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Jeramy & Shay

We are excited to become parents and look forward to sharing experiences and helping a child fulfill their life's purpose. We are happy in our life together and want so much to create a family filled with unconditional love and support. Please know that you will be in our prayers during this challenging moment in your life. Thank you for taking the time to learn about us.

About Us

Jeramy
Shay
Job
Branch Auditor
Assistant to Chief Financial Officer
Education
Bachelor's Degree in Finance
Bachelor's Degree in Finance
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Cultural Diversity

Best Friends

We view culture as an extremely important component of a person's background. It would be our privilege to parent a child of a different race than ourselves, and we take that responsibility very seriously.

Jeramy cultivated many friendships in college with people from different walks of life and has many friends around the world. He remembers many rewarding experiences like sharing a meal with his dear friend Hanouz or attending the worship services of the African-American church on his college campus. Jeramy later became one of the founding members of the African-American Business Resource Group at his company - the group's goal is to support inclusion and diversity efforts at the company and in the community.

Shay's parents took great care to teach their family about other cultures and religions. Shay's dad never met a stranger, and purposefully made friends with people from every socioeconomic level and background. He never discussed it or made a big deal about why he felt it was important to create culturally diverse friend group, he just quietly and fearlessly set an example with how he chose to live his life. We can only understand and relate to others unlike ourselves when we push past our comfort zones. People everywhere are different, but our differences are something to be celebrated and appreciated. Shay's mom says, "Just think how boring life would be if everyone was exactly the same. Variety is the spice of life!"

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

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Shay About Jeramy: Shay loves Jeramy's cute sense of humor. He finds a way to make her laugh every day! Jeramy is such a good caretaker. He does little things (which turn out to be big things when you live with someone) around the house like taking out the garbage and emptying the dishwasher ... without being asked. He is a financial whiz and has put forth a sustained effort over the past 10 years to create financial security for our family. This means our children will be able to pursue whatever it is they want to do in life. Jeramy is so patient, kind and has impeccable manners (he attributes these qualities to Boy Scouts and his awesome parents). He is very intelligent, well-read and is adept at explaining the way things work. He is the best life partner anyone could ask for and he will be an excellent father.

Jeramy About Shay: Jeramy loves Shay's playful nature. He says she reminds him of Jane Austen's character, Elizabeth Bennet, with her penchant for long walks, reading good books and her pure enjoyment of anything ridiculous. He loves her wisdom, kindness and her ability to solve crossword puzzles. Shay possesses innate empathy and has a loving heart for all people (and pets) regardless of age, religion or background, and her kindness wins over every person she meets everywhere she goes. Jeramy can't imagine life without Shay and swears that they will grow old together and leave earth on the same day, Notebook-style.

What It Means to Become Parents

We both feel very fortunate that we had idyllic childhoods. We were both raised in small-town environments where the community worked as a whole to keep kids safe and help them learn and grow.

Life is a beautiful gift. It's meant to be enjoyed to the fullest! We learned how to handle adversity from watching our parents go through tough times, and savor moments when a goal is accomplished or a milestone is reached. Parenthood for us means a lifelong commitment of helping our children learn how to live well and be happy, just as our parents taught us. They gave us themselves, their time and helped us understand this life. Our goal as parents is to develop our children into the people they were meant to be. Our parents are our role models and it would be our greatest joy to pass along everything we have learned to our children. We believe the greatest gifts that can be given to a child is our time and love.

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October Baseball
October Baseball
Bing is Ready for Halloween!
Bing is Ready for Halloween!
Life is Better at the Beach
Life is Better at the Beach
Hiking Pickle Springs
Hiking Pickle Springs
Shay Enjoys Sewing
Shay Enjoys Sewing
Jeramy Enjoys Refinishing Furniture
Jeramy Enjoys Refinishing Furniture
Fourth of July Festival
Fourth of July Festival
Fiesta Night in Cancun
Fiesta Night in Cancun
Shay & Bingley at the Park
Shay & Bingley at the Park
Best.Day.Ever.
Best.Day.Ever.
Jeramy Cooking & Carving the Thanksgiving Turkey
Jeramy Cooking & Carving the Thanksgiving Turkey
Cozy on Christmas
Cozy on Christmas
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Bing is Ready for Halloween!
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Life is Better at the Beach
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Hiking Pickle Springs
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Shay Enjoys Sewing
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Jeramy Enjoys Refinishing Furniture
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Fourth of July Festival
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Fiesta Night in Cancun
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Shay & Bingley at the Park
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Jeramy Cooking & Carving the Thanksgiving Turkey
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Cozy on Christmas
Cozy on Christmas

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a small community with lots of fun things to do and we like to get outside and get involved. We chose our neighborhood because it is has many young families and it is located within walking distance to a beautiful park. The park hosts many events including concerts, sporting events like marathons, fishing tournaments, BBQ contests, and carnivals. Our back deck has the perfect vantage point for the annual July 4th fireworks display which is quite spectacular for our little town.

