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A Letter from Shay & Kristy

Hi there,

Thank you for taking the time to read our letter, and getting to know about our family of three. We are truly best friends and enjoy spending time together renovating houses, traveling, spending time with our daughter, and cooking new dishes. We started talking about adoption when we were dating and are thrilled to now start this journey with you. We look forward to giving your child every opportunity in life, teaching them about the world around them, and loving them deeply as they grow. 

About Us

We are Kristy and Shay and we’ve been married for almost eight years (together for 11 years). We both enjoy renovating houses, traveling, learning about different cultures, and cooking new dishes together. Our adoption journey started as a conversation when we were dating and it is something we have both always wanted. In 2020, much to our surprise, we found out we were expecting and were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Evangeline (Evie). She is a bundle of joy in our lives and we love watching her learn about the world and seeing her experience things for the first time (it’s amazing how holding a leaf or flower can bring so much joy). We are thrilled to now grow our family through adoption and welcome your child into our loving home.  We are excited to share the world with your child and encourage them as they learn and grow.

About Shay

A former teacher, Shay has been working for the local school district as a Program Specialist for the past three years. He is outgoing and has a gift for making others laugh. Practical jokes are one of his favorite things, and he is always thinking of new ways to be silly. He works hard at his job and is very proud of our family and home.  Shay enjoys grilling on the deck, spending time with our family and friends, and playing with our dogs, and making our daughter smile. He is always ready to give Evie an “airplane” ride around the house, help her practice her walking, or a fun round of peek-a-boo. He is looking forward to teaching her, and your child, how to play different sports, ride bikes, cook, and encouraging their interests. 

About Kristy

Kristy teaches 4th grade in a local school and is thoughtful and compassionate. It was important for her to choose a career where she improved people’s lives, got to work with children, and still had time for her family. One of the best things about her job is having holidays and the summer to spend family vacations, have picnics, ride bicycles, and visit the great parks and museums in our area.  Kristy likes to sew, bake, and look for great deals at thrift shops, and garage sales.  She is excited to have another pair of little hands to help put the icing on cupcakes or glaze some homemade doughnuts. She looks forward to encouraging our children’s passions and nurture their gifts as they grow.

Our Family

Our daughter Evie is almost 1 year old and is curious, loves to cuddle, laugh, and enjoys a cartoon called Peppa Pig. Shay and his sister are very close and we are excited for our daughter and your child to grow up with the same wonderful sibling bond.

Shay’s parents love to go shopping and, now retired, are relocating closer so we can all spend more time together. Shay’s sister is a Doctor in Washington DC and drives down often- even for little things. Kristy’s father builds homes and loves to teach people how to build and fix things. Kristy’s mother and stepfather are animal lovers, and it’s not uncommon to see them feeding stray cats or wild rabbits, or hugging on our dogs.  Both of our dogs, Sydney and Jack, are rescues and are loved members of the family. 

We have very diverse backgrounds and we believe that it is important to honor where you came from. In our family, we’ve merged the customs, traditions, and foods from our various backgrounds. We promise to honor your child’s heritage as well by making your traditions part of our traditions. 

Our Home in North Carolina

We moved to North Carolina ten years ago so that we could start our family in a place with strong values, and where we could provide a comfortable lifestyle for our future children. We chose our home with our family in mind. It has great schools, plenty of bedrooms for our growing family and for the family to come visit, and a wonderful yard to play games in. We love that the kitchen is open to the family room and breakfast nook so that it is easy to spend family time together. We have a large deck across the back of the house which is perfect for grilling. It’s also three houses down from the neighborhood park! 

Our Promise

We promise to love your child unconditionally. To always have their best interest at the forefront of every decision, to provide them with every opportunity that we can for them to learn, grow, be successful, confident, and happy. We promise to do everything possible to maintain safety and stability so they’re comfortable being themselves. We look forward to getting to know you and already consider you part of our family. We promise to honor the level of openness and contact that you are comfortable with. 

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

Learn More About Shay & Kristy

  Shay Kristy
Our EducationBachelors of Science in Biology, Masters of Science in Healthcare Management, Masters of Arts in Executive Leadership StudiesBachelors of Science in Psychology, Masters of Arts in Executive Leadership Studies
Our ProfessionsSchool District Administrator, Former Science TeacherFifth Grade Teacher
Stay-At-HomeNoYes, until children start kindergarten.
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasian and Middle Eastern (Egyptian)Caucasian and Hispanic (Puerto Rican)
Some of Shay & Kristy's Favorites
Favorite FoodChicken Tikka-MasalaBreaded Chicken Cutlets
Favorite DessertNY Cheesecake Brownies
Favorite HolidayHalloween or July 4th Christmas
Favorite MovieStepbrothersELF and the Little Mermaid
Favorite ShowGame of ThronesThe Good Place
Favorite HobbiesFamily Time & Home Improvement Family Time & Travel
Favorite ColorNavy Blue Yellow
More About Our Family
Our Special Interests

One of the great things about our marriage is that we have very similar priorities and interests. Both of us believe that God and our family (which includes children!) are the most important things in our lives, and spending time with family and friends is definitely our number one. We both love traveling, teaching, cooking, and real estate. We enjoy learning about different cultures, languages, traditions, histories, and of course, the food! Kristy likes crafting, decorating, design, and fashion. Shay enjoys home improvement and gardening, and always has a project to make our house more beautiful or functional in the works.

Our Faith

We were both raised in religious Christian households and our faith is an important part of who we are. Kristy was raised Catholic and Shay was raised in both the Coptic Orthodox and Catholic Churches. We believe that God has a plan for everyone and everything. From bringing us together, to the birth of our daughter, and being called to the miracle of adoption to grow our family, we trust in his plan and look forward to what’s in store.

Our Musical Interest

Our musical interests are a reflection of our experiences and cultures. Our playlists will often bounce around from classical to reggaeton, Frank Sinatra, late 90s east coast rap, Arabic dance, alternative rock, and Kristy’s lists will almost always include some country music. Since music is a reflection of our family, music from your child’s background will definitely be added to the mix!

About Our Home

We have a 3500 square foot, 5-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home in a beautiful area. The house sits on over a half acre with a big backyard complete with a fig tree. The kitchen overlooks the family room and breakfast nook, allowing for family time even when one of us is cooking up dinner. The living room has a 2 story, wood-burning, stone fireplace, perfect for boardgame evenings in front of the fire. We recently renovated the backyard to provide more room for children to run, kick around a ball, and play. The nursery gets a ton of natural light and is right beside the master bedroom for when your child is ready to move out of the bassinet. There will be lots of opportunities to meet all the other kids in the neighborhood since our house is less than half a block from the neighborhood playground. A huge, 2 story deck is perfect for grilling and sharing a delicious meal in the fresh air.

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

Newborn to 12 months old

Twins

We would be so excited to welcome twins, and even triplets, into our family!

Gender

Either gender!

Sibling Group

We would be very excited to welcome a sibling group into our family with the oldest up to 2 years old.

In Closing

We are thrilled to welcome a child (or children) into our hearts through adoption. We cannot wait to love and support your child as they grow up, spend time nurturing their interests, and teaching them to be wonderful adults. We promise to respect the level of contact that you are comfortable with.

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