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Shannon & Christie

We believe that parenting is the most important role any person can face in their life. Thank you for considering us for this important decision. We are so excited to expand our family through adoption and to go through this journey with you. We know this a tough decision, and we hope that in learning about us, you will feel that we are the best choice for you and your child.

About Us

Shannon
Christie
Job
Business Owner
Business Owner
Education
Animal Behavior Training
Master's Degree in Business
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

What Made Us Who We Are Today

At the Park

One of the biggest responsibilities we both had has children, was taking care of the various pets we would bring home (we were both animal lovers from a young age). When we met, we were on different roads that would eventually lead us to the same place. Christie finished undergrad and began working for a bank. She then finished graduate school and loved what she did ... but loved her rescue dogs more. Shannon worked at her family's business after school and then took a desk job for a dental firm. She also had two dogs and was struggling with one of them, so she went back to school for dog behavior and started her own business. When we met, Shannon trained Christie's dog and Christie helped Shannon with her business. We realized how much more we could do together and we started our own company caring and training for dogs. Our company grew and eventually we had several locations and 100 employees. We worked really hard every day, for the dogs we cared for, the clients who trusted us with their furry children, and to our employees to provide them all we could. We did what we love and were able to help so many families and pets in need. We recently sold our business to focus on our own family and to allow our company to grow to new levels. We stayed on as consultants and founders, which gives us the freedom to be at home and work when we want to. We are fortunate to be financially secure but know how much work over the last 15 years it took. We are forever grateful to our parents, who made sure to instill in us that to go far, you have to work hard and treat people with respect.

Cultural Diversity

Times Square

Cultural diversity is important to us because of how it has impacted us personally. Shannon is from a small town where everyone knew her name. She grew up in a more rural environment with her extended family close by. Christie's family immigrated to the U.S. in the late 60's. Most of her extended family is still in India or in other parts of the world. Her family, while not close in location, is very close and speaks frequently thanks to WhatsApp and Skype.

Our families were very traditional and religious. Religion and spirituality are important to us, however we have learned that everyone has different opinions, and that the most important thing is to be a good person and live in a way that is respectful to God. Neither of our families were excited (at first) to know that we had chosen someone of the same sex to be our partner in life, but family is the most important thing and we are blessed that our families embraced us more than religious ideals. With Christie's parents living with us, it has brought us even closer and we realize that cultural diversity isn't just about race, religion, or sexuality, but accepting people who are different and finding the similarities. Because it is such an important part of our lives, we would instill values of tolerance and acceptance to our child as well.

Fun Facts About Us:

  • Christie's favorite way to tease her mom is to try to tickle her.
  • Our dogs have each been given a personality, voice and back story.
  • We will have whole conversations "with" and between the dogs using their voices.
  • Shannon is very particular about how to fold towels and will even refold them if Christie folds them wrong.
  • Christie is very tech savvy and Shannon couldn't set up a computer to save her life.
  • Shannon graduated from high school with two diplomas since she attended two schools her senior year.
  • Christie can understand her family's native language Tamil, but cannot speak it.
  • We both love home improvement and rearranging furniture throughout the house.
  • Shannon's family business was in landscaping ... if Shannon gets bored on a weekend, she has been known to dig a big hole in the backyard to build some type of garden feature.
  • Every time Shannon has tried to use the BBQ grill, she burns dinner. Christie does the grilling.
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    Photos

    Fun in the Dominican Republic
    Fun in the Dominican Republic
    Our Dogs
    Our Dogs
    Our Wedding
    Our Wedding
    Christie With Sunny
    Christie With Sunny
    Beautiful Tahiti
    Beautiful Tahiti
    Hiking
    Hiking
    Christie Surfing
    Christie Surfing
    Shannon Training
    Shannon Training
    Shannon Paddleboarding
    Shannon Paddleboarding
    In New York City
    In New York City
    Shannon With a Friend's Baby
    Shannon With a Friend's Baby
    Lake Tahoe
    Lake Tahoe
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    Fun in the Dominican Republic
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    Our Dogs
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    Our Wedding
    Our Wedding
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    Christie With Sunny
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    Beautiful Tahiti
    Beautiful Tahiti
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    Hiking
    Hiking
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    Christie Surfing
    Christie Surfing
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    Shannon Training
    Shannon Training
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    Shannon Paddleboarding
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    In New York City
    In New York City
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    Shannon With a Friend's Baby
    Shannon With a Friend's Baby
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    Lake Tahoe
    Lake Tahoe