Our City's Main Park is Just Steps From Our Front Door

Our house is a charming ranch style with three bedrooms and three baths. We have a full, finished basement complete with a media room and an indoor play area for kids. Jeramy is a great cook and prepares many delicious meals (Shay is the sous chef). We have created a simple, peaceful environment, where we can relax and unwind.

The fenced backyard is our oasis, and we like working to make our yard beautiful, grilling or simply sitting on the deck enjoying the sunshine. On cooler fall nights we light the fire pit and roast s'mores. Our neighborhood is the hotspot on Halloween (renowned for having "full-sized" candy bars) and there are so many kids coming through that everyone makes a block party out of the occasion.

On weekends we can be found walking the dog in the park or going for a hike along the many walking trails around our area. Our dog loves to "go for rides" and we take him everywhere we can.

Our Extended Families

Christmas With Family

Jeramy's family is small and close-knit. His family is deeply rooted in the small town where Jeramy and Shay still reside today. His parents were very actively involved in his school activities and participated in Boy Scouts. Jeramy was an only child but made fast friends with a few other boys in his neighborhood ... they still remain as close as brothers to this day.

Shay's Family

Jeramy's dad spent many hours helping perfect his fast ball pitches - all the practice led to his being a varsity pitcher in high school. Jeramy has a lifelong love of the sport and collects unique baseball bats and other sports memorabilia. Both Jeramy and Shay enjoy watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball (although Shay admits to a soft spot for the Atlanta Braves, her home state team).

Shay was born and raised in a small town in Southern Georgia but since then, her family has spread out over the US: Parents in St. Paul, older brother in Nashville and older sister in Dallas. Shay really appreciates her family living in places that are a lot of fun to visit! They all keep in touch through technology. Shay's 7-year-old nephew has even figured out how to FaceTime on his own, so she is sometimes treated to random weeknight conversations.

Our families are supportive of our decision to adopt and are excited as we begin this next chapter in our lives together.

From Us to You

Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and get to know us. We have been married for ten years and are still madly in love and totally committed to each other. Whenever we're apart, we still count down the hours until we can be together again. We met in the summer of 2007, introduced by mutual friends, and it was love at first sight. Let's just say in 4 months we were engaged and 8 months later we were married. Our wedding anniversary is the date that we met. We are each other's best friend and true partner in life. We feel so blessed to have found each other!

We live in a small, safe community with lots of fun things to do. Our neighborhood is family friendly and we have a large support network of extended family and friends nearby. Our house is within walking distance to a large park with several playgrounds. It's a little slice of heaven and perfect for fishing, hiking, picnics and various sports activities like baseball, soccer and disc golf. We also have a little dog, Mr. Bingley, or Bing for short ... he loves going to the park every day for a long walk. We enjoy hiking and we're always looking for new places to explore with Bing. Our area has an excellent school system and we live less than a mile from the school complex. We are members of the local YMCA which provides a summer camp and after-school activities for kids as well as an Olympic-size pool. We like to get outside and enjoy the outdoors and explore museums, amusement parks and concerts in the nearby city.

After a few years of marriage, moving ahead in our careers and enjoying a busy life together, we decided that it was time to grow our family beyond the two of us. A few years went by with no results and we began to wonder if anything was wrong. After going through multiple rounds of testing, surgeries and procedures, we found out that we would not be able to conceive on our own.

Relying on God's promise found in Jeremiah 29:11, we trusted that God had a different plan in mind for us and that the path forward would be creating a family through adoption. As Christians, we believe that children are never really ours; they are just entrusted to us for a time by God.

If it was not for the amazing love and strength of women like you we would not be able to have a family and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you do. Our promise to you is that we will love and adore this child with all of our heart, mind, soul and being. We promise to be patient, kind, loving and attentive. We will continue to travel, enjoy the outdoors, and show this child all that life has to offer.

We also promise that this child will know where they came from, know who they are and how much you love and care for them. We plan to keep in touch with letters and pictures and we are open to as much contact as you feel comfortable with so you will be able to see this child develop and grow up to achieve the life you have envisioned for them. We know that this is a challenging moment in your life, and we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you face the decisions ahead.

