Jeremy and Hillary

Hello! We are Hillary & Jeremy from New York. We are humbled and thankful that you have chosen to read our profile. Your life, your baby’s life, and your consideration are very important to us. We live in an urban setting near parks, playgrounds, museums, and other fun places to explore. We both come from large blended families that we visit often. Hillary teaches middle and Sunday school, and Jeremy volunteers to provide low-income high school seniors with college access and success. Yearly, we travel to South Africa to serve kids impacted by HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty.

- Hello! We are -

HILLARY &

JEREMY

from New York

dear

Birth parents

We are humbled and thankful that you have chosen to read our profile.

Your life, your baby’s life, and your consideration are very important to us. We live in an urban setting near parks, playgrounds, museums, and other fun places to explore. We both come from large blended families that we visit often. Hillary teaches middle and Sunday school, and Jeremy volunteers to provide low-income high school seniors with college access and success. Yearly, we travel to South Africa to serve kids impacted by HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty.

We want to keep it real and let you know that we can’t promise to be perfect potential parents. What we can pledge, however, is to provide a child with a safe, loving,

and financially stable home where we learn and grow from our mistakes. We will laugh a lot and we won’t take ourselves too seriously. We will love deeply, lean into hard times, and press through them. We will help our child reach their true potential.

Thank you so much for your time. We will be praying for you as you think through what is best for your child. If you decide that adoption is best for your child, we will make sure that your child knows you and that we honor you as a family.

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Story

LEAF PEEPING IN CENTR AL PARK
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

Although we come from very different places, Hillary is from Buffalo and Jeremy is from San Diego, our love has grown on the many things we have in common. We met at church in a community service

group, and our relationship grew as friends who loved to serve others, run, and enjoy the simple things in life. We both knew there was something more, but it took us a while to get out of the “friend zone”. Once we did,

our engagement was quick and we’ve been happily married since 2012. Our relationship is built on what makes us work-faith, running, serving others, spending time with friends and family, and enjoying this journey called life

DECORATING OUR TREE

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about us

Daily life includes morning walks to work together, making and eating dinner together, an evening walk or run, and some downtime watching a favorite show or two. On the weekends, we explore new places and foods, see family and friends, run in local races, volunteer and go to church. We envision our child being a part of all of these activities, and we will relish getting to explore our child’s unique interests.

Hillary

- by Jeremy -

Hillary is someone you just want to be around and have as a friend. Her time outside of work is spent with family, friends, running and volunteering. From a very young age, she put the interests of others first and that carries throughout her relationships today.

There are so many things that I admire about Hillary, but if I had to name a few they would be her faith, her encouragement, her ability to listen and her tremendous gift of working with kids. She inspires me to be better through her ability to make people feel seen and loved. In addition, Hillary has a rare gift, which is her ability to connect with kids across ages. At any age kids feel seen and heard by her.

VOLUNTEERING AT CHURCH
PLAYING WITH NIECES AND NEPHEW

DO WHAT YOU

LOVE, LOVE

WHAT YOU DO

I teach 7th grade special education, math, and English at a local middle school. In addition to lesson planning, I create and implement education plans for learners with special needs. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is helping students see that, with hard work and practice, they are capable of learning complex processes, like solving equations. My administration and co-teachers are supportive of our choice to adopt a child.

RUNNING IN CENTRAL PARK

Jeremy

- by Hillary -

Jeremy is a joy to be around. When Jeremy is not at work, he is volunteering, running, and spending time with friends and family. Jeremy’s heart for people, silliness, service, simplicity, and God is infectious.

I admire so much about Jeremy. He has a servant’s heart. When he speaks, people listen. Jeremy is gifted at speaking truth in a way that others respond positively to. He prioritizes the people he loves. Jeremy is also super silly, and kids love his accessibility and willingness to play with them and love on them. Jeremy is also amazing under pressure and in uncomfortable situations. He is able to roll with the punches without getting angry or flustered.

JEREMY BEING CHASED BY OUR NEPHEW AT THE PLAYGROUND
HIKING IN THE DELAWARE WATER GAP
JEREMY DECOR ATING FOR CHRISTMAS

DO WHAT YOU

LOVE, LOVE

WHAT YOU DO

I lead a large team across the country to identify college age students for internships and entry-level careers. One of the best parts of my job is connecting with others to help solve complex challenges and being able to develop people’s skills – both on my team and those we recruit. My employer provides many great benefits to support well-being as well as flexibility to ensure you are able to better balance the responsibilities of work and family.

