Andrew &
Jeremy

(wannabe dads)

Our story begins

August 28, 2012

In a town with three major college campuses, fall always brings an exciting energy to Fargo-Moorhead’s bars, restaurants and shops. It was one of those typical fall nights in Downtown Fargo that we met. Both of us were with our groups of friends, having a great time catching up and being back together from a summer apart. Our friend groups’ paths crossed, the way they naturally do when you’re out and about, and we were introduced. Exactly one week later, we started dating and, as they say, the rest is history.

That fall night leads to us today: Companions in life’s experiences, journeys, ups and downs.

We’ve navigated a long-distance relationship;
we’ve moved (and lived!) across the world together;
celebrated our wedding;
we’ve helped each other say goodbye to the family who left us too soon; and
we always cheer each other on through our successes and wins.

We have found and settled back into our forever home and community of Fargo, North Dakota. We’ve created a life together that we want to share, which begins our next endeavor. Now begins the journey of (hopefully) becoming dads. We look forward to working to welcome a child into our lives through adoption. We know this journey will offer obstacles, but we’ve always been down for a challenge.

A day in the life

of telling stories

As the Creative Director of Abovo, a design and marketing agency, Andrew spends his days helping clients tell the story of their brands, products and services. Every day is different and the tight-knit team of Abovo is better defined as a family than a group of coworkers. Andrew enjoys creating TV commercials, conceptualizing marketing campaigns and leading his team. Learn more and meet Team Abovo.

of making music

As the Choir Director at Northern Cass, Jeremy spends his days instructing, teaching and educating grades 5-12. He especially enjoys working alongside his coworkers to create and produce their annual concerts and musicals! He’s even recruited family and friends to help; both of his brothers have been part of his shows! See Jeremy’s most recent 2021 Spring “70’s” Themed” Concert.

The same, but different

Two trees, one root

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Dear Birth Mother,
I am Andrew’s Mom.
It was pure joy to be Andrew’s mom and watch him grow and mature into the man he is today.
Andrew has always been the planner and organizer of our family, whether it be “the chore chart”, parties, weekend plans, or family trips.
He was an entrepreneur from a very young age starting his own magic business as a traveling magician. He continues to manage his own social marketing company. He and his team are so creative and successful at what they do. Their projects are amazing!
Andrew is the big brother to 4 younger sisters and takes his role very seriously. He is the babysitter, protector, mentor, advice giver, prank player, listener, boyfriend interrogator, and selfless helper. The girls don’t even need to ask and he will be there. I love that about him. He genuinely loves his sisters.
When meeting Jeremy for the first time, we knew the perfect fit with Andrew and our family was there. Jeremy is so easy to love with his laid-back friendly personality and so comfortable to be with.
Jeremy is so creative and gifted. He is a man of many talents, whether it be creating costumes, singing, playing piano, or sports. Family vacations with these two guys are the best. It is also fun to see him with our girls as he grew up in a family of boys. Our daughters love Jeremy! He is very involved in their lives and interests. He enjoys playing games with them especially golfing, pickle ball and volleyball. You can even find him fixing their hair 🙂
He is the best son-in-law I could ever ask for. Being with them, a person can see that family is everything to Andrew and Jeremy.
This past February, my parents were stranded in ND for a week and it was Andrew and Jeremy who took care of them and made sure they had everything they needed. My parents were so impressed with all the attention they received.
I am so excited to become a grandma! I know these men have what is needed to be the best fathers with all their skills and family values.
Please consider Andrew and Jeremy.

