A Letter from Jonathan & Sharayah

Hello from Nebraska!

We are delighted to share our story, and we would love to hear as much of your story as you are comfortable sharing.  Adoption was put on our hearts long ago, and we are now eagerly awaiting the joy of becoming first-time parents through adoption. Faith, family, ministry, and music are a few of our loves that we are excited to share with your child.  We are open to a boy, girl, or twins of any race, and we would be thrilled to share photos, letters, and yearly visits if that is your desire!

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A Little About Us

Jon is a youth and worship pastor, and Sharayah works part-time as a nanny and as an accompanist.  Our common faith, passion for music, and calling to vocational ministry drew us together, and we have been married for eight years now.  Early in our relationship, we discussed adoption as a possibility for growing our family, though we did not anticipate infertility would also affect our journey to parenthood.  Together, we enjoy going for walks, spending time with our friends and their children, and having movie nights.  We look forward to the day we will be able to include your child in these activities!

Meet Jonathan (By Sharayah)

One of the first things that drew me to Jonathan was seeing him run around (leading a game) with a herd of preschoolers during a mission trip.  Jonathan has a tender heart, a playful spirit, an impossibly quick wit, and a knack for making people of all ages and backgrounds feel accepted and at ease.  He is flexible and not easily rattled, and he is a gentle, but strong and creative leader.  Playing sports, dabbling in videography, preaching, and flying drones are some hobbies he enjoys in addition to being a talented musician.  He looks forward to going on adventures, playing soccer, and teaching our child guitar.  

Meet Sharayah (By Jonathan)

Sharayah has always wanted to be a mother and consistently displays a loving, tender nature to others.  Her passion and desire to reflect Christ in her life leads her to love well and show grace and kindness to all while using her wisdom to help so many others navigate the trials of life.  Sharayah enjoys playing the piano, crocheting, spending time with our dogs, and using her artistic abilities to paint, write, design cards, and decorate cakes.  She is excited to teach ourchild how to do all of these things as well as live a life that brings glory and honor to God.

Our Family

Our families are ecstatic about our adoption plans!  Both sets of our parents have been married for over thirty years and share the same faith.  Sharayah has one younger brother, and Jonathan has two older brothers and two older sisters.  All of our siblings are married, and we have six nephews, three nieces, and another nephew on the way!  Jon’s siblings are spread out over Minnesota, Kentucky, Ohio, and Nebraska, but we keep fairly close contact and look forward to having a family reunion soon.  Sharayah’s family and Jon’s parents are all in Colorado, so we travel there frequently for holidays and visits.  

Our Home in Nebraska

Our five-bedroom house is nestled on a corner lot in a quiet family-friendly neighborhood in the middle of a small rural town.  It is within walking distance from a well-maintained park, the local schools, and a gorgeous lake with a walking path and a playground area.  We have two outside dogs (Hank and Drover) who enjoy lounging on our covered deck in our fenced yard or soaking up the love from our friends around our fire pit while we roast marshmallows.  We also have a small indoor dog (Nika) who loves to look out the big corner windows in our living room.  The nursery will be set up soon!

Our Promise

We promise to deeply love and cherish your child as our own.  We will teach them about their story and will speak of you with honor and respect.  We promise to teach and model Biblical principles, to offer understanding and support, and to guide your child into healthy relationships with themself, others, and God.  We will read to them every night, sing with them every day, play hide and seek, help with homework, and walk with them through life. 

If you would like to learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

Learn More About Jonathan & Sharayah

  Jonathan Sharayah
Our EducationAssociate'sBachelor's
Our ProfessionsYouth & Worship PastorPart-Time Nanny/School Accompanist
Stay-At-HomePart-time (often works from home)Part-time
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasianCaucasian
Some of Jonathan & Sharayah's Favorites
Favorite Food & DessertLemon Chicken & Pumpkin PieGrilled Salmon with Mango-Avocado Salsa and Coconut Rice & Cheesecake
Favorite TV ShowThe OfficeGilmore Girls
Favorite Music ArtistsPhil Wickham, Relient K, NeedtobreatheTenth Avenue North, Pentatonix, Audrey Assad, Beach Boys
Favorite Bible PassageEphesians 2:1-10Isaiah 26:3, 4
Favorite Author(s)John GrishamConnilyn Cossette & Francine Rivers
Favorite ColorBlackTeal
Favorite Way to Stay ActiveBasketball & SoccerRefit (Dance)
More About Our Family
Our Personalities

Jon (Phlegmatic/Sanguine, Enneagram 9)
*Loves people & fun
*Processes thoughts inwardly
*Shines in the spotlight
*Easy-going
*Creative
*Witty
*Adaptable
*Reliable
*Humble

Sharayah (Melancholic/Phlegmatic, Enneagram 1, ISFJ)
*Organized
*Reserved
*Gentle
*Conscientious
*Empathetic
*Thinks slowly, but deeply
*Values accuracy/precision

Our Faith & Values

Jesus is the center of our faith, and we believe the Bible is God’s Word that points us to Him and teaches us how to live life well by His design. We work to align our life and values with what the Bible teaches and with the example Jesus has given to us in His own life on earth.

Our Pets

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 Ministry Life

Serving through ministry is our joy, our calling, and our privilege. While the youth and worship ministries are our main focus, we also occasionally help other adults navigate difficult situations and participate in other ministry opportunities, such as speaking at an event, painting faces for family fun day, or helping out in various ways at the nearby Bible camp. 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 church has a dynamic children’s program that children love to attend.

Our Musical Interest

Jon is largely self-taught and plays primarily by ear. He is a gifted vocalist, guitarist, bassist, and drummer. When needed, he can also fill in on keys. Over the years, he has learned how to lead teams of musicians in a way that produces both a quality sound and a camaraderie between members.

Sharayah is a classically trained pianist who took private lessons for thirteen years and majored in music during her first two years of college. She is a skilled sight-reader with a good handle on music theory, and she has also learned how to play in a more flexible style from the chord sheets that are often used in worship music.

Fun Fact: Jonathan played clarinet for a few years in middle school, and Sharayah played clarinet throughout her school years.

Our Life in the State of Nebraska

Rural Nebraska is very family-friendly, and our church and community are supportive of our adoption plans! Our small town is well maintained and offers a farmer’s market and several community-wide events that feature family-oriented activities. When we want more restaurants, attractions, and stores, we can easily make a short 30-60 minute trip to one of the bigger towns.

We Prefer a Child Who Is...
Age of Child

Newborn to 3 months old

Twins

Absolutely!

Gender

Either gender!

Ethnicity of ChildWe are open to a child of any race!
Future Contact with Birth Family

We are open to sharing photos, letters, and yearly visits and would love to get to know you at the pace and depth that are comfortable for you.

In Closing

Thank you so much for checking out our website. We are so grateful that you are 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 valuable. We promise to love your child dearly and provide them with a life filled with music, family, and support. We would love to speak with you soon!

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