|Our Professions||Youth & Worship Pastor||Part-Time Accompanist|
|Stay-At-Home||Part-time (often works from home)||Part-time|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Caucasian|
|Some of Jonathan & Sharayah's Favorites
|Favorite Food & Dessert||Lemon Chicken & Pumpkin Pie||Grilled Salmon with Mango-Avocado Salsa and Coconut Rice & Cheesecake|
|Favorite TV Show||The Office||Gilmore Girls|
|Favorite Music Artists||Phil Wickham, Relient K, Needtobreathe||Tenth Avenue North, Pentatonix, Audrey Assad, Beach Boys|
|Favorite Bible Passage||Ephesians 2:1-10||Isaiah 26:3, 4|
|Favorite Author(s)||John Grisham||Connilyn Cossette & Francine Rivers|
|Favorite Way to Stay Active||Basketball & Soccer||Refit (Dance)|
|More About Our Family
Jon (Phlegmatic/Sanguine, Enneagram 9)
*Loves people & fun
*Processes thoughts inwardly
*Shines in the spotlight
*Dislikes being micromanaged
Sharayah (Melancholic/Phlegmatic, Enneagram 1, ISFJ)
*Thinks slowly, but deeply
*Likes things to be right
|Our Faith & Ministry Life|
We love Jesus! We believe that He died to pay the price for our sin, that He came back to life, and that He teaches us in the bible how to live life well by His design. Our faith in Him guides us through all aspects of our life.
Serving together in ministry is our joy, calling, and privilege. While the youth and worship ministries are our main focus, we also sometimes work with adults or participate in other ministry opportunities, such as speaking at an event, painting faces for Family Fun Day, or helping at the nearby Bible camp. We are not directly involved with our church’s children’s ministry, but we know it is a dynamic program that children love to attend!
The people who make up our church are truly like family, and we see many of them throughout the week in addition to Sunday morning. Our child will grow up with a sense of community and will be loved by many people from many backgrounds.
We brought our three rescue dogs home in 2014. First, we got Nika: 10 pounds of cream-colored terrier. She spends most of her day on our couch and loves belly rubs. Hank came next, followed soon by Drover (both named for the Hank the Cowdog children’s book characters). We were told Hank might be a Dutch Shepherd (brindle), and Drover is a Lab/Setter mix (white with big brown patches). Hank is athletic, playful, and affectionate, and he loves being with people. Drover is a big teddy bear who enjoys napping the day away in the sunshine or on the deck. The two are inseparable.
|Our Adoption Connections|
Sharayah was first drawn to adoption as a child because one of her closest friends was adopted as an infant, and she grew up with several other adoptees in her church (including some who were adopted transracially). Through ministry, we both have gotten to know several more adoptees and adoptive parents and even a birth mother who chose adoption for her child many years ago. All of these people have been a rich resource for us to learn how adoption can look in different situations and in different stages. We know that adoption - and parenthood in general - is a lifelong commitment that has its own unique challenges. We also know what a gift and a blessing it can be! We are grateful to have this network of people who can provide support, guidance, and understanding for us as adoptive parents and for our child.
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...
|Age of Child|
Newborn to 3 months old
Thank you so much for considering us for your child! No matter where you are in your journey, we are praying for you - know that you are deeply loved and valued. We promise to cherish your child, to honor you, and to provide a life of love, faith, and community for your child. We would love to speak with you soon!