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    We live outside of a major city in Missouri within a small lake community. The great thing about living close to a major city is that it's easy to take part in the many festivals, the zoo, the science museum or our favorite place, The City Museum. The city is very diverse, and we love going out to try new types of cuisine or check out the cultural festivals that are held during the summer. Our immediate community is very nice because it is far enough away from the city to have a very spacious yard. We have a beautiful lake in our backyard that we love spending time on, whether it is to kayak, take the dogs paddle boarding, or just watching the fish and ducks. We love doing things outside and seeing all the wildlife. Our home is a spacious ranch with five bedrooms and plenty of room. There is a swimming pool outside that we love to have family and friends over to enjoy. The favorite room in the house is a big breakfast room that has giant windows overlooking the pool and lake. There is a family of deer that sleeps in our front yard and a beautiful owl that hoots at us each night. There are so many great parks and playgrounds close to our neighborhood that the possibilities for fun times are endless. Our home is also close to many great schools and we are surrounded by families with children who enjoy playing outside.

    Our Extended Families

    Family Vacation

    Shannon is the eldest in her family and has two younger sisters. Shannon's mom and sisters live just an hour away, and we get together often for dinner, shopping, and holidays. All of her extended family lives in the same town as her mom, not far from us. We have a great time having barbecues and playing with the kids and pets on Shannon's grandparents' lake. Recently, Christie's mom and dad moved in with us as they are getting older. Her mom is an amazing cook- we are lucky to be able to enjoy family dinners and hang out with our family in the kitchen almost every day. She has an older brother that lives in Texas and a sister that lives about 20 minutes away. Christie also is very close to her uncle's family and their children. They live in the same city and we get to see them frequently for family functions. Being close to our families is very important to both of us. All of our families are very excited about adoption because this child would be the first grandchild on both sides.

    Fun With Family

    From Us to You

    We are so grateful and humbled that you would take the time to get to know us. We understand that this is one of the biggest decisions that an expectant mother could ever be asked to make and are so grateful that you have chosen to learn about us.

    We met at a Halloween party 10 years ago. Shannon was with friends and Christie had entered a costume contest with a friend. They were dressed as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and walked across stage with a stroller and a bunch of dolls. The moment Shannon saw Christie, she thought to herself, I have to meet that girl. We like to think that we both won that night, Christie won the costume contest and Shannon won the chance to go out and get to know an amazing woman. After dating for six years, we were married at a beautiful ceremony surrounded by friends and family.

    We have moved through life as a team and love to say that we balance each other out. Christie was working in financial services and Shannon had her own business with big dreams. As we spent time getting to know each other, we realized we had a lot of the same dreams, goals, and most importantly, values. We started a business together and worked very hard to build it up and eventually sell it while always leaning on each other for both support and laughs when needed. We talked about our future often, and it always included children. We began trying through IUI and IVF. After a few failed attempts, we realized that it wasn't the path we wanted to continue. We began exploring adoption and realized that this was how we wanted to start our family and we began moving towards it. We know that having a child is a part of our life and we are committed to and excited to see it happen. We are fortunate to be at a place in our lives where we can both be at home and be dedicated to raising our family with our extended family very close to us. Often at family gatherings we are found surrounded by our family's children playing games, laughing and roughing around, and we can't wait to add a child of our own to that mix. Our families are very excited to be on the journey with us and are anxiously waiting.

    We believe that the opportunity to raise a child and teach them to be a respectful, kind, amazing person is the greatest gift that anyone could ever be given. Both of us were raised by very hard-working parents who sacrificed everything for their children. They raised us with the same values and ideals they have, to work hard, be good people, love God, and laugh often. We hope to raise a child with the same values that were instilled in us.

    Thank you for being so strong and courageous. We are excited to know that you will play a role, whatever you choose, in your child's life. Please know that we want you to be a part of this child's life and their growth into an amazing person to whatever extent that you feel comfortable. We are excited to keep you in the child's life with emails including pictures and updates and letters. We are eager to know you so that we can make sure your child has a healthy and happy understanding of your decision. We want your child growing up knowing that you loved them so much that you made the hardest and most selfless decision that could be made.

