Hi! We are Nick and Brian.
Thank you so much for considering us to be the adoptive parents of your child. We are so touched that you would consider us! It must have been so difficult to make the decision to place your child with a family who is not able to have children on their own, so we hope that this book will give you comfort in knowing that your child will be entering a home filled with unconditional love. We would raise your child knowing about the deep love you have for him or her and the tremendous sacrifice you made for us.
So before we get started, we want to thank you for considering us. We are eager to welcome your child into our lives.
We can’t wait to show your child the world!
We again thank you so much for considering us to be the lucky adoptive parents for your child. We hope that this book helps you to understand us better and makes you feel confident that your child will be in a home full of love and with great opportunities for fun and personal development.
We would love to get to know you better and give you more of an opportunity to get to know us.
If you have any questions about us or the legal process, please feel free to contact our adoption attorney.
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Our first Holiday party is with Brian’s family. We do a Secret Santa gift exchange game that gets us all laughing by the end. Max and his cousins are always running around showing off their new toys and eating all the chocolate they can find!
Every year we fly down to Kentucky to celebrate with Nick’s family. Being the youngest of 5 means there are a lot of people in the house. And with 9 nieces and nephews on that side, there is a huge pile of presents waiting under the tree from Nick’s Mom (Grandma to all the kids) and Dad (Grandpa to all the kids). It’s so much fun when everyone is together. We have a big breakfast after opening presents and hang out all day long in our pajamas, catching up and reminiscing about growing up. Last year, Brian even tried to learn the accordion from Uncle Emil!
Sometimes I feel that Nick is the bar that everything else should be measured against. He's the perfect blend of positivity, generosity, and kindness. He starts every morning full of energy and excited about the day ahead, at least after he finishes his first cup of coffee. People often comment that he helps bring happiness into their lives, which I think is his primary objective in life - to spread love and happiness with everything he does. He cares for family, the environment, and strangers alike, never expecting anything in return. But perhaps what is most endearing is his random singing and dancing throughout the house... even if it’s off-key. Nick and Max’s nightly “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is an adorable and incredible way to wrap up each day. Nick is a man who celebrates life and makes everyone else feel like they're part of that party.
Nick is the best dad I could ever imagine being a father with. He’s always excited to play with Max, come up with fun stories together, and spin him around in circles. Even before Max, he was always the first adult on the floor playing with the kids, the one who they cuddle up with on the couch, and the one who they play funny jokes on. Interacting with children comes naturally to Nick, and he was destined to be a phenomenal father.
We aim to use our families as our examples for raising children. We will keep the well-being of your child and Max as our number one priority. We plan on being there for all of their achievements and disappointments. We want to give them a life where they can explore the world and discover new things. We want to make them feel like they are loved, supported and appreciated.
School will be important, and we plan on making sure that they go to a good school. We also think outside activates are very important for children and want your child to find their own passions and we will help him or her pursue them. For Max, he currently takes gymnastics and is scheduled to start in a preschool in the Fall.
We are no strangers to a celebration. We love throwing a party! We have two big parties that we throw each year: New Year’s Day Brunch and the Kentucky Derby. Of course, the Kentucky Derby is a tradition from Nick’s family that has been carried here to New York. We ask our friends to dress in their finest and we watch the horses race while eating lots of sweets and southern-style cooking. Max loves to eat our Derby Pie. It’s a blast.
On Mother’s Day, we stay in New York and go out with Brian’s extended family to celebrate his Mother Laurie (“Gaga”), his Grandmother Shirley (“Nana”), his sister-in-law Sari, and his Aunt Janet. It was at one of these dinners that Laurie first introduced Max to ice cream and, no surprise, he LOVED it (We, of course, joined him... ice cream is our favorite!) There are so many important women in our life that have helped shape us and we love celebrating them (especially when it involves ice cream). We know these women will have great relationships with your child.
Just about 3 years ago, we knew we were ready to become fathers - emotionally, logistically and financially. We’ve both always hoped to be fathers. Just as we are doing now, we started the adoption process and soon we adopted our son Max at birth. We love being dads and are so incredibly grateful to Max’s birth family for making us fathers.
Now, Max is turning 3 and we are so ready to adopt again. Max is a kind, adventurous, and cheerful child, who we have no doubt will make for a terrific big brother. He calls Brian “Papa” and Nick “Daddy.” We try to expose him to activities across all areas, and support whatever he finds most exciting. We can’t wait to see what your child is most drawn to. For Max it’s the water, trucks, and reading.