When I came to work one morning I was told that today was going to be a sad day for me. I was assigned to be the bereavement nurse for a baby who was withdrawing care. This essentially means the decision has been made to take the infant off of life support. With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital was engaged in a lockdown that prevented any visitors. Not only did this mean that the siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family would never get to meet the baby, it also meant that the professional photographer who typically takes photos of the child before they pass would not be able to capture the precious moments so cherished by the families. Upon learning this, my first instinct was to call Andrew. As his favorite (and only) sister-in-law, I knew I could count on him to take my call, even on a busy work-day morning. I told him about the situation and asked if there was any way we could get his professional camera to the hospital. Within 30 minutes of hanging up, I had the camera and a brand new memory card in my hands and was able to take the photos before the child passed.
Andrew impacted the lives of many on that day. His willingness to drop everything for a family he doesn’t, and will never, know is a testament to his character and selflessness. It is for these traits and many others that I know he will be an incredible father.

Jeremy is the kind of person who is willing to go the extra mile for anyone. He is without a doubt the kindest person I know. When my husband and I got married we asked Jeremy to play four songs for our wedding ceremony. This is not a small task and Jeremy did it flawlessly without any direction. He took on a huge task during a very busy time just to make our wedding day extra special.
I have also been fortunate enough to attend his middle and high school choir concerts and watch Jeremy at work. Though watching and listening to his choirs is always an incredible experience, what is even more impressive is watching how he is completely adored by his students, their parents, and his fellow faculty members. The outpouring of appreciation and support he receives is incredible and is a reflection of the kindness and care he pours into all those around him. Jeremy’s kind heart and willingness to help others is the reason he is going to be such a wonderful father.

In my time getting to know Andrew and Jeremy as my friends, role models, and now brothers I have learned that these two are different in many ways. It’s these differences tied together by their shared values of love, respect, responsibility, and attitude that make them such a strong team. Any child would be lucky to have these two as their dads and I can’t wait to watch our future children grow up together.

I have the pleasure of claiming Andrew and Jeremy as my older brothers. I am 1 of 4 (younger) sisters of Andrew.

Growing up as the middle child with Andrew being the oldest – and the only brother, there are endless memories that consist of the highs, the lows, family adventures, directing us sisters in his home movies, traveling across the world together, and the usual sibling rivalry. From being the babysitter of 4 younger sisters by default, Andrew quickly took on the role of the protective big brother. His character shows encouragement and support for each and every one of our passions, interests, and individuality.

Four years ago when I was living in Fargo, just a flight of stairs below Andrew and Jeremy, I decided to make the move to a much bigger city to pursue a Master’s Degree. Coming from a small town of 800 people and being family-dependent, I was scared to move to a big city all alone with no one to lean on. Without hesitation, Andrew took the initiative of helping me hunt for a place to live, making the long drive with me, shopping for my new apartment, and helping me get to know the area I would be living in. It was that small act that shows the protection he wanted for me, the support he offered, and the encouragement that I would do great. Andrew continued to show these types of acts from hundreds of miles away. Without a doubt, he would drop everything to be present for you, even when it isn’t expected.

When I first met Jeremy, I instantly adored the person he is. He has a kindness about him that is rare to find. To me, his outlook on life is positively contagious and will always keep you young, active, and spontaneous. His caring nature and big heart keep his relationships strong. You can always count on Jeremy to give it his all with anything put in front of him. He possesses an amazing singing voice and a talent for the piano. This talent alone shows a glimpse into the gentleness and kindness of his personality.

My husband and I recently got married and had asked Jeremy to play and sing at the ceremony as well as performing the father-daughter and first dance. Jeremy is gifted with being able to play anything on piano without sheet music, on the spot. Many believe that with this talent, it comes easy to him and he can simply wing it – but they don’t see the countless hours, days, months, and years it took to get there, in addition to the never-ending practice. The effort he puts in is greater than anyone will know. This quality shows the passion of Jeremy’s character.

The missing piece to Andrew and Jeremy’s love is children to share it with. A child that would grow up having these two men as dads, would be one of the luckiest kids on Earth.

Dear Birth Mother,

Andrew and Jeremy have been best friends of ours over the years who now seem more like family. Our favorite characteristic about them is their selflessness. Whenever we are around them, they are fully invested and curious of what’s going on in our lives, we have even noticed they are like that with strangers. They genuinely care about people and their wellbeing.

