever, Milano in April of 2009. The move brought Cori closer to her family in Seattle, and of course, to Mark and his family, in the Bay Area. In April of 2010 we were married in Seattle, surrounded by family, friends and all of their kids.
We live in a wonderful small town near Mt. Diablo about 40 minutes outside of San Francisco. The elementary school is a stone’s throw away from our house and we wave every morning to the crossing guard on our way to work. Each summer our town has free concerts in the park, where families come and bring picnic dinners, spread out blankets and lawn chairs and listen to the band. Kids run around and play and dance. It’s a great way to meet our neighbors and feel like a part of the community. Our house has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and our property sits on an acre with 3 horse stalls and horse paddocks (we don’t have horses…yet!), grapevines, fruit trees, a vegetable garden, a chicken coop with 5 chickens, a creek, and 3 lovely Labs – Milano, Como and Aspen!
We love our lives but we also believe in the value of slowing the pace of life down, and spending time at home, working in our garden, walking with the dogs in the surrounding mountains and hillsides near our house, and enjoying the peace of a small, safe and fun community. We are very close with our families and the one thing we want most in the world is to have our own family and provide a loving, safe, fun, laughter-filled life for a child.
We truly wish you the best, and respect you for your courage. Thank you for taking the time to read about us, if you would like to know more please call as soon as possible.
Mark & Cori