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Shane & Ellie
We are very excited at the possibility of growing our family through adoption once again and we thank you for considering us. We are a multi-cultural bilingual family, with a 3-year-old son, and an old family pet dog. We can't wait to share our love and our home with your child. Choosing us to be your child's parents would bring such joy to us and would complete our family.
We are a multi-cultural and bilingual family. Shane is Caucasian of Irish decent. Ellie is Mexican and an immigrant to the US. Being married to someone who is of a different culture has made each of us more sensitive and appreciative of our differences. We believe in acceptance of all people. We particularly enjoy eating foods from all cultures. When we have the opportunity to speak with someone from a different culture or part of the world, we love to learn about their customs, traditions, way of life, religion, and their value systems. Because we are multi-cultural, our children will have a better understanding and acceptance of people different from them.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption has touched us personally in the form of two very special people to us. Shane’s little sister was adopted from the foster care system when she was 3 years old. Shane remembers to this day being 10 years old and meeting her for the first time. One of the dearest memories he has of them growing up is walking to school together and little sister holding Shane’s hand as they walked through the snow. Her hand was so tiny she could hardly wrap around two of Shane’s fingers.
Our son is also adopted from the foster system. We met him at 12 days old and has been in our home and our hearts since then. Our adoption has finally become official after a year and half and we couldn’t be more ecstatic about it. We cannot imagine our lives without our son. We are now ready to grow our family further and have the joy and laughter of children in our home.
What Makes Us Unique
Shane has a private pilot’s license and co-owns an old airplane. Shane enjoys flying to remote destinations to get a look at the countryside from up in the air. Shane is looking forward to teaching the children about the mechanics of airplanes, and the science behind how they fly.
We discovered CrossFit two years ago and have made it a huge part of our life. Not only are we more fit, but it gave us an education in nutrition and helped us eat better. Together we’ve lost an incredible amount of weight and become stronger versions of ourselves. We plan to share healthy eating habits and exercise with our children.
Cancer awareness is something that is also near and dear to our hearts. Each year, we participate as a family in Relay for Life, which is a cancer fundraising event. Ellie also participates in long distance running events that support cancer fundraising and research. Ellie works hard to raise cancer awareness and has raised tens of thousands of dollars for cancer charities. We look forward to engaging our children in the relay and other events to continue this mission.
We also enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. Shane loves fishing. He goes a few times a year and feels it gives him some peaceful time to reflect on life. Ellie loves camping and hiking. We can’t wait for our children to be part of our outdoor activities as soon as possible.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a small desert town, in the Mojave Desert of California. Although our town is desert, sandy, windy, and isolated from the big cities, we are very much within driving distance to anything imaginable. Metropolitan areas, the mountain life of the Sierras, the beaches of California are all within driving distance.
Our community is primarily employed by the federal government since the Navy’s biggest engineering and test facility is based in town. The majority are civilian, but there is a military presence as well. Due to the nature of the work, the community has a large percentage of college graduates, many with advanced degrees. As a consequence, public education in town is of the highest quality.
The town is quiet, but offers many community activities for children, including the typical American sports, martial arts, gymnastics, and clubs such as fishing, chess, quilting, and cooking.
Our home is 3 bedrooms, with an open living room connecting to the kitchen. We have a large back yard with a grass area for children and our dogs to play. The yard is divided into a large covered outdoor kitchen for barbecues, grass, a vegetable garden, and a paved RV run. We don’t have an RV, so we envision kids running up and down playing basketball or other games here. We live in a closed off area of town, away from every day traffic. We have young families living across the street from us and often see young children playing in the street.
Our Extended Families
Our extended family is near and dear to our hearts.
Shane’s parents and two sisters live in the same town as us. Shane’s mom has an at-home daycare in the same home where Shane grew up, and where our son spends his days while we go to work. We spend some holidays there playing board games, opening presents, eating chili and special crab cakes for Christmas dinner. Shane’s sisters visit our son regularly. They like to spend hours teaching him new skills or take him for walks around our neighborhood.
Ellie’s family is not in town, but we live within driving distance. Ellie is very close to her side of the family, she talks to her parents and sisters almost daily. We visit Ellie’s parents during long weekends and holidays, especially in the summer when our 6 nephews are off from school. All the nephews love our son, who is the youngest grandchild, and they take turns holding him, playing with him and taking pictures with him. One of Ellie’s sisters lives close to us, and we see her more regularly during our trips out of town to go to the big city.
Our extended family includes our best friends who live in town. They share similar interests to us, such as hiking, camping, our love for delicious barbecue cookouts, exercising, and flying airplanes. We are lucky that our best friends have a daughter close to our son's age with whom we share lots of fun activities. We cannot wait to include your child as well and look forward to introducing him or her to everyone!
From Us to You
We are delighted that you are reading this letter and want to thank you for considering us as your baby’s adoptive parents. We can only imagine the difficult decisions you are having to make right now, but want to assure you that when it comes to selecting your baby’s adoptive parents, you can count on us to be the right choice for your baby.
Let us start by telling you a little bit about us. We are a multi-cultural, bilingual married couple of 14 years now. We met in college and have been together since. We are both engineers, and although you would expect us to be very similar, we are actually different from one another. These differences have helped us to see the world with a wider lens and has opened us to being more accepting individuals. Our core value systems are near the same, we believe family comes first at all costs, we believe in the kindness of all people, and we believe in a world where each of us has something special to offer. Our relationship is one built on trust and respect. We have unconditional support for one another. We plan our lives and activities as a family and our decisions are based on what is good for the family unit. We are each other’s best friends.
Not everything has been wonderful though. We have had some bumps along the road. Ellie was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 30. We were not expecting this in our lives, especially at a time when we were trying to start a family. The treatment caused us to not be able to get pregnant on our own. Once Ellie’s cancer was not a threat to her life anymore, we chose to start a family again. This time through adoption. We have been blessed to be foster parents to a little boy, he came into our home at the age of 21 days. We fell in love instantly. Watching him grow up has been the highlight of our lives. We are happy to share that he is no longer our foster son, we have officially adopted him! Now we are hoping to expand our family once again and we would love to add your baby to our family.
Your precious baby will fill our home and our hearts with love. We want to share our journey with you as the baby grows. We believe it is important for the child’s mental and emotional development that they know their adoption story from the start and they have access to as much information about their birth family as it is possible. Our promise to you is that we will love and care for your baby no different than if he/she had been birthed to us. We will share baby pictures and letters with you keeping you in our hearts and prayers every day. When the child is old enough to understand a little bit more about adoption, we will share your pictures and letters with him/her and encourage the child to write you letters of their own. We are open to other forms of communication such as e-mail and occasional phone calls.
Thanks again for considering us. We are eager to become parents again and grow our family. Rest assured your baby will be loved, will have everything he/she needs, and you will always have a special place in their heart for you.
Shane & Ellie
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