OUR

Faith

Our faith in God is the foundation of our marriage. Church is where we met, but it’s also where we’ve grown our faith, our relationship, and other relationships. Time at church has led to some of our closest friendships and amazing serving opportunities, including serving annually for over a dozen years at a school in South Africa. We regularly serve at our church on Sundays; Hillary teaches Sunday school and Jeremy leads the Welcome Team.

JEREMY RUNNING WITH THE KIDS

Home

sweet

HOME

We live in an urban environment in New York state with access to a variety of scenic parks and themed playgrounds nearby. The climate is moderate; we experience all four seasons, including fall leaves, summer sun, and winter snow. We have called our duplex apartment home since we were married, and enjoy ready access to entertainment, shopping, and diverse neighborhoods. There are several excellent private and public preschools elementary schools, and high schools nearby.

our

Hobbies

Many of our favorite times together include exploring national and state parks through hiking and running. Some of our most memorable explorations include Acadia, Yosemite, the Smoky Mountains, Arches, the Grand Canyon, Lake Placid, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. On the weekend, we may try a new coffee shop, or enjoy some Mexican, Mediterranean, or Lebanese food. Whether we are traveling or spending time at home, we prioritize having quality time together as a family. We never take ourselves too seriously and a day doesn’t go by where we don’t laugh together.

KEEPING WARM BEFORE NYC MARATHON STARTS

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FAVORITES

FAVORITE ANIMAL

JEREMY: Otter
HILLARY: Dog

FAVORITE HOLIDAY

JEREMY: Thanksgiving
HILLARY: Christmas

FAVORITE CHILDREN'S BOOK

JEREMY: The Grinch by Dr. Seuss
HILLARY: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

FAVORITE VACATION SPOT

JEREMY: Exploring national parks
HILLARY: Same!

FAVORITE HOBBY

JEREMY: Gardening
HILLARY: Crafting

FAVORITE HOLIDAY ACTIVITY

JEREMY: Cooking holiday meals
HILLARY: Decorating for the holidays

WE ARE SO CLOSE TO AN ELK!
PHILLY ROCKY RUN R ACE

Family

MATTERS

Our family is a wonderful blend of backgrounds. We agree that family is comprised of those you love, regardless of how the family came together. Jeremy’s mom and dad have been married for over 40 years, and are marriage mentors to us. Both of us are very close to Hillary’s mom. Three of Jeremy’s four siblings are adopted, so adoption has always been a desire of his from a young age. Hillary’s side of the family is a blended and growing one. She has four siblings and we both have great relationships with our sisters and brothers-in-law. Both sides of the family combined, we are aunt and uncle to 13 nieces and nephews! Our crew also includes four godchildren. Time with our extended family includes lots of celebration, including holidays, birthdays, and significant life events, like graduations. When we are all just hanging out, we enjoy playing board games or sports.

WITH JEREMY’S MOM AND DAD IN ST. AUGUSTINE
AT OUR NIECE'S BIRTHDAY
JEREMY'S SIDE OF THE FAMILY
HILLARY'S FAMILY AT NIECE'S GR AD PARTY
ROCKEFELLER TREE WITH COUSINS AND GODDAUGHTER

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Parenting

As parents, we hope to be playful and approachable, yet firm when needed. We will set healthy boundaries for our child to help keep them safe and well adjusted.

While we will provide for our child’s needs, we will also work to ensure they have the opportunities to take responsibility and learn to earn things they may want. We will model humility in our home. When we make a mistake we will apologize and take restorative action, and we will teach our child to do the same. Daily routines like brushing teeth and bathing will be made fun. We’ll make space for our child to explore their interests and the world around them. Friends will come over, and we will do all we can to make home our child’s favorite place to be.

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Closing

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We are grateful to be considered as a potential part of the plan you are creating for your child. If selected, we promise to love your child unconditionally and raise them in a home where they know they are loved. We are

very willing to have an open adoption. We want our child to have knowledge of where they are from, who they resemble, and who also loves them so much. We commit to sending letters, photos, and updates to you annually after placement until your child is 18 years old.

Hillary and Jeremy

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR

FROM YOU!

If you have additional questions for us or would like to speak to us, please contact The Adoption Alliance by calling 1-800-626-4324.