We stay very close with Nick’s side of our family too, even if they live further away. We make sure and visit them a couple times a year in Kentucky and they come up to New York often to hang out and see the sights. Nick’s brothers (Ben and Brad) and sister (Erin) have 9 kids between them (Jacob, John, Hadley, Sam, Annie, Jackson, Rylie, Joey and Kaleb). Nick’s Mom and Dad, Diane and Tony, have started a tradition of taking the grandkids on their own special Disney trip when they are old enough to enjoy it. They can’t wait to take their newest grandkid on that trip, and already love taking Max on special vacations - like they did this year to the Smokey Mountains. Nick learned early on a lot about patience and taking care of others because his other sister, Molly, has Down Syndrome. Molly always taught Nick how to look at the world through a different lens. Her eternal optimism and friendliness with everyone we met was a lesson in how to be kind to every stranger.
Nick’s family flew in from Kentucky for our wedding, where Nick grew up, and Brian’s family live nearby. It was one of the most beautiful days and we had so many people we loved from all over the country in town to celebrate with us. We loved our venue. It was in the middle of a park that had its Christmas market already set up. There were shops all around selling hot chocolate, sweets and ornaments. In the middle was a huge ice skating rink. Before the wedding we even put on some skates and went for a couple of laps in our tuxedos!
We wrote our own vows and didn’t hear each other’s until the actual ceremony. It was a very special moment to be able to share with our loved ones. After that everyone had a great dinner and a cake that Brian made himself! Then... our favorite part of the wedding, the MUSIC and DANCING. We had a band that was filled with Broadway performers. Our family and friends danced with us all night long. It was one of the best nights of our lives!
Growing up, vacations were very important
for both of us. It was a chance to get away
from our every day lives and go on new
adventures with our families. We knew that it was going to be important for us to continue that tradition.
We love to explore new areas on long vacations and nearby spots on weekends.
On our first big trip together we visited our friends Jon and Emily in Amsterdam, then hopped on a train and went to Paris. It was so wonderful exploring the streets, museums, palaces and sights of such an iconic city. Our most thrilling adventure was our Honeymoon. We spent two weeks exploring Thailand and Cambodia. We rode elephants, went to a circus, went zip lining in the jungle, took a cooking class and relaxed on the beach. It was truly amazing adventure.
We are so lucky now with our family vacations. We love to take Max around our country and even outside it. We’ve figured out a nice balance between adventure and tourist attractions. Max loves swimming, so we always try to find a place with a nice pool and near the beach. This year we took him to Mexico and are already planning our trip to the Caribbean next year! We can’t wait for your child to join us on these vacations and to find out what they love so we can plan new vacations with adventures for them.
We are so lucky that we have so many friends that live close-by. Brian has friends that he’s known since he was a child, many of which have young children and are expecting more on the way. It has been so incredible for Max to have had instant friends, and everyone is excited to have a new baby to join the group. One of our best friends is due any due any day now!
Brian loves cooking and baking and can’t wait to have your child join him and Max in the kitchen learning how to whip up a batch of cookies. Nick loves coming home on Brian’s day off because he often times is “trying out” a new recipe... and they are always so delicious! Almost every night we have a home-cooked meal and Max often serves as his co- Chef helping out in the kitchen. I’m sure he will be excited to start making food for his new little sibling. We also love having our friends over for dinner just as much as we love meeting friends in the park for an impromptu picnic. And then one of our very favorite things to do is have friends over for game night!
When the weather is nice we love spending time outdoors. We take Max to the beach, the parks, and explore all the exciting things that New York provides. There is always something new to discover. We love to find those hidden treasures. There are so many child-friendly art museums, beaches, parks, concerts and sights to see in this city that we can never run out of things to explore. We oftentimes meet up with our friends and their kids and go on a picnic, bike ride, or explore one of the festivals in Little Italy. There are so many kid-focused activities that we are so excited to bring your child to, like to see the dinosaurs and planetarium at the Museum of Natural History, the many playgrounds and parks throughout the city, boat rides on the river to see the sites, and terrific children’s theater. Max will finally have a partner to go on all these adventures with.
School was always a place where I felt at home, and maybe that's why I did so much of it! After high school, I spent 4 years in college, 4 years in medical school and 4 years as a resident, including 1 year dedicated to pediatrics. After all those years I found my passion and finally became a dermatologist. I spend my day treating everything from rashes to skin cancer both in regular visits and by performing surgery. I have been passionate about medicine for a very long time and feel lucky to have the opportunity to do something that I love to do and that helps people.
I was born in Kentucky and was the youngest of five kids, which was a blast. I’m still close to all of my brothers and sisters, especially my sister, Erin. We text and talk almost every day.
