Married Since: 2017

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

Your baby’s future is bright, and the possibilities are endless. We will focus on their strengths, we will explore every interest, and we will teach compassion and empathy. We all share one goal, and that is the happiness and health of your child.

Nick and Justine

from California

Nick

Ancestry: Irish, English

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Territory Sales Manager

Education: Culinary AA

Hobbies: Golf, Baseball, Outdoors, Food, Travel

Justine

Ancestry: French, Cuban, Irish

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Lead Esthetician

Education: Esthetician Certification

Hobbies: Outdoors, Travel, Food, Family

Baby

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

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nonpracticing

Favorites

Nick

Color
Blue
Food
Pasta with Alfredo sauce
Sports
Football, baseball, and golf
Music
Country
Vacation Spot
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!
Holiday
Christmas
Childhood Memory
Disney World trips every summer with my family
Thing to Cook
BBQ
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
Subject in School
History

Justine

Color
Purple
Food
Pizza
Sports
Baseball and soccer
Music
Country
Vacation Spot
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!
Holiday
Halloween
Childhood Memory
Camping trips with my family
Thing to Cook
Enchiladas
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
Subject in School
P.E.
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

We want to start by thanking you for considering such a brave decision. Your selfless decision is making our entire world complete. We will forever be grateful to you. We can assure you that your baby will receive the most unconditional love and support from our family. Your baby will have the most dedicated mother, the most loving and involved father, and the most supportive and helpful big sister there ever was.

Your baby’s future is bright, and the possibilities are endless. There will be sports, concerts, vacations, school events, trips up north to visit family in the redwoods and so much more. Every child is different, and we look forward to finding out what makes your child so special.  We will focus on their strengths, we will explore every interest, and we will teach compassion and empathy. We will raise your child to be the strongest and healthiest person they can be. We will always remind your child of how brave and selfless you are. Without you, we wouldn’t have them.

We want to assure you that we are in this wholeheartedly. We will be that stable, loving, comfortable and reliable constant for your child. We will remain all of those things while embracing the downs, the scraped knees, the temper tantrums, the school work, and the heartbreaks. Our jobs as parents will never be over and we will give our all throughout our time. Our families are loud, crazy, and little bit unconventional but full of love and laughter and it something worth sharing.

Our journey of getting to this place in our lives has been some of the greatest of times and some of the saddest times. Going through infertility has been an experience we wish nobody would have to go through. Our family is so much stronger and closer than it’s even been. Our excitement in adding an additional member to our family is beyond measure.

We want to do our part in helping you heal and feel at peace with your decision. We want to share photos if you want to see photos, we want to send or receive cards if you want to send or receive cards. Our hearts are just as open as our minds are and we want everyone to feel just how appreciated they really are. We have everything to offer a child and we have so much unconditional love to give. Our family has been put to the test and we came out stronger than ever and we can take on anything that is thrown our way.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us a little bit, we hope to move forward and establish a genuine connection. We all share one goal, and that is the happiness and health of your child.

With love,
Justine and Nick

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

Justine gave birth to Kaelani when she was just 21 years old. Justine knew from that day on, that she wanted Kaelani to experience all the joys of having a sibling. Children deserve built in best friends, unconditional love, and memories of holidays and vacations with brothers or sisters. It never felt like the right time to consider having more children, until Justine met Nick. We talked about marriage and what we want our family to look like from the beginning of our relationship. After 4 years of trying to conceive, we had become hopeless. We had many discussions consisting of “What’s next?”, “When do we stop?”, and “Do we try another round of treatments?” We both came to the agreement that at the end of all of this, our goal isn’t to get pregnant. Our goal is to have a baby.

We started to research and talk with all our close friends and family about how we were considering adoption and we were overwhelmed with how much support and how much love every single one of them gave us. Once we decided to officially begin this process, all of the hope that we had lost throughout these last 4 years came back completely. We have so much hope in growing our family and for Kaelani to become a big sister, which she wants so badly.

When we officially shared with our families that we decided to pursue adoption, the reactions we received were so much more than we expected. Nick’s mom already impulse bought a baby crib in anticipation of sleepovers at Grandma’s! Justine’s mom is constantly sending baby name suggestions. Justine’s dad is already talking about how his future grandchild will come up to visit and go on all the hikes and play in all the mud and dirt on their property like kids should!

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About Justine, by Nick

Caring, loving, passionate, and respectful. These words barely even dive into explaining the woman Justine is. When I first met Justine, I thought she was a very shy and quiet person. I knew she had a daughter, which didn’t concern me one bit, and she took things slow. She wanted to be sure she was comfortable with the whole idea of discussing her daughter and eventually introducing her to me. It seems like something so simple, however, I found it extremely attractive. She proved that family comes first to her and was, and is still, is one of my most favorite things about her.

