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CJ & Patrick

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CJ & Patrick
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We always knew we wanted children & look forward to building our family & writing the next chapter of our story together

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We admire your bravery and courage in considering adoption. We are extremely excited about the prospect of becoming parents and building our family. We are grateful to have this opportunity to share our story and we look forward to getting the chance to know you better.



CJ & Patrick

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Who We Are

Our story begins when we met in Hoboken, NJ in the fall of 2012. We struck up a fast conversation and realized very quickly we both had many things in common, amongst them mutual careers in real estate, love for arts and sports in general, specifically football. Also, we learned that we lived on the same street, just a few blocks away from each other. After dating for two years, Patrick proposed to CJ on the roof of a building in Manhattan as the sun set on a fall day. About a year later, we married in Nantucket, Massachusetts, an island in the Atlantic, surrounded by our families and friends. This was a special place as it was our first vacation spot together and has become a yearly vacation tradition. We moved across the river from New Jersey and now live together in upper Manhattan and both work in New York City. Since we first met, we always knew we wanted children and look forward to building our family and writing the next chapter of our story together.

PATRICK'S FAMILY
Patrick was born and raised in northern New Jersey, the third of four children. His parents, Betty and Carl, have been married 45 years and split their time between NJ and Naples, FL and can't wait to welcome a sixth grandchild to their family. We love visiting them down in Florida in the winter to enjoy the warmer weather, the pool and the beach. Summers in NJ are perfect for barbeques and family get togethers. Patrick's older sister Cara, and her husband, Bryan, live in northern NJ (about a half hour from Patrick & CJ) and have three children – Brynn (9), Whitney (8) and Reid (6). Patrick's middle sister, Amanda, and her husband, Jarrod, live in Harrisburg, PA and have two children, Colter (5) and Everly (newborn!). All five of the cousins love to play together and look forward to adding another cousin to the mix. Patrick's younger brother, Kevin, is ten years younger than him and lives in northern NJ where he is an elementary school teacher and is also an excellent babysitter.

CJ'S FAMILY
CJ grew up in a suburb just north of Cincinnati, Ohio with his mother, Kelli and step dad, John. His mother was adopted as a baby and very excited about our choice to pursue an open adoption. He was surrounded by a large, loving family in Cincinnati and was the oldest of seven cousins. His father, John (yes, they have the same name) traveled in the United States Air Force and remarried to his step mother, Rakel in the summer of 1993. They currently reside in St Louis, MI which has been home for the last 10 years. CJ has two younger sisters, Annette who is currently a Sophomore at Illinois University and Kristina who is a Senior at Edwardsville High School. Everyone in CJ's family is looking forward to there first grand baby especially his sisters who need another reason to come visit them in New York City! ;-)

Adoption Diary

Everly’s 1st Birthday

We spent our Sunday in Harrisburg, PA celebrating our youngest nieces 1st birthday.  Everly is absolutely adorable, walking around everywhere and getting into everything.  Amanda (Patrick’s sister) did such a great job with the “lil pumpkin patch” themed set up.  Everly had her very own pumpkin patch, kids (we did too) decorated pumpkins, played in bouncy house and games outside.  We really enjoyed the pumpkin themed deserts! ;-)  Betty (Patrick’s mom) is one of the finest bakers and most likely where Patrick gets his own talents in the kitchen.  It’s always fun to be surrounded with family and the little ones that grow up and learn so quickly.

We can’t wait to introduce our little one(s) to family and friends and create fun get to gethers and moments that will last a lifetime.  Fall is a great time for outdoor activities and getting in the Halloween spirt around our house. 

Grandparents 60TH - Labor Day

We spent Labor Day weekend in Cincinnait, OH and had a great time!  First, it was CJ’s grandparents 60th wedding anniversary - YES – 60!  CJ is the oldest of eight cousins and it’s not often everyone gets together in one spot and we had a wonderful time catching up.  One of Patrick college classmates had their wedding this weekend and she is from Cincinnati so we were able to attend the festivities.  It was fun to have all our mutual New York friends in Cincinnati to enjoy CJ’s hometown.  We both love ammusment parks and we spent the day at Kings Island (CJ’s first job at “Ice Scream Zone”) and rode every roller coaster in the park. 

Being around all our family and friends we get so excited to meet our baby and building our own family routines & traditons.  We are very lucky to have such a large and supportive group of friends in our life. 

After a fun filled weekend it feels great to be home and back with our fur baby,  Hamlet. 

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,

CJ & Patrick

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