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Shaun & Kelly
We are excited to expand our family through adoption again and truly admire your strength and courage. We are very active and love to explore new places, go to the beach, spend time outside, watch baseball and hang out with our family and friends. We feel that we are meant to adopt another child and hope that you choose our family because of a feeling that it is meant to be.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption has personally affected us and our family. We adopted our second son after struggling with secondary infertility. We first met Nicholas and his birth mother and birth grandmother at the hospital the day after he was born. We vividly remember the details of the very first moment that we met him, and it was the exact same feeling that we had when we first met our oldest son, Andrew. We have had the unique experience of having a biological and adopted child. People always ask us if it is any different. We always say, "no" because the love isn't any different. Adoption has been a unique and special story: our story, Nicholas's story and his birth mother's story. It is OUR collective story, a story that we continue to write every day.We have continuing contact with Nicholas's birth mother, and it has been an amazing experience! Adoption not only added another child to our family, but it added another element to our life. Choosing adoption is choosing a journey or an adventure. It has taken us to places where we have never been, both literally and figuratively. Adoption can be complicated, but the love is simple. Nicholas's birth mother is a very important part of our life, and we will never forget the very first moment that we met her.
Shaun likes to run for exercise, golf and go on ski trips with friends. Shaun also enjoys cooking on the grill and trying different types of food. Kelly likes to run for exercise and play tennis with friends and on a competitive level. Kelly also enjoys taking pictures and making family albums on the computer.
We enjoy going out to dinner with friends and trying new and different restaurants in downtown Baltimore and Washington, DC. We also enjoy going to music concerts especially pop and country concerts. We have "date night" a few times a month so that we can spend time together as a couple.
As a family, we like going to the park, going to the pool and going to Orioles games. We enjoy taking long weekend trips to the beach, Disney World and Disneyland. We also like to travel to different cities in the United States. We have been to cities such as Seattle, New York, Philadelphia and Portland, Maine. We have goals to visit other cities such as Austin, Anchorage, Santa Fe and Portland, Oregon. Depending on the season, we like going to the pumpkin patch, seeing Christmas lights, sledding and taking boat rides. We are looking forward to introducing these activities to another child and becoming a family of five!
What It Means to Be Parents
The thing that we like most about being parents is seeing the simple world through the eyes of a child. Being a parent forces one to slow down and appreciate the little things in life such as skipping down the sidewalk, watching the rain, making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, playing catch, swinging on a swing and looking for toads under a water drain. Being a parent means going to soccer practices, baseball games, concerts, school parades, art shows and being your child's biggest fan (even when they strike out). We appreciate every moment that we have with our two sons and are looking forward to being parents to another child. We are excited to show the world to another child through everyday experiences and travel and can't wait to see the world through a different set of eyes.As parents, we have a responsibility to raise a loving and caring person and a productive member of society. We also have a responsibility to protect a child while at the same time allowing him or her to make mistakes and learn along the way. We have a lot of love to give to this child and will always encourage him or her to give to others.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a Maryland suburb that is close to Washington DC, Baltimore and Annapolis. Our convenient location allows us to be able to take day trips to various places such as the Washington Zoo, Baltimore Zoo, National Aquarium, Baltimore Harbor, National Harbor, Annapolis Harbor, Washington DC museums, historical landmarks and science centers. We are also only a few hours away from beaches and mountains.
We live in an amazing community that consists of single family homes, townhomes, condominiums, restaurants, retail stores, local businesses and schools that are all within walking distance. Our community has large areas of designated open fields, playgrounds, walking paths, a community pool, a fitness center and a community center. There are many families with young children who live in our neighborhood. We are friends with other parents in our neighborhood, and our sons play with several neighborhood kids. Someone is always organizing playgroups and family parties for different holidays and events.Our community organizes many yearly events for the children such as a fall festivity day in October and a summer fun and fireworks day in July. The fall festivity includes a Halloween costume contest, pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, hayrides and tours inside a firetruck and ambulance. The fireworks day includes activities for the children and is one of the best fireworks displays in the area that can be watched from anywhere in the neighborhood.
Our Extended Families
Kelly's parents and Shaun's parents live in Upstate New York. They frequently visit us for holidays, birthdays and other events. Kelly's sister, brother-in-law, nephew and niece live five minutes away. Shaun has two brothers, who also live nearby. We travel to New York to visit our family a few times a year.
When our family gets together, we mainly like to talk, laugh and tell stories. We do various things such as go out to dinner and tour local attractions. Kelly enjoys planning beach trips for our family. Shaun enjoys golfing with his father and brothers.
One of our family traditions is called, Wigilia, which is the Polish name for Christmas Eve. We cook traditional Polish food such as pierogies, sauerkraut and fish. We break pieces off of a Polish wafer and wish each other good health and success in the upcoming year.
We are very fortunate that our siblings live close to us. They are always available to help us out or babysit when we need them. We have strong relationships with our siblings, and feel that it is important for a child to have siblings. Our family is very supportive of our adoption plans and is looking forward to a new addition.
From Us to You
We know in our hearts that there is another child out there who is meant to be a part of our family. While we believe in "free will," we also believe in destiny. Everyone from time to time, looks back on their lives and wonders what might have been if they had chosen one path over the other. For example, we often wonder what might have been if we both hadn't decided to go to graduate school, and perhaps started our family a few years earlier. But, what we have come to realize is that there is no such thing as a mistake in life. Each path and every decision leads us to exactly where we need to be. We feel that we were meant to build our family through adoption. Adopting our second son and having a relationship with his birth mother has enriched our life in many ways that we cannot explain in words. We truly believe that our collective decisions have led all of us to this moment in time, which is destined for your child. Children are a gift to the world. We promise you that we will always love, nurture, protect and encourage your child. Above all, we promise that we will raise your child to be his or her best self.
We are both from the same town in Upstate New York. We started dating the summer before Kelly went away to college. We maintained a long distance relationship for four years between New York and North Carolina. We went to chiropractic school together in Minnesota, moved to Maryland, started a business together, got married and started a family. We have been married for 14 years.
Kelly about Shaun: Shaun is a very caring, patient, persistent and outgoing person. Everyone likes Shaun, and our friends gave him the nickname of "mayor" of our neighborhood. Shaun has a great sense of humor, and I love how he makes me laugh. He is a very involved father and truly enjoys playing and spending time with our sons.
Shaun about Kelly: Kelly is a very intelligent, resilient, practical and organized person. Her love for fun and adventure is contagious. Kelly is my best friend and pushes me to do things that I never would have done on my own. She is an amazing mother and I love how she loves us and takes care of us.
We hope that something draws you to us as parents and to Shaun, Kelly, Andrew and Nicholas as a family. While we have two amazing sons, we strongly feel that our family isn't complete yet. Andrew and Nicholas frequently ask why they don't have another brother or sister. Andrew and Nicholas are very kind, caring and protective, and will be great big brothers to your child!
It is important that your child knows where he or she came from. We are looking forward to sharing your child's birth and adoption story with him or her at a young age. We will send letters and pictures of birthdays, holidays and important events. We are also open to some phone calls and visits depending on your comfort level. We will always speak of you with love and respect. We will tell the child that his or her strength, courage and generosity towards others comes from you.
You are obviously a very brave and selfless person. We wish the very best for you and hope that you listen to your "gut feeling" with this decision. Regardless if you choose us, we hope that just by reading our profile you saw the happiness in adoption. We truly hope that you find the family that you are looking for.
Shaun & Kelly
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