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Scott & Jessie
Our first priority as adoptive parents is for your child to know the love that comes from their birth family as well as their adoptive family. Every family is unique and that includes ours! Second, we will work tirelessly to ensure that your child has a strong foundation for a successful life filled with his/her wildest dreams.
Adoption in Our Lives
Our daughter Reese, who is adopted, has literally been the best thing to happen to us! From Reese, to her birth parents, to adding an additional culture to our family, it has just been amazing! We were of course a bit nervous, as you probably feel right now as well, when we first began the adoption process with Reese. However, we decided to trust the process and the idea that what was meant to be would happen. We found out about our match on Good Friday, and if that wasn’t a sign, I don’t know what is! From our first phone call with the birth parents, to driving across the country to meet them, to our interactions in the hospital and post birth, adoption has literally been the best addition to our life. While we feel confident in the love and support that we can provide our children, we understand that we will never really be able to understand what it is like to be in their shoes as adopted children or being biracial. Therefore, we feel it is super important to create that sense of understanding and bond among Reese and a sibling. Having a child has brought more joy to our lives than we honesty could have imagined and we can't wait to add a second baby to our family!
Addressing Cultural Diversity
Adoption and cultural diversity is already a very special part our family - our daughter, Reese, who is adopted, is half African American and half Caucasian. From the very start, we have celebrated both of Reese's ethnicities. Jessie was lucky enough to grow up in a family where two of her cousins were adopted from Korea and to witness what it looks like to embrace multiple cultures. We have made the conscious decision to make sure that Reese is proud of being biracial and surrounded by people from both cultures. Some of the ways we have done this include: selecting an urban area to live in, making sure her books and toys represent diversity, taking her to events to celebrate the African American culture such as the UniverSoul Circus, selecting a diverse daycare, being mindful of vacation spots that represent both cultures, and Jessie deserves all the credit for this one ... but learning all about how to do her absolutely beautiful hair! We feel that it is important for our second child and Reese to share that unique bond of adoption as well as the African American & Caucasian cultures.
In addition to transracial adoption in our family and Jessie's extended family, we also have family members on both sides that represent Vietnamese, African American, and European cultures. Our families are no stranger to diversity and truly embrace it! Our goal as parents is to have our children feel extremely proud of who they are and to truly embrace the culture of their birth parents as well as us.
Fun Facts About Us:
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a single family home in an urban area in Arizona. Our neighborhood is new with about 100 homes total and a community pool, gym and cooking area. We have already met a ton of people in the neighborhood and feel that it is a great area for ourselves, our daughter Reese, and hopefully for a new baby! There is so much to do in our neighborhood from biking, to local restaurants, to parks, to hopping on the trolley to check out a baseball game or other local spots. Our neighborhood is diverse in terms of age, race, family make-ups, etc. On the weekends, we often see young families of diverse backgrounds enjoying the outdoors and all there is to do in our area. This is important to us as our family is diverse and also always looking for new, fun things to do together! Overall it is an awesome neighborhood in the city with tons to do as a couple and as a family!
Our Extended Families
Although our families do not live in our city, we make it a priority to visit each other often and share in milestones along the way. We both have two brothers who are big parts of our lives. We have one niece and six nephews, with the oldest in second grade. Our brothers and their families are extremely excited to add another cousin to the crew! In addition, we are close to our parents who provided us with strong examples of what it looks like to love your children with all your heart and push them to be the absolute best they can be.
Neither of us are from our current city; however we both love to be around people and enjoy meeting new people. We are the type of people that rarely have open weekends as we love to fill our time with travel, outdoor activities, sporting events, hosting visitors, festivals, etc. We have lots of friends with children now and that has added another fun layer to our friendship circle!
Our family traditions focus around being together for the big milestones as well as the holidays. Our family traditions include our siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We rotate Thanksgiving and Christmas each year between Jessie's family and Scott's family, and we have both families at our house for Easter. We really love our beach trips with our extended families as well. The entire family is anxiously awaiting our newest member!
From Us to You
The concept of writing a letter to the parents who are considering us for their child is absolutely daunting. You are currently filled with so many decisions to make sure that your child has the absolute best life he/she can have. From the pregnancy to the birth to the adoptive parents, there is not an easy decision in this process. Please know while we cannot fully imagine the path from your shoes, we take on the responsibility of making sure your child has the best life he/she can have and will do everything in our power to understand your journey.
A large part of making sure your child has the best possible life is to make sure that he/she understands where they came from and the love that comes from their birth family. We know it is our duty to know you, your joys, your struggles, your reasoning behind your decision, and your love for your child so we can share that for years to come. There is so much joy with adoption and there are also challenges. It is our commitment to you to understand all aspects of this adoption from your perspective, so we can carry on your child's story and support them as they grow into a successful adult. We feel communication between the birth family and the adoptive family is one of the most personal and crucial aspects of the adoption process. We promise to send letters and pictures to keep you updated throughout their childhood.
We have been together for 11 years. We met when Jessie was on a date with Scott's boss in the company seats for an NFL game. She sat right between Scott and the boss and ended up talking to Scott all night. She can still remember thinking, "I wish I didn't have a date" as soon as she met Scott. After the game, we all headed out together, where we continued to hit it off. When nobody was looking, Jessie slipped Scott her number and he called her that evening. She can still remember going into school the next day and telling her team she thinks she had met a guy she was definitely going to fall in love with. We met the week before Christmas, and Scott worked second shift at the time. He changed his schedule so he could get off in time to take her to dinner before they both went home for the holiday. Scott is still haunted by the voicemail he and his brothers left her one night over break singing "Jessie's Girl!" Needless to say we continued dating for two years where we explored the city and built a network of friends together. We got engaged under our Christmas tree two years after we met and got married six months later. We have been married for 8.5 years and make it a point to keep our priorities centered around our family.
We certainly understand that life comes with unexpected twists and turns. For us, the journey to expanding our family has been no exception. We have been fortunate enough to have our first child through adoption and we are eager to expand our family further with a second child through adoption. For us, having a child has been an absolutely amazing joy and we are ecstatic about the idea of having another child. Your child will not only be gaining adoptive parents but also a sibling who they can share the common bond of adoption with. We are 100% in and ready to join you in your adoption journey. It's crazy to say but even though we have never met, we already feel protective of you and your child.
We humbly and whole-heartedly accept the torch of ensuring that your child has a full and happy life and you are remembered and honored.
Scott & Jessie
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