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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.

About Us

Hardware Engineer
CEO/Founder & Strategic Messaging Coach
Master's Degree in in Electrical Engineering
Master's Degree in Human Resources
Legally Married

Our Lifestyle

Enjoying the Outdoors

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

Selfie of Us

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

  • Putting family (and friends that are like family) first
  • Living a life we love, while having a career that contributes to our mission/commitment in life
  • Learning new things and continually growing ourselves
  • Not taking our health for granted (if you're not healthy, nothing else matters)
  • Being role models for the next generation and even our own generation
  • Setting high goals, persevering in face of challenges, and living up to our potential
  • Being compassionate and kind, having integrity and accepting personal responsibility
  • Creating a world that works for everyone with no-one or nothing left out
  • Having fun and traveling
  • Giving back to the community, empowering the unempowered, and standing for diversity
  • Photos

    A Night Out
    A Night Out
    With Our Nephew
    With Our Nephew
    Jos Speaking
    Jos Speaking
    Scott Playing Sax
    Scott Playing Sax
    Exploring Arizona
    Exploring Arizona
    Christmas With Our Niece
    Christmas With Our Niece
    Feeding the Giraffes
    Feeding the Giraffes
    Japanese Tea Garden in Seattle
    Japanese Tea Garden in Seattle
    Vasona Park
    Vasona Park
    Exploring Castles
    Exploring Castles
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    A Night Out
    A Night Out
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    With Our Nephew
    With Our Nephew
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    Jos Speaking
    Jos Speaking
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    Scott Playing Sax
    Scott Playing Sax
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    Exploring Arizona
    Exploring Arizona
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    Christmas With Our Niece
    Christmas With Our Niece
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    Feeding the Giraffes
    Feeding the Giraffes
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    Japanese Tea Garden in Seattle
    Japanese Tea Garden in Seattle
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    Vasona Park
    Vasona Park
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    Exploring Castles
    Exploring Castles

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    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

    Hanukkah With Scott's Family

    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.

    Christmas With Jos' Mom

    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:

  • It means love, it means vulnerability, it means transparency, it means humility.
  • Adoption means openness, withholding judgment, caring, and letting you be you.
  • It means doing what's right for everyone at this juncture of our lives, and having hope for the future.
  • Adoption is reconceptualizing what it means to be family. It means overcoming myths and misconceptions, and being there for each other.
  • Adoption is putting the child first, being comfortable with being uncomfortable, and giving of yourself in a way that's the greatest love of all.
  • 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


