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Jeremiah & Debbie
Adoption is a miracle! There are few things more wonderful than when God brings families together. Our greatest hope is to portray God's unconditional love for us through our relationship with a child that we have already been praying for. Until that day, we continue to dream of the love, joy, and family God has prepared.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption has affected us both greatly — without the wonderful gift of adoption we would not have the family that we now enjoy! We adopted our son Elijah in 2014 and he has been such a blessing to us these past four years. Elijah is such a people person, people come to love him so quickly and just love to be around him. Everyone at church loves him and dotes all over him. He loves to tell them stories about his ducks (he loves ducks!), and his cars (his Gampaw is always giving him a new Hot Wheels car). He also loves to run, jump, and play; especially when it is nice outside and he can play in the dirt.
Already we have been preparing Elijah for being a big brother. We ask him regularly if he wants a baby brother or a baby sister. His answer varies back and forth because the truth is he doesn't care, he just can't wait to love and take care of a new baby! We know he will love teaching his little brother or sister how to play all kinds of games and read them all of his favorite books. Sometimes we think he is looking forward to the new little baby even more than we are.
Adoption has always been a big part of our lives as well because of our religious beliefs. The Bible tells us that all believers have been adopted into the family of God. So in that regard, both of us have been adopted as well, and we can call God our Father.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Debbie About Jeremiah: Jeremiah is my best friend who is always joking and kidding about anything he can. He can be serious when he needs to, but tries to do everything with some humor. Jeremiah is a loving person to all the people he encounters. He always does his best to help those around him with anything they need. Jeremiah loves children and he is very good with them. Elijah adores Jeremiah and Jeremiah is an awesome Daddy. The children and youth at church love to be around him and enjoy seeing him in the community. Jeremiah's greatest strength is that he has a heart for God and does everything he can to lead our family in ways that are pleasing to God. I am very blessed to have a husband who loves the Lord and his family.
Jeremiah About Debbie: Debbie is strong willed, and certainly has an opinion about everything. The beautiful thing is normally we have the same opinion about things. Debbie, similarly to myself, has a strong sense of justice and desires to see everyone treated fairly. Debbie is a hard worker and is always willing to sacrifice herself for others. Since Debbie stays home with Elijah they have a special bond. Debbie is extremely intelligent and has even earned a Master's degree in education. Debbie is a very strong Christian with an excellent sense of service. When Debbie commits herself to something you can count on the fact that it will get done.
While in high school and in college, we were blessed to interact with people from different cultures, races, and countries. The most important thing that we learned from this was that regardless of the differences, we are all really the same because everyone is a person who desires to love and be loved.
We believe culture is determined by the people, relationships, life experiences, and events that take place in a person's life. As a result we have learned that even our religious beliefs affect our culture. Since adopting our bi-racial son we have learned much about African-American culture. Also our church has people of multiple diverse cultures including Hispanic, African American, Filipino, and even two boys who have been adopted from Ethiopia. The beauty of all of this diversity is that it has taught us that we are all one race in Christ Jesus and we are all brothers and sisters regardless of what may be the color of our skin or our native language.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in absolutely the best place in the world! Well at least think so. East Central Indiana is blessed with warm summers, snowy winters, and some of the nicest people you will ever meet. We recently bought a house and love it as well. It has three bedrooms two full baths and a full basement where we have set up a great play area when the weather does not allow us to go out in the back yard and play on the swing set.
Our city is of average size but it has three parks, multiple ball fields of all kinds, a public swimming pool, and every year Thomas the train comes to make an appearance at the old train station downtown. We also have a great fair every year. We love going to the public library for their many kids activities. Our church is really active and we have many young families with kids of their own. A few of these kids have been adopted themselves.
When we want to go to a big city we are within driving distance of Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and Dayton which gives us great opportunity to experience all the adventures of big city life and the opportunities they provide. Just recently we took Elijah to the Indianapolis zoo and he thought it was the greatest thing ever.
Our Extended Families
Our families are a great strength to us! Even though we are several hours away from our families we remain very close and we make it a point to get together at least a couple days every month. Jeremiah's brother got married this year in Florida so all of the family went together and stayed in a condo and enjoyed a week on the beach before taking part in the ceremony on the beach. We spent as much time as possible playing in the sand and the ocean as possible and in the evening we often stayed up late just playing games and talking. Elijah absolutely adores his Grammy, Gampaw, Uncle Jonathan, Aunt Caitlin and his Auntie.
Debbie's Mom recently moved in with Debbie's grandfather and together they live right next door to Debbie's brother and sister in law. When visiting Debbie's family we usually order pizza and then enjoy sitting around the table to share about our lives or just watch Elijah play with the dog. One thing is for certain we do not take the gift of family for granted.
All of our family as well as all of our other aunts, uncles, and cousins are so excited about adding another baby to our family and can't wait for them to get here.
From Us to You
First off we have no idea how to start this letter. We hope you have spent the last few minutes getting to know a little about us, who we are, and what we do. By now you probably have learned that we are Jeremiah, Debbie, and Elijah. We have been married for nearly 11 years and have had Elijah for four of those. God and family are very important to us, and they will continue to be important to us as our family grows. But in truth this adoption has only very little to do with us, much to do with you, and everything to do with your child.
We cannot imagine the difficulty you must be facing as you are carrying a beautiful baby in your womb, loving them, and facing the challenge of trusting someone else to care for them. Your love is amazing! There are not words to thank you enough for choosing to let your child live, grow, and learn. Thankful is insignificant in describing how we feel knowing that you are considering the possibility of trusting us with something so precious as the life of this child that you love.
We have always wanted children and adopting Elijah has only served to confirm that desire. Today our heart's desire is to add to our family. We have also always known that due to some medical reasons we would never be able to conceive children on our own; for this reason and many others, adoption has always held a special place in our hearts.
As excited as we are, we want to acknowledge you and your feelings. We believe it takes great bravery, selflessness, and unbelievable love to consider adoption for your child. For this reason we would like to make you a promise. We promise to unconditionally love your child for the rest of our lives. There will be nothing that could ever change the love we will have for them. We also promise to be honest with them about their adoption story. Adoption is a special story, it is a story that God has woven together in Heaven, and you are part of that story. We want your child to be proud of their adoption story and of you for giving it to them. Adoption is a beautiful portrait of God's love for His children and we look forward to teaching this child about their adoption and how it mirrors God's adoption of us into His Kingdom.
It is our hope that over the course of your child's life you will continue to be a part of their story. We hope to keep in touch with you over the years via letters, pictures, and email so that your child can know of the love you have for them, and also so you can know of the love that we and your child have for you. In a way, we are not only hoping that your child will become a part of our family but that you will as well.
We regularly ask Elijah if he is excited about being a big brother and every time he asks, "Where is my baby?" He cannot wait to love on "his baby." We too look forward to the day when your child will have the joy of running and playing in the yard with Elijah. Playing hide and seek around the house or snuggling up while he reads them a book. We look forward to playing sports, and games, laughing and playing every day because you chose life and because you chose us to care for that life.
We hope that you have been able to feel our prayers for you and your baby over the course of your pregnancy because we have not ceased to lift them up to the Lord since we began this process. To be honest, we have prayed for the child God has for us since before they were even conceived. Really we have prayed for this child for years already and we have prayed for you as well. Please know that you and your child are loved, and know that we love you and God loves you even more.
Jeremiah & Debbie
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