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Marcus + Ashley Sue

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Marcus + Ashley Sue
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We are excited for every moment of raising children, loving them, and learning the rad people they were born to be!

Hello!
The desire of our heart is to be parents -- to love our children and help them pursue their biggest dreams. We wish that for *every* child.

We are Marcus and Ashley Sue (of North Carolina, a very rad state).
We have been together almost 20 years, and prove that opposites attract but core values are what makes "forever" happen. We balance each other, and cannot wait to share life, adventures from mountains to ocean, and so much love with children!

We have a big, close circle of family and friends, full of siblings and children and grandparents, doctors, nurses, police officers and artists, pets and pet lovers, and adventurers.

We have been together for 19 years and married for almost 7. Our entire relationship, we dreamt of becoming parents - of family vacations, of breakfast conversations, of school plays and little league sports... 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 more (our name is "readyforlittles").

Also, know that through adoption, *you* are forever a part of our *family*. Our child will forever know that they are 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 trying 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 already.

With Love & Grace,
Marcus & 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

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

We Love North Carolina

If you are an expectant Mama here in the great NC state, you already know that North Carolina is pretty rad.  Then again, do you?

Marc moved here when he was young, but I was born and raised here.  I’ve lived in the mountains, small towns, and big city. From the Appalachain Trail and hiking the Great Smokey Mountains (or climbing mountains to go into abandoned fire towers), to the pure magic of the lower Outer Banks (seriously - it’s pristine nature and dolphins jumping in the sparkling waves!), we adore this state.

It wasn’t always like that.  As a teenager in NC, I wanted out.  I couldn’t wait to move to New York City, and eventually to Paris.  I planned to go to college either in Florida (Florida State University) or New York (Ithaca, a castle-like college nestled in the wintery mountains of NY).  Family ties are strong, though, and I’m blessed to have parents I wanted to be able to see more than twice a year.  I went to college across the state, and it’s a good thing!  College is where Marc and I became close again, and we have been together ever since!

I think it was a few years ago, when I was 29 and went camping by myself at the Outer Banks that I realized how amazing this state is.  I had always wanted to camp alone, to prove that I am able to take care of myself.  Camping in the forest of Cape Hatteras shoreline was magic.  Most of the days, I had nothing but waves and wind and birds to entertain me. On the couple occasions I drove to the store, however, I listened to the only radio station I could pick up: a local AM station that shared the history of the islands.  I was hooked. Our state is amazing.

Months later, Marc came back to the islands with me for his first visit to OBX (Outer Banks)... and this is where he proposed to me at the base of the Hatteras Lighthouse.

I have a mission now to visit every single town, teensy and huge, in NC.  I believe everywhere has a story. Everywhere has a history. Everywhere has someone and something great to experience.

If you are also in NC, I hope you are able to experience more of the neat little quirks that make our state. If you are not local, I hope one day you get to visit and see it was the intrigue and mystery that I see it with. :)

Hugs and love,
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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