    Shannon & Christie

    Favorites

    Shannon
    Christie
    Actor
    Ryan Reynolds
    Steve Carrell
    Actress
    Kate McKinnon
    Jennifer Lawrence
    Animal
    Dog
    Sheep
    Author
    Charlaine Harris
    Malcolm Gladwell
    Book
    Joan of Arc by Marc Twain
    Freakonomics
    Candy Bar
    Zero Bar
    3 Musketeers
    Cartoon
    Tom and Jerry
    Tiny Toons
    Childhood Memory
    Riding 4-wheelers with all my cousins
    Watching fireworks on the 4th of July with my family
    Childhood Toy
    Easy Bake Oven
    Speak and Spell
    Children's Book
    There are Rocks in my Socks said the Ox to the Fox
    The Pokey Little Puppy
    City
    St Petersburg, FL
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Classic Movie
    Harvey
    Sound of Music
    Color
    Blue
    Turquoise
    Day of Week
    Sunday
    Thursday
    Dessert
    Chocolate Cake
    Ice Cream
    Disney Movie
    A Bugs Life
    Beauty and the Beast
    Dream Car
    69 Camero SS
    Vintage VW Bus
    Dream Job
    Beachcomber
    Photographer
    Dream Vacation
    Greece
    Greece
    Family Activity
    Halloween Campout
    Thanksgiving Dinner
    Flower / Plant
    Gladiolus
    Orchid
    Food
    Ham and Beans with Cornbread
    BBQ
    Form of Exercise
    Sports like Basketball
    Running
    Fruit
    Nectarines
    Bananas
    Game
    Basketball
    Soccer
    Hobby
    Playing Frisbee with my dogs
    Playing Guitar
    Holiday
    4th of July
    Thanksgiving
    Holiday Song
    O Holy Night
    Santa Baby
    Holiday Tradition
    Opening 1 gift on Christmas Eve
    Opening one gift on Christmas Eve
    Ice Cream
    Chocholate
    Neopolitan
    Junk Food
    Taco Bell
    Cheetos
    Leisure Activity
    Playing Frisbee
    Kayaking
    Magazine
    National Geographic
    Time
    Memory with a Child
    Teaching my niece how to swim
    Playing with my cousins in Central Park
    Memory with Spouse
    Diving with the reef sharks in Tahiti
    Playing with our dogs along the Hudson River
    Movie
    Hunger Games
    ET
    Movie Munchie
    Popcorn
    Pizza
    Movie Quote
    Life's a garden, dig it
    Houston, we have a problem
    Movie Type
    Comedy
    Drama
    Musical
    Phantom of the Opera
    Chicago
    Musical Group
    Janis Joplin
    Nirvana
    Nursery Rhyme
    Humpty Dumpty
    Humpty Dumpty
    Olympic Event
    Snowboarding
    Figure Skating
    Personal Hero
    My Grandma
    My Mom
    Play
    Romeo and Juliet
    Hamilton
    Poet
    Edgar Allen Poe
    Shel Silverstein
    Quality about my Spouse
    She's always trying to take care of me
    Her heart
    Quote
    ....the powerful play goes on and you will contribute a verse
    Be the change that you want to see in the world.
    Restaurant
    Red Lobster
    IHOP
    Sandwich
    Ham and Swiss
    Chicken Salad
    Scripture
    1 Corinthians 13:13
    I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world
    Shopping Store
    Kohls
    Home Depot
    Song
    Imagine by John Lennon
    The Sound of Silence
    Sport to Play
    Basketball
    Soccer
    Sport to Watch
    Hockey
    Football
    Sports Star
    Mia Hamm
    David Beckham
    Sports Team
    New York City Knicks
    New England Patriots
    Subject in School
    Biology
    History
    Superhero
    Wonder Woman
    Buffy The Vampire Slayer
    Thing to Cook
    Fajitas
    Enchiladas
    Time of Day
    Morning
    Afternoon
    Tradition
    Easter Egg Hunts
    Opening one gift on Christmas Eve
    TV Show
    Friends
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    TV Show Character
    Meredith Gray
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Type of Music
    Pop
    90's Rock
    Vacation Spot
    Anywhere warm with a beach
    Tahiti
    Video Game
    Sonic the Hedgehog
    Tetris

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