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Jason & Shea
Hello! We're college sweethearts that have been married 18 years. We're a fun, active, caring family with lots of laughter and joy! We hope our life, experiences, and values are a perfect match for your child. We're so excited to complete our family and always believed adoption was in our future. It is the most special, selfless, shared experience between families. We can't wait to share our unconditional love for each other and our children.
Why We Chose Adoption
Adoption has been on our hearts for so many years! Shea grew up with many adopted children in her extended families, including many cousins, and always dreamed of being an adoptive mother even before we had our sons.
Our children are twins- Jack and Carter. Raising twins has been a wonderful experience! Carter is the oldest by one minute. Carter is creative, enjoys drawing, the saxophone, chess, basketball and golf. Carter is a great student and enjoys robotics and speech. Carter’s goal is to be an animator for Disney or be an architect. He loves to entertain our nieces and nephews including supervising many treasure hunts!
Jack enjoys sports and plays baseball year round, plays football and runs track. He has a great sense of humor and keeps us laughing everyday. Jack is a wonderful writer and makes good grades in school. Jack is very protective of his family and very loyal to his friends. Jack loves to cook and his favorite food is ultimate nachos at the ballpark! Jack’s goal is to work at Fox Sports one day.The twins have longed for a sibling for so long and we know how much their baby and toddler cousins mean to them. They have many close friends that are adopted, and thankfully they are old enough to understand and be so excited about what adoption means to our family and to them.
Fun Facts About Us:
Our Family Traditions
Family traditions are so important for our family! Once a year, right before school starts, we go on a weeklong trip to the river. There are about fifteen families that join us (including families with adopted children).
We go every four years to Disney World with Shea’s sisters and their families. The idea is to take every cousin once they are old enough!Our most important tradition is our meal together at night. No matter how busy, this is something we stop to do. We all talk about the hardest part of our day, and the best part of our day. We can’t wait for another little one to enjoy all of these traditions with us. Nothing is more wonderful than to see a child enjoy these activities! We feel blessed for our big family and group of friends that are so family-centered to help us celebrate these traditions.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a suburb between two large cities. We chose this city for the schools and feel of a small town. Our neighborhood is great for active families. We have a lake we can fish in and two ducks that walk up the hill to our home everyday in the Spring for food. We moved here because there are many young children for our kids to play with. We have a pool and during the summer Shea and other moms are here to welcome the neighborhood kids for burgers and swimming. The elementary, middle school and high schools are within two miles of our home.
A typical Saturday would be kids on our court playing dodgeball or riding bikes, families fishing or eating by the lake, and couples walking the pretty hills for exercise. We walk our rescue dogs, Steve and Fergie, almost everyday. They know everyone (mainly because people love their funny names!)We have a media room on second floor perfect for family movie night. We also have a large game room on third level with a ping pong table. This is where Jason and the kids play monopoly, Jason and Carter draw and Shea does crafts. We have four bedrooms, four living areas and five bathrooms.
Our Extended Families
We are blessed to have all family members within 40 minutes of each other. Your child would be welcomed by two grandmas-DeeDee and Gamma, two granddads-Papoo and Bubba, two aunts and uncles, and many cousins!
Birthdays are a big deal for us! Shea makes the cakes. The Dads dress up, so we have seen them as Mario and Luigi, Indiana Jones, and many other characters to entertain the kiddos.
We are lucky to have a family lakehouse nearby. We go for Thanksgiving and the July 4th. Shea is also able to take the kids for several weeks during summer with her sisters, niece and nephews.
Shea was raised very close to her cousins which includes adopted cousins. Her family knows the love and special experience that results from this great gift. Jason is an only child and very close to his parents. They were so thrilled to welcome another baby. They live about three minutes away and are already getting ready for visits from a new grandbaby!At a sporting event last night, our boys had more people in the stands than any other child on the field. We love our big family. Whether we are at our son’s games, my niece’s dance recital or fishing together, we love to support each other and raise our kids together.
From Us to You
We know that our opportunity and excitement about being parents again will come from the gift of a woman like yourself-that is strong and determined to find the perfect match for your child. There is no other act that matches the gift you are giving us-and we promise to guard, protect and love this gift throughout our lives.
We know you are reading about many families and we know it’s important to find the family that you envision as the right fit. That’s why we have tried to paint pictures of our daily life, our love for each other and our commitment to family.
We have been married for 18 years. We met early in college and were married right after. During this time, we didn’t think we could have children and talked about our dream of adoption. Then we found out we were having our twins! We grew even closer taking care of them together. We never gave up on our dream of adoption but wanted our twins to be older so we could fully devote our time to a new baby. We are ready! We have been together a long time and are partners as well as spouses. We have learned a lot from raising our twin babies and can’t wait to do it all over again with another precious miracle of life.
Adding a baby to our family means so much to our children. Being around nieces and nephews, they have long wanted a little brother or sister. They are twins but they are so different in such special ways! We hope that Carter shows your child his creative art skills, his skill for speaking, his outgoing personality and he is a fierce protector of his friends and family. We hope that Jack will help coach and play sports, share his love for cooking, and provide his fun sense of humor and his super hard work ethic! If anyone is more excited than us to have a new baby, it is the twins.
Shea loves to put together photo books of family trips, vacations and milestones in our kids lives. She can’t wait to make extra copies for you to see how your child is growing and see all the wonderful things your child is experiencing with our family. Jason loves to make family movies, such as our trips to Disney World, and can’t wait to share these with you as well. We want you to see your child and their happiest moments. This is so important to us, because we are parents and we know how important this is will be for you. These moments include losing their first tooth, or riding a bike, performing in their school play or getting their nails painted for the first time. Those moments are yours to share as much as ours. We can’t wait to put together this for you so you can feel peace and joy in not only your decision, but in your ability to see their growth and love with our family.
In between these letters and photo books, we would love to email you any other important news or milestones about your child. We want you to have the reassurance that you picked the right family for your baby and we are happy and excited to be able to share these moments, news and stories with you.
In closing, we hope that all we are about and all we love and cherish are things that you love and cherish....we hope that our family is the one for your child. Our life is about balancing fun, values, work, play, love and our Christian faith into raising a strong, loving family. We hope we can be that one for your child and complete our family as well as accept this amazing gift you could provide for us.
We always knew we would adopt, and we waited for the perfect time for our family. We trust and know that this perfect timing led us to you!Take care,
Jason & Shea
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