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Scott & Jos
We believe it's no coincidence that you're reading this, and we hope you hear our heart in what you're reading. We would love to be your child's parents and give them the best life possible: full of love, fun, happiness, and resources to pursue their dreams. We'd also like to have a relationship with you if you're open to it and hear your dreams for your baby, too.
We are big believers in living our passion on a daily basis.
When Scott was 5 years old, his dad put a University of Illinois Engineering banner in his room, and the more he asked his dad about engineering, the more he came to love it. Fast-forward 35 years later, Scott looks forward to going to work every day at Apple, engineering parts of iPhone and iPad that make a difference for millions of people. He is also passionate about playing saxophone, which he started playing in 4th grade. He won a national competition in high school, was in marching and jazz band, and now uses music as a creative outlet to balance the massive amount of technical work he does in his day job. He started the first Music Club at Apple, is currently in three bands, and continues to learn new instruments, such as clarinet and flute.
Since the time Jos was in Girl Scouts, she was taught that girls can do anything. She doesn't believe that's just a motto; it's a lifestyle choice. Because of her passion for girls and women empowerment, Jos started her own virtual business at home which helps women entrepreneurs around the world market their business and build relationships with other women. Jos also recently became a #1 international-best-selling author in an anthology. In her free time, she loves to read and write poetry, change the lyrics to songs, put on fun, empowering events, debate with Scott on everything, and give back.
Qualities We Admire in Each Other
What Scott loves about Jos is how empathatic she is and that she always keeps things interesting.
Jos is the kind of person who cries at movies, and even while watching 30-second TV commercials. She feels connected to everyone she comes in contact with, physically and virtually and knows what to say to people that connects with their deepest feelings.
She also makes it a point to have her relationship with Scott never get stagnant. She is always looking for new events for them to attend, new personal growth courses for them to do together, new restaurants to try, and even new walking routes in the neighborhood.
What Jos loves about Scott is that he's brilliant, a great listener, her biggest fan, a champion of girls and women empowerment, and an off-the-charts 'serial musician'. He plays clarinet, flute, sax, and keyboard and is the leader of a band. Jos loves that he doesn't mind being married to a very independent, powerful, influential woman.
Our Life Priorities
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a four-bedroom, single-family home on a cul-de-sac in a suburban community in northern California. There's frequently kids playing basketball, riding scooters and biking in the court.
Our backyard is one of our favorite spaces, because it's peaceful and beautiful. We have palm trees, a redwood, roses, an orange tree, and more plants we don't know the names of, but look really pretty. We even have a hammock to sway in the wind while reading a good book. The backyard is fenced in and there is ample room for children to play on the grass. Scott's bands play live music outside for parties.
Inside our house, the baby’s room has the best outdoor view, featuring several beautiful palm trees. Before that, it was used as Jos' meditation room, so it has a very peaceful, loving energy.
We have two parks within walking distance, and many more in biking distance, picnic areas, basketball courts, as well as miles of hiking trails. We have a YMCA nearby with a pool.
Our city has a year-round farmers market, holiday art and crafts fairs, outdoor summer music festivals, Jazz festivals, and Oktoberfest. There is also an amazing park with a drive-through Christmas light display, and a kids train, carousel, and outdoor plays. For Halloween, there are many pumpkin farms to choose from.
Our city has the feel of a charming small town but is close to big-city fun.
Our Extended Families
What makes us unique as a family is we are all about diversity, both cultural and religious. Scott's family is Jewish and Hindu. Jos' family is Catholic and Jewish. We are very accepting and welcoming of new additions to our family, whatever uniqueness they bring.
Scott's side of the family likes to have parties with family and friends, where his mom makes amazing gourmet meals and Scott provides the musical entertainment with friends. Scott's mom traditionally bakes cookies over the holidays and mails them to us as well as dozens of their friends. She also cooks Jewish meals such as latkes, Passover seders, etc.
Scott has a sister with two young children that live near his parents, and his brother-in-law is from India. His extended family, including three young kids, visits frequently.
On Jos' side, her sister has one young child, and we are also close to her cousins in Florida as well as her cousin in Illinois who has two kids. Jos' brother-in-law was adopted.
Jos' family traditionally gets the extended family together for birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas and plays games, laughs together, catches up, and eats too much.
All members of our extended family support our adoption and are praying and cheering us on that it will go through!
From Us to You
What does adoption mean to us:
Adoption means appreciating the gift that birth parents are giving, and we appreciate you.
So who are we? We (Jos and Scott) met our freshman year of college at the University of Illinois during chicken finger night in the dorms. Scott surprised Jos by proposing to her at Denny's on our five-year dating anniversary, and we have now been together for 20 years, married 14.
We feel like we have a very fun and loving relationship, and we both love kids, because we're both kids at heart. Scott's looking forward to singing nursery rhymes, playing lullabies on his saxophone, taking a child to live concerts (including his own), and traveling the world. Jos is looking forward to cuddling with an infant, throwing fun birthday parties, and reading interesting educational children's books. We're excited about raising a child to be a strong independent thinker, who knows their purpose, lives their passion, isn't afraid to disagree with their parents, and is the leader that the world needs.
Although we've had our share of fun times, life has not always been easy for us. We have shed many tears and gone through many challenges that other relationships might not have been able to withstand, and are stronger because of them. We have also done a lot of personal development work over the last decade, so we have tools to deal with our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in constructive ways that we'd like to pass down to future generations. It's a blessing that our extended family is extremely supportive of adoption, and will do everything they can to welcome a child into the family with open arms.
We feel like we not only have chosen adoption; adoption has chosen us. We've had fertility issues for over a decade. After Jos had an ectopic pregnancy, a miscarriage, and seven failed rounds of in vitro fertilization, we really felt in our hearts that the universe was pointing us in another direction: being parents through adoption.
We feel like we're the right people at the right time to become adoptive parents, and this is where we're meant to end up. We don't think it's a coincidence that you're reading this.
We realize that we would love an adopted child just as much we would a biological one. We're ready to be parents, and want to support you in fulfilling your dreams for your baby and having as open of a relationship as you want with your child.
At a minimum, we would be happy to provide annual letters and pictures of the child's development, and we're open to more contact such as e-mails, phone calls, and future visits.
It's important to us that adoption means having a win/win/win relationship: we want it to be a win for you, for us, and above all else, a win for the child. We're excited to have a conversation with you about what having a "winning" relationship with us would look like.
To us, adoption is another word for love, and we love that you're making the time to read this and considering to entrust us with the greatest gift; becoming adoptive parents.
Scott & Jos