Jeremy and Sarah Ann

Married Since: 2008

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We promise to love and cherish your child and give them every opportunity needed to succeed in this world.

Jeremy and Sarah Ann

from Virginia

 

Jeremy

Ancestry: American/English

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Surgeon

Education: DPM

Hobbies: Fishing, Cooking, Boating

Sarah Ann

Ancestry: American/English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Marketing Director

Education: BA

Hobbies: Food, Travel, Working Out, Boating

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: African American, African American / Asian, African American / Caucasian, African American / Hispanic, Biracial (African American + any other), Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Hispanic / Pacific Islander, Pacific Islander

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

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From Us to You

We are Jeremy and Sarah Ann—high school sweethearts who are looking to grow our family. We live in Virginia where Jeremy is a foot and ankle surgeon and Sarah Ann works for a digital marketing agency. We have two children, Sadie and Bo, and two fur babies, Bella and Reed, our sweet Pugs.

Our hearts break knowing what could be one of the happiest days of our lives could also be one of your hardest. We cannot begin to imagine the struggle and decisions that lay ahead of you, but we want to help. You might plenty of people telling you what to do or how to do it and we imagine you may feel overwhelmed. We want to help be a solution and source of peace. We would be honored to join you through this journey.

We are so inspired by your consideration for choosing this life for your baby. Your grace and strength will most certainly be passed on to your child. Your baby will come to understand the incredible selflessness and strength of your decision. We will make sure they know who you are, show compassion for you, and respect that you chose to give them this life.

We are filled with excitement and joy about adopting because we know the impact that a child can have on someone’s life and family. Our two kids have been true blessings to both of us and our extended families in more ways than words can describe, and Sadie and Bo cannot wait to have another brother or sister. We are all so excited to have your baby become a part of our family.

We believe kids should be kids for as long as they can. Your baby will build a childhood full of happy and long-lasting memories—making friends in school and church, reading books before bedtime, going fishing on the boat, helping cook breakfast on the weekends, playing with the dogs, riding their bike around the neighborhood, taking in all the family traditions at the holidays and helping us create new traditions. They will learn discipline, hard work, commitment, and they’ll know how to have a good time, too. They’ll laugh, play and enjoy all the innocence of a safe, happy childhood in a loving home without fear or worry.

We promise to love and cherish your child and give them every opportunity needed to succeed in this world. Your baby will grow up surrounded by family and friends who love them unconditionally. Your baby will always know just how much they mean to everyone in their lives—they will have a strong sense of self-worth—and they’ll understand the importance of bringing all of their wonderful abilities and talents to make a positive impact in the lives of people around them.

We look forward to the time when we get to meet you and learn your story. It will be a memory we carry with us for a lifetime. We will respect you, your grace, and whatever level of openness and contact you wish to maintain with us and your child. Thank you for considering this choice for your baby. If chosen, we will do you proud.

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About Sarah Ann

She is a saint. And like all saints, she refuses to take credit for all that she does. Her company and our home would come to a screeching halt without her. She is one of the kindest souls I have ever known and truly puts other people’s feelings and desires ahead of hers. She grew up in a wholesome, loving family where everyone participated in each other’s lives (going to her softball games, going to her brothers’ football games, etc). She comes across as shy at first, but as she adjusts to situations and relationships, she shows her funny, thoughtful, and giving personality. She would give the shirt off her back if she knew you needed it. She is extremely intelligent which is demonstrated by the fact that in less than five years at her current company, she went from a new hire to the executive team. Our kids adore her—they fight for a position in her lap nightly to be read to. They fight over who Mommy puts to bed that night and the loser is stuck with daddy—oh the tears and pouting. What I most admire about Sarah Ann is her ability to be a true role model for our kids. Not without a challenge, she always finds time for her mind, body, and soul and our children see this. She will wake up at 5 AM to get her workout in or pull weeds for 20 minutes after work to clear her mind. Sarah Ann wants nothing but the best for her family and is always determined to make sure everyone has what they need, when they need it. Sometimes a home isn’t four walls, it’s two eyes and a heartbeat—Sarah Ann is that to Sadie, Bo, and myself.

