We met, married, and live our life in New York City, our adopted home! Since that first chance encounter, we've spent the last 15 years together having adventures, working, following our dreams, and becoming part of our community of creative, interesting people from around the world. In our relationship, we respect each other's space and ideas, and listen to each other. We are each other's best friend and number one supporter!
When spending time at home together, we're watching movies, making meals, and just talking. But we also love to get out and try new foods, hang out at a park, visit museums and art galleries, and just walk around our city. We usually drive out of town once or twice a month to go to a beach, see friends who live nearby, or visit Sarah's brother's family in Virginia. And in the last few years, we've been very lucky to visit to Mexico, Norway, Panama, Ireland, and around the U.S. We love traveling.
After getting married in 2011, we have been preparing to start a family and are ready to open our home and hearts to a child through adoption.
In our marriage, we're each other's number one supporter, without a doubt. In Jeremy's goal to be a professional artist, and Sarah's passion for her job helping newcomers to the U.S., we would jump through hoops to support each other. In our dreams of making a family, we've been through a lot, and depended on deep mutual trust to get through it.
]After four years of fertility treatments, we both felt that adoption is absolutely the right choice for us; putting our energy into preparing for this has been a great relief. We both feel capable and ready to provide a loving, encouraging, and stable family for a child to grow up in, and can't wait for the opportunity.
"I would describe Sarah and Jeremy as patient, generous and resilient - qualities I know to be essential to parenting." - Megan, longtime friend
Our neighborhood in Brooklyn has been our home for over a decade. We live in a comfortable apartment in a diverse neighborhood full of interesting things for kids and families to do. Our home is near to a dozen parks and playgrounds, with a library and a YMCA in walking distance. The public elementary school around the corner is ranked in the top 10% of schools in the city. We love the cultural diversity and energy of our neighborhood and want to raise a family here! We can also hop on the subway or get in our car and get to the natural history museum, the beach, or the woods in under an hour.
In our house, we do a pretty good job of splitting up the responsibilities evenly. Sarah loves to cook, so she does most of that (although Jeremy makes a good omelet) and Jeremy does a lot of the cleaning. We plan to both be fully present and share the responsibilities of parenting.
We've worked hard to make a home that's full of warmth, life, and fun. Jeremy has many artist friends who have given us art, so our walls are full! And Sarah collects plants, which seem to be organizing a green takeover of almost every surface. Our apartment is our own little corner and we love it - and can't wait to share it with a child.
Our friend Jessie says: "When we visit their home, plants are growing, art and books line the walls and there is always something to eat. They are kind and generous people who have built a strong community around them."
Sarah came to NYC after growing up in Indiana, hoping to find her way in the diverse culture of the city. She has worked in the same nonprofit for 8 years helping New Yorkers to improve their quality of life, and is driven by her desire to help people. The values that drive her every day include fairness, empathy, working hard, and humor.
When she has free time, Sarah loves to experiment in the kitchen, tend to plants, read, travel, and watch British crime dramas on Netflix.
Jeremy on Sarah:
Jeremy has built a career in the arts and in the field of photography. He moved to New York after growing up in Colorado and Arizona, drawn to the energy and the arts scene. His free time is spent painting, sculpting, and making videos in his art studio. He also loves music, indoor climbing, and reads about a book a week.
Sarah on Jeremy:
If someone were to ask me what my favorite thing about Jeremy is, the first thing that comes to mind is his laugh. He’s not superficial in any way; so I know that when he laughs at my jokes, he’s not just doing it to make me feel better. I earned it; and Jeremy’s laugh feels like a million bucks to me.
But digging deeper, there are many things I love about him. When we’re with friends or family, Jeremy is never the loudest guy in the room - but when he speaks, people listen. He is thoughtful and intelligent, and people trust him. He is also loyal to a fault. His best friends from 20 years ago are still among his best friends now - and we see some of them every week. This loyalty is one of the things that drew me to him. He puts a ton of heart into his friendships and loves people fiercely. Jeremy also lives a creative life. He has an art studio and makes beautiful paintings, sculptures, and videos, and is always ready to explore a museum. He makes our life together interesting and vibrant. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.