Meet Dave & Mary Cullen

We are Mary Cullen and Dave. We so appreciate you taking the time to get to know us a little bit. We are sure you have so many questions about who we are as a couple and who we hope to be as parents.

We have been together for 9 years and actually met on the very first day of college. We were sitting in class together and Dave drew this super cute cartoon guy walking through a park, and Mary Cullen loved it. From that day, we became fast friends that quickly turned into a lifelong relationship. Since that moment, we’ve been each other’s best friend, champion, encourager, supporter, cheerleader, and shoulder to lean on. We are both so excited to see each other become parents, and to support the other in the journey!

Dave is from New Jersey and is the oldest of three kids. Mary Cullen is from Kentucky and is the middle of five kids. To us, family is everything – it’s the way we do life. Our families love us deeply, cheer us on in the high moments, cry with us in the tough moments, and always show up for us. We do the same for them. We are blessed to have extremely close and supportive relationships with all of our siblings and parents. They are so excited to be grandparents, aunts, and uncles!

Today, we live in Nashville and have fallen in love with its culture, its people, and its diversity. We’re excited that we get to start our family and raise our children in this amazing city. After living in a few different places (Virginia, New York City, and Washington, D.C.) across the country and exploring different career paths, we’ve both found our dream jobs. Mary Cullen is pursuing her career as a mental health counselor, while Dave works in sales for a startup healthcare company he loves. Our careers have become extensions of who we are as individuals.  Mary Cullen gets to support, love, and help others on a daily basis; Dave gets to build deep relationships, be creative, and tell amazing stories.

We are so looking forward to starting our family. From our earliest conversations, we both always dreamed of the day when we could be parents together. We are beyond excited for the journey that is parenthood – the joys, the trials, the laughter, the tears, and the open + honest conversations we will get to have with our son or daughter. We are fiercely committed to our future children and our goal is to ensure our kids feel safe, loved, and supported in all things. It will be the joy of our life and our biggest dream to be parents.

We always knew we wanted to be parents, but we didn’t know exactly how that would happen. We are so excited and so blessed that we get to start our family through adoption. For us, becoming the parents of an adopted son or daughter simply feels like what we were meant to do.  

Thanks again for taking the time to get to know us a little bit. We truly appreciate and love you and your baby exactly as you are. We hope to meet you soon!


--Mary Cullen and Dave