Josh and Alexis
Hi there. We are Josh, Alexis and Ruby. We (Josh and Alexis) met in Portland, Oregon in 2004 while working on that year’s presidential campaign. A road trip from Portland to San Diego solidified our relationship, and from then on we’ve never looked back. We live in Seattle, in a wonderful community full of friendly people, spacious parks, and great schools. We spend our time getting together with friends (cooking farmer’s-market-inspired meals, often incorporating eggs laid by our two backyard chickens); traveling near (we love the North Cascades) and far (we count trips to Morocco and South Africa as our favorites). We have a wonderful daughter named Ruby, who we adopted through Open Adoption & Family services in 2016. Ruby is an active child in an active family: she’d been to seven states, including a trip to meet her extended birth family, before she turned one! Although we do keep busy, we also love spending quiet family nights at home.
Josh is a forensic social worker in public defense. He advocates for his clients as they navigate the criminal justice system. Josh’s passion for social justice is nearly matched by his affection for art and music. An amateur illustrator, he’s done work on fliers, an online book, a self-published comic, and art for our home. He has an extensive collection of music, and does his best not to drive Alexis crazy by playing too much Bob Dylan. He instilled a love of music in Ruby from a very young age – she had her own playlist at a few weeks of age and seems to have an affection for Elvis Costello. He loves movies, reading, writing, and long, philosophical conversations with friends. Alexis is a scientist at a local research institute where she pursues the study of infectious diseases. Her work allows her to contribute to the world in a unique way and embrace her love of learning, discovery, and intellectual challenge. Alexis also loves exercise, gardening, debating politics and cooking. She was raised on Peanuts cartoons and more than one person has noted a resemblance to Lucy Van Pelt. More important than anything else for Alexis is her love of family, friends, and community. Ruby loves playing with her friends at daycare and the Little Gym, reading with Mommy and Daddy, big Legos, music, and being involved with everything going on around her.
Alexis is energetic and logical; Josh is lower key, more of the creative type. We work well together because we allow our differences to balance each other out and help us grow. Ruby has done so much to enrich a life we loved before she came along. Watching her grow, becoming more capable and curious has brought us even closer. We consider ourselves very fortunate and our family the best part of our lives. We look forward to sharing our life with another child. We’ve known since before parenting Ruby that we wanted to have two children, as we believe children’s lives can be richer when they grow up together. We will always work to create a supportive home that will nourish their strengths and encourage them to be the best they can be. We value inclusion, equality, and the inherent dignity of every person. Those values are, and will continue to be, reflected in our parenting, and in our relationship with you, should you choose us to be the adoptive parents of the person you bring into the world. Thanks for considering us.