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Jeremy & Sheila
Thank you for choosing to learn about us! We are Jeremy and Sheila and we are parents to our son, Finn, and have always wanted to grow our family through adoption. We have a loving home with goals to raise our children to have purposeful lives, attaining their dreams. We thank you for considering us.
Adoption in Our Lives
Our nephew was adopted at birth by Sheila’s brother and sister-in-law. He is the second grandchild to come along and has been a bright light in our family since the day he came home. Our children have a very close relationship. They look forward to every visit with each other, sometimes planning months ahead, and talking about their trips for weeks after. We have always discussed adoption for our family. Watching them raise their family, and adopt their son, has made us more certain in our choice for adoption.
Our family has given us recommendations to help us prepare for another child including books to read, websites to view and their own personal experiences. We have also had many discussions regarding what it means to be a transracial family. This includes making sure we are surrounded by a loving community that embraces diversity and our family as a whole. Their journey has been a great source of inspiration throughout this process.
We plan to embrace cultural diversity, teaching our children the importance of diversity, respecting one another and celebrating each other and our differences. We will do this by leading our lives in a manner that celebrates cultural diversity. We will expand our family into a larger multiracial community. This includes our home traditions and activities, as well as seeking out diverse opportunities offered in our hometown such as taking them to the museum and local ethnic festivals.
For us as parents, this also means reading books and articles about transracial adoption. We will also use our resources for any questions that may come up, to help guide us to stay on a path that is culturally aware. We want our children to be comfortable with themselves. We also feel keeping in touch, through email, with you is extremely important as the child may have questions as they grow up.
Education We will Provide
We both come from families that value education. Our families instilled in us a hard work ethic in school, encouraging us to go as fast as we could. We have both been fortunate enough to attain our career dreams. Our hope now is to provide a quality education that also incorporates virtues of faith. Education comes from many experiences in life and we plan to be active in our children’s community as well as helping them to become responsible citizens. Being involved in projects that help others is a good way to learn about the needs of others. As the children find their special interests, we hope to encourage them to pursue that decision and to help them learn all they can about themselves as well. Our goal is to help support them with their dreams through education and for our children to achieve the highest level of education possible in their chosen field.
Our Extended Families
We have a son named Finley, we call him Finn and if you ask him today, he calls himself Finney! Jeremy has a sister; her family does not live in town. Sheila has three siblings, two who live in town. Sheila's nieces and nephews call her 'Aunt She She'.
We have many family members that live close by including grandparents who are very integral parts in our daily lives. Sheila also has many aunts, uncles and cousins that live nearby. We see family frequently and always get together for birthdays, graduations, holidays, or BBQs.
We have many family traditions and one of our favorites is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Each year we plan out and build a float to be in the parade; we have been doing so since the beginning of the parade here in town. To celebrate the parade and our work, we end the day with a big family dinner where we sit back and reminisce about the past.
Our family is unique as we have a strong family support system and maintain very close relationships. We have a strong desire to make the world a better place. We do this through our jobs, volunteering in the community and maintain a goal to pass on the spirit of philanthropy to our children. Our family is extremely supportive with our adoption plan. They are excited for our new child and can't wait to be a part of their life!
Our House and Neighborhood
Our neighborhood consists of many children and has many events throughout the year to celebrate the holidays. Kids in our neighborhood are frequently playing outside, kicking the soccer ball or shooting baskets. The city has festivals around 4th of July, art fairs and a great farmers market on the weekends. We have a great parks and rec system, top rated schools and one of the lowest community crime rates.
Some time ago, we moved into a larger house in anticipation of growing our family. Our house has four bedrooms. We are currently in the process of finishing the basement to provide additional play and activity areas. Our rec room is our favorite room. It has many toys and is great for movies! We have a comfy couch and love to pop popcorn while cuddling up to watch movies together.
We enjoy spending most of our hot summer days at 'Granddaddy and Gram's' pool. Within walking distance, we have access to a beautiful park with tall trees shading the kids’ playground area. There are many slides, a sandbox with local toys donated by the community and a man-made creek the kids can go splash their sandy feet in!
From Us to You
You are about to make the biggest decision of your child's life. We know you have approached this decision with love and hope for the future. Please know we respect you immensely for the courage you have shown in making this decision.
To give you an insight into who we are, we have known each other for 10 years and been in a committed relationship for six years. We were married over two years ago in Sonoma, California among family and friends.
From the moment we set plans for our future, adoption has always been part of our plan. We have a solid marriage and strong family foundation. We are extremely committed to one another and our family. Most of our family lives near us and provides a great support group. We have a biological son, Finn, who is now four years old. We both come from families with siblings and know the importance of growing up with a sibling. Finn is so excited to be a big brother!
Being parents has taught us to not take ourselves too seriously. We have learned to not sweat the small things. We enjoy the little moments and savor our family time together. We have also learned the importance of patience, especially when you are watching Hoodwinked Too or Ice Age 4.(sometimes animated kids movies should not have multiple sequels!) We enjoy our movie nights, snuggling up together with popcorn! We are also active in our community. We like to be out at the park, the pool, exploring science museums and taking a couple of trips a year with our family.
We are blessed to have a home in a safe community with numerous parks, playgrounds and swimming pools that will provide countless hours of fun and enjoyment. We also have become part of an outstanding school system. We have a Christian based faith that is incorporated in our community. We participate in school and local activities as well as attend church.
In our wedding vows to one another, we made promises to always be at each other’s side, make the best of every situation, always dream together and embrace the unexpected together with open arms for our entire lives. The words in these vows are the beginning of the foundation of a promise we have set into motion together.
We have some vows we would like to say to you.
We promise to raise the child in a loving and stable household, rich in family traditions. We promise to study different cultures, to learn the beauty and value in people's differences. We promise to instill confidence and self-worth in this child. We promise to embrace and foster this child's creativity and unique traits. We promise to provide a quality education. We promise to help this child achieve their goals and dreams. We promise to love this child every second of our lives.
If we are selected, we will be forever grateful to receive this child and make it a life's mission to always do what is best for this new person.
Much love and peace to you,
Jeremy & Sheila
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