Patrick and Megan

Married Since: 2012

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: Yes

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Through love, education and example, we commit to raise your child in a way that celebrates his or her adoption story while providing the utmost love, resources, attention, and unconditional support for him or her to take advantage of all life’s opportunities – whether via education, sports, music, art, volunteer activities, travel, etc. – to fulfill their greatest potential.

Patrick and Megan

from Maryland

Patrick

Ancestry: Italian, Eastern European

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Vice President

Education: B.S.

Hobbies: Tennis, Cooking, Rugs, Gardening

Megan

Ancestry: Chinese, German, French, Scottish

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Partner/Owner

Education: J.D.

Hobbies: Tennis, Surfing, Gardening

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Asian, Caucasian / Asian, Asian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Hispanic / Pacific Islander, Pacific Islander

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

Favorites

Patrick

Animal
Bear
Family Activity
Eating out
Food
Pizza
Hobby
Tennis
Quote
Count your blessings, instead of your crosses
Thing to Cook
Bolognese sauce
Music
Classical & classic rock
Vacation Spot
Hawaii
Childhood Memory
Saturday morning haircuts with my dad
Holiday
Easter

Megan

Animal
Eagle
Family Activity
Going to the beach in Hawaii
Food
Noodles (all types)
Hobby
Reading, tennis
Quote
Go heavy on the good and light on the bad ~Alan Jackson
Thing to cook
Rib roast
Music
Country
Vacation Spot
Honolulu
Childhood Memory
Saturday morning soccer games
Holiday
Christmas
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Parents,

Thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

Your strength and courage to make the best decision – whatever it may be – for you and your family is admirable. And we appreciate this opportunity to tell you more about ourselves, our family, our communities, and our adoption journey.

Our story starts in college, where we met almost 19 years ago. While Megan is originally from Hawaii and Patrick grew up in Maryland, we bonded over a shared sense of humor, core values, the importance of family and good food. In the following years, we managed a long-distance relationship, enjoyed many holidays and milestones, traveled to numerous cities and countries in the U.S. and abroad, and finally settled in Washington, DC to start our careers. During this time, we have grown together both as individuals and as partners committed to building a loving, faithful and healthy home while supporting each other through our educational, personal and professional endeavors. We will celebrate our ninth wedding anniversary this year.

We always wanted to have an extensive family, but have been unable to conceive naturally. Based on our personal preferences and religious beliefs, adoption is the route we pursued and are continuing to pursue wholeheartedly.

We were blessed to welcome our son Joseph, (aka “Jojo”) into our family via adoption. Parenting him over the past few years has been such a humbling, rewarding and amazing experience.

We encourage Jojo to embrace his adoption, sharing his adoption story in an age-appropriate manner, and attending events where he can meet other adoptive families and children. We also incorporate books celebrating adoption into our nightly bedtime reading. While his is a closed adoption, we remember Jojo’s birth parents during the holidays (including Mother’s and Father’s Day) to honor their memory and immeasurable impact on our lives.

Jojo tells us that he looks forward to having a baby brother or sister with whom he can share kisses, hugs and toys. He is also ready to help change their diapers, and tuck his little sister or brother into bed at night with a “blankie” or two. We completely agree.

We would be honored if you placed your faith in us as adoptive parents, and would welcome an opportunity to share updates and milestones along the way.

Through love, education and example, we commit to raise your child in a way that celebrates his or her adoption story while providing the utmost love, resources, attention, and unconditional support for him or her to take advantage of all life’s opportunities – whether via education, sports, music, art, volunteer activities, travel, etc. – to fulfill their greatest potential.

With sincerest gratitude and respect,
Megan & Patrick

 

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

We always wanted to have a family and thought we would be great parents – in particular, looking to our parents (each, married for more than 40 years) as role models. After a few years of marriage we specifically began trying to expand our family. But conceiving was not as easy as we imagined. We consulted many doctors who could find no cause for our infertility, undergoing various medical (and emotional) tests along the way. Though we visited numerous doctors, we have not pursued any IVF procedures.

Instead, there was a more compelling path for us: adoption. Based on our personal preferences and beliefs, adoption is the route we pursued (and are continuing to pursue) and we haven’t looked back!

In addition to being adoptive parents ourselves, we have many friends, co-workers, and family members who are adoptive parents or themselves were adopted. The response from our friends and family to our continued adoption plans has been overwhelmingly positive.

But perhaps the more important affirmation of our adoption journey is Jojo himself, and we can’t wait to welcome into our family a baby sister or brother with whom he (and we) can share laughs and create new memories.

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About Megan

Megan and I were friends before we began dating. What attracted me to Megan was her kindness to others, importance of family, and strong morals. She is hard working, detail oriented, and always strives to better herself, be it in business, on the tennis court, or as a mom.

Family is very important to Megan. She is committed to being a good mom to Jojo, and keeping in touch with family. She visits family in Hawaii a few times per year, and each trip is jam packed with family lunches, cousins’ dinners, beach days, etc. Megan helps with my side of the family as well, and encourages me to do likewise.

