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MOM CRUSH WEDNESDAY

FLM: Tell me about the first moment you realized ‘This is huge, we’re doing big things!’ and everything that was a mere thought started to materialize.

TW: I realized the idea that Amos had could really be successful and can go as far as he wanted it to be when he went on his first business trip to Africa and I had the opportunity to go with him. This was certainly pre-kids so we traveled together, I’m sure Kai was conceived on that trip (laughing). When we had to go meet with some partners in West Africa, I was like, “Wow this is really interesting!” So, not only was Amos there so he could take care of business, it also gave us an opportunity to travel like we hadn’t had prior. Amos launched his business in 2008, he was very successful and there were a lot of financial resources coming in. At one point we had so many resources and so much revenue coming in, there was no reason to truly budget and Amos liked a lot of nice things. There came a point in the business where he was working with a lot of international partners in West Africa. He came to the realization that it wasn’t going as well as he wanted, so he had to pivot his business. About 2 years ago, he decided that he had to shut down his primary business. It wasn’t growing as fast as it should've been because of foreign politics. Amos is a serial entrepreneur, so in between that time that he shut down Cybersync, he launched and sold another business and then launched and sold another. Even at this point, he’s working on a new business that deals with data synchronization but in a new way. So now we’re doing this again, but look at everything much different now.

It’s very interesting working with entrepreneurs, you have your really high highs and your really low lows and I think you just have to prepare for both

FLM: How do you do that?

TW: Number one, I think, if Amos and I were not so deep in our faith, if we were not believers, I would have told him a long time ago “You know what, you need to just get a traditional job. You need to get a 9 to 5, because that’s going to make it much easier on our family.” It’s different for different people, but I think for us it’s all about faith and the belief that we’ve had in God. There can be so much additional stress (as an entrepreneur) we always fall back on our faith. There has never been a day that God has never provided for us.

FLM: So…do you guys want to have more kids?

TW: Uh, no…we’re good (laughing). No, I certainly don’t think we’re having any more biological kids. We discussed adoption very early in our relationship, so if we happen to grow our family, it will certainly be through adoption.

FLM: What made you both even discuss adoption in the first place?

TW: It was something that I brought up to Amos. I’ve always wanted to adopt…there are a lot of black children in the foster care systems and they need homes. They’re not necessarily the first group of kids potential parents want to raise. I’m passionate about adopting a black child, someone who is a little bit older and I think that’s something Amos and I will have to circle back to. He’s thinking about adopting a baby and I’m thinking adoption of someone who’s lingering in the system a little longer and may not be seen as the ‘best candidate for adoption’. That’s ideally what I’m seeking. But two is a good number for now.

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