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Sean & Shandra
Thanks for taking time to get a glimpse into our family. We admire the fact that you are considering making an adoption plan. We believe adoption is a gift. We adopted a little girl who is now 6 years old, and we are so excited about the possibility of adopting a second child.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Our favorite vacation spot is Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. We love it! We go almost every summer for a few days to relax and have fun. We usually stay at the same beachfront hotel each year. We get an oceanfront room where we can enjoy the view first thing in the morning as well as before bed in the evening.
It is great to be able to walk directly out of the hotel onto the beach. We spend our time walking on the beach, sitting under a shade tent, flying a kite, and playing in the water or the sand with our daughter. She is still a little tentative about the waves, but she loves to play in the sand and swim in the pool. We love to pick up shiny shells or sit and try to catch the tiny fish in the waves. And, of course, there is sandcastle building!
The best part is that it’s a trip that’s just for our family to enjoy each other without the distractions of daily life.
In 2012, adoption entered our home in the form of a little girl named Bethany. We have been so blessed by her; she changed our lives. With Bethany, adoption has become a regular part of our conversations. We talk to Bethany about how she has two families who love her, both her adoptive family and her birth family. We talk about how her birth mother made a loving and courageous choice to place Bethany with a family that could take good care of her at a time when Anna was not yet ready to care for a child.
We talk about and keep in touch with several members of her birth family, especially her birth mother, Anna. We send photos and videos to her as well as texting the latest cute thing Bethany says. Over time our relationship with her has become a natural part of our lives, like extended family. Though Anna has built a new family and lives in another state, we make it a point to occasionally travel with Bethany to visit with them.
With our next adopted child, we will have the same sort of openness about how much they are loved by us and their birth family. We are looking forward to growing our family further through adoption.
Our Religious Beliefs
We are Christians. We believe the Bible is God’s Word and that, out of his love for us, Jesus Christ came to earth and died for our sins and then rose from the dead. Believing this allows us to be adopted into His family. We regularly read the Bible and pray together as a family. Our trust in God is something that gives us joy and stability in the midst of life's circumstances.
We believe it’s important to gather together with other believers, so we are members of a great church and have many great friends there. Our daughter loves our church and the children's activities they have there as well as the friends she has made.
The Bible says that children are a blessing from the Lord. Adopting Bethany has confirmed for us that is the case. We believe that being raised in a Christian home with a church family provides a great foundation for life.
Our Extended Families
Sean grew up in Georgia with his parents and two younger brothers. Now Sean’s brothers live in different states, but we still make a point of visiting his parents’ house around Christmastime. When Sean's family gets together, they enjoy playing board games and visiting around the dinner table. Music is also a big part of their home. Both of Sean's parents play piano and when we visit during the holidays we always sing Christmas carols as a family.
Shandra grew up in Texas with her parents and older brother. We are very close with Shandra’s Mom and Dad and usually visit them 2 or 3 times each year. There is always a lot of teasing, goofing off, and eating Mimi’s cooking while we are there. We always visit around Christmas, which means family football watching and Shandra and her Mom spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Shandra’s family has a tradition of singing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” before opening every present, no matter how long it takes.
Bethany is the first and only grandchild for both of our families. They are excited about the hope that we have of adopting another child and look forward to the opportunity of showering love on another grandchild.
Since we live so far from family our “family of friends” is really important to us. Having lived in our current city in Virginia for 11 years, we have made good friends with people we walk through life with. We keep up with each other, help each other out in difficult times, and love each other’s children. Our friends are an important part of our everyday life.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a family-friendly city in central Virginia. It is large enough to have everything we need but small enough to have a great sense of community. We live within 15 minutes of playgrounds, parks, shopping, doctor’s offices, restaurants, and libraries. We are only 5 minutes away from the YMCA where we have a membership; our family loves to swim there.
Our home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a swing set, a sandbox, a dog, and plenty of yard for running around. Our favorite room is the living room, where our family spends time together talking, watching movies, playing games, or just hanging out.
Our neighborhood is full of families with children. Our daughter loves to play with the other children in our neighborhood, especially the family next door and the family across the street. There are 7 kids between these two families, so there is always someone to play with.
From Us to You
Hello! We are Sean and Shandra and we’re excited that you’re taking the time to get a glimpse into our family. We admire the fact that you’re considering making an adoption plan and we’re so thankful you’re considering entrusting your child to our family.
This profile represents much thought and prayer, and we hope it gives you the insight you need as you choose a home for your child. We know that this is a big decision and we want you to be able to get a real sense of what it would be like to place your child with our family.
First, here’s a little about us. We met each other the second weekend of our freshman year of college and have been together ever since! We have a strong and loving marriage and have been married for 22 years. We’re just regular people full of quirks, but we love each other through it all. We live in a small city in central Virginia and are surrounded by wonderful friends and neighbors.
Sean teaches at a local university and Shandra is a stay-at-home mom to our daughter, Bethany. Shandra also works part-time running a small business out of our home. At the end of a busy day, we like to sit down to dinner together as a family and talk. Weekends are the best part of the week since we get to spend time together playing outside, watching movies, getting together with friends, and going to church.
We have gone through many adventures together, and our biggest adventure yet is parenthood! We adopted our daughter, Bethany, 6 years ago and she is such a blessing to our family. We have really enjoyed getting to see her learn and grow and change. She has been an unbelievable blessing to us and she is so excited by the prospect of being a big sister.
If you choose our family, please know that we really desire to have an ongoing relationship with you. We feel that adopting means joining a new family with ours, and we are excited about that. Depending on your wishes, we would be glad to send letters and pictures as well as sharing emails and phone calls. And we’re open to in-person visits, the frequency of would partly depend on how far away you live.
We want you to receive the amount of contact that you desire and that is comfortable for you. As we have seen with Bethany's birth family, this may change over time, and we are flexible on that. It’s a priority to us that each child knows their own story. And one of the biggest pieces of that story is the birth family.
We know that placing a child for adoption is an incredible act of love. We know this because we are already parents, so we understand the strength of the love each parent has for their children.
We are excited about taking the next step in our journey. We hope that you will consider being a part of it.
“If a child is born and raised in a home that is loving and nurturing, where there is complete truth about who we are, you can’t give a child any greater place from which to fly.”
- Amanda Bearse
Sean & Shandra
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