One way to really get to get know someone is to travel with them! We have traveled with Andrew and Jeremy multiple times and are always blown away by how easy they are to get along with. They remind you of what’s important in life – to love and have fun.

We had a great time integrating them into our wedding day. Jeremy sang at our wedding and Andrew was basically facilitating the wedding, he was more so our ‘personal attendant’. Not only did we want amazing music (Jeremy) and have everything go smoothly (Andrew) we wanted them to somehow be integrated in our wedding because we admire their strong marriage. The foundation they’ve built on their marriage and friendship is commendable and we have always looked up to them for that.

Your child will have the best parents to guide them through life, supporting them through the worst times and the best times. We will promise to be the best ‘aunt’ and ‘uncle’ that they deserve. We look forward to watching them in their school plays, going to their concerts, their graduations and generally just supporting them in all aspects of their life. I promise they will be loved by us unconditionally.

Love,
Andrea and Erik Diederich

I am Jeremy’s mom. It was an absolute pleasure raising Jeremy with his dad, my husband, Max. He has turned out to be a remarkable, talented young man. When Jeremy and Andrew met, it seemed everything made sense, and their beautiful journey together started. Jeremy and Andrew are very different in so many ways, each bringing unique qualities to the relationship, and it works. Together they are like a magnet, drawing in their many friends and family members. Everyone wants to be around them. Their passion for life and adventure ensures that it will never be boring!

Andrew is a true front man and entertainer, full of life and fun. He is an entrepreneur, running his own marketing firm, and has a way of remaining calm in stressful situations. One thing I love about Andrew is that he remains grounded, and always knows what’s most important. Family is everything. He is a great communicator which is important in any marriage. He is a 4th son to Max and me, and we couldn’t be more proud. It’s been a joy watching him with his four younger sisters, looking out for them, protecting them, offering advice and love.

Jeremy is kind, and rarely has a bad thing to say about anyone. He is a true role model to his two younger brothers, and they look up to him immensely. He has a zest for life and has many hobbies and interests, making him so well rounded. Jeremy radiates joy when he sings and plays the piano. I’ve told him since he was little that listening to him sing is my favorite thing, still is. He could belt out a string of songs in perfect tune when he was 2 and has offered endless entertainment to many. His passion is teaching music to 5th-12th grade students, and they are lucky.

I’m excited to be a Grandma. I believe Jeremy and Andrew have so much love to give, and are ready to start a family and share that love. It will be a beautiful thing. ❤️

Jeremy is our eldest son and we are immensely proud of him as a man of real character. We are honored and proud of his beautiful husband, Andrew.

Together they embody a what a strong marriage should be based on; mutual love, commitment, care, patience, honor, respect and support. They are shining lights of personality and positive attitude. They have a wide and incredible group of friends which is a testament to how they develop and generously attend to meaningful relationships. They have huge hearts full of music, art, joy, care and laughter. They will be wonderful parents and their children will be truly loved and secure in that knowledge.

Dear Birth Parents,
Jeremy is my oldest and most loyal friend. We met in the 5th grade when his family moved to my hometown. From day one, his family accepted me as Jeremy’s friend, welcoming me into their home, inviting me to their cabin and so many events that I have lost track. Jeremy was raised by an incredibly loving family that always seems to have an extra seat at their table, no matter how large their community grows. Then came the day that Jeremy and Andrew met. That is when our lives were all positively changed as his strong, compassionate, and big brother type of personality left a lasting impression on both my husband and I. Andrew and Jeremy’s compatibility is undeniable – and to be able to watch their relationship grow, and stand by their side as they say, “I do”, was such a great honor.

Words to describe Jeremy and Andrew: driven, influential, relatable, entertaining, passionate, hilarious, flexible, adventurous, intelligent.

