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Shanon & Racheal
Thank you for looking at our profile and considering us as potential parents for your child. We have been looking forward to growing our family for quite some time. We have so much love and laughter to share with a child and will do our best to be excellent parents. Choosing us to be your child's parents would mean everything to us. We look forward to the journey that lies ahead.
Our Leisure Time
Our most favorite thing to do in our free time is to travel. We both enjoy seeing new places, learning about the history of those areas, and experiencing what the world has to offer.
When we are not traveling, we both enjoy going to local festivals, museums, concerts, and sporting events (usually baseball or hockey games). When we are at home, we spend our evenings relaxing and enjoying being together. We can be found spending time around the fire pit in the backyard, watching a movie, or putting together puzzles.
Racheal enjoys taking long walks through the neighborhood with Nash, our dog, and reading books. She also enjoys cooking, baking, and keeping the house organized. Shanon enjoys working on his truck and watching NASCAR. He also enjoys gaming on the computer, cooking on the grill, and tinkering in the garage.
We are both very hard working individuals and find it difficult to appreciate what we have if we don't work hard for it. Because of this, we also work hard to take care of everything we do have, from the smallest of items to our entire home. With this, we also strive to live a humble life. We both feel that thinking of others and putting others first is of great importance. We care a lot about our family, friends, and community.
We both care a lot about the environment and the earth and do our best to use its resources wisely. We fully support reusing items as much as possible, and recycling as much as we can. We try our best to reduce our carbon footprint on a daily basis. We try to plant new flowers, bushes, and trees every year. We also try to plant local based plants that will help the ecosystem to thrive.
Experiences are also a very important part of our lifestyle. Our lives are not driven solely by our hard work, what we have, and what we do for others, but also by what we experience with each of those aspects of life and in other endeavors as well. We like to try new things every chance we get. Be it a new food, a new activity, or a new place to see, it all contributes to who we are and how we support ourselves, our family, and our community.
What It Means to Become Parents
Being a parent means providing love, encouragement, and support to a child through all stages of their life. We both expect to like sharing our lives with a child the most. We are both excited to teach a child everything we possibly can at each stage of their life. To share in their joy and celebrate accomplishments together, and to teach them how to persevere when things don't go the way they expect. We look forward to watching their self-confidence grow over the years and to support them to be successful at all of their endeavors. We look forward to being there for everything, from the first steps to every skinned knee and everything else that will happen in their life.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a suburb of Saint Louis, Missouri. Being near Saint Louis, we are about an hour away from the local museums, zoo, St. Louis Arch, Six Flags, and many festivals and farmers markets. Our town has many parks and trails as well. There are two parks with playgrounds near where we live. Many of the neighborhood kids play at these parks.
At one of the entrances to our neighborhood is the local middle school, which is within walking distance of our home. Our community has an annual block party that most everyone joins in on. The mayor, aldermen, police and fire departments all attend and mix and mingle with everyone. There are also holiday decorating contests every year for Halloween and Christmas. Everyone decorates in their own way and definitely helps bring everyone into the holiday spirit.
We live in a two story, four bedroom house that is in a cul-de-sac. In the summertime, you can find us in the backyard grilling, enjoying a fire in the fire pit, or planting flowers. The rest of the year, we enjoy being cozy inside, decorating the inside for holidays and spending time with family and friends.
Our Extended Families
Racheal's parents, sister, nephews, and all the other extended family live near Chicago, IL, about a four-hour drive away. Because of the proximity, we all get together a few times a year with us traveling to Chicago and them coming to visit us. The last few years, we have celebrated Fourth of July and Thanksgiving at our home with Racheal's parents, sister, and nephews. Most holidays are celebrated with family and close friends. Racheal's family is over the moon excited about having another addition to the family.
Shanon's parents, sister, niece, and nephew and most all the rest of his extended family live in Montana. We don't see them as often as we would like, but we make every second count when we are all together. A typical day when we are visiting Shanon's parents includes spending time on the farm, cooking supper together, walking around town, and winding down with a movie together. Shanon's mom, dad, and step-dad are all very excited to be grandparents again and are looking forward to sharing the farm life with their newest grandchild.
With living a little distance away from our families, we have several close friends that we think of as family. We will spend holidays together if we are staying in town and none of us has anyone coming to visit. We will all get together for dinners, backyard barbecues, and parties throughout the year.
From Us to You
We have been married for eleven years. In that time, we have lived in a few different places around the country, making each time we moved a fun and exciting journey. We have enjoyed our time in each place and have established life long relationships everywhere we have lived. Throughout our marriage, we have come to really enjoy our time with each other, with our families, and our friends. We really love to travel, spend time outdoors, and live our lives to the fullest extent every second of every day.
Our families are extremely excited about our decision to have a family through adoption. The future grandparents, all five of them, are over the moon with joy about having another grandchild to love and spoil. All of the future aunts, uncles, and cousins are looking forward to us bringing a child into our family and to spending time with this child. Shanon's family is located in Montana, and we plan to spend time there with them and experience the farm life there. Racheal's family is located near Chicago and we plan to spend time there experiencing the family and everything the city has to offer. Each of the grandparents is also looking forward to passing down family traditions, sharing stories, and growing a special bond with their grandchild. Every aunt and uncle to be is looking forward to building the special bond that can only exist between an aunt/uncle and a niece/nephew. Since we do not live very close to our families, we have many close friends that are like family to us. Each of these friends is looking forward to sharing their lives with this child and supporting us through everything that they can. Each and every person in our lives is excited to be a positive influence in the life of this child.
Every second of every day, this child will feel loved. We plan to invest ourselves fully into raising this child, and showing them the world and all it has to offer them. We will be teaching them everything that we know, from how to change a flat tire to cook a meal and everything in between, along with the history of our country, our people, and the world. We will do everything we can to instill in them kindness, compassion, empathy, integrity, patience, and humility.
We also plan to share the story of their adoption with them. We will share as much as we can about you, including how much you loved them to make the decision for adoption. You will always be their birth parent. Nothing will ever change that.
We look forward to sharing phone calls, emails, photos, and letters with you. We want you to know in your heart that you made the right decision for you and your child. And we want you to have a way to know how they are doing as they grow up, and for them to know you and where they came from.
We have huge hopes, dreams, and aspirations for this child, as any parent does. We know that we will make mistakes and that we are not perfect. We will do the best that we can with anything and everything that comes our way. We will love, care, and support this child with every fiber of our beings. And we will always love you for allowing us to be parents to your little one.
Shanon & Racheal