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About Jeremy

Jeremy has a contagious laugh and a great sense of humor. He’s easygoing, down-to-earth, and just a good time to be around. He’s the kind of person who can always find a way to connect with you about something you’re interested in. He puts you at ease. I think it probably comes from his upbringing—he grew up as the son of a firefighter and a teacher and most of his family is in some kind of public service. They’re just genuinely good, caring people with big hearts. He’s also one of the most determined people I’ve ever known. It takes incredible discipline and a strong will to go through the years of education, long hours, and intensive training required to become a surgeon; it’s never come easy, he’s just worked incredibly hard to get what he wants in life. All of this shows in how he parents, too. He’s a family guy. He chose his particular medical specialty because those were always the doctors he saw coaching their kids’ sports teams, the ones who were actually around. Being active with his kids has always been important to him. They have a ball together; they tell each other jokes, rough house, and act silly. The kids love to help daddy with yard work and cooking (anything he makes on the grill is “delicious” as Sadie would say). He’s so good about teaching our kids manners, discipline, how to show respect, and how to do things for themselves. He’s an incredibly supportive spouse too, wanting everything and more for me that I’d want for myself. His dedication to our marriage and our kids means we can both have fulfilling careers and fulfilling home lives. I’m so grateful for such a wonderful partner in life.

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How We Met

We have known each other since middle school. We grew up in the same neighborhood, went to the same church, schools, and neighborhood pool. Jeremy is two years older than Sarah Ann and our earliest memory of meeting is when Jeremy came to Sarah Ann’s defense on a bus ride home from school one day. He was in the 8th grade and Sarah Ann was in the 6th. Some boys at the back of the bus were shooting rubber bands at each other, and when one of those hit Sarah Ann, Jeremy told them to leave her alone. Sarah Ann must’ve gone home and told her mom this story, who then called Jeremy’s mom to thank him, and that’s a story that both moms have continued to retell ever since. We actually started dating in high school, during Sarah Ann’s sophomore year and Jeremy’s senior year. We knew who each other were, of course, but we became more and more aware of each other when bad weather meant that Jeremy’s baseball team and Sarah Ann’s softball team practices were forced inside to the same high school gym. When a rare winter snowstorm had all the neighborhood kids sledding together down the big hill late into the night, we started spending more time together. We dated all through the rest of high school and college, got married right after college, and immediately moved to start our lives in an entirely new place for Jeremy’s medical school. We’ve been married now for over 12 years and together for nearly 18 years.

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

We’ve always envisioned that we’d be a family of five. Probably because we both grew up that way. We want the same joy for our kids that comes from the dynamics of having multiple siblings. Although we have two biological children, adoption is something we’ve always been interested in. In part because we’ve seen firsthand through our own families (Jeremy’s sister has adopted) and friends. Many wonderful families are through adoption. We believe that family doesn’t only exist in the sense of “blood or genetics”. Family is what you create between friends, community, shared experiences, and unbreakable bonds. Families come in all shapes, sizes, and colors; what’s most important is the foundation of love that they’re built on. When we started to talk about wanting a third child, we kept coming back to adoption. It’s something we feel called to do. We truly believe that adopting will enrich our lives, our childrens’ lives, and our extended families’ lives more than we can ever expect.

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Our Lifestyle

We both work full time so our weekdays are filled with the usual routines of getting ourselves to work and the kids to and from preschool. We love the evenings when we all come home and get to share our days with each other. On weekends, we make sure to do lots of family activities together. Sometimes it’s as simple as going for a neighborhood walk, going to the neighborhood playground, doing yard work, or going grocery shopping together. Other times it’s grabbing breakfast that we can take out on the boat while we try to spot dolphins or catch fish, hosting family for the weekend, or doing a big gathering with our friends for good food and good fun. We try to stay active and get outside as often as we can; we don’t watch much TV except for the occasional Sesame Street show while we cook breakfast together on the weekends. We like to listen to music while we’re doing things around the house; you might find us dancing around the living room. Watching our kids chase each other around the house and making each other laugh is one of our favorite things. Mostly, our lifestyle is about being together—with each other, with family, with friends.

