Hello, we are Phil & Filip (yes, we do have the same name)! We met ten years ago, and have been married for four years. We have built a strong relationship based on love, trust, humor, and kindness, and we can’t wait to welcome a child into our home. We admire you for making this difficult decision. What we can promise you is that your child will be welcomed open-heartedly into our loving home.
We are a multicultural family. Our child will grow up with Portuguese, Spanish, English and Serbian spoken in our home, learning about each of those cultures. We’ll share home-cooked meals in between regular playtime outdoors in our diverse and family-oriented neighborhood of Redwood City, a Silicon Valley town 30 miles south of San Francisco. We have been blessed with stable jobs in science and engineering, and Phil is excited to take a year off from work to be a stay-at-home dad. We are committed to creating a nurturing environment and providing opportunities so that our child can grow, and explore his or her interests fully.
We met on the first day of graduate school—but it was another five years before we ran into each other again—literally—since we collided while jogging around the university campus! After reconnecting, we started running together and realized that we had much more in common than just our names. We both studied science and were excited to use our skills to help find cures to disease. We love adventure— whether exploring new cultures abroad, or through new recipes in the kitchen. At home, our favorite thing to do is spend afternoons on our porch and socialize with our family and friends over home-cooked meals and tasty desserts.
On our second official date, we talked about our dreams for the future and that having a family some day was important to us. Now, ten years later, we are prepared and excited to become first-time daddies together. We frequently babysit Phil’s young nieces in our home where we have had the pleasure to teach them how to play tennis, draw animals in pencil and bake cupcakes for their parents.
We both love the outdoors—running, biking, swimming, especially hiking in the Sierras. We are so excited to share with our child watching the first rays come over snowcapped peaks, hearing the forest birds chirp, smelling the blooming meadows in Spring, and bringing us all closer to nature. We can imagine playing a game of Frisbee with our child on the beach, splashing around in the ocean or exploring starfish in tide pools. We are thrilled to introduce our child to the wonders of nature and explore its boundless beauty as he or she grows up.