Megan is also dedicated to service. Besides roles in church and alumni groups, she has coached her law school moot court team (basically like legal debate team) for more than a decade and has mentored the students she has coached above and beyond her coaching role. She gets great satisfaction from keeping in touch and is always willing to do what she can to help. Their successes are her successes, and she finds it very fulfilling to see her team find jobs, have families, and thrive in their respective careers. Megan is also active in the local chapter of her high school alumni network, serving as Vice President, and helping to coordinate various Hawaii-related social gatherings throughout the year.

A lawyer by training, Megan left her law practice a few years ago to start a solar energy company. She has been successful in life and business, often defying the odds to achieve her goals. Be it attending an excellent law school or getting a job in a big law firm group, she always overachieves. I admire her drive, positive attitude, and the ambitious goals she sets for herself.

One of Megan’s strongest interests is tennis. She plays on a competitive women’s team, and has made friends and big strides in not only her level of play, but her fitness. Megan’s other interests are cooking (soups, stews, and noodles), surfing (longboard) when back in Hawaii, staying connected to Hawaii here in Maryland, and gardening.

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About Patrick

I have known Patrick for almost half of my life. He is honest, faithful (both in terms of religion and commitment to his family and relationships) and direct. Patrick is my best friend, strongest supporter and biggest critic – but this combination has helped me to improve as a person, wife, and mother. Patrick has been very supportive throughout our infertility, and now adoption, journey. He has also wholeheartedly embraced and excelled in his role as Dad, and is a dedicated, patient and hands-on parent to Jojo.

Patrick started at a large, multi-national bank in its wealth management division right after graduating from the undergraduate business school of our college. He built his business from scratch. Over the years he has advanced to a Vice President role. I admire how Patrick cares about his clients and has diligently worked to achieve his professional goals. While Patrick works hard, his job is also one where he has flexibility to help out at home and spend a lot of quality time with Jojo.

Tennis is a large part of Patrick’s life. He is an accomplished (yet humble) player, competing nationally from elementary through high school and college where he was a scholarship player and member of the men’s varsity team. He keeps up with many of his former competitors/friends, continues to play socially and expand his network of friends, and hopes to pass along the sport to our children. Patrick was patient enough to teach me the basics and I have taken to playing socially. Jojo enjoys coming to the courts to watch Patrick play, and we enjoy teaching him basic drills at home.

Patrick is also an avid gardener and chef. In particular, he has taken to cultivating roses and herbs in our greenhouse, and caring for the various plants and flowers in our extensive back yard. Jojo is his assistant gardener, and we spend many happy hours outside as a family. In terms of cooking, Patrick has a varied set of recipes but particularly enjoys (and excels at) making Italian food (including Bolognese sauce), rack of lamb and rib roasts.

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About Us

We met as undergraduates in college through mutual friends. We started dating the year after graduating from college while both living and working in Washington, DC. After about seven years of dating, we were married on July 4, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

We are very fortunate that we each have similar values, beliefs, lifestyles, hobbies, senses of humor and interests, so we can do activities that we mutually genuinely enjoy such as tennis, church, cooking, dining out, gardening, spending time with friends and family and, of course, being parents.

We have channeled our strong personalities into a solid foundation for our marriage and home, based on honest communication, mutual support and firm commitment to our faith and family. These are values that we work to instill in Jojo and hope to extend to any other children we are blessed to welcome into our family.

In 2018, Jojo joined our family via adoption in Honolulu shortly after he was born. He is a happy, curious, playful and loving 2-year old. For example, when he sees Mommy or Daddy with a boo-boo (injury), he insists on giving the boo-boo a kiss. He is very gentle with animals (stuffed and real) and loves helping others, be it serving lunch at daycare, helping to cook dinner, or clean up.

He currently attends a bilingual daycare (Spanish and English), and enjoys reading books, dogs, long walks in our neighborhood, towing (and being towed IN) his red wagon, and loves spotting construction vehicles or other large trucks.

Jojo gets excited when we ask him if he would like a little brother or sister to be part of our family and will be a patient, protective and affectionate older brother.

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Our Families

Our family and faith are important parts of our lives.

While Patrick is an only child, he grew up spending time with his numerous cousins – in particular, on his dad’s side of the family, who live in Virginia, New Jersey and New York. Patrick’s dad was originally from Italy, so in addition to domestic travel, we have taken several trips to Italy and Europe, and look forward to future visits. Patrick’s parents had been married for almost 40 years when his dad sadly passed away in 2015. He was a unique individual and Megan was fortunate to know and spend time with him for about 10 years prior to his passing. We have memories which we will always cherish.

Megan is the oldest of three children, and grew up with her two younger brothers and many cousins who live in Honolulu. Megan, Patrick and Jojo also get together with her father’s side of the family who live on the mainland. Megan’s middle brother lives and practices law in Honolulu, while her younger brother lives near us and works on Capitol Hill. We visit with him several times a month.

