Sean and Jamie

Dear Birth Parent,

Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity to tell you a little bit about ourselves. We don’t know your situation and we know this is has to be a very difficult decision to make. We also know that reading this cannot be easy and we appreciate you taking the time to learn more about our story.

We are Sean and Jamie. We met in 2010 on a dating site, set up our first date, and never looked back. Our love for each other quickly progressed and we knew it was meant to be. Sean proposed at sunset on a beach in July 2011, and we set our wedding date for September 15, 2012.

We live in the beautiful suburb of Whitehall in South Hills in a 4 bedroom house with a back porch and a beautiful back yard. Jamie’s mom is local and Sean’s parents still live in his hometown of Ashland, Kentucky. Jamie has been working at her job for 10 years now and has been promoted twice. Sean works downtown and commutes to work every day via the T. Our plan is for Jamie to take 3 months off of work to care for a baby and then work three days a week. Sean’s company allows him to work from home so he could be home with the baby when Jamie cannot.

Family is a very important to both of us as Sean is one of six kids who are spread all over the states and Jamie has an older brother with two little boys in Pittsburgh. Holidays are a big deal in Jamie’s family, including Easter which is the holiday Jamie loves to host every year, and which all of her extended family enjoy. We also vacation every year with her family in Ocean City, MD with three houses and many days of fun and sun and making memories.

We are both grounded by our faith and we both grew up Roman Catholic. We attend church on every Sunday and on holy days. Sean sings in the choir and cantors. It’s very easy for us to get to church as we live right across the street from it. The church also has a FREE Catholic School for children in the area. Although that may change, we still do plan on placing our children in a Catholic school. We also plan to baptize them as well.

Our upbringings were quite different. Jamie grew up in Penn Hills her whole life, with her parents and older brother. Jamie’s mom always kept them involved with something including Girl Scouts, choirs, and plays. Sean’s family on the other hand, was very different. He has 4 brothers and one sister. His parents met and were married within three months and just celebrated 44 years together. All of the kids grew up playing soccer, reading and playing on the computer. Sean has two nieces, one of which was adopted through fostering.

A successful marriage is very important to us, especially to Jamie coming from divorced parents, and it helps that we volunteer our time with Catholic Engaged Encounter where we speak on weekends to couples preparing to be married in the Catholic church.

We both enjoy reading, singing, doing plays and musicals, riding bikes, and spending time with each other. Although we enjoy spending time together, we also enjoy time on our own. Jamie likes to cross stitch, and is a heck of a cook in the kitchen. Sean does Capoeira and volunteers across the street at our church’s Bingo. He also invites friends over for the superhero roleplaying game of Mutants & Masterminds once a month. Jamie doesn’t play, but enjoys cooking for them and laughing at the stories they come up with. Sean is also really into being active outside including biking, running, and swimming.

We are both hopeless romantics. Sean still opens the door for Jamie wherever we go, walks on the outside of the sidewalk and holds her hand whenever he can. He is the kindest and sweetest man Jamie has ever met. Jamie is kind hearted, loving, and an amazing cook.

We have tried since the day we got married to conceive a child. In 2014, we were diagnosed with unknown infertility and, being Catholic, our fertility options were limited. We really want to be loving parents and in 2016, decided that adoption was the right path for us. Our hearts are bursting with the hope of being parents one day. We are open and willing for an open adoption, but understand your wishes may be different and we are okay with that as well.

We thank you for taking the time to read our letter but most importantly for choosing life. If you would like to talk to us or meet us in person, please contact us at iluvtosing1982@yahoo.com.

Warmest wishes,

Jamie & Sean