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Hello! Our names are Guillaume and Tom and we would like to thank you for taking the time to read our profile.

Guillaume and Tom last summer at the family cottage on Lake Erie.
Guillaume and Tom last summer at the family cottage on Lake Erie.

In the pages that follow, we’d like to introduce you to our home in New Jersey, our families in France and Ohio, and our friends. Oh, and our two cats and Beagle, too!

After ten years together, we’re quite excited by the prospect of enlarging our family through adoption, and appreciate your consideration.

We understand that the decision to place your child is a difficult one and we have a lot of respect for it. We’re both committed to an open adoption, as we think it’s the healthiest and most honest way to raise a child.

Interested in hearing more? Please get in touch, by calling us at (855) 403-6234, or email us at info@guiandtom.com.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

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Our home

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Our small town in northern New Jersey is vibrant and diverse, and located near New York City. We have a sunny five-bedroom colonial house, with a living room, dining room, kitchen. We have a nice yard where we frequently encounter rabbits, deer, raccoon, and other wild animals.

home_sofaWe know most of our neighbors in our street and spend some time swapping flowers or sharing dinner. (One teenage neighbor is already excited to babysit for us!). We have a large park down our street with 2 fields and playground, as well as a public library. We have a very good public school 5min away by walk.

We have two exceptional cats: Juno (“the shy one”), who we rescued from our former building in NY, and Varla (“Ms. Personality”), who we adopted a few months later. They spend a lot of time on the window sills monitoring the birds. We also have a rescue Beagle, Elle, who joined the family one year ago. She loves to walk at the park and along the tree-lined streets in our neighborhood.

Raking leaves in front of the house this year.
Raking leaves in front of the house this year.
Juno (left) and Varla (right) spend a lot of time sleeping.
Juno (left) and Varla (right) spend a lot of time sleeping.
Elle is the world's sweetest Beagle.
Elle is the world’s sweetest Beagle.

 

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Our Story

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We met in 2006 through a mutual friend when Tom was living in New York and Guillaume was in Boston. It was the start of something big–we’ve been together since that day. In 2008 Guillaume moved to New York to live with Tom.

The day of our wedding celebration in 2014 in France.
The day of our wedding celebration in 2014 in France.

We got a domestic partnership in 2009 and were married in 2013. We celebrated our union in the summer of 2014 with family and friends in the South of France.

Our lives together

Living together has been such a blessing and so much fun. We’re partners and best friends, and share many interests and hobbies.

We love cooking, and at least one of us is busy in the kitchen every night. Sitting down together at dinner is the most important time of the day for us, and we look forward to continuing this tradition with a child.

We enjoy experiencing our new surrounding whether it’s gardening, walking to the park, finding treasures at estate sales, or heading to a diner with our family or friends.

story_wvEnlarging our family

For the past ten years we’ve greatly enjoyed our roles as uncles to our three nieces and one nephew. Spending regular time with them has made us realize that we want to raise a child of our own.

Guillaume loves playing with kids and clowning around. He’s a hit every Fourth of July back in Ohio. Tom is always happy to take his nephew and nieces around town, to the Museum of Natural History and, yes, to the playground! We’re eager to introduce a child to many wonderful things–but also mindful that they need to discover and develop their own interests.

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From Guillaume

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 From Guillaume

I grew up in a small village in the Normandy region of France, an area with lots of farms and animals. I moved to Paris for university, continued my studies in Berlin, and then finished my postgraduate work in cancer research at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Gui and Jerome devour lobster rolls on Long Island.
Gui and Jerome devour lobster rolls on Long Island.

My parents, Francoise and Raymond, moved to the south of France when they retired a few years ago. My older brother Jerome lives in Bordeaux and is a lawyer. He visits us often in New York (and loves lobster rolls, pictured right). Our family adopted my younger sister Camille from Thailand when she was two years old. She studied administrative work for small companies and now works in Barcelona.

Today I work as a scientist for a pharmaceutical company that makes drugs for heart diseases, cancer, multiple sclerosis and more. I enjoy swimming, biking, yoga and dinners with friends and family.

