Welcome! Meet:

Michael + Jennifer

Human Resources / Stay-at-home mom

New York

Caucasian

Catholic

All About Michael & Jennifer

We are Jen and Mike and it means so much to us that you are taking the time to learn more about our family. Our life together and home are filled with unconditional love, faith, laughter, and joy! We have been married for more than  8 years and cherish every moment together with our 4-year-old son. We hope to add even more love to our family through the gift of adoption. We have always dreamed of having a big family with lots of children to share our love with. Our son looks forward to having siblings of his own to share life's special moments with. We cannot wait to love a new baby.

We are so lucky to have such a loving, caring, and close-knit family whom we love to spend time with. We also love spending time with our friends and their children, who are like family to us!

We believe that family is the most meaningful and important gift of all. It's the little moments in life that allow for the greatest memories. We love taking long walks down at the beach or local parks and preserves. During the summer, we enjoy strawberry-picking and grabbing dinner at the beach. During the fall, we like to go apple and pumpkin picking.

At home, we love to play board games and read stories together. We are big Disney fans and can't wait for our next trip back when we can watch the parades, see the fireworks, and take pictures with the Disney characters. We love getting to check out museums and aquariums and some of our favorite vacation spots include Cape May, Niagara Falls, and Mystic, Connecticut. We are huge country music fans  (which we get that from Jen's Dad and Mike's Mom) and love getting to go to concerts of our favorite artists. Our favorites are Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, and Darius Rucker, to name a few!

Christmas is our favorite holiday and we love to decorate the house and tree and bake dozens of Christmas cookies! This past year, we set a family record when we baked almost 800 cookies to give to family and friends (and of course, to enjoy ourselves!).

Why Adoption?

When we got married, we made the promise to accept children lovingly from God. Jen had fertility issues and we knew that having children might not be easy, so adoption was something we always considered because we knew we have so much love to give and wanted to give that love to a child and foster a relationship with that child's birth parents. We were blessed with our miracle son, but we feel God is still calling us to the miracle of adoption, and we want to expand our family, give our son a sibling/siblings, and give our love to a beautiful child who is waiting with open arms.

Family & Home

We live in a beautiful home in the suburbs on Long Island, New York. We recently renovated our home to add more bedroom and playroom space for our son and future children. We have a spacious backyard with a swing set and many kid-friendly toys. We also have a fire pit where we enjoy relaxing during summer nights and roasting marshmallows after barbecues with family and friends. Inside, you will find our house filled with many pictures of our adventures together. We even have a Family Tree with pictures of us, our parents, and grandparents on each of our wedding days. 

We always decorate our house for each of the holidays and have our son's home and school art projects displayed throughout the house. We live in a tight-knit community and have wonderful neighbors on a quiet block. We are close to the beach and have many stores, parks, libraries, churches, and restaurants around us. Mike has one older sister. Jen is the oldest of 5 children and is very close with her brothers and sisters. We live within minutes of Jen’s parents and siblings and all of our friends and their children are only a short distance away. We love all of the community interaction and events from parades on Memorial Day and other holidays, as well as programs for children offered at our local library. We love exploring the local parks in our neighborhood, as well as exploring the parks and preserves in neighboring towns. We live in a great school district and feel blessed to have become part of this town since we bought our house when we got married!

 

How others describe me

 

Mike is a devoted father and husband and works in Human Resources at one of the leading hospitals in the country. He is one of the kindest, strongest, most optimistic people I have ever met. Faith is very important to Mike. He has an incredible work ethic, is playful, fun, and always persistent in achieving his dreams and goals. Mike has great relationships with his managers and colleagues and is a great provider for our family.  In his spare time, Mike likes to watch baseball (especially the Yankees), play golf, and build legos and k'nex with our son. 

Jen is extremely loving, caring, and is always there to help others no matter what she has going on in her life. Faith and religion are very important to Jen. She is very hard-working, an amazing wife and mother to our son, very smart, and always willing to go the extra mile to do what needs to be done. Jen is an amazing baker and cook and makes delicious meals for us. She also likes going to the beach, swimming, decorating, making crafts, and conducting science experiments with her son! Jen is the oldest of five children and is very close with her brothers and sisters. She is a former elementary school teacher (first and fourth grade) and  is currently thankful to be a stay-at-home mom. 

how we met

How We Met

We had been talking for a few weeks and decided to meet for a lunch date at a local pub. It turned out that we had mutual friends from growing up and instantly hit it off. What we thought would be a quick lunch, turned into an over three hour date, and we quickly became inseparable. Our families knew right away we would be together, forever.

Advice to Future Child

In the words of the Tim McGraw song, "Always Stay Humble and Kind". Always be polite, respectful, and loving. People will never forget how you made them feel, so always do your best to leave your best impression. Know that we will always have your back and will always walk beside you throughout your life.

Perspectives on Open Adoption

Our hearts are so open to this whole adoption process and we believe that the most important person is the child who will be adopted. We want what is best for him or her. Our hearts and minds are open to open adoption because we believe it can be best for the child as he or she grows. He or she will know his or her birth story from the time he or she is little and know that he or she has a whole group of people who love him or her unconditionally and who would do whatever possible to keep him or her healthy, happy, and safe. We want to foster a good, healthy, positive relationship with our future child's birth parents so that the person who will benefit most will be the precious child and that he or she will know that their story is one of love.

Favorites

Michael

  • Favorite Movies: Goodfellas and Field of Dreams
  • Favorite Holiday or Holiday Tradition: Christmas, baking hundreds of Christmas cookies, and hosting Christmas Eve
  • Hobbies/Interests: Baseball, Fishing, Golf
  • Dream Vacation: St. Lucia
  • If I Could Choose a Superpower: The ability to travel at a super high speed 

 

Jennifer

  • Favorite Movies: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days & The Notebook
  • Favorite Holiday & Holiday Tradition: Christmas, baking hundreds of Christmas cookies, and hosting Christmas Eve
  • Hobbies/Interests: Cooking and baking, going to the beach, taking walks
  • Dream Vacation: Anywhere tropical on an island
  • If I Could Choose a Superpower: Being able to clean the house in an instant