One thing that anyone would say about Justine is that she truly would do anything for anyone. Justine is always there for me when I am down or have a bad day. She always looks for ways to better the situation and most importantly she listens and never complains. She sits side by side with Kaelani trying to remember 6th grade math, even after a long day’s work, or being sick all day. I can honestly say I have never heard Justine complain once about taking care of her family.

I look forward to seeing Justine continue to be a mother for our family. I am beyond blessed to have had Kaelani come into my life when she was 5 years old. I have been able to be by Justine’s side for the past 7 years and watch her parent Kaelani. It’s those early years I missed and I can’t wait to see and experience with Justine. She is my soul mate, partner and best friend, and being able to parent a child together would truly be a dream come true.

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About Nick, by Justine

I still remember to this day the very first time Nick offered to help me with Kaelani. We had been dating for about 3 months and I was working a double shift at a restaurant. I told him how I had no time to go to Kaelani’s school to look up her room number and teacher for her first day of school the next day. He simply said, “I can go look for you.” A simple task, a simple offer of help, but to me, it was so much more.

Nick is the most caring and loving person that I’ve come across. His family values run deep, and his work ethic is unrivaled. Whatever Nick does, he does with passion. If you ask his mom or his dad what they are most proud of about their son, they will both answer the same. It’s the way he’s taken on the role of becoming a stepdad.  Nick came into Kaelani’s life when she was 5 years old. No questions asked, he took on a role that many people aren’t capable of and only a lucky amount of people get to experience. Our favorite saying that we have in our household is “Parenthood requires love, not DNA”. We’ve had this quote in our lives since we married, and it holds the same weight today as we go through our adoption process. Nick has unconditionally loved not only me, but Kaelani as well, since day one with no questions asked, ever. I have no doubt that Nick will be the absolute best dad out there and he is so deserving of that title.

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Our Lifestyle

Fun, adventurous, social, relaxed. While the work week entails work and school for us all, we definitely find time to enjoy the fine things in life. Whether it may be splurging on a nice filet cooked on the grill for dinner after a busy Wednesday at work and school, or a quick trip to Baskin and Robbins after dinner to indulged and satisfy our sweet tooth, we are sure to always keep life fun.

We live in such an amazing location. Some of our favorite pastimes are going to local farmer’s markets and local shops.  The beach is 1 hour away and the mountains are 3 hours away. Growing up in this area has taught us to value nature, so we like to hike and go on outdoor adventures.

Lake Tahoe is one of our absolute favorite weekend family getaways. We constantly talk about what these trips will be like when a baby joins our family. There will be so many things for them to experience, from playing with snow in the winter to dipping their toes in the lake during the summer.

Both of us work very hard throughout the year, but we live by the saying, “Don’t live to work, work to live.” There are so many great things to do and see in our world and we work hard to share all these great things with Kaelani. We work hard so that we can go on a family summer vacation every year and support Kaelani’s cheerleading team during fundraisers as they look to qualify for nationals. This hard work and determination are what we look to pass on to our children.

We get the opportunity to go to Disneyland every year with Kaelani for her National Cheer Competition. We always go with her dad and her stepmom. They have an 8 month old baby and we always talk about, when the time comes, going to Disneyland with 2 babies in tow! We have a close relationship with Kaelani’s dad and stepmom. We spend birthdays and some holidays together and when the topic of us adopting comes up, they are quick to tell us how excited they are to have another baby join the family and how their baby will have a little buddy so close in age!

As much as we love our hikes and adventures, we also love the comforts of our home and neighborhood. We enjoy lazy movie nights, late mornings where we wake up to the smell of Nick’s biscuits and gravy and taking Abby, our dog, on runs where she can chase her ball until she can’t run anymore!

We balance life very well and focus on our family, friends, well-being, and providing the most stable environment for the whole family.

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Home & Neighborhood

“Once you cross that white picket fence, you’re family.” This is Nick’s dad’s all-time favorite and most used line with everybody. We love this for so many reasons, mainly because it is 100% true! Our neighborhood is tucked beneath a park full of redwood trees which surrounds a sand volleyball court, picnic benches and horseshoe pits. All the homes facing the park have white picket fences which separate each one of them.  As you sit outside on our front porch you have a show nearly 12 hours a day, whether it is families on their morning walk with their dogs or the groups of volleyball players who wait for their turn next on the sand volleyball court. As you stand in the park looking at our house you see a beautiful two-story home, with a stunning front yard. It may be small, but we try hard to maintain that green freshly mowed grass. You can take a quick look two doors down to the left and see Nick’s father’s house.

