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Courtney & Marcus

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Courtney

Neighbor

Gender:

Female

Status:

Home study has been approved

State:

Iowa

Religion:

Christianity

Education:

Some College

Profession:

Photographer, Swing Dance Instructor

Political Affiliation:

Lean Conservative

Marcus

Neighbor

Gender:

Male

Status:

Home study has been approved

State:

Iowa

Religion:

Christianity

Education:

Some College

Profession:

Carpenter, Swing Dance Instructor

Political Affiliation:

Very Conservative

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Hello!

Dear Mom Considering Adoption, Thank you so much for considering us as adoptive parents for your baby. We promise to love your baby with all our hearts, to cherish, nurture, protect, and provide for them, and to deeply honor your decision to give life to your baby. With us, you will forever remain your baby's mother and will be embraced as a cherished member of our family. We are so excited to open our hearts and family to you and your little one. In our home, your baby will always feel loved and profoundly wanted. God will always be the center of our lives and we will raise our adopted children to know His love and His goodness. We cant wait to meet you and see if we would be the right fit for the both of you. Warmest hugs,

Courtney & Marcus

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We take a trip every once in a while to see my brother and sister in law in the Black Hills!

We take a trip every once in a while to see my brother and sister in law in the Black Hills!

If I could have dinner with anyone—dead or alive—I would pick...

my husband - hands down!

-Courtney

If I could choose one type of food to eat for the rest of my life, it would be:

It would be breakfast because everything is so good. My favorite breakfast food is eggbake with bacon on the side covered in syrup

-Marcus

I hope our child’s birth mother is…

We hope that our child's birth mother is within driving distance so that we can see her often if she wishes. We want her child to know and be a part of our and her child's life.

-Courtney

Favorite season and why?

My favorite season is either spring or summer because we can do more activities at night like camping,hiking, disc golf,etc.

-Marcus

This is actually kind of a cute store. We were both counseling high schoolers at a summer camp and for skit night we played a game of trivia about us based on a poll that our campers did about us. Lets just say that Marcus won and his prize was to smash a pie in my face. At the last second he did the noblest and sweetest thing and pied himself in the face instead! All the campers were shocked and blown away! But he did end up pieing me in the face shortly after. This is a precious memory of ours.

This is actually kind of a cute store. We were both counseling high schoolers at a summer camp and for skit night we played a game of trivia about us based on a poll that our campers did about us. Lets just say that Marcus won and his prize was to smash a pie in my face. At the last second he did the noblest and sweetest thing and pied himself in the face instead! All the campers were shocked and blown away! But he did end up pieing me in the face shortly after. This is a precious memory of ours.

We met performing in Beauty and the Beast for our local theater program! We became waltzing partners for Human Again and quickly became friends before dating 9 months later. <3

We met performing in Beauty and the Beast for our local theater program! We became waltzing partners for Human Again and quickly became friends before dating 9 months later. <3

Complete the sentence, “I can’t live without……”

I cant live without sports in general like football,basketball, and baseball, but most importantly, Nebraska football.

-Marcus

My neighborhood is a good place to raise a family because…

Our neighborhood is quiet and safe. We live just a few blocks away from the downtown park and there are so many fun things to do especially in the summer! Lots of events for kids, including the Tulip Festival which is the highlight of the year around here.

-Courtney

If I could choose one type of food to eat for the rest of my life, it would be:

ooh hmmm... Good question... if there were no phyisical ramifications I would choose Oreo ice cream.... But since that's not realistic I'd probably say Olive Garden's Chicken Gnocchi Soup! It's bottomless so that works out! 😋

-Courtney

Complete the sentence, “I can’t live without……”

my chemical free home products!! I love all things fragrance and chem free. I feel safe and healthy when I use things like soaps, shampoos and candles that are free of toxins.

-Courtney

My favorite place in the World is...

Memorial Stadium in Nebraska. I love it beacuse it was my first college stadium I ever went to with my dad and two brothers. Just creating memories that will last forever.

-Marcus

My favorite place in the World is...

My favorite place in the world is in Ortonville MN. I spent 7 years counseling youth at a camp up north and my favorite spot was at the edge of the dock overlooking Big Stone lake at sunset. It was the most beautiful view that reminded me of God's goodness and greatness.

-Courtney

Three years from now, I hope our child’s birth mom is…

Three years from now, I hope our child's birth mom is happy, healthy and full of peace about her decision to choose us to parent her child. I hope that she is thriving in whatever path she chooses and that she knows that we are here for her and extremely grateful for her presence in our lives.

-Courtney

Courtney's brother Josh lives out in the Black Hills so sometimes for vacation we will go there to visit and go on hikes!

Courtney's brother Josh lives out in the Black Hills so sometimes for vacation we will go there to visit and go on hikes!

We celelbrated our honeymoon in California and took along our wedding attire for a photoshoot! (It was very VERY cold on our wedding day so this was a nice treat. <3

We celelbrated our honeymoon in California and took along our wedding attire for a photoshoot! (It was very VERY cold on our wedding day so this was a nice treat. <3

What is the best word to describe our family?

Affectionate!

-Courtney

My favorite Instagram account is:

BYO tools because I am a construction nerd and I love seeing new ways to improve the construction industry by creating new tools, organizing trailers, and making things more efficient.

-Marcus

If you had to live on an RV or sailboat for the rest of your life, which would it be?

I would much rather live in an RV! I'd get to travel the country with my family and would love to go to all the national parks. Besides, I get a little seasick so a sailboat might not be the best option for me. 🤗

-Courtney

Dogs or cats?

We love BOTH! I adopted and nursed to health our cat Jack early on in our dating realtionship, and our Dog Daisy was just a pup when we met. We love both of them. They both bring alot of warmth, comfort and fun into our home.

-Courtney

We are occasional volunteers for our local art club! This time we dressed up as Olaf and Ana and spent some time doing crafts and watching Frozen with kids in the local community. :)

We are occasional volunteers for our local art club! This time we dressed up as Olaf and Ana and spent some time doing crafts and watching Frozen with kids in the local community. :)

At a local swing dancing event we hosted!

At a local swing dancing event we hosted!

We are the best choice because…

We are SO ready and excited to become parents. We have alot of love in our hearts and are thrille to share our home, lives and adventures with future baby and his birth mom. We have been hoping to grow our family for two years and we know that waiting for baby will be the most worthwhile time because we will be so grateful and baby is already so wanted and loved.

-Courtney

Do you consider yourself religious or spiritual?

Both! I treasure my relationship with Jesus, but I also love our church and feel so filled up by the preaching and community that we have there.

-Courtney

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you look at the night sky?

God is SO beautiful and indescribably magnificent. I think abou how I am so small and yet He chooses to love and care for me. It puts me in complete awe of God's greatness and goodness! 🫶🏼

-Courtney

Favorite season and why?

Season 4 of The Office! This is the season where Pam and Jim get together! <3 But really truly, I love Spring because of the warmth, the sunshine and that we can get outside and go for walks, hikes and picnics.

-Courtney

If you had to pick a famous person to play you in a movie, who would it be?

Probably Rashida Jones (Ann from Parks&Rec). I relate to her character's personality in so many ways!

-Courtney

What scares you?

I'm most afraid of disappointing people that I love. I prioritize healthy close relationships so thinking that someone is disappointed in me makes me uneasy. Also centipedes... Horrible little creatures. 😳

-Courtney

Our nursery is ready for baby!

Our nursery is ready for baby!

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