Who We Are and Why We Are Adopting

Our Story

Hi, we’re Mark and Eleanor! Thank you for visiting our page, we are excited to share our story with you on why we are adopting and who we are.

Back in 2012, we met through an on-line dating website. We hit it off on our first date and after many more dates, we really enjoyed each other’s company. We had many of the same interests and our lifestyle complemented each other. Throughout our relationship we enjoy traveling, hiking, and cooking dinners together. After several years of dating, Mark proposed to Eleanor at Eleanor’s favorite spot, Niagara Falls. We got married in 2016.

We always knew that we wanted to start a family, but we found out after a year of trying that we couldn’t conceive a child naturally. We took our time to discuss our options and our decision always came back to adoption. We decided that adoption was something we both felt was right for our family and so we started our journey with Adoption STAR. We are ready to become parents and cannot wait to welcome a child into our family!

About Me (Eleanor)

I was born and raised in New York City. I am currently working as an Academic Advisor in a University where I provide guidance to students throughout their education. I love being an Academic Advisor because I love interacting with people and my role allows me to support students throughout their studies. In my spare time, I do a lot of gardening. I enjoy planting flowers and watching them grow through the spring and summer.

I also love traveling, visiting new places and sightseeing. I think my love for traveling stems from one of my favorite memories as a child, such as going on family trips. I remember the excitement of visiting places for the first time like Niagara Falls for the first time, looking at the huge waterfall and feeling the mist that sprayed us when we walked by. I remember my parents planning annual trips and it was those memories that I cherish the most. I cannot wait to share my love for exploration with a child and be able to open up their minds to seeing, hearing and having new experiences.

About Me (Mark)

I was born and raised in New York City as well. I work as an HR Manager for a non-profit, helping the organization with maintaining employees. I enjoy what I do because there are always challenges that come up where I have the opportunity to find creative solutions to help address problems. When I am not working, I enjoy watching sports such as baseball and hockey. I also like visiting museums and learning about the history of a place or a house. In my spare time, I enjoy working on home improvement projects – resowing grass seeds for the lawn, painting our house shutters, updating new light fixtures, etc.

Growing up in an Italian family, I spent weekends visiting my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We watched baseball games on TV, played outside with our cousins, threw around a frisbee, played catch, and for a family tradition, we played bocce ball; A game where my father, aunts and uncles taught me at a very young age as kids of all ages can play. To this day, during a family outing, we still have a lot of fun playing bocce ball. It is one of my favorites because it brings the whole family together as we work in teams, pitting family members against the other family members. I cannot wait to share this family tradition with a child.

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