These are a few words that ultimately lead me to the word loving. They are loving in their marriage and their friendships and they have so much more love to give. When they talk about becoming dads it truly brings tears to my eyes because you can feel their passion to go on this next life-altering journey together. I have a one-year-old son, and the way they cherish him and check-in on him warms my heart. They nurture their friendships and are very present in life’s events. Whomever their future child is, who will enter their (and our) lives, will without a doubt have a wonderful life and grow up with the best parents (and be spoiled silly by friends and family). The minute you meet Jeremy and Andrew, you will know you have found the best of the best.

I have the pleasure of claiming Andrew and Jeremy as my older brothers. I am 1 of 4 (younger) sisters of Andrew.

Growing up as the middle child with Andrew being the oldest – and the only brother, there are endless memories that consist of the highs, the lows, family adventures, directing us sisters in his home movies, traveling across the world together, and the usual sibling rivalry. From being the babysitter of 4 younger sisters by default, Andrew quickly took on the role of the protective big brother. His character shows encouragement and support for each and every one of our passions, interests, and individuality.

Four years ago when I was living in Fargo, just a flight of stairs below Andrew and Jeremy, I decided to make the move to a much bigger city to pursue a Master’s Degree. Coming from a small town of 800 people and being family-dependent, I was scared to move to a big city all alone with no one to lean on. Without hesitation, Andrew took the initiative of helping me hunt for a place to live, making the long drive with me, shopping for my new apartment, and helping me get to know the area I would be living in. It was that small act that shows the protection he wanted for me, the support he offered, and the encouragement that I would do great. Andrew continued to show these types of acts from hundreds of miles away. Without a doubt, he would drop everything to be present for you, even when it isn’t expected.

When I first met Jeremy, I instantly adored the person he is. He has a kindness about him that is rare to find. To me, his outlook on life is positively contagious and will always keep you young, active, and spontaneous. His caring nature and big heart keep his relationships strong. You can always count on Jeremy to give it his all with anything put in front of him. He possesses an amazing singing voice and a talent for the piano. This talent alone shows a glimpse into the gentleness and kindness of his personality.

My husband and I recently got married and had asked Jeremy to play and sing at the ceremony as well as performing the father-daughter and first dance. Jeremy is gifted with being able to play anything on piano without sheet music, on the spot. Many believe that with this talent, it comes easy to him and he can simply wing it – but they don’t see the countless hours, days, months, and years it took to get there, in addition to the never-ending practice. The effort he puts in is greater than anyone will know. This quality shows the passion of Jeremy’s character.

The missing piece to Andrew and Jeremy’s love is children to share it with. A child that would grow up having these two men as dads, would be one of the luckiest kids on Earth.

With our move from SC to ND, we were welcomed to Fargo, ND by a community filled with kindness and support.

Our greatest gift in moving to Fargo, ND was meeting a group of life-long dearest friends we call our “Fargo family”. Jeremy and Andrew are an integral part of our “Fargo family”.

Through the years of spending time with them, we have witnessed qualities and actions that would make them the most wonderful parents.

First of all, they exhibit a very strong marital foundation filled with an unwavering love for one another. Jeremy and Andrew have great communication and show a mutual respect for one another. We have seen them get through high and low points in life and they have been a “rock” of support for each other. It’s very evident that they enjoy each other’s company and are best friends along with being marriage partners.

In addition, Jeremy and Andrew have such a joy and adventure for life. They bring energy and joy to everyday activities and get togethers. You will see them more often than not, with contagious smiles and laughter. The room “lights up” when they enter. They truly live and love life to its fullest!

Equally important, Jeremy and Andrew have a wonderful support system from family and friends. It takes a village when raising a family and Jeremy and Andrew will have strong support. They are a very “family oriented” couple and have close relationships with their parents, siblings and extended family members. They have a way of connecting with people and developing strong relationships.

