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Marcus + Ashley Sue

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Marcus + Ashley Sue
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NC Highschool Sweethearts hope to adore and raise children in a life of joy, silliness, and lifelong opportunities.

Hello! We are Marcus and Ashley Sue of North Carolina.

We cannot wait to share life, Faith, adventures, home, family, and laughter with children!

We have a big, close circle of family, full of different ages and races, doctors, nurses, police officers and artists, pets and pet lovers, and adventurers.

We have been together for 19 years and married for 7. Our entire relationship, we dreamt of becoming parents - of family vacations, breakfast conversations, school plays and little league sports and recitals, the tooth fairy, and Christmas mornings, helping with homework... Every second of it, from the everyday routines to the greatest adventures and holidays and milestones!

After you look through our profile, feel free to call us, or go to our Instagram page to find a little more (our name is "readyforlittles").

Also, know that through adoption, *you* are forever a part of our family. Our child will forever know that she/he is also your child, and that she or he is so blessed to be loved by so many people - from every side of their family.

We know this is a difficult time for you; you have intense decisions to make, and we are getting to know each other SO personally through a website - all because we *all* have huge dreams for your baby's (babies') life. Please know that our hearts and prayers are with you. Truly.

With Love and Grace,
Marcus and Ashley Sue

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Who We Are

We met in the 4th grade, when Marc's family moved from Pennsylvania to my (Ashley's) home town. The teacher placed his desk right next to mine the first day Marc started school.

In 8th grade, a teacher (of all people) set us up, to date. She carefully and openly selected us to work together on a class project (on American life in the 1920s). It worked, and we became each others' first love. We dated a year before choosing to be apart in high school. We spent high school focusing on friendships, academics (we shared all the honors classes together), and athletics (Marc played football and ran track; Ashley played soccer and was a cheerleader). We stayed good friends as we grew up.

The first day of college, we were surprised to see that not only had we chosen the same college, but were moving into the same dorm. We had our first college class together, and by Spring of Freshman year, we were dating again. We have been together ever since - 18 years ago!

In 2009, after a decade together, God wove a remarkable story in that grand way that only He can, and we both became Christians, without realizing the other was feeling the same spiritual pull. By the end of the year, Marcus proposed to me in a faith-filled moment at Cape Hatteras (a place I consider as the best of NC magic).

Our family and close friends are the world to us. We were blessed to spend 2010 planning our wedding with "our village". Our year was spent celebrating SIX OTHER weddings of family and friends, as well as pulling ours off. From my Mom making the dress and the cake, to Marc's brother DJing, to close friends catering the entire event, and all the framily that decorated our wedding and took photos of the best day of our lives, we are constantly reminded how blessed we are!

Since our wedding, we have spent the last six years with all the sides of our family (and all the new nephews and nieces born into it!), and with our "accidental cat". I call him the "accidental cat" because we had just decided to get a dog - when a teeny abandoned kitten, weak and sick, found Marc while he and his Dad were on a camping week. Marc brought the kitten home to help it recover, and Russell Brand the Cat has been with us ever since. He's the best addition to our home, yet, and makes us laugh every day!

Marcus works at UPS and has for 11 years. I (Ashley) used to work in marketing and television, but now work as an artist and photographer from home. We spent a lot of years thinking about how we wanted to parent (with me as a stay-at-home-mom), and we have cultivated a life to allow that we have every opportunity to spend with our children and take them on great adventures, every day and in ways great and small.

Now, we just wait. We wait to meet the new members of our family, and to see how God will grow us all in the amazing tapestry of life. Meanwhile, we work on home projects (gardening and renovation), visit family and the friends we consider family, play games, travel, read, and laugh... a lot. We are pretty goofy. And... we wait.

With love and prayers...
Marc and Ashley

Adoption Diary

Snowy holidays and Happy New Year

Our siblings are wildly older than us.  Did we ever tell you that?

Marc and I each have two siblings, and we are both the youngest in our families.  Our oldest brother and oldest sister are way older than us, but still our best friends.

Things get funny in that Marc’s oldest brother became a Dad young.  My oldest sister was also young when she had her first child. Well, young by OUR standards - we are 38, so to become a parent in their 20s meant Marc and I were not even teens yet.  I was 11 when I became an Aunt.  I actually remember being in sixth grade, doodling rattles and baby blocks all over my paper on the day my niece was born.

I (Ashley Sue) am amazed in that our child, whoever she or he is, will grow up with our nieces’ and nephews’ babies! Yes, we have nieces and nephews in their mid-20s, and one of them JUST became a parent. Yes, our oldest nephew is a new Dad.  And Marc’s twin has toddlers.  And we will all be raising our families at the same time… and that’s pretty cool.

Watching one of our youngest nephews ride his first bike for the first time on Christmas, and seeing our oldest nephew and his gorgeous wife (proud to call our niece!) preparing for their own baby… The holidays were really special.  I don’t know how else to say it… and it gave us so much to look forward to, and to hope for.

I know we went a bit quite for the holidays.  We hope you were with people you love, who love you.  We hope you were warm and happy, and hopeful for your life and the life of your child.  We hope your heart is blessed.

Hugs and Love,
and cheers to 2018 and all it may behold,
Ashley Sue (and Marcus)

A Dream of a Baby… a literal dream.

Hi!  Ashley, here! 

Something about me is that I have an incredibly active life in my sleep.  I dream.  A lot. 

Vivid, emotional, poetic, cinema-quality dreams.  I have my entire life, and I rather enjoy it.  My dreams give me a lot of creative fuel, and I cannot imagine “sleeping soundly” without this second life.

All of my life, I dreamt of my own children.  Often in the dreams, I had twins.  Often in the dreams, I was having to protect my children from something; sometimes it was war that I held my babies safely away from. Sometimes, I was comforting them from the scary people that are “out in the world”.  Still, always, I was their mother, and I loved them with so much of me that I woke up aching that they cannot have a truly perfect life—as no human can.  This world is simply not set up for any of us to live a perfect fairytale existence.

After my infertility diagnosis seven years ago, my dreams of holding my children took a new emotional meaning to me.  These dreams captured my hope that I will still know the love between parent and child.

For a couple years, now, I haven’t had any sleep-time dreams of being a parent. 

I still dream of children almost every night!  But night after night, I go to sleep and dream - about other people’s children.  I dream about babysitting my nephews.  I dream of protecting other people’s babies.  Sometimes they are children of our relatives… sometimes they are stranger’s children…

... but morning after morning, I wake up and realize that my dream didn’t carry any hope that we will be parents… it’s like I am afraid I will always just be “Aunt Ashley”, and that my heart’s desire will be something I never experience… Family…. Passing down celebrations and history… Creating opportunities for more healing in the world…

All of that rambling is to say, today, I awoke from a dream where Marc and I were parents.  A toddler was our child.  We had taken the baby to the mountains for a week, and we were so excited seeing this precious child explore the world with fresh eyes and excitement!  The child was small for their age, but mighty in heart and huge in personality. 

My heart felt so much healing from this one dream… so much hope… so much Love.

*Big breath*

I don’t know why I am sharing this… except, dreams are often best enjoyed when shared…

I hope your dreams are full of love, hope, and peace, also.

Sweet dreams,
Ashley Sue

Thank You for Visiting Our Adoption Profile

We want to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Marcus + Ashley Sue

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