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Home & Neighborhood

We live in an older, established waterfront neighborhood. The neighborhood is very active, safe, and friendly. There are always people out walking, riding bikes, and kayaking. It’s an intergenerational neighborhood with young families and retirees. Many of the families who live in our neighborhood also grew up in this neighborhood so there are rich traditions that have existed for decades and carry on today. The playground in the center of the neighborhood is a favorite for kids and there are public gardens that we love to walk through on the weekends. A few of our annual neighborhood traditions: 4th of July parade with fire trucks and ice cream; Halloween pizza party and trick or treating; annual Christmas tree lighting with carols. Sarah Ann is part of the neighborhood garden club, which works to beautify the common areas.

Our home is on the water. It was always our goal to live on the waterfront so we could enjoy the view and enjoy water sports. We love to watch all the boats go by: sail boats, fishing boats, kayaks, cargo ships. Whenever possible, we’re outside. We play in the yard, go crabbing and fishing off the backyard, plant flowers, ride bikes, and play in rain puddles. Our house was built in the 1950’s and recently renovated. It has the charm of an older home with modern updates. The kids have their own bedrooms and bathrooms, and a playroom for all of their toys and activities. Our living room, kitchen, and dining room flow together so we can enjoy lots of family time.

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Our Families & Friends

Our family unit includes our 1.5-year-old son, Bo, and 3-year-old daughter, Sadie. We’re so excited to become a family of five soon. Both Jeremy and Sarah Ann come from families of five. Sarah Ann is the oldest of three and Jeremy is the youngest of three. Everyone lives within three hours of one another with the exception of one of Sarah Ann’s brothers who lives in California. Both of our families pride themselves on having a strong family bond. We celebrate birthdays, holidays, and the highs and lows of life together. Our parents love being grandparents and are thrilled about the possibility of another bundle of joy. Your beautiful child would be instantly welcomed by two siblings and six cousins to call family.

We’re lucky to also have friends nearby who are like family. There are three other couples we became really close friends with when Jeremy was in medical school. While the guys were busy studying, the girls would hang out together after work. We all went separate ways for their surgical training but then all ended up in this area together for jobs, which is amazing since we’re all from different parts of the country originally. We’ve known each other for more than twelve years now, and have been there for each other through weddings, kids, holidays, and birthdays. What started as a group of four couples has now grown to four families with over ten kids among us.

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Family Traditions

Every Thanksgiving we cook enough food to feed an army—Jeremy will roast oysters at lunch and smoke a turkey while Sarah Ann cooks numerous sides and desserts. We invite family and friends and every year there is always a different list of attendees. We love hosting everyone. On the Saturday following Thanksgiving, we go as a family to pick our Christmas tree (sometimes to a farm to cut it down, sometimes to the local store) and come home and spend the whole day decorating and eating with Christmas movies playing in the background. Our food that day is usually a blend of our two families’ traditions. We always get together with both extended families at Christmas. Jeremy’s family does a steak dinner and his parents find fun games for everyone, young and old, to play together. Sarah Ann’s family makes her grandmother’s “Christmas buns” and egg casserole for breakfast; every family member has a hand knit stocking personalized just for them, a tradition Sarah Ann’s grandmother started and her mom continues today. For birthdays, the birthday boy/girl gets to pick what we eat for dinner whether it is a special meal cooked at home or going out to a restaurant together.

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Cultural Diversity

Every time we travel to a new place, meet new people, or discover new experiences we incorporate elements of those cultures into our lives. We love how diversity of perspectives and experiences has expanded our understanding, influenced our choices, and shaped our lifestyles and we want all of this and more for our kids. Raising our children in diverse settings is hugely important to us and always has been. We want a diversity of skin colors, ethnicities, languages, income levels, education levels, foods, and cultural/heritage celebrations to be integral to their upbringing. This will be a huge factor in the choices we make about what schools we send them to, what activities we participate in, what places we travel to and what social circles we belong to. It’s very important for us to raise your baby with an understanding and respect for their own cultural heritage. Knowing it, celebrating it, and making it a part of our collective lives is part of our commitment to them and to you.