Gui's mother Francoise with brother Jerome.
Gui’s mother Francoise with brother Jerome.

Family in France

We travel to France twice a year, during the summer and Christmas holidays, to spend time with Guillaume’s family and friends. We usually spend some time in Paris (below, Guillaume eating on a sidewalk terrace). Then we go to the south of France to be with Guillaume’s parents in their small village.

guiThe New Year’s holiday always means lots of delicious and long dinners cooked by Guillaume’s mom (top photo). We usually stay at least one week with his parents. Summer is a different scene, with long hikes and bike rides, and lots of splashing around in Guillaume’s parents’ pool. We also try to get back to Normandy to visit Guillaume’s aunts, uncles and grandmother.

The entire family in France is happy about our decision to adopt, and to raise a child who’s familiar with both the United States and France.

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Gui with aunts and uncles in Normandy
The family at Christmas in France
The family at Christmas in France
Gui with Elise
Gui with Elise
Gui's parents with Tom in Long Island
Gui’s parents with Tom in Long Island
Raymond and Francoise
Raymond and Francoise
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From Tom

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Tom having breakfast on Jerome's balcony in Paris.
Tom having breakfast on Jerome’s balcony in Paris.

From Tom

I grew up in a small town in Ohio and moved to New York in 1993 to attend Columbia University. Growing up with two brothers and one sister (I’m number three), there was always a lot of activity in our house. Probably because of this, I find slightly zany homes with non-stop action to be great, fun places for kids.

Both of my brothers live in Brooklyn and we see them often. My sister used to live with me in New York, but today resides with her husband and two children in Ohio.

Professionally, I create and run travel-related websites. I started several of my own sites about 10 years ago, and still run them today.

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The gang in Ohio at Christmas.
Tom with his sister Elizabeth.
Tom with his sister Elizabeth on Lake Erie.

Family in Ohio

We go back to Ohio several times a year to visit Tom’s family, including during the summer, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Summers are spent in a small community on Lake Erie, where Tom’s family owns two cottages. The entire extended family comes home for a few weeks over the Fourth of July (pictured at top).

This town is great for kids, as there are very few cars, and children can ride around on bikes, play tennis and even go sailing with safety. We look forward to experiencing Lakeside with our own child. We plan to spend as much time as possible there every summer, and we want our child to be close to his or her aunts, uncles, and cousins.

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Everyone comes together at our cottage on Lake Erie every July.

 

Pass the potatoes! We celebrate Thanksgiving every year in Ohio.
Pass the potatoes! We celebrate Thanksgiving every year in Ohio.
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Family and Friends

Goofing off with our siblings at our wedding in France in 2014.
Pumpkin picking with Eva in New Jersey!
Pumpkin picking with Eva in New Jersey!

Above: Goofing off with all the siblings at our wedding in France in 2014.

We spend a lot of time with our family in New York as well as in New Jersey. Tom’s two brothers, Pete and Ben, both live in Brooklyn. We usually see each other at least every two weeks.

Tom’s younger brother Pete and his wife Meredith have two daughters, aged seven and four. They’ve been great “training” for us. We often take the girls to play in Brooklyn Bridge Park, ride the carousel or visit the zoo. We’re excited for the girls to have a little cousin in town to play with! Tom’s sister Elizabeth regularly visits and stays with us, often bringing her son Alex (below, crossing the Brooklyn Bridge with us).

Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge with Alex.
Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge with Alex.

Guillaume’s parents and siblings visit and stay with us almost every year. They plan to visit and stay with us even more often in the future.

Friends nearby

We both feel very fortunate to have a nice group of close friends in the city, and also throughout the US and Europe. We see our “city friends” very often, and consider them to be our extended family. We make dinner together, celebrate birthdays together, and are there for each other when needed. Many of our friends are now becoming parents, and we’re pleased to think about our child growing up together with the children of our best friends.

Tom also has a group of very close friends from his summers growing up on Lake Erie, who we spend time with every July. Guillaume’s friends and family members from Europe always stay with us when visiting New York. It’s always fun to take them on a tour of the suburbs and the big city!

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