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John & Shannon

Hi! We are Shannon and John and we are grateful that you are reading our profile. We value family above all else and know that this adoption opportunity is a gift. This is the beginning of a journey to share our love, our lives, our adventures, and our faith with a child. We are excited to become parents and share this wonderful, beautiful life with a new addition to our family.

About Us

Industrial Sales
Head of Human Resources
Two Years of College
Master's Degree in Accounting
Legally Married

Why We Chose Adoption

Our Little Family at Christmas

The path we took to choose adoption was not a straight one. It has been filled with twists and turns, but has led us to this day and we know that it is right where we are meant to be. We knew from the day we married, over 8 years ago, that we want to be parents and share our lives with children. We never worried or thought about how that would happen, until we realized that we could not biologically have our own child. While we first struggled to comprehend what we had taken for granted, our faith brought us to explore what it really means to be a parent. We know that it does not matter if the child has John's blue eyes or Shannon's smile - it quite simply only matters that we can share our whole selves with a child that we love with our whole hearts. It matters only that with this love, we can raise them to do good in this world.

We have learned more about adoption through friends and acquaintances that have taken a similar path. Adoption is a gift for both the parents and the child, a source of meaning and fulfillment. We see the beauty in a family that is built through adoption and have never felt more certain that, at the end of this path, our family awaits.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

Celebrating Our Anniversary in Paris

John About Shannon: Shannon is loyal to friends and family and values honesty and sincerity. I admire her dedication to details and projects, both professional and personal. But, it is her selflessness and her desire to put others needs above hers that draws me to her. She lives by the Golden Rule and treats others how she hopes to be treated. While she draws comfort from what she knows, she pushes herself to try new things and experience life to the fullest. Shannon loves to be silly and can make me laugh at any moment. She will be a wonderful mom, with strength in her calm demeanor and desire to share her curiosity of the world with a child.

Shannon About John: John is outgoing, kind-hearted, thoughtful and patient. He loves my family as his own. I love how he loves life - he is fun-loving and truly sees every day as a gift. John cares for others and finds happiness in their happiness. I love that his eyes light up when he gives someone else a present and sees their joy. I love that he will play games with our neighbor's kids for hours on end, that they love "Mr. John" and want him to be the first to see their magic tricks or listen to them rehearse their play. He is resilient and inspiring to me - I am grateful to have him as my husband and best friend, and I cannot imagine sharing this journey with anyone else.

Our Family Traditions

Christmas Morning in Matching PJ's

In both of our families, Christmas was always a big deal, filled with elaborate decorations, lots of gifts to share, and delicious meals with loud conversation and plenty of laughs. When we moved into our new home six years ago, we began a new tradition hosting Christmas Eve with Shannon's parents and sister, and the three dogs between us. To prepare for the evening, we decorate our Christmas tree with ornaments that were passed on to us from our parents, as well as ornaments that we have collected from our travels as a married couple. Each ornament is symbolic of a piece of our lives - from our individual childhoods to shared experiences together, and we hope to pass these on to our children someday. John also loves decorating the house with garland and twinkling white lights and Shannon carefully sets up the nativity scene, also passed on from her childhood. We love having everyone to our house to let them relax and enjoy each other's company while we prepare a simple meal. After dinner, we play board games, and enjoy homemade sugar cookies, made from an old family recipe by Shannon's sister. Gift exchange is saved for the next day where we all gather again at Shannon's mom's house, leaving Christmas Eve truly as an evening to just be together and be thankful for all that we have.



