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 West Side of 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! ;-)
Friday was Jack’s first birthday! Hard to believe it’s been a year!!! His Aunts Annette and Kristina came to town to celebrate with him. We went to the park together, rode the slide, swings and even went on the Central Park carousel.
On Saturday we had a fun “fiesta” themed lunch with 25 friends and family. Jack really enjoyed the guacamole and tacos! He had lots of fun opening all his presents, especially all the new toys! He also did a cake smash - And his favorite was the delicious icing - Daddy Patrick made the cake from scratch! Yum!
At the end of June, Daddy CJ and Jack went to see Jack’s great-grandparents up in Maine! Jack had a blast meeting them, his cousins and Aunt Priscilla! He also tasted lobster for the first time, yummy!
After Maine, CJ and Jack flew to Nantucket to meet Daddy Patrick and our friends Robb & Christina - with their almost 2 year old daughter Margot. Christina is pregnant with baby number 2, due in October - we can’t wait to adopt another child to be his friend!
In Nantucket we had fun going to the beach, fourth of July parade, biking across the island, showing Jack the church where we got married and watching the fireworks, but BOY WAS IT HOT! We had a blast though- and can’t wait to see Robb, Christina & Margot soon!