Love,

Jeramy & Shay

Favorites

Jeramy
Shay
Actor
Chris Pratt
Lance Reddick (The Wire and Bosch)
Actress
Natalie Portman
Noomi Rapace (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Animal
Dog
Dogs
Author
Bill O'Reilly
LaVyrle Spencer
Book
Flyboys
Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer...one of my all time favorite, desert island, top ten books, ever.
Candy Bar
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Cartoon
Voltron Defender of the Universe
Adventures in Odyssey
Childhood Memory
Playing Little League Baseball with Mom and Dad in the stands rooting me on
Mom would read aloud to us kids before bedtime. We'd always beg for "one more chapter!" She made it so fun with voices and sound effects!
Childhood Toy
Original Nintendo Entertainment System
Barbies - my sister and I would make clothes for them and give them all haircuts (they all ended up bald!)
Children's Book
The Boxcar Children series
Anne of Green Gables
City
St. Louis
Nashville and Atlanta
Classic Movie
Meet Me in St. Louis
Sabrina with Audrey and Bogey
Color
Gray
Leopard print
Day of Week
Saturday
Any day above ground is a good one (sorry for the dad joke)
Dessert
Turtle Cheesecake
Strawberry shortcake
Disney Movie
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast, I can still sing every line by heart
Dream Car
Dodge Charger Hellcat
Jeep Wrangler
Dream Job
Blue Angels Pilot
Kindergarten teacher
Dream Vacation
Trip to Tokyo, Japan
Big house rental right on the beach with all my family
Family Activity
Eating at fun new restaurants together
The park near our house always has carnivals, concerts and fireworks - it's fun to walk down and enjoy the music, rides, and funnel cakes
Flower / Plant
Roses
Bird of Paradise
Food
Taco Bell
Quesadilla
Form of Exercise
Walking in the park
Walking at the parks near home and work - I try to walk a few miles every day, weather permitting
Fruit
Strawberries with powdered sugar
Pineapple
Game
Clue
Jenga GIANT
Hobby
Collecting baseball memorabilia
Reading, sewing and styling outfits
Holiday
Fourth of July
Christmas
Holiday Song
"Blue Christmas" by Elvis
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland
Holiday Tradition
Steak dinner with shrimp cocktail on New Year's Eve
Watching "It's a Wonderful Life" while decorating the tree
Ice Cream
Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Hot fudge sundaes with magic shell, nuts, whipped cream and a cherry on top
Junk Food
Cool Ranch Doritos and Fun Dip
Flamin' Hot Cheetos
Leisure Activity
Taking a roadtrip on the weekends
Spending time with family and friends (church, movies, game night, BBQ)
Magazine
Money
Good Housekeeping
Memory with a Child
Riding carnival rides with my best friend's daughter when he was too scared to go
Riding an elephant with my nieces
Memory with Spouse
Laying together under an umbrella on the beach
For our first date, he planned a fun night out in the city including dinner, dancing and ice cream for dessert - I knew he was The One!
Movie
The Karate Kid
Pride and Prejudice
Movie Munchie
Sprees
Popcorn, extra butter and melty M&Ms
Movie Quote
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller
"You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love... I love... I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on." -Mr. Darcy
Movie Type
Documentaries
Foreign films, or historical period drama films and series like Hidden Figures and The Crown
Musical
La Cage Aux Folles (The Birdcage)
Singin' in the Rain
Musical Group
Nirvana
Fifth Harmony
Nursery Rhyme
Itsy Bitsy Spider
This Little Piggy - Mom would wiggle each toe and tickle us at the end
Olympic Event
Team Swimming
Swimming, gymnastics, ice skating, snowboarding
Personal Hero
My Dad
My amazing sister who donated a kidney to our dad which saved his life
Play
Romeo and Juliet
Pygmalion (My Fair Lady with Julie Andrews is the film version)
Poet
Frank O'Hara
Maya Angelou
Quality about my Spouse
Authenticity - the person you meet is the person she is always, public or private.
He's so mannerly and kind, and always concerned about the people around him regardless of the package they come in: a true gentleman
Quote
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -MLK
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." - Maya Angelou
Restaurant
Thai Rama
Thai Rama
Sandwich
Chik-Fil-A Crispy Chicken
Grilled cheese
Scripture
Jesus said unto her "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." John 11:25
"Be cheerful no matter what, pray all the time, thank God no matter what happens" ...because... "in all things God works for the good of those who love him" (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and (Romans 8:28)
Shopping Store
Gap
ThredUp.com
Song
"The Day I Tried To Live" -Soundgarden
Run the World by Queen Bey
Sport to Play
Baseball
Bowling
Sport to Watch
Hockey
Baseball
Sports Star
Stan "The Man" Musial
Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Sports Team
St. Louis Cardinals
Atlanta Braves
Subject in School
Math
English
Superhero
Superman
My dad - I'm not saying he's Superman, but I've never seen them both in the same room together
Thing to Cook
Breakfast foods like sausage burritos and quiche
Mom's famous cocktail meatballs over white rice - crowd pleaser!
Time of Day
Evenings
Mornings, and staying up late on the weekends
Tradition
Weekend morning family breakfasts
Saturday morning family breakfast
TV Show
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Babylon Berlin
TV Show Character
George Costanza from "Seinfeld"
Monk
Type of Music
Rock
Pop, Rock, Dance, Gospel
Vacation Spot
Florida beaches
Anyplace as long as my family is there
Video Game
Super Mario Kart
Sims 4

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