Spectacular Day on the Oregon Coast
Spectacular Day on the Oregon Coast
Cheering On the O's
Cheering On the O's
Sunny Skies in Seattle
Sunny Skies in Seattle
Red Rocks & Rain in Sedona
Red Rocks & Rain in Sedona
Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing
Shannon at the Pottery Wheel
Shannon at the Pottery Wheel
John at the Fairytale  Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
John at the Fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
Hiking in the Southwest
Hiking in the Southwest
On the Lake With Suzie Q
On the Lake With Suzie Q
John Checking Out Stonehenge
John Checking Out Stonehenge
Morning Walk on the Beach
Morning Walk on the Beach
Hanging Out With Our Godson
Hanging Out With Our Godson
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Spectacular Day on the Oregon Coast
Spectacular Day on the Oregon Coast
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Cheering On the O's
Cheering On the O's
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Sunny Skies in Seattle
Sunny Skies in Seattle
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Red Rocks & Rain in Sedona
Red Rocks & Rain in Sedona
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Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing
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Shannon at the Pottery Wheel
Shannon at the Pottery Wheel
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John at the Fairytale  Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
John at the Fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
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Hiking in the Southwest
Hiking in the Southwest
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On the Lake With Suzie Q
On the Lake With Suzie Q
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John Checking Out Stonehenge
John Checking Out Stonehenge
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Morning Walk on the Beach
Morning Walk on the Beach
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Hanging Out With Our Godson
Hanging Out With Our Godson

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

Our home is in a peaceful, suburban neighborhood in Maryland. We love where we live for so many reasons: There is a true sense of community amongst our neighbors, who feel like an extended family to us. Everyone supports each other, whether it is getting a child off the bus or helping with yard work when someone is in need. We spend time in the summer at our neighbor's pool with several families and their children. Our community holds events such as movie night, Easter Egg hunts and Halloween parades. We are also fortunate to live in the #1 school district in our state. Nearby we have two large parks, where we spend plenty of time throughout the year hiking, biking and enjoying the fresh air.

Our home has four bedrooms, a beautiful front porch and a spacious fenced backyard, with plenty of room for our dog, Suzie Q, to play. One of the things we love most about our house is the swing that hangs from our front oak tree. When we purchased our home, our neighbors immediately asked if we would keep the swing. Without fail, every day during the school year, the neighborhood kids flock to our front yard to take turns on the swing when they get off the school bus. It brings a smile to our faces every time we see a child running to our yard and one day we hope to see our child do the same.

Our Extended Families

Christmas With Family

Family is everything to us. We are fortunate to have most of our family living nearby, making it easy to catch-up for a bite to eat, perhaps an ice cream, and a good chat!

Shannon With Her Mom & Sister

Shannon's mom and sister are both nurses, terrific cooks, share a love of exercise and the outdoors, and are always up for a travel adventure. Each year, we take a trip with both of them to a new European destination. We have explored Germany, Austria, England, Belgium and Amsterdam together. We love trying new foods, experiencing new cultures, and spending quality time together. They both are excited for this new journey with us, ready to babysit and love a new addition to the family. They are ready to share new adventures, travel and more.

John's sister and niece also live nearby and we frequently meet up to try new restaurants and have a few good laughs. We all love an easy getaway to visit John's mom in Florida, where we enjoy sunny weather and her company a few times each year.

Shannon's dad and stepmom live just a few hours away in a mountain lake resort. It is such a peaceful spot that we can go and disconnect from our everyday lives and enjoy the fresh air, a boat ride on the lake and family time roasting marshmallows for S'mores around the fire pit. Shannon's dad is anxious to welcome a grandchild and be able to share his passion for skiing and the outdoors.

From Us to You

First and foremost, we want to thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We hope that we can provide you with peace of mind that we are a compassionate, stable, and happy couple who will love this child unconditionally. We believe that this opportunity is a gift and we are grateful that you might consider us as parents for your child.

Family is very important to both of us. We always knew that we wanted children and began trying to start a family shortly after getting married in 2010. Unfortunately, this was a difficult journey and we were unsuccessful to conceive on our own. While this road was broken for us, it has led us down an even more beautiful path to adoption. We could not be more excited to expand our family and share our life experiences with a child that we believe has all of the potential in the world. We are supported by our families, as well as a close-knit group of friends and neighbors.

