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CJ & Patrick


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 recently expanded our family and welcomed our son Jack though adoption. We are eager and excited to continue growing our family and Jack can't wait to be a big brother. 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 + Jack & Hamlet

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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 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 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! ;-)

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Baptism for Baby Jack!

In mid-May, we had Jack baptized at our church on the Upper West Side in Manhattan.  We’ve been going to this church for the past 6 months since we moved nearby.  The church is a very progressive catholic church - we love our priest Father Jack (same name as our boy) and there are a lot of young families.

To celebrate the baptism, we had over 50 friends and family come to join us, including his grandparents (Nanny and Poppy and Grandma and Oma and Grandpa) and cousins and aunts and uncles and lots of our friends and their children.  We had a great lunch at JoAnn - a local italian restaurant owned by Lady Gaga’s family.

We can’t wait for Jack to be a big brother to share these events with his sibling.

Sip & See BBQ for Jack

Saturday, we hosted a Sip and See for our friends and family to meet Jack who is now two months and a week old and growing into a big boy, 13.2 lbs!  The theme was “Ribs and Bibs” and we held it at the roof space of a building that CJ used to manage.  It was a beautiful fall day and we had over 50 people join us.  Nanny Betty, Aunt Cara and Uncle Bryan came in from NJ with their three kids – who took turns holding their newest cousin.  Friends from as far back as elementary school came and a lot of CJ’s colleagues came as well. 
A number of our friends brought their kids and they had fun with each other playing card games like “Go Fish” and “Old Maid” and decorating pumpkins just in time for Halloween.  We had Dinosaur Barbecue for the food and the ribs were delicious!  Jack had a special BBQ cake – which was red velvet flavored.  It was so much fun to introduce Jack and spend a Saturday afternoon with all our closest friends and family!  Our family and friends are so important to us and we look forward the next get to gather!

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.


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