Food Broker / Occupational Therapist
Jewish / Christian
I've always been an avid reader and was an English major in college. Despite rather poor math skills, I ended up in the business world and have an amazing job in the specialty and natural food industry where I get to utilize my love of food and a Type-A personality to grow sales for some extraordinary companies while getting to eat delicious meals along the way!
My passions include fishing, going to music concerts, traveling, dining out and cooking meals for family and friends. Holidays at our house are my time to shine in the kitchen!
My parents raised my younger sister and I at the Jersey shore and I always can't wait for summer to come around!
Growing up, we were always surrounded by family, which means the world to me. My Grandmother lived with us and my Grandfather and Aunt and Uncle lived across the street! I'm lucky to still be surrounded by family who play a major role in my day to day life.
I earned my degree in Occupational Therapy and have worked in rehabilitation hospitals for 7+ years. I help individuals return to their lives after hospitalization whether it's due to stroke, brain injury, or other illnesses. My career is fulfilling and has helped shape who I am today. It has taught me patience, stopping to appreciate life's small stuff, and continues to remind me of the importance of family each day.
I love animals, food, music, spending time with family & friends, and traveling & exploring new places. My favorite thing about traveling is fully immersing myself in the local culture, dining in a variety of restaurants and learning about the history.
I have two siblings - a brother and a sister, both married. My sister has two boys. My parents just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year. I can be described as a cheerful spirit with an optimistic outlook, and can usually be found narrating my day through song.
We have built a wonderful life together and are ready to share it. We want to give our child a warm and loving home, surrounded by friends, family, and support of those around us. Family is everything to us.
We live in a spacious four bedroom, Victorian home in a quaint town located in Central NJ. Our home is walkable to a family-friendly downtown that is close to the beach, beautiful parks, and a short train or ferry to New York City. Our community is diverse, safe, and inviting. We have an excellent school system and are close to a strong network of friends and family who are extremely important to us and play a major role in our everyday lives. We love spending time celebrating our family’s big and small events together.
Our house and backyard are excellent for entertaining and we’ve enjoyed hosting Ted’s sister’s baby shower, many of our nephews’ birthday parties, and an annual BBQ each summer where almost everyone in the neighborhood attends. Each year friends and family come from near and far for a Thanksgiving feast and upwards of 30 loved ones join us in celebrating the holiday! Our entire family embraces the Christmas spirit as well. From visits from Santa, matching pajamas, and reading “The Night Before Christmas” - we celebrate for two full days in our happy home. We have no doubt our future child will love growing up here as much as we enjoy living here and we can’t wait to welcome them into our many family traditions.
Ted in Mackenzie’s words:
Ted is determined, generous, and devoted. Ted has an unwavering compassion and will drop anything to help his family and friends. Ted is the Yin to my Yang, he gives me space when I need it and builds me up when I'm down; he knows the importance of having individual and shared passions and pushes me to grow, explore, and be my quirky self. Ted is not only my husband, but my partner.
I love him because he holds me accountable and helps center me when I'm feeling overwhelmed or scattered. Ted is working on developing his catalog of dad jokes, but more importantly, Ted is clever and quick with his wit and never fails to crack a joke at the perfect time to help brighten anyone's day!
Mackenzie in Ted’s words:
Mackenzie is one of the most positive people I've ever met. No matter how hard a situation may be, Kenz can find a silver lining.
She works very hard at her happiness and her genuine love and concern for the people around her are contagious. That effort has been rewarded by building both a successful career and to have surrounded herself with so many wonderful friends.
I'm truly lucky to call Mackenzie my wife, my partner, and my best friend. I know with all my heart, she'd be an amazing mother as well.
We met at a local Irish Pub where Mackenzie was working as a waitress. While in different stages of life at the time, with Ted focusing on growing his business, and Mackenzie attending Graduate School, the connection was almost instant. We began dating and shortly after moved in together. After a few years, bought our first starter home and even got a couple of very cute dogs. We learned to garden, learned to do home maintenance, and began planning the next stage in our lives. In October 2016, we, along with 100 of our closest friends and family, traveled down to one of our favorite cities, New Orleans, and tied the knot in the Big Easy! In 2019, we settled into our forever home where we ultimately wanted to live and plant our roots.
We love good food, traveling and attending music concerts as much as we love going for a quiet morning walk or relaxing on our front porch with a cup of coffee and our two bulldogs.
We have created an amazing partnership and have had so much fun along the way. We cannot wait to add a child into our loving home to share in the wonderful life we have built thus far.
Embrace your qualities that make you unique, don’t be afraid to make mistakes - this is how we learn and grow, take the freedom to explore and immerse yourself in the unknown. Find the tools along the way to create your own story & have the strength to be exactly who you are.
We are very much agreeable to an open adoption and would support working together to create an adoption plan that will respect the level of openness you choose. We promise our child will know how your profound strength made us a family.