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Joe & Sarah
We have a home full of laughter, love, animals, music and delicious food. We feel so lucky to have such a loving home and we would like to share that experience with a child. We can't thank you enough for considering giving us the gift of adopting your child.
What Makes Us Unique
We have been together for 16 years. We know each other, we know how to commit to being a family and we find joy in that. We have waited to add to our family to spend time with educational opportunities, career advancement and growth. We are now in a place of financial stability. We bought a house with children in mind. We have spent time building a very strong foundation financially and relationally to welcome someone else into our family.
We also value creativity, time to play and to build. For example, this weekend we spent time building a shade for one of our grow boxes in our vegetable garden. The two cats and the dog demand to be with us and love to hang out in the garden. Later, we took the dog for a walk together, she barked at some deer that went by our front yard and she rolled in the grass by the pool. Then we went home and we listened to records while cooking and goofing around with each other. We can imagine including this child in exploring the vegetable garden, playing with the animals, and dancing in the living room to songs they like.
Our Professional Lives
Sarah knew she wanted to be a psychologist since the age of 12. She liked the idea of being able to figure people out and help them. Sarah's first two years in college were spent in England the rest of the time she was in California. It was a long road to get a doctorate in psychology but it's been well worth it. Joe was there for most of the journey. We've moved for Sarah's internship and jobs. Sarah has worked in college counseling centers in three states at three universities. Sarah also co-founded a private practice called Thrive San Luis Obispo. In her private practice she focuses on the LGBT community as a whole and more specifically on supporting transgender people. She has recently started a new job at the VA supporting Veterans. She loves what she does.
Joe excelled in the arts. He decided to study sculpture at the Laguna College of Art and Design. However changed direction to pursue graphic design, website development, and programing. Joe went on to work for several advertising agencies, start his own web development business. These experiences eventually led him to his current role with a non-profit public health research group in which he is the director of technology. Joe's main skill is that of a creative problem-solver.
It is important to both of us that we work in areas that can positively impact the wellbeing of others.
Education We Will Provide
Education is really important to us however we see the term education broadly. Sarah grew up struggling with a learning disability, Dyslexia. Joe grew up with undiagnosed ADD. We both understand that individuals needs regarding learning are diverse. Sarah and Joe chose very different paths. Sarah was determined to get her doctorate in psychology. School was often a struggle but she also found ways to gain the support she needed to succeed. Joe struggled with being able to direct his attention and struggled taking classes that were required but not of interest. He flourished once he was able to learn by doing out in the workforce.
College will certainly be part of the conversation for this child's future. We will prepare for that possibility financially. However, they will have support to pursue other educational avenues depending on their learning needs, temperament and desires. Education is important to us. We both love to teach others about our own passions and interests. Learning should happen both inside and outside of the classroom. One thing we are both clear on is we would like the child to learn how to play a musical instrument.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our community! We live in a gated neighborhood that overlooks a golf course. We see deer roaming around the neighborhood; we love spring time when the baby deer are born. There is a large buck that likes to sit on a hill behind our house. Our dog is pretty upset that the buck is close to the house but the buck does not care about our dog barking at him. It's pretty funny.
Our neighborhood is a mix of families with children and retirees. There is a neighborhood pool that is often filled with neighborhood kids. We live near the end of a street that dead ends, so there is rarely traffic by our house and people who do drive by know us and are careful. Our cat Lilly likes to visit all of our neighbors on the block and they tell us stories about the funny things she does when she is in their backyards.
Our house is really a dream home for us. We bought this house with growing a family in mind. Our home is 4 bedrooms with an extra space for Joe's office/music room. The center of the house is the open concept kitchen and living room. We live on a hillside overlooking trees and greenery. We have double sliding doors that open up to a balcony that overlooks the golf course. It feels like we are up in a treehouse when we open all the windows upstairs.
Our Extended Families
We value our connections both with blood family and our friends who have become family. We have a close knit community nearby. For example, this past Thanksgiving we had nearly 20 people over which consisted of local friends and their children, some of their parents and Joe's cousin. Your child would be a part of a very loving and accepting community with many playmates available. Everyone close with us is so excited for us to adopt. We have people lining up to be a part of this child's life. We think this child will be one lucky kid because we have a pretty amazing community of warm, giving, educated, thoughtful people in our lives.
We have another family that we annually make sugar cookies and decorate them with their kids for Santa. When we go over to their house the kids know we are coming they are so excited to see us. We have been so lucky to have found so many amazing people to include us as part of their extended families.
Our parents and Joe's brother and sister-in-law live about 4-5 hours south of where we live. We have weekly phone calls with all of them. Sarah's little brother lives out of state but he visits every year for Christmas and we are all very close.
From Us to You
We were having our annual Halloween party in 2017. Sarah dressed as the wicked witch from Wizard of Oz, Joe as a garden gnome, and Lucy (our dog) dressed as Wonder Woman. Our friends brought their 1.5-year-old daughter with them to the party. This was the first time we saw Lucy interact with a small child. Lucy and this little girl were instantly in love. Lucy wanted to lick her face and the little girl would play with Lucy's wagging tail. Watching the two of them was the moment Sarah realized, what she had known for so long, she needed to be a mom. Looking around at the fun decorations and all the people we love, Sarah knew that this home was one that any child would enjoy. It took some time but now we are here. We are here because we have so much to give.
Our home is a happy home. Even when we fight we are loving and respectful. We have been together for 16 years. Our house and relationship are filled with love and silliness. Friend's sometimes tease us that we are annoyingly cute and in love. It's all real and true. We have a profound respect for each other. We are very playful. We joke around and are silly a lot of the time. We make up songs and dance in the living room randomly. We are both invested in the other's happiness and will make sacrifices for the other.
Our home is also alive with Lucy our dog and two cats Smokey and Lilly. We've had Smokey for nearly 15 years, he is our grumpy old man. Lucy is our "Southern Belle" we got while living in TN. Lilly is our wild child who is our most recent addition, she brings us so much laughter and joy.
Our home is also filled with music. Joe's office has guitars, a cello, a really cool pump organ, drum kit, bass guitar, and a piano. We have lots of records and we are often playing music. Our home is a place of creativity. Joe built his desk that he works on and often designs and builds things around the house. Sarah likes to make up her own crochet patterns, draw mandalas and paint. Our home is a place where getting things messy is OK. Where doing something because it's fun or feels good is encouraged. It's a place where people gather and feel cared for.
Both of us are nurturing people. Joe loves to tend plants and often cooks for others as a way to show his care and desire to love. Joe is so thoughtful with the animals and feels for/with them deeply. Sarah has often been called "everyone's mom."
We want this child and you to be part of our family. While you may not be in the role of day to day care you are still the child's mother and we want to honor that. Ideally, we want the child to be loved by as many people as possible, we want the child to feel connected to all parts of their family. We want to of course send letters and updates about how the child is doing. We would like for you and the child to have some sort of connection and we hope that can evolve and grow organically over time. We think families can look lots of different ways, much of our family is not related by blood. We hope to find ways that fit for all of us to include you in our family because you will be family.
Lastly, we want to say thank you. Thank you for wanting the best for your child, thank-you for considering us, and thank you for considering such an amazing and likely excruciating sacrifice. We can't express how truly grateful we are to you.
Joe & Sarah