What does "Family Life" mean to you?|
Family life means lots of sharing time together and making lasting memories. Family life is very special and we value every minute of it.
Describe your childhood:
Adoptive Mom? Jessica’s childhood was a memorable one. Her family was as close as it was small. She remembers fun family gatherings. Her parents always worked very hard to provide her and her sister with more than they needed. Jessica’s parents were very supportive in her athletic meets.
Adoptive Dad? Scott remembers his childhood being hardworking and rewarding. His parents taught him that in life nothing comes easy, but when you work hard it’s always great to reap the benefits. Scott was always surrounded by his loving family.
Tell us about your home?
We live in a modern, spacious, beautiful 3850 sq. ft. home. We have a large backyard for playing which includes a swimming pool. Upstairs is an enormous playroom for the children. We are close with our neighbors and neighborhood children, and we gather at least once a month. There is always someone for the kids to play with in the neighborhood.
When you have a 3-day weekend, what do you like to do?
Our weekends always include the entire family. Small trips to Disney or Universal as they are only an hour by car. We love driving to Miami where Scott’s parents live, so the kids can spend some spoiling time with their grandparents. We spend lots of time outdoors as Florida brings great weather year round.
Do you have pets? If so tell us about them?
We are definitely an animal friendly family. We have a golden retriever, Gabby. She is very loving, gentle and loves to play. We also have guinea pig, Twinkie. She eats a lot! The boys are very gentle with both animals and share in their care. In addition to the furry animals we also have a large salt water aquarium.
What is your favorite food?
We both love sushi. Scott especially loves anything cooked at home! Jessica is a professional chef, so you can only imagine the awesome home cooked meals we get. We also share a love for Vietnamese and Indian food. We both love trying new and different types of food.
What do you hope to teach your children?
We hope to teach our children to be kind to others and not make quick judgments. It is also important to respect other people’s beliefs as well.
Do you play any musical instruments?
We do not play a musical instrument. We do love to sing and dance. Jessica sings her children to sleep every night. She also tries to remember not to sing in public. Scott says she tends to sing off tune, but loves listening to her anyway.
Describe your neighborhood?
We have a great neighborhood that includes a mixture of young and middle age neighbors. There are always other children to play with.
Share something about your spouse that only you know:
Adoptive Mom? Scott is Jessica’s superhero. In every aspect of Scott’s life, he goes above and beyond.
Adoptive Dad? Scott thinks that Jessica is the best mother and wife
in the world! Lots of people know this, but Scott is affected by it every day.
Describe the last romantic thing you did together?
We had what we like to call date night. We got dressed up and went out for a dinner and a movie. Scott also surprised Jessica for her birthday with a special weekend in Boston where they both met 15 years ago.
What will you tell your child about their birthmother?
We will tell our child that their birthmother loved them and still loves them very much.
It's Daddy's day - what activity do you want to share with your child?
Daddy’s day comes only once a year. We will wake up early to make a special breakfast together. Then we will go to the park and come home to make a special dinner for daddy together. After dinner, daddy showers everyone with lots of gifts as if it was their day as well.
Do you plan on sharing with your child what their birth parents were like?
Yes, we do. We will share whatever information we are given regarding our child’s birthparents.
What kind of education are you hoping to provide for your child - Private or Public?
We plan on providing a private education in the early years, as these are the most formative years. We live close by a public school that is known for its excellence in teaching and learning. As far as college, we will send our child to any school that will provide the best in what their interests may be.
How did you come to the decision of adoption?
We have struggled with infertility problems, and we feel this is God’s way of telling us that we were meant to adopt children. We have been blessed by the adoption of our sons Daniel and Jacob who were adopted from Guatemala and look forward to being blessed with the adoption of our daughter.
What faith will you raise your child?
We were both brought up in Jewish homes. We plan on teaching our children of the faith that we grew up with.
How will you help your child accomplish their dreams?
We will help our child accomplish her dreams by providing a loving, caring and open relationship. Dreams are very special and without them we have nothing.
What kind of a relationship do you hope to build with your birthmom through her pregnancy?
We want to help our birthmother through this difficult time and in the hopes that she will have peace of mind in knowing that her baby will be loved with all of our hearts and cared for extremely well.
How did you meet?
We met in a Jewish internet chat room. We were both a little skeptical as this was something neither one of us had done before.
What was your relationship with your parents like?
We are both very close with our parents. Jessica talks to her parents that live close by at least twice a day. Scott speaks to his parents at least once or twice a week. Scott’s parents make visits at least once a month.
What attracted you to each other?
We share similar interests. Scott immediately thought that Jessica was cute and really fun to be around. He knew right away he wanted to spend every waking hour with her. She felt and still feels that Scott was very different and special from anyone she had ever met. She knew right away that she wanted to spend her whole life with Scott.
Please describe your personalities:
Adoptive Mom? Jessica is fun to be around, loving, caring, very personable and outgoing.
Adoptive Dad? Scott is a strong, caring and honest person.
What are your hobbies (please share those you enjoy as individuals and those you enjoy as a couple):
Adoptive Mom? Jessica enjoys reading, gardening and cooking.
Adoptive Dad? Scott enjoys going to cars shows to show off his classic car. Scott also enjoys reading and fishing.
Together we enjoy traveling, camping, fishing and anything that involves just being together.
When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms what are your thoughts regarding the birthmother?
When I close my eyes I feel a lot of respect for the strength and courage our birthmother had in making her decision and forever grateful for the beautiful gift she has given us, and that is to be the mommy and daddy of a baby girl.
How will a child enrich your life?
A new child will not only enrich our lives but our children’s and families lives. A new child in the house will add to the everlasting love and warmth in the home.
Why did you each choose the career path you decided on?
Adoptive Mom? My past career as a Chef was chosen because I love to cook and learned the love from my grandparents and my parents. I now enjoy being a stay-at-home mom.
Adoptive Dad? Scott wanted to help people take on their biggest fear (THE DENTIST). Scott loves working with people and attending to all their dental needs and fears.
What makes a birthmom special?
Knowing to make the right decision for the sake of the baby’s life makes a birthmom special.