Hello! We’re Chris and Andrew. Both of us have always hoped to be parents — we love children and we’re both very family-oriented. We’d love to hear from you!
We can’t imagine what you might be feeling as you’re reading this, but we hope as you get to know us, you’ll see that we’ll be dedicated to making sure your child has the best opportunities that we can possibly provide, in a home full of laughter, fun, food, and all the love in our hearts, while we help them to develop into unique, amazing people of their own. We would also be more than happy to maintain a relationship with you, and make sure your child knows their own history, and all of the people who love them.
We’re also just so grateful to you. Grateful that you’re bringing a new person into the world, grateful that you love him or her, and grateful that you’d be willing to share such an important gift with us.
We’re lucky to have a happy life together, and we’re looking forward to becoming Dads together. It would be the privilege of our lives to share our love, happiness, laughter, and opportunities with your child, and we hope you get to know us a little bit better by reading our story.
It didn’t even take a month after we met for us to know that we had each found our forever person, and we wanted to tie the knot! Surrounded by friends and family, we were married in 2012, and have been enjoying a happy, supportive, and secure life together ever since.
Our friends and family are all amazing role models, and we’ve both been privileged to be a huge part of the childhoods of the little ones around us for years — and now we’re hoping that we can finally devote our lives to a child. We tried to have kids with the help of a surrogate mother for four years without any luck, and so now we’re really hoping to make our dreams of becoming fathers come true with adoption.
Our Family & Friends
In addition to each other, we’re lucky to have the support of our wonderful, loving families! We live very close to most of Andrew’s immediate family — his dad Jack, his mom Ilene, his sister Cindy, and our nieces Helen and June. It’s always great to take a drive out of the city to see everyone on weekends, especially for birthday parties and holidays. Our niece, Helen has become quite an actress, and we love being able to see her in a local children’s theater! (We’re co-presidents of her fan club.) Last year we were able to take Andrew’s whole family to Disney World to celebrate his parents Jack and Ilene’s 50th anniversary. It was Helen and June’s first visit to Disney World, and they loved meeting all of the princesses and riding the Tea Cups! Andrew’s brothers Neal and Carl live in California, and spending time with them and their families is always a ton of fun. It doesn’t hurt that they also own an ice cream company, so visits are delicious as well!
Chris’s family mostly lives in Colorado — his mom Mary, his sister Nicole and her fiancé Dave, and our niece Mallory and nephew Teagan. They all come out to visit New York City several times a year. Teagan came to stay with us for a while last summer, and he got to have some hang-out time, playing video games and watching movies with his uncles. More recently, Mom and Mallory were in town for Christmas. We all got to go shopping in the city, walked around to see the lights and decorations, and had a great Christmas day, from opening presents in the morning to a big holiday meal at the end. And if we’re not flying between Colorado and New York, we’re meeting at Chris’s mom’s favorite place in the world — the beach!
We’re doubly lucky that we also get to share our lives with friends that are close enough they feel just like family. Sometimes we get to join Krissa and Stuart (along with their brand new baby boy) for dinner — she’s a librarian and he’s an engineer, so their apartment is SUPER organized! Chris has known them long enough to have made their wedding cakes over ten years ago. Sometimes a weekend is good for hanging out in the park, and if we’re lucky we get to see our friend Jen and her kids Caleb and Marian. Caleb sometimes brings along Star the Horse, a stuffed animal friend he met at our apartment a few years ago. After work we might explore NYC, or get a snack with Mark and Stephanie at a family-friendly spot near where they live in Manhattan, and they bring along James, who isn’t even six but has the best table manners!
We love to take advantage of all of the theater in New York (in the past year we’ve seen too many plays and musicals to keep track of, although Andrew’s very detailed spreadsheet will tell you otherwise) particularly when we get to spend time with our friends Yumi and Alexa. (We’re so excited to teach some of our favorite fun Broadway songs to a little one!) Brunch time in Brooklyn with Andrew’s cousin Symie and her daughter Oryan is always great, just like Oryan’s hip-hop dance recitals! Coming up next we’re having a lot of fun planning a royal wedding party — mostly just an excuse to have friends over, and of course have tea and fancy cakes. And everybody comes over to our place for Thanksgiving — Chris always hosts the biggest Thanksgiving dinner! Every year our group gets larger, and we’ve loved being able to welcome all of the new little ones into our extended family. We all encourage and protect each other, and love every opportunity we get to celebrate together.
We own a charming home in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, and share our space with our three cats: Mocha, Latte, and Earl Grey. Our neighborhood is very safe and friendly, full of kids and families, and is close to great schools & parks — and of course, the amazing life, culture, and adventure of New York City.
Andrew is an attorney in Manhattan, who has managed to escape the long hours of a big law firm and now works in (as he calls it) “the intersection of law and finance.” Chris works in web & software development, and is currently a director of product development for well-known software company involved with health & wellness. We’re both lucky enough to have successful, established careers so we can now be present and involved dads!
When we’re at home, we’re probably spending time together playing games, watching movies, having fun solving puzzles (jigsaw and otherwise), or having friends and family over for dinner! For the latest baking project, Chris has been making batches of French macarons — good thing there are a lot of eager taste-testers in the office!
We also love to travel — but whether it’s for a drive to get out of the city for a day, visiting family, going somewhere we’ve never been before, or a trip to our favorite destination, Disney World (we are experts at Epcot!), as long as we’re somewhere together, we always feel at home. We would feel honored and privileged to share that home — everything from the regular day-to-day to the exciting adventures — with your little one if we are lucky enough to welcome him or her into our lives.