Hello, we are Jeff and Marc. Thank you for wanting to learn more about us and our story!
We met online back in 2007, when it was still sort of an odd thing to do. Initially meeting for coffee, Jeff brought a friend with him on the first date, to ensure Marc was who he said he was. You never can be too careful!! Neither one of us expected that date to blossom into what it has today. Long distances, graduate schools, and eventual careers were no match for the love we share for each other. In what our friends call the “longest engagement ever”, we were married in the summer of 2018, after 11 years together!
From early on in our relationship, we have always discussed having children and growing our family. Honestly, it was kind of a deal breaker for both of us. That said, we both recognize it is not a decision that is made lightly, and we have never been more ready! It is with great joy that we embark on this journey, and we are beyond excited to welcome a child into our hearts and home through open adoption.
So, on to our families!
“Are you ready? This could get confusing!” That’s what Marc always told Jeff as they were headed to a family event. Marc comes from a large Irish and Italian Catholic family. Marc’s mom is one of five children. Marc’s dad is one of nine children. Can you imagine all of those children having children of their own? Marc has endless cousins, second cousins, third cousins and if there can be fourth and fifth, that too! Once you get past memorizing everyone's names, you can appreciate the huge amount of support and entertainment value that is derived from such a large family structure. Don’t let anyone know, but Jeff is actually better at remembering who is who in Marc’s family than Marc himself!
On the contrary, Jeff has quite a small family. Jeff is the youngest of two children, having an older sister who is coincidently—ADOPTED! After years of trying, Jeff’s parents decided to adopt. Jeff’s sister was welcomed into the family from her birth mother who was in a unique set of circumstances; where you may be today. For this reason, we know how incredibly brave you are to be making this decision. After several years, Jeff’s parents had Jeff, who just so happens to be biological—surprise!! While Jeff’s family is small, they are full of love, hope, joy, and life!
Traveling and hobbies...
As we mentioned before, one of the best things about our home is the location. However, there is a small catch, the weather can be challenging for four months of the year! One of the ways we like to manage the long winters is through family sledding parties, snow skiing, and traveling! Marc’s profession allows for a unique opportunity for us to travel multiple times a year. We love to plan our travel around the long winters and head to tropical destinations in the Caribbean and Hawaii.
During the summer months, you’d be hard pressed to get us to leave home! We really enjoy our time off kayaking the rivers and lakes, BBQing in our backyard with family and friends, playing golf, volleyball, tennis, or just walking and riding bikes along the miles of outdoor space. On rainy days, you can find us watching a movie, playing board games or Marc tinkering in the garage on the “next project”.