FC: Jimmy & Ashley
1: Hi, We are Jimmy and Ashley and we are honored that you are viewing our profile. We cannot imagine your situation, or how hard this decision must be for you, but please know that we are praying for you daily. We know it must take a lot of courage for you to consider adoption for your baby. We feel that this is a completely selfless act that involves a great deal of love. We do not take this lightly. We hope that by viewing our photos and reading about our lives that you will begin to know us and find comfort in knowing how much we want to love a child.
2: Our Beginning Jimmy and I met when I changed churches (what better place!). I noticed him first, because he was in the choir. We got to know each other while renovating the children's department at church. We began dating about two months later. | We got engaged 5 months later (He actually knelt on my foot!) and were married in July 2008. We had a beautiful ceremony and reception that was talked about for a long time at our church because of the joy and love that was shown. Jimmy even surprised me by singing !
3: Journey to Adoption We always planned on adopting at some point, but we planned on having biological children first. However, God had other plans. After a 2 year struggle with infertility, and some disappointing news from the fertility clinic, we felt that God was showing us clearly that adoption was the path He chose for us. As we have walked through this process, our faith has been strengthened. We know that this is an important decision and that you are trusting us with your child's life. Thank you for considering blessing us with a family. | Playing Santa and Mrs. Clause at the Christmas parade. | Meeting our new nephew. | At the park with our nephew Hunter
4: Ashley's thoughts on Jimmy Jimmy is my best friend and my stabilizing force. He has a way of making me laugh and forgetting whatever has stressed me out. He is the most caring, and considerate man, and does whatever he can to make me happy. He is definitely my biggest supporter. Jimmy loves to make people laugh and has an awesome sense of humor. He's always doing something goofy to get a laugh. He is very laid back, but that balances my personality well. He is trustworthy, honest, and a hard worker. He is the spiritual leader in our home, and is always telling me something he has learned new while studying. He is also a major Saints fan and loves football. | Playing Santa for kids at church | "Running from the confederates:
5: Jimmy is currently studying to become a preacher. He is taking extension courses and studying under our preacher to build his training for seminary. He is currently working as a department manager at Walmart and while it is not glamorous, the hours and vacation time is awesome. | Jimmy loves singing whether it be in the church choir or in karaoke. He's also very gifted with drama, and loves plays and movies, although our tastes are very different. | Jimmy is amazing with children and will make an excellent father. My niece nephews love playing with him, and our preacher's children get excited when he comes over. Whether it is "flying" them through the air, or playing WII or princesses, he makes sure they have a good time. Children everywhere are drawn to him, possibly because he is a big kid himself. . I can't wait to see him with our child. | Showing love to our nephew | Playing Princesses with friends.
6: Jimmy's thoughts on Ashley Ashley is the one that God made for me. She is the most truthful, steadfast, and understanding woman I have ever met. She is a very straightforward woman, which balances my laid back personality. She stands for what is right no matter what. Constantly she is reminding me to do what I said I would do. This has made me a better man and husband. She has a strong faith in God and participates and volunteers regularly at church. Ashley is a great cook and takes great care of our home. I haven't tasted anything she made that wasn't great. She has a photographic memory and can remember things almost word for word. She is an avid reader. She is a major bookworm. I love when she is reading and all of a sudden begins laughing at her book. | Meeting my nephew
7: Ashley cares very much for children as her occupation as a school teacher proves. She loves to teach children. I would say it was a gift. Many of the children she teaches run up to her in public and give her a big hug. It is the sweetest thing. She even teaches the children at church on Wed. night. See what I mean? She loves teaching and children. | Ashley cares for her family very much and will protect them. She is very much the "mama bear". She is very family and friendship oriented. | Ashley will make a great mother because of her love for children and her protective spirit. I know she will always protect our child. Because she stands for her beliefs, I know she will teach our child right from wrong. She desires to be a mom more than anything in the world. | Goofing off with Madison and Hunter
8: We live in a small town in a fairly quiet community. Our house has 3 large bedrooms. and 2 baths..Our favorite feature is the built in shelves in the nursery. We can't wait to fill them with baby items. We also have this awesome large and open kitchen and den area. It's great for entertaining and we love to have our friends over for parties and game nights. It's also perfectly set for having our church over for Sunday night get -togethers. Our yard is quite large, especially for being in the city, and has plenty of room to play. We are in walking distance of our church and several stores, and love to take summer walks around town. We also live only 45 minutes from the Mississippi capital, so we are close to the zoos and museums they have to offer. We also live just blocks from an amazing Christian school and several private and Christian daycares. | Where We Live
9: We love our church. It's a very small Southern Baptist church. We love that it is culturally mixed, and the people that attend are some of the most loving and accepting people you will ever meet. Jimmy fills in preaching and teaching as needed and studies under our pastor. He is also currently trying to start a new youth group. Ashley teaches the children on Wednesdays and on a Sunday rotational schedule. | Our church is very active in Operation Christmas Child with Samaritan's Purse. We love making and sorting shoe boxes and have been able to go to the Atlanta Processing Center twice. It brings joy to help children who would otherwise get nothing and bring them the gospel. | Our Church Family
10: We both come from very loving homes and both of our families can't wait to bring a baby into the family. We were both blessed to be raised to have a strong faith in Christ and were loved and supported. Both of our parents instilled strong characteristic traits of honesty and trustworthiness. These are all characteristics that we want to help our child learn. | Our Families | Ashley's Family | Jimmy's Family
11: Ashley's parents have been married for 37 years. She has 1 older sister and 2 younger brothers. We all live within an hour and a half from each other. Her sister has a boy and a girl and one brother has a boy with one on the way. They are very excited about adding another baby to the family! | Ashley with her brothers and sister. | Madison, Hunter, Thomas, and Eli (due very soon!) love playing together and will make excellent cousins! | Hanging with Madison | Dancing with the family
12: Jimmy's parents have been married for over 45 years! He has an older brother and sister. We live only 15 minutes from his whole family.They get together every Sunday night for dinner and love having birthday parties and other family get-togethers. There are no other children on his side and they are ready for a baby to spoil! | Saints Football Party | Jimmy's brother and sister can't wait to be "aunt" and "uncle"
13: Outside of our family our friends are our biggest supporters. We are constantly getting questions about how the adoption is going. They share in our hope and joy of a family through adoption. | Our Friends | Trunk or Treat time
14: Over the past four years, we have been working on our health. Jimmy and I feel that it is important that we are able to be as active with our child as possible and to teach them good health habits. Jimmy has lost well over 100 pounds and continues to drop. We want our child to learn that with perseverance they can achieve anything and that health is important. | Journey to Health | 5 years ago | Easter 2012
15: We Enjoy.... | History and Civil War Battlefields | Shiloh National Military Park,TN | Fort Pickens, FL | Brice's Crossroads | Vicksburg
16: Museums | and Aquariums | Coke Museum | Birthplace of Elvis | Corinth Interpretive Center
17: the Outdoors | Cascading Shoals, GA | Kangaroo Wildlife Center, GA | Myrtle Beach, SC | Amicaola Falls, GA | The Appalachian Trail
18: Our favorite activity... is being together!
19: We are so blessed, but we desire and pray to become parents more than anything. We know that God is with us during this process and that He will strengthen you throughout this process as well. We are excited and filled with hope and cannot wait to love and parent a child brought to us through adoption. We will make sure that your child understands that you made this decision out of unselfish love. We are willing to discuss levels of openness. We are praying for you as you make this very important and difficult decision. We pray that you will find the loving family you seek. Blessings, Jimmy and Ashley | In Closing