One of the highlights every year when I was a kid was our family vacation. We would often go to the Smoky Mountains, camping in Kentucky or to the beach. We were lucky enough to go to Disney World for a couple of trips, which was always a highlight and became a lifelong love for me that I can’t wait to share with your child.
Another great thing about where I grew up was my extended family. I have over 20 cousins and when we would all get together we would have the best adventures. Even to this day, if you get us all in a room we end up laughing up a storm.
I was never very good at sports, so I spent a lot of time being a part of the plays at school. That being said, I was an adventurous kid. I would spend my summer days at the local pool, exploring the woods with neighborhood friends or in our tree house playing pretend. I’d be the first one on my bike in the morning and be non-stop seeking out adventure until dusk. One of my greatest adventures was becoming a contestant on The Price Is Right!
We have thought about having a family since our early days of dating. We love Max so much and feel like we have so much more love to give to a second child too. We are completed devoted fathers. We want to help shape and guide Max and your child to be happy, confident, kind, giving, and loving people. To be able to do that in the world is one of the most special things we can do.
Once I graduated from college I began working on shows. I did musicals and plays in theaters all over the country and then I worked on my first Broadway show! It was a dream come true and I’ve been lucky enough to still be working on Broadway.
I work as a manager for Broadway shows. I began working as a director but transitioned into the “business” side of a Broadway show, working on everything from contracts to budgets to creative consultation. It’s so exciting to be able to watch a show start as an idea that someone has and be turned into a big Broadway musical. It’s also the perfect job for me because I can listen to all of my favorite musicals while at work. Because of my job we get to see a lot of Broadway shows for free!
When we don’t have as much time, we like to stay closer to home and explore areas closer-by. We like to go skiing, hiking, and exploring the lakes of upstate and nearby Pennsylvania. This year we rented a lake house with our friends and their children, and spent the weekend kayaking, making s’mores in the fire pit, and taking the kids apple picking.
We always spend some time visiting Nick’s family in the summer in Kentucky and visiting Brian’s grandmother in the winter in Florida. Brian and his “Nana” are incredibly close and it’s always a special time to watch her with Max. And Max just loves going to Florida in the winter! He gets to wear shorts and jump in the pool. There’s also a great theater there with shows for both children and adults!
One day, we will be lucky enough to show your child all the amazing things that are out there in the world and explore it all together. Brian has always dreamed of taking his children to see the Grand Canyon for the first time and Nick now looks forward to sharing that experience with them.
We were both going on a lot of “first dates.” Both of us knew we wanted to find “Mr. Right” but after many, many dates neither one of us had found him. We were using a dating website called OkCupid and one day Nick opened it up and saw Brian’s profile. The website told us that we would be 90% compatible, so Nick messaged Brian a quick “hello.” Brian very soon after asked Nick out on our first date. We went to a sweets bar that served different chocolates. We talked for hours. We both knew that this was something special - better than all those other guys we had been on dates with. We knew it was right because we got along great, realized we both love children and always wanted to become dads, and are both very family oriented. Nick walked Brian home and said goodnight. The rest has been nothing short of magical.
We dated for 2 years before Brian proposed to Nick in the New York Public Library (one of Nick’s favorite places). He made a book about our life together up to that point, with the last page reading, “Will you marry me?”
As you can see, we both come from very close families. Brian’s family still lives in the area. He has one brother, Randy, who is married to Sari and together they have two young kids, Ryan and Brooke. They are excited that we are adopting again and give them more cousins in the area to play with. Brooke, who is 6, just adores babies and cannot wait for us to have a new little one to join the family. Brian’s mom, Laurie, also cannot wait to have another grandkid to “spoil.” We see her at least once a week. All holidays and birthdays are celebrated with the extended family, including Brian’s Aunt Janet, Uncle Steve and cousins. All the attention usually ends up on the children. Brian’s bi-annual family reunion is also always a highlight with over 80 family members including cousins and relatives from all over the country. There are people of all ages playing games, reconnecting and, in the case of the newest members of the family, meeting their distant relatives for the first time.
Thanksgiving is Brian’s favorite Holiday. The night before we sometimes go to watch the balloons being blown up for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade which is a fun way for kids to see all those balloons up close and personal. On Thanksgiving Day we start by taking Max to the parade for a bit. We live just down the street from the festivities and it’s so much fun. After, we go on a short drive to New Jersey to his cousins Mark and Goldie’s house and over 30 of his relatives celebrate together. It’s such a warm and inviting home and we have family from our Great-Aunt Pearl who is 95 years old to the tiniest cousin, Henry, who was born this year. Everyone jokes that the “kids’ table” is really the best table, and we are so grateful that your kid will have many others around their age in the family to grow up with. Max is so close with his cousins.