    Matt Damon
    George Clooney
    Natalie Portman
    Reese Witherspoon
    Dave Asprey
    RL Stein, Christopher Pike, Charlotte Perkins Gillman, Stephen Lundin
    The Bulletproof Diet: Lose Up to a Pound a Day, Reclaim Your Energy and Focus, and Upgrade Your Life
    Lean In
    Candy Bar
    Snickers or Reese's pieces
    Reese's peanut butter cups
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    She-ra, Heathcliff, Tiny toons
    Childhood Memory
    Walking around with my best friend in 2nd grade at recess, discussing what the perfect day would be like
    Competing in lipsync contents, ice skating competitions, and girl scouts
    Childhood Toy
    My little ponies and transformers
    Children's Book
    The Giving Tree, Judy Blume Books
    Berenstain Bears, Dr Seuss, and Shel Silverstein, Wait til Helen Comes, Christopher Pike, RL Stein
    San Diego
    Classic Movie
    The Usual Suspects
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Electric Blue
    Day of Week
    Caramel Pecan Silk Supreme Pie from Baker's Square
    Apple Cream Cheese Pie
    Disney Movie
    The Lion King
    Moana, Mulan, The Little Mermaid, and Frozen
    Dream Car
    Flying car or my own personal jet
    Limo w/ my own driver
    Dream Job
    Chief Technology Officer of a Silicon Valley startup
    My own company helping women market their business
    Dream Vacation
    Cruise around the world
    Travel Around the world
    Family Activity
    Dining out for dinner in the city and watching a play
    Scrabble, Monopoly, Family Feud
    Flower / Plant
    Bird of Paradise, Calalilly, Roses, White Brugmansia (Trumpets)
    Chicken Parmesan
    Form of Exercise
    Hot Yoga
    Zumba, Yin Yoga, U Jam, Hot Hula, Hot Yoga
    Final Fantasy series
    Scrabble, Hang Man, and Rummy
    Playing jazz sax, clarinet, piano, and flute
    Writing poetry and reading/listening to audible, supporting women entrepreneurs, speaking, putting on events, philanthropy
    Christmas / Hanukkah
    My birthday, 4th of July, and Chrismas/Hanukkah
    Holiday Song
    The Hanukkah Song by Adam Sandler
    All I want for Christmas is You - Mariah Carey
    Holiday Tradition
    Lighting the menorah
    Opening gifts on Christmas Eve, doing stockings on Christmas morning, lighting the menorah for 8 nights
    Ice Cream
    Oreo and Cookie Dough
    Vanilla or Cookie Dough and Green Tea Gelato
    Junk Food
    Mozzarella Sticks
    Vanilla or Cookie Dough and Green Tea Gelato
    Leisure Activity
    Watching netflix
    Listening to audio books on Audible and writing poems
    Consumer reports
    "O" (Oprah), Wedding magazines, Better Homes and Gardens
    Memory with a Child
    Playing twinkle twinkle little star on my sax as my best friend's 2-year-old son was dancing to it
    Putting on a 5-year-old talent show when I was a daycamp counselor
    Memory with Spouse
    Jos walking down the aisle at our wedding
    Having husband propose to me at Denny's
    The Matrix
    My Best Friend's Wedding, Brigette Jones' Diary, Moulin Rouge, Meet the Parents
    Movie Munchie
    Popcorn w/ extra butter and a diet coke
    Movie Quote
    The Greatest Trick The Devil Ever Pulled Was Convincing The World He Did Not Exist - Usual Suspects
    "This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" -- Humphrey Bogart
    Movie Type
    Action / Thriller
    Romantic Comedy
    Annie, Mama Mia, Mary Poppins, and Hairspray
    Musical Group
    Billy Joel
    Meghan Trainor, Toby Keith
    Nursery Rhyme
    The Wheels on the Bus
    5 little monkeys jumping on the bed, 5 little ducks
    Olympic Event
    Figure Skating (Individual and Pair)
    Personal Hero
    My Mom and Sheryl Sandburg
    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    The Crucible
    My wife
    Maya Angelou
    Quality about my Spouse
    She always keeps things interesting
    Intelligent and supportive
    It's not that hard
    Remember the little things, for one day the'll be the big things
    The Olive Garden
    Red Lobster
    Grilled Cheese or PB&J
    Treat others as you would like others to treat you
    God grant to us the serenity of mind to accept that which cannot be changed; courage to change that which can be changed, and wisdom to know the one from the other.
    Shopping Store
    Best Buy
    Dress Barn, Uncommon Goods, Collections etc, Bookstores
    Somewhere out there (An American Tale)
    Don't Rain on my Parade by Barbra Streisand
    Sport to Play
    Table Tennis, Pickleball, Basketball
    Badminton, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Handball
    Sport to Watch
    Ice Skating
    Sports Star
    Michael Jordan
    Kristi Yamaguchi
    Sports Team
    Chicago Bulls
    Chicago White Sox
    Subject in School
    Math / Computer Science
    The Flash
    Wonder Woman
    Thing to Cook
    Chicken Parmesan
    Nothing - I excel at microwaving
    Time of Day
    Late morning on weekends
    Spending time with our family in Chicago over the holidays
    Putting on holiday parties
    TV Show
    Mission Impossible
    crazy ex girlfriend, Scandal, once upon a time, gossip girl, sisters, good witch, good fight, vampire diaries
    TV Show Character
    Donatello, the ninja turtle
    Diane Lockhart on the Good Fight
    Type of Music
    Modern Rock and Musicals
    Country, Oldies/Rock 'n Roll, Pop
    Vacation Spot
    Napa Valley (wine country)
    Disney World
    Video Game
    The Final Fantasy Series
    Mario Brothers

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