We remain close to our parents and extended family. We see Patrick’s mom at least weekly for dinner, as she lives a short drive away, and we talk to her and Megan’s parents daily.

Our church family is also a key part of our lives and a great community. We are active parishioners at our Catholic church where there are plenty of young families with whom we spend time after Sunday morning mass over coffee, donuts, and fellowship – though such gatherings are currently on hold in light of COVID-19. We serve as ushers and Eucharistic ministers at our weekly mass and each volunteer in other capacities, including decorating the church for holidays such as Easter and Christmas. Additionally, Patrick serves as the chair of the parish finance council, and Megan is a member of the parish pastoral council.

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Our Home

We live in a residential, tree-lined, safe neighborhood in Maryland. Our home has plenty of space – including six bedrooms, a large yard with a back wooded area containing walking trails, a screened gazebo, and a little waterfall/pond housing fish that kids love.

Our school district is excellent, highly rated, and the schools (including sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, and playgrounds) are within walking distance from our home. There are many diverse families and young children in our neighborhood as well.

We are located a short drive to downtown (where Patrick works), which features many different stores and restaurants. We are also an easy to commute to Virginia and the attractions of Washington, DC – monuments, museums, the National Zoo, and professional sports teams (Nationals baseball, Wizards basketball and Capitals hockey).

When the weather is warm, you can find us outside playing tennis, biking or walking in our neighborhood, or tending to our herbs, roses and other plants. During the winter months, we enjoy homemade hot cocoa in front of the fireplaces. In all seasons, we enjoy cooking and baking as a family and entertaining (currently, on a socially-distanced basis) friends and family for meals, laughter and good stories.

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Our Relationship with Jojo's Birthmom

Though our first adoption with Jojo was a closed adoption, we are happy and willing to share life updates, pictures, exchange information, and have a dialogue with you so you can see affirmation of your placement decision.

We believe in honoring a child’s adoption narrative, sharing that story with him or her early as possible, and honoring you as the birthparent(s). Not just in telling your child how much you loved them as they learn about their adoption story, but giving thanks on days like Mother’s and/or Father’s Day and Thanksgiving as we appreciate your great impact on our lives.

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Cultural Diversity

We are, by definition, a diverse family. Megan is of Chinese, German, French, Scottish and Norwegian heritage. Patrick is Italian American. Jojo is Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese, and Caucasian. Celebrating these different cultures is important to us and, more practically, something that we incorporate into our day-to-day lives.

For example, in line with Megan’s family traditions, we have an annual Chinese New Year celebration with family in the area, including Megan’s cousins who live in Baltimore. We are able to enjoy some of Jojo’s other cultures on our many trips to Hawaii, including through cuisine and quality time with dear family friends who share similar backgrounds. Jojo is also much loved by several Filipina aunties (or “Titas”) with whom we attend church. They were even kind enough to cook homemade Filipino food (pancit, lumpia) for his baptism celebration.

We also embrace other cultures. Our church has an active Hispanic community with whom we celebrate important holidays like Las Posadas, and Jojo has very much enjoyed attending his bilingual (Spanish) preschool run by our friends from church.

This openness to diversity is not just an important part of our lives, but our adoption journey as well. We look forward to integrating and celebrating the cultural history and traditions of any new child joining our family.

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Our Lifestyle

We have a family-oriented, and active but balanced lifestyle.

Continuing a tradition from our childhoods, we start each day sharing breakfast together and end each day with a family dinner. This is followed by calls and Facetime sessions with Jojo’s grandparents. It is important for us to spend this quality time together over good food and conversation. We also home cook the majority of our meals, finding it not only a healthier alternative, but an opportunity to collaborate in the kitchen as well.

When the weather is warm you can find us outside tending to our yard and gardens, hosting family and friends for meals and celebrations such as birthdays, at the pool or on the tennis courts. As temperatures drop, we opt to explore our neighborhood via walking, biking, wagon and/or sled rides.

While we are busy with full time jobs and volunteer activities, we work to share in the tasks of running our household and caring for Jojo – each taking on different responsibilities. And we encourage Jojo to pitch in as well as part of our team. He particularly enjoys helping to vacuum and unloading the dishwasher and we appreciate Jojo’s assistance.

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Family Traditions

Spending time with our family in Hawaii is an important part of each year. We spend each Christmas in Honolulu, and have done so for the past 15 years. Megan has many aunts, uncles and cousins still living in Honolulu so these are nice opportunities to reconnect and enjoy quality time together – whether over delicious meals or while picnicking and fishing at the beach. Megan is usually able to separately visit Hawaii a few times during the year.

Being that both Megan and Jojo were born in Honolulu, maintaining these ties is important to us. In between visits, we keep in touch with our Hawaii-based family and friends via phone and email, and Megan’s parents visit us on the “mainland” at least once or twice a year.

We also enjoy celebrating the Thanksgiving and Easter holidays at home in Maryland. In particular, each Thanksgiving and Easter we cook large (and delicious) meals to celebrate with Patrick’s family. Separately, we enjoy dressing up and decorating for Halloween.

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