We truly appreciate you taking the time to learn about our wonderful little family and our journey! We are a loving, happy, and energetic family of four. There is Mom and Dad (Karen and Gino), the baby girl Gianna, and Gianna's best friend-our dog Hershey. We are a loving family of faith both growing up in Catholic homes our entire lives. Each of our parents have been married over 40 years! We have a large family including many siblings, nieces, and nephews. Family is everything to us. Our love story begins in 2010 with a simple hello. Who knew over 10 years later we would be in a loving marriage with our beautiful daughter Gianna being our absolute everything. In June 2012, Gino proposed to Karen in Central Park on a beautiful summer day. A little more than a year later Karen and Gino had a beautiful beachside wedding overlooking the ocean in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We chose San Juan because Karen’s immediate family is from Puerto Rico and it was just the perfect setting for us. A few months later we found out the news about our miracle baby and in August 2014, our princess Gianna was born. Gianna is our everything and as she has grown up to be an energetic loving child, we wanted nothing more than to give her a sibling to complete our family. This is where our journey to adoption started.
Our journey to adoption started shortly after our Gianna was born. We immediately fell in love and wanted to expand our family and give Gianna a sibling. At first the natural way did not work, so after some time we made the decision to go the IVF route. We were so excited because at the time, we assumed it would work. But as many say when you have a plan in life, God laughs. We did IVF treatment after IVF treatment. One after another failed. After several years of miscarriage, failed IVF treatments, and heartbreak, we did not want to give up and God lead us to decision of pursuing adoption. We have so much love to give and did not want to give up on our dream to expand our family. Gianna is our main driving force to wake up everyday and keep fighting, and fighting is what we are doing. The pain and heartbreak is not easy to overcome, but our trust in God and love in our daughter is what keeps us going. Our view on adoption has evolved over time. We view adoption as a wonderful way to expand our family and give all the love in the world to a child. But more importantly, our daughter Gianna has all the love in the world to give a sibling and she is so excited for us to go through the adoption process. We have close friends who have an adopted son and they were an additional motivation to adopt. We are open minded and completely respectful of the thoughts and feelings of the birth mother. We know this may be the most difficult decision in the world to make. All we can do is open our hearts and minds to communicate openly and honestly with any potential birth mother. We are excited to show the love our family has to offer not only to the child but also the birth mother. The bottom line to our family is the goal of adoption is to give unconditional love to an innocent child. That includes showing love, care, and emotional support to the birth mother. We are confident if any potential birth mother gets to know our little family, they will immediately see our genuine love for life and the child.
Our home is a beautiful place filled with love, laughter, and joy! Built in 2016 in a wonderful town called Fair Lawn, NJ. We have grown to absolutely love every aspect of our home and town. We have amazing schools, wonderful friends, and overall excellent environment to raise a family.
Gino currently is the Chief Operating Officer of an Asset Management division for a Global Insurance Company. Gino has a Bachelors from Boston College and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Karen currently in the Tenafly School District as a ParaProfessional. She has an BA and Masters from Fairleigh Dickinson University. As a family, we love to travel, eat, dance, and hang out with our friends. We are big into fitness and nutrition. Every summer we are on the beach as Gianna loves to swim! We have an overall passion for life. We have been together as a family to the Poconos, Disney World (Gianna’s favorite), San Juan Puerto Rico, Miami Beach, and Cape Cod. We hope to continue to travel and explore the globe! Gino is a big time Mets, Giants, and Knicks fan. Every Sport is covered. Gino is extremely passionate about his alma mater Boston College. We even went to a Boston College football game as a family! It was great touring the campus and showing Karen and Gianna where Daddy went to school. Gino has grown a passion for cooking, always trying to surprise Karen and Gianna with wonderful new dinners and dessert treats!
Karen loves to decorate their home for every holiday especially for Christmas, her favorite holiday! She is big into home décor and making every holiday festive and special for our family. On Christmas Eve we bake cookies for Santa, listen to holiday music, all while wearing our matching Christmas Pajamas! Karen has a passion for makeup and attended Paul Mitchell Parisian Beauty Academy where she was certified as a makeup artist. Karen has worked as an MUA for MAC Cosmetics in their NYC flagship department store. Karen is big on health and making healthy choices which is why she is a Vegetarian. She also loves to meditate and exercise regularly especially on her Peloton bike (which she received as a birthday gift from Gino).