Shannon is a successful executive that has overseen the accounting and human resources groups at a financial firm for the past 15 years. She manages her company's financials and mentors others to grow within the firm. As she has moved up the ladder, she has also gained flexibility and will be ready to reduce her schedule as we expand our family. In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and if she isn't with John, it wouldn't be unusual for her to be having a girl's day with her mom and sister, perhaps shopping, getting pedicures or going to lunch. Reading, yoga, and exercise are also important parts of her life. She is a dedicated dog-mom to our eleven year old Schnoodle.

John has been working in industrial sales for over 20 years, which is well-suited to his outgoing personality. He loves working with people, learning about new projects, and solving problems for customers. In his downtime, he can be found with Shannon or spending time with neighbors and friends. John has several best friends that he has known since high school, and remains close to them. They often catch-up at local baseball and football games or the occasional round of golf. We have been honored to serve as godparents as these friends have expanded their families.

We enjoy spending time together, as simple as relaxing on the couch to talk about our day or as exciting as hiking a new trail in Austria. We challenge each other to try new experiences, from cooking classes to pottery making and from trying out yoga to running half-marathons. We love spending time outside, whether it is gardening, hiking, biking, or taking leisurely walks around the tree-lined neighborhood with our dog. We have been more adventurous, traveling extensively throughout the U.S., as well as internationally. We look forward to our future where we can share these same diverse cultural experiences with a child.

Our faith is an important part of our lives that It is something that gives us a stronger bond and has provided us the foundation to live good lives. We believe in the saying "In a world where you can be anything, choose kind." We intend on raising your child within our faith to be a good person who treats people with kindness and respect.

We are committed to sharing our child's adoption story with them, starting from your courageous decision to place them with us all the way through the open relationship we hope to have with you. We will share photos and stories as they grow, hitting significant milestones in their lives, and becoming the very best person they can be.

We hope that this brief note brings some small amount of comfort to you. We recognize the courage and strength in you to make this decision. You will be in our thoughts as we all move through this journey together.

John & Shannon


Daniel Craig
Tom Hanks
Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon
Our Dog Suzie Q
James Patterson
Ken Follet
Killer Angels
Candy Bar
Reese's PB Cup
Bugs Bunny
Childhood Memory
Meeting my grandfather in Dublin
Running a snowball stand built by my grandfather with my sister
Childhood Toy
Soccer Ball
Cricket the Dog
Children's Book
Green Eggs & Ham
Charlotte's Web
Classic Movie
White Christmas
Gone With the Wind
Day of Week
Ice Cream
Bread Pudding
Disney Movie
Mary Poppins
Little Mermaid
Dream Car
Classic Mustang
Range Rover
Dream Job
Baseball Player
Interior Design
Dream Vacation
Around the World
French Polynesia
Family Activity
Game Night
Long walks together w/ our dog
Flower / Plant
Macaroni & Cheese
Form of Exercise
Heads Up
Holiday Song
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Joy to the World
Holiday Tradition
Christmas dinner at my mother-in-law's home
Dinner at my Mom's
Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Junk Food
Cookies (any kind!)
Leisure Activity
Sporting Event
Men's Health
Memory with a Child
Niece's Dance Recital
Memory with Spouse
Hiking in Arizona
Adopting Suzie Q, our pup
Shawshank Redemption
When Harry Met Sally
Movie Munchie
Milk Duds
Movie Quote
"Frankly my dear I don't give a damn." - Rhett Butler
Movie Type
White Christmas
Sound of Music
Musical Group
Nursery Rhyme
Old Mother Hubbard
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Olympic Event
Figure Skating
Personal Hero
My mom
Mama Mia
Edgar Allen Poe
Quality about my Spouse
Sense of Humor
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." - Helen Keller
Live Like You're Dying - Tim McGraw
Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Cal Ripken, Jr
Michael Phelps
Sports Team
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Orioles
Subject in School
Business Class
All of Them!
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Grandma's French Toast
Time of Day
9 AM
Decorating for Christmas
Christmas Eve dinner at my house
TV Show
Fixer Upper
Type of Music
Vacation Spot

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