Stepping inside of our home, you will be hit with the smell of a clean home. Nick’s motto is, “Clean house, happy Nick.” We have a comfortable downstairs area with our living room, where all the movies and Nintendo Switch games are played. Our favorite Nintendo Switch game is Mario Party. Nick always wins and Justine and Kaelani always end up mad at him. Mario Cart is our second favorite and we tend to play this one more lately because we seem to all have a fair chance at winning!  Our kitchen is where Nick finds himself a lot. If Nick is in the kitchen, Justine is sure to have music going for us all to enjoy. Country music is mostly what she puts on but sometimes she’ll switch it up and surprise us with a playlist she’s come up with.  As you walk up the stairs, you pass our family wall. On this wall, which is still a work in progress, you will find pictures of our fur babies, Kaleani’s cheerleading competitions, and our family vacations. At the top of the stairs are our three bedrooms. There is our tidy master bedroom, Kaelani’s girly preteen room, and the current office, which we will be turning into a nursery.

Going back to the white picket fence, our neighborhood and home are where our family loves to be. All our friends know where the white picket fence is, we can hear honks from all of our friends as they drive down the road passing our house every day. They all know that “Once you cross the white picket fence, you’re family!”

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Our Furbabies, Ollie & Abby

6 years ago, Nick’s younger sister was living with us. One day she came home with the cutest, tiniest, blue eyed cat. We named him Ollie. I picked Kaelani up from school and brought her home to find the little guy laying on Nick. She cried because she was so excited! A few months later, it was time for Nick’s sister to move out and into her own apartment and she had to take Ollie with her. Kaelani cried for 3 days straight because she was so sad that Ollie had to go, she missed him so much. Nick’s sister felt so sad for Kaelani that she brought Ollie back home to us and that’s how we came to be Ollie’s owners! If you ask any of our friends about Ollie, they will all tell you that he is the coolest cat they know. Ollie grew up with dogs, so he is very comfortable play fighting with any dog that comes around and he acts more like a dog than a cat. He is white, fat, fluffy and has the most beautiful blue eyes! When he was a kitten, we would put shirts, turtlenecks, and Golden State Warriors jerseys on him. His favorite shirt was his Batman shirt and now, even though he no longer allows us to put clothes on him, he is known as Bat Cat to our friends.

On Father’s Day of 2019, we went to brunch at Nick’s dad’s house and his sister came with her new puppy, Archie. We fell in love with Archie and Justine told Nick, “We need a puppy right now!” His sister told us that the people who they got Archie from had more puppies, so we contacted them, and we got their last little girl puppy who we named Abby. Abby is the sweetest little girl we’ve ever known. Her only goal all day is getting the most pets and cuddles from anyone that she can. We see Nick’s sister often, so Abby and Archie get to play and hang out all the time, being the cutest brother and sister dogs out there! Once the pandemic hit, Justine was out of work for the whole year and Abby had become attached to her hip. Justine is definitely Abby’s favorite person but Kaelani and Nick are right up there too!  Abby and Ollie keep each other entertained all day long while play fighting or napping together. They are each other’s best friends!

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Our Families & Friends

Friends and family are by far the most important piece in both of our lives. We are fortunate enough to say that we can surround ourselves with many great people who help give our life so much love.

Loud, loving, passionate, crazy are just a few words that can best describe both our family and our friends. Nick’s dad lives 2 houses down from our house with his wife and her son, Nick. Yes, there are two Nicks in our family and they were basically meant to be brothers. Any time we have friends come over, we like to hang out in the backyard around the firepit. Our voices tend to carry because sure enough, Nick’s dad, Tim, always hears us and will without a doubt just pop in our backyard to say “Hi!” All of our friends know this and expect it every time!

Nick’s mom lives a short 5 minute drive away and his sister and brother-in-law are just a couple exits north on the freeway. Nick’s sister is 5 years younger than him, and she married an amazing guy; Nick definitely approves. We have a very close-knit group of friends. Nick has been friends with his group of friends since the 4th grade and Justine’s best friends are her cousin and coworker who everyone says looks like her sister. We do a lot with our friends, like travel on vacations with them, have “family” dinners throughout the week, and most importantly, we are always there for one another. Our friends are our family, too!