This year has shown us there is a lot of hurt in this world, a lot of sadness that comes from polarizing, closed-minded views of cultural differences. But at the same time, we still see people who are full of grace. People with open hearts and minds, people who welcome different perspectives and embrace different cultures. That’s what makes us hopeful for all of our futures. We believe our kids will be part of a generation who can carry forward that hope because they will have been raised to respect and value diversity, to be inclusive of that in every aspect of their lives, and to stand up for that even when it’s a difficult thing to do.

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Vacations

We usually try to take at least one family vacation a year. Some years, it’s spending a week at the beach with cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Other times it’s a bigger trip to a place we’ve never been before where we get to be tourists. We have taken some wonderful trips together internationally and in the U.S. We love to find great food wherever we go, it’s one of the defining elements of our vacations. Travel will continue to be an important part of our marriage and our family life. We think there’s so much to be gained from seeing new places, discovering new food, and learning new cultures. We can’t wait to bring our kids along on those experiences and share with them some of our favorite places and explore new places together. Some of our best childhood memories are from trips we took with our parents, siblings, and grandparents. We’re excited to create more memories together with our kids.

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How We Spend a Three-Day Weekend

We stay busy with the day-to-day activities of being a family during the week so when we get a 3-day weekend, we love to spend it together enjoying the time of being together. Our weekends almost always start with morning showers (the kids love standing under the shower, even more than taking a bath!). Sarah Ann and Sadie will cook pancakes while Jeremy and Bo taste test the bacon and help with the eggs. Sadie pulls the step stool out from the pantry so she can help out at the kitchen counter measuring out the ingredients, cracking the eggs, and mixing the batter. Then we’ll bring our coffee along for a walk around the neighborhood—Sadie on her bike and Bo in the little red wagon. We’ll always stop at the neighborhood playground to get some energy out. The kids climb, swing, go down the slide and run around. By then usually, everyone is tired and we go back home for a bite of lunch and a good nap for the kids. In the afternoon/evenings we enjoy being at the house together, listening to music, playing with toys, and hanging out in the backyard. We cook dinner together, and the kids always help set the table. When the weather is nice we sit outside on the patio to eat and watch the boats go by and the sun go down. We change into jammies, read books before bedtime, sing songs, rub backs, give hugs, kisses and say “I love you” every night.

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What We Will Teach

We will teach our children so many of the values our parents taught us: respect, commitment, love, kindness, understanding, determination. We want our children to have big hearts, to approach everything from a place of compassion, to listen and not cast judgment, to recognize that no matter how much they think they know, they will always still have so much to learn in life. We will help them think of others first. We want them to seek out what’s new, different, and uncomfortable to learn and grow from those experiences. We want them to develop their own perspectives, opinions, and beliefs; all the while staying true to their core values. We will teach them that family means everything to us, that being together and making time for each other is what it’s all about. We will teach them all of this because we will live out these values too. They’ll hear us say all of this in different ways, they’ll see us take real life experiences and show them the learning opportunity in it, but more importantly, they’ll learn this because they’ll see us live our lives this way. We will behave in a way that’s consistent with what we show and tell them. We know the profound influence a positive, supportive, unconditionally loving relationship between a parent and a child has on their future happiness in life, and we will strive for that always.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to love your baby unconditionally. To give them the encouragement to take on anything they set their minds to, to be their biggest cheerleaders through their celebrations in life, and to be their unwavering support system when they’re navigating the times when life knocks them down.

We promise to talk to them about you. To tell them of the incredibly difficult and incredibly selfless decision you made out of love to let us raise them. To tell them how you wanted the best for them in life, even if that meant you couldn’t physically be there with them every step of the way. To instill respect, understanding, and compassion for you. To show grace for you.

We promise to honor your culture and your heritage through them. We will make sure that is an integral part of their life and of our life together as a family. We want them to take pride in the things that made them who they are, to feel a meaningful connection to that.

We promise to listen to your wishes for your baby’s future and be stewards for that. We promise to give your baby a life full of hope and love.

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