Other important qualities Jeremy and Andrew exhibit are their caring and nurturing qualities. We’ve seen Jeremy and Andrew hold our own grand baby and friends’ babies and we call them “baby whisperers”.
The babies were so content in their arms and Jeremy and Andrew are so at ease and patient. Also, Andrew’s Grandma is in her 90’s and lives in Fargo. They frequently visit her, check on her and bring her groceries. Another way they show how caring they are is involvement in the community. Jeremy’s students at his school love to participate in his class because he’s such a nice and fun teacher. Jeremy and Andrew love to bring “care packages” to family, friends or those in need. They volunteer their time and resources in Fargo community. They truly are the most compassionate, sweet, unselfish couple.

Jeremy and Andrew Young would be such wonderful parents. Their sweet little boy or girl would be raised in a home with loving parents, a home filled with love, kindness, respect, laughter and of course…music.❤️🤗

Kindly,

Therese and David White

Dear Birth Mom,

My name is Lisa, and Andrew has been one of my best friends in the world since we were in elementary school. Andrew’s friendship is one that I treasure. As kids, we spent hours making videos, swimming at the pool, riding our bikes, being in plays, and just being each other’s besties.

Andrew and I have been there for each other during hard times, and good times. When Andrew told me he was marrying Jeremy, I was thrilled for them both. One of my favorite moments from their wedding was watching Andrew, watch Jeremy and his mom dancing together. The look on Andrew’s face was one of pure, unadultered love.

Birth mom, if you choose Jeremy and Andrew to parent your baby, you will be choosing two dads who love each other, have a zest for life and new experiences, are encouraging, loving, supportive, kind, energetic, and will raise some awesome little humans. My life is better because I have these amazing men in it.

Andrew and Jeremy have so much love to give. Please consider giving them a chance to share it.

Lisa

I am so excited that Jeremy and Andrew will soon be parents! They will bring their compassion, love and caring ways that they share with family, friends and the community, to parenting. Their child will be blessed.

I have had the pleasure of spending lots of time with Jeremy and Andrew ever since they started dating, and with that come so many fun memories together. Getting to be a big part of each other’s lives gives unique insight into their character as individuals, their compatibility with one another and love for each other. I have many stories and experiences that come to mind when I think back through the years of time spent with Jeremy and Andrew, but I think a great example of the type of people they are and what they mean to me is best explained broadly, and across years. I wasn’t living in Fargo when Jeremy and Andrew met, but would make several trips a year to visit them for a weekend. This was our routine for many years and for me, these were always the most fun weekends throughout the year. Through these trips to Fargo I got to meet many of their friends and other people close to them and something became more and more clear as time went on: their demeanor on life is something to take note of, and it is embodied in the company they keep. Their sphere of friends/family in Fargo (and across the world) is overloaded with amazing, kind, interesting, and fun people, and at the center of it all stand Jeremy and Andrew. While Jeremy and Andrew certainly are opposites on many things, they are complete equals in their ability to be present, attack life with passion, share huge amounts of love, and bring out the best qualities in others who are around them. Who wouldn’t want to surround themselves with people like that?! These qualities are contagious and were a driving force in my decision to move to Fargo. I owe Jeremy and Andrew a great deal of credit for teaching me many things about attitude, passion and the importance of being true to yourself. These qualities are unrealized by many people, but you won’t find it in their group of family and friends and I think this speaks volumes to the type of people Jeremy and Andrew are. Above all else, Jeremy and Andrew have a set of core values that everyone should strive to have: Love for family, passion and integrity for everything they do, attitude is everything, respect and appreciation for one another, and being present/living in the moment. These values speak to their character as husbands, sons, brothers, friends, and most importantly going forward, as parents. I can’t think of a better team for a child to learn from, grow up with, and be loved by than Jeremy and Andrew Young. They are of the highest order people for so many in their lives, and would be blessed by the opportunity to adopt.

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