Before the Thanksgiving meal starts, cousin Mark gives his “year in review.” He talks about the family and all the exciting things that happened. All the cousins make bets beforehand who will be the “top of the list” with the most exciting news of the year! Brian got number one when he finally graduated from medical school and Max got number one the year he was born... your child will be certain to top the list at their first Thanksgiving.
Then we finally get to eat. We have the traditional thanksgiving meal: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. The best part, however, is dessert time. Brian and his cousin Rebecca both bake a lot and bring their best to the party. Brian is known for his rainbow cookies and Rebecca is known for her chocolate cake. Trust me... even if you were full from dinner, you make room for dessert.
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Then there’s the most magical time of the year... Christmas. And let me tell you, it’s especially magical here. All the shops put lights and decorations in their windows. We take Max to all the department stores to look at what sort of Christmas windows they have. Every year, it’s so amazing what they think of. Tourists are coming into town to see the Radio City Christmas Show with the Rockettes and the enormous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. If all that doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit, I don’t know what does.
We have our own traditions as well. After Thanksgiving we get our Christmas tree. It seems to get bigger and more full of ornaments every year! We put on some Christmas music and decorate the tree. Max loves the tractor ornament with his name on it. It’s one of our favorite times of the year. We can’t wait to see the excitement on your child’s face when he or she sees Santa’s gifts sitting under the tree that he or she helped decorate.
Brian is one of the kindest and most generous people I know. You can see it in the way he takes care of his patients as a doctor to the way he cares for his friends and family. He is naturally fun and funny, and knows how to make Max laugh uncontrollably, and is certainly known for a “dad joke” every now and then. He throws wonderful parties, and there is no lack of joy when Brian is hosting.
In our home life, he always shines as fiercely intelligent but still curious to learn more. We have spirited conversations about what we’ve just read or watched, and he is always encouraging Max to learn, analyze and explore new things. He also is such an incredible caretaker. When I was sick with the flu, he made chicken soup from scratch to help me feel better. And when Max is sick, since he is a doctor he makes me feel at ease as he quickly and calmly always knows how to take care of him. It is this sort of care and attention that makes him a terrific father.
I cannot wait to watch him interact with your child in the same way.
For the 4th of July, when we’re in New York, we celebrate with lots of outdoor activities like picnicking in the park and by watching the Macy’s Firework Spectacular, one of the biggest fireworks shows in the country. All of the sprinklers in the parks are turned on, and all the kids (Max especially) love to play in the water!
When in Kentucky, we wake up early to go to the local parade. There are lots of floats, fire trucks and police cars on display, Max’s favorite part of any parade. Best of all... they throw candy for all the kids (and some of us adults too will get a sneak of some). Next up the entire group goes to Nick’s godmother Terre’s house where we have a barbecue grill out. The kids all run around with water guns and water balloons and the highlight is when the snow cone machine comes out. As a kid, Nick was always first in line with his best friend Katie. Now when we go back, Nick is in charge of making sure all the kids get their snow cones. We end the night with a backyard fireworks show. And one day we hope to extend that tradition to your child.
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I grew up in New York with 1 older brother, Randy, who I still see regularly. Growing up, I was an all-around kid, playing Little League baseball, performing at the local theater, and entering science competitions. The friends I made at these activities are still my closest friends today, some over 20 years later!
Over the summers, I went to camp, which allowed me to explore sports, art, and nature. Summer was also a time for family vacations, often to theme parks, water parks, or nearby to the beach. In fact, I loved swimming so much that my family would call me the "little fish."
I was a quiet kid for the most part. I loved to work on my arts and crafts. I would diligently work until I thought it was the perfect masterpiece. And of course my mother, Laurie, would always make sure and praise me for my work by putting it on the fridge. I would never hesitate to celebrate your child like that.
I also found my love for piano as a kid. One of my mom’s close friends taught me how to play piano. That joy hasn’t gone away, and you can often times find me playing some of my favorite music on our piano at home.
As I got older, I began to find a passion that lives on to this day: theater. I was part of a community theater where we would do musicals. I would sing, dance and act. Some of those friends are friends to this day. We all get together regularly to watch the Oscars, Golden Globes and Tony Awards.
One of my biggest influences growing up was my grandfather, Bob, or “Papa” as I called him. Although he passed away about 19 years ago, his memory is still very much alive with the entire family. As a kid, Papa took me on many vacations, trips to the theater and out to restaurants. What was most important is that he taught me how to be a kind and generous man, and that family is the most important thing. I will never forget those qualities and know they have served me well now that I am a father. He is the reason I chose for Max to call me “Papa.”