S: Scott & Emily
FC: Emily & Scott
1: It began when... we met at work in 1996. We became best friends and four years later we finally realized that we should be more than friends. In 2002, we got married on the beach, dancing to a steel drum band and watching the sunset over the ocean with our friends and family.
2: Performing a song for our families that we wrote together. | Laughing about how badly we were beaten at Trivial Pursuit 1960's Edition by Scott's older cousins. | We are... an easy-going, down to earth couple who truly enjoy each other's company. Maybe it's because we were friends for so long and were able to build a solid foundation from the start. Scott is a... smart, confident, go-getter. He puts 110% into everything he does. He likes scuba diving, motorcycling, camping, hiking and fishing. He dislikes liver and dark chocolate. Emily is a... funny, honest, genuine person. She thrives on creativity. She likes baking, scuba diving, traveling, camping and hiking. She dislikes cilantro and marshmallows.
3: Relaxing at the Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda. | Touring the Winchester House in San Jose, CA. Hard hats required.
4: Then came... our biological son Ilan in 2003. He is a happy, smart, imaginative, & out-going 7-year old going into second grade. He likes basketball, baseball, soccer, karate, swimming, magic tricks, and being a Cub Scout. He dislikes most vegetables and going to bed. | Snorkeling in Key Largo, FL.
5: He recently got promoted to a yellow belt in karate. | Ilan petting an alligator in the Everglades.
6: All of them... were rescue animals. Our dog Lyric is 12-years old, we've had her since she was only 9 weeks. Stinky is the oldest member of the group at 19, Harley is 17 and Chester is the baby at 16. | Ilan and Lyric hiking the Appalachian Trail together.
7: Stinky | Harley | Chester
8: We both have... the luxury of working from home. Scott owns a website company and Emily is a freelance graphic designer and full-time parent. We live in a 4-bedroom, 2 bath ranch located in a lake community and adjacent to a beautiful 4,000-acre state park. | Our lake has 2 slides, 3 diving boards and a clubhouse. | Our home office.
9: Emily likes to cook but loves baking even more. | Scott and Ilan making gigantic bubbles in the backyard.
10: Family and friends... give us a strong support network and make us feel like we're a part of something larger than ourselves. We host a family dinner once a month in our home and seize every opportunity to have friends over for food and fun. | Quality time with our twin nieces.
11: Ilan and his cousin Josh trying to teach Emily's brother how to play Nintendo DS. | Scott on a fishing trip with his brother and dad.
12: We believe... you need to try everything once; take what you like and leave the rest. Years ago we wrote "bucket lists," everything and anything we ever wanted to experience. We've managed to cross a few things off those lists. | Our bucket lists. | Motorcycle ride to Canyonlands, Utah during a 3-month cross-country trip.
13: Emily scuba diving in Key Largo, FL. | Downhill bicycle tour down Haleakala Volcano in Maui, Hawaii | Ignoring the signs that said "Do not pet horses, they bite" in Chincoteague, MD.
14: We turned a trip to Seattle, WA for a cousin's wedding into a vacation. | Stopping to test the water in Bandelier National Park, New Mexico. | Hot air balloon ride.
15: But we also... like to relax and slow down when life gets hectic.
16: Adoption is... something we discussed and felt strongly about long before we even got married. In fact, our plan was to have 2 biological children and then adopt a third child to complete our family. Ilan came easy, but after years of disappointments and heartbreak trying for our second, we concluded that there was probably a different plan being laid out for us and that we should stop and fulfill our desire to adopt now. Thank you for reading our book. We're not going to pretend to understand what you're going through, but you can count on us being here to support you through it. | We feel something is missing and our family is not yet complete.
17: ...and Ilan can't wait for a little brother or sister too.