Justine’s parents live roughly an hour and a half north of us. They have been married for going on 40 years! Raleigh, Justine’s dad, loves talking about stories when he had the coolest cars in high school and how Sandi, Justine’s mom, would love to go on long drives with him. Raleigh thinks he is still the coolest guy around. Justine’s brother, sister-in-law and nephew live about 2 hours away. We typically see them on all major holidays and birthdays but can say that facetime phone calls are typically a weekly occurrence for us.

Although our parents are already grandparents to Kaelani, they don’t have those nicknames that grandparents usually get to have. Kaelani is the only grandchild on Nick’s side of the family and came into their lives at age 5, she just calls them by their first names. Nick’s dad is waiting for the day to be called Papa! His wife will be known as CoCo, a family name she’s been called by all of the nephews for years. A funny story about Kaelani I can tell you is about how she came to call Justine’s mom, Sandi. She wasn’t quite able to say “Grandma” yet and Justine’s dad would always be telling her things like “Go give this to Sandi” or “Go tell Sandi this”, so as Kaelani started to speak better, she would always call her Sandi! We all thought it was hilarious and that just stuck after all these years. Once our nephew was born, Justine’s mom finally got the title of Mimi, and that is the title she is so eager to become to another beautiful grandchild.

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Family Traditions

As a family, we feel traditions are very important and it gives us something to look forward to. At the beginning of the year, we work hard on fundraising for Kaelani’s cheerleading team, which leads us into our first tradition we started to adopt roughly 3 years ago. Every February, we travel to Disneyland for the girl’s national cheer competition. While we spend one full day surrounded by what feels like millions of cheerleaders, we love to spend at least 2 days after the competition at Disneyland itself. We love Disney for so many reasons, we can all be kids there. It is truly the happiest place on earth.

Towards the middle of March as Nick’s birthday arrives, we plan a friends’ weekend trip to South Lake Tahoe. This is one of our favorite places to visit as a family. The snow is beautiful as it surrounds the largest lake in California. We typically go with our close friends Jackson and Michelle and the weekend usually consists of the girls pampering themselves early in the morning by getting their nails done while the guys watch college basketball. When everyone gathers back together, we all enjoy lots of food and board games around the fire because the weather is still chilly.

The holidays are where our deepest traditions arise. With three separate families to visit, we keep very structured when it comes to the holidays. Thanksgiving is Nick’s dad’s favorite holiday. He is from the south, Florida and Georgia, and he loves massive family get togethers. We always have Thanksgiving with Nick’s mom and sister at our house. Nick cooks the Thanksgiving turkey and football is on the TV all day. Friday after Thanksgiving is when we have our huge family get together at Nick’s dad’s house. Justine’s parents come down, along with any and all friends and family who want to join and we eat all day long. The nights always end out front by the fire with tons of laughs and stories as the kids run around with a sugar high and play Nintendo Switch.

Christmas is Nick’s favorite holiday. It wouldn’t be Christmas time if Nick wasn’t delivering candy canes in his Santa suit to all his friends’ and families’ houses who have little ones. Prior to this we always spend a Saturday cutting down our own Christmas tree and bringing it home to decorate and set the entire house up for Christmas. We typically do this on the first weekend of December so we can enjoy all of our decorations a bit longer. On Christmas Eve we have dinner at Nick’s dad’s house and then all load up in the car to drive throughout the town to look at all the Christmas lights. Our town won best Christmas lights several years ago. Christmas morning is spent opening presents and making breakfast at home while Nick’s mom comes over to share gifts and enjoy the food. That afternoon we load up and drive north to Justine’s family’s house to enjoy several days spreading holiday joy with them.

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Our Promise to You

Every mother wants the absolute best for their baby, and for them to become the best possible person they can. What we can promise you is that we will be that support for your baby. We will care and love them with everything in our hearts. We promise that they will have the most excited and caring older sister in Kaelani. We promise that they will have the most fun pets ever with Ollie and Abby. Most importantly we promise to love and protect your baby every day of our life. We will continue to work hard to provide and give them everything we possibly can. Nick will help them grow up and appreciate every fine thing about food and make sure they have a very well-rounded pallet. Justine will help them grow and understand the right and wrong things in life. Kaelani will love them and not leave their side until the terrible twos come around and then we can promise you they will probably start bugging one another on a daily basis. These are the things we look forward to as our family continues to grow, and our promises will always be there. We promise to send photos of special occasions, and the love that surrounds us as a family. We will forever remind your child how strong and brave you are, how we are grateful for you, and how much respect we hold for you knowing the tough and selfless decisions you’ve had to make.  As we give you our word and promises, we also give you our heart. We wouldn’t be able to give you these promises if you hadn’t chosen us for your baby. We thank you and promise to love the child unconditionally, forever.

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!