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A Letter from Shay & Kristy

Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and learning about our family. We enjoy spending time together renovating houses, taking family vacations, going on educational and cultural adventures with our daughter, and cooking new dishes. We have always wanted to adopt and talked about it often when we were dating and throughout our marriage. We’ve worked hard over the years to prepare and ensure that we can provide our children with every opportunity available, and we are so thrilled to realize this dream and start this journey with you. We look forward to giving our child every opportunity in life, teaching them about the world around them, and loving them as they grow. 

About Us

Our names are Kristy and Shay and we’ve been married for ten years. Our adoption journey started as a conversation when we were dating, and it is something we have both always wanted. We researched every aspect of the process for years and were finally able to begin the process. 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 new things. We are so thrilled to continue on our adoption path, and to grow our family by welcoming a child into our loving home!

About Shay

According to Kristy: A former teacher, Shay currently manages the largest advanced teaching roles program in the country. 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, playing with our dogs, and making our daughter smile. He is always ready to give Evie an “airplane” ride around the house, play catch, or take Evie on an “adventure” to the local children’s science center, the park, or the country club. He is looking forward to teaching our children how to play different sports, ride bikes, cook, dance, and encouraging their interests. 

About Kristy

According to Shay: Kristy is a teacher by trade, but now serves as an instructional leader with the local school district. She is thoughtful and compassionate, living every day for her family, which she calls her “loves”. 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. Kristy likes to sew, bake, look for great deals, and explore garage sales. She is excited to have another pair of little hands to help put the icing on cupcakes or glaze some homemade doughnuts. Kristy can’t wait to become a mom of two (or three!) and spend her days encouraging our children’s passions and nurturing their gifts as they grow.

Our Family

Our daughter, Evie, is three years old and is curious, loves to cuddle, dance, laugh, and sing. Shay and his sister are very close, and we are excited for Evie and our next child to grow up with the same wonderful sibling bond.

Shay’s retired parents love to go shopping and 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 mother and stepfather are animal lovers, and it’s not uncommon to see them feeding neighborhood cats or wild rabbits or hugging on our dogs. When Kristy’s mother retired, they moved to North Carolina to be closer to our family (they’re buying the house next door!). “Mammie” spends most of her days with our daughter taking walks, going on learning adventures, or playing at the park. She is looking forward to another grand baby to love on in her retirement! 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 from New York to North Carolina twelve 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 extended 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 we can still join in the fun while cooking. We have a large deck across the back of the house which is perfect for grilling. We’re only 15 minutes away from the country club where we are members, and it’s just three houses down from the neighborhood park! 

Our Promise

We promise to always love your child and teach them right from wrong, while also showing them respect and love.

We promise 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, and to nurture them, so that they’re comfortable being themselves.

We look forward to learning about you and welcome you into our family as well. We understand that every situation is different and will always honor the level of communication 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 Studies, Ph.D. in Leadership Studies ABDBachelors of Science in Psychology, Masters of Arts in Executive Leadership Studies, Ph.D. in Leadership Studies ABD
Our ProfessionsSchool District Administrator, Former Science TeacherTeacher Instructional Coach
Stay-At-HomePart Time-Flex ScheduleNo
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasian and EgyptianCaucasian and Hispanic
Some of Shay & Kristy's Favorites
FoodChicken Tikka-MasalaBreaded Chicken Cutlets
DessertNY Cheesecake Brownies
HolidayHalloween or July 4th Christmas
MovieStepbrothersELF and the Little Mermaid
ShowGame of ThronesThe Good Place
HobbiesFamily Time & Home Improvement Family Time & Travel
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 he loves having little helpers), 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 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 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

Yes!

Gender

Either gender!

Sibling Group

Yes, with the oldest up to 2 years old.

In Closing

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. Becoming parents has changed our lives in every way for the better, and it helped us see just how much more love we have to share with another child or children. One thing you can be sure of is that in our home, your child will always be loved and supported, respected, heard, and free to be who they are with unconditional love--no matter what.

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