Married Since: 2014

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

You are already honoring us by considering us as your child’s possible adoptive parents. We want you to know that if you pick us, we are behind your wishes one hundred percent. Your child will always know what an amazing human being you are and that we are eternally grateful.

Shane and Karla

from Idaho

Shane

Ancestry: Polish, Russian, Brazilian

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Professional Land Surveyor/Engineer

Education: BS

Hobbies: Basketball, Golf, Tennis, Family time, Cooking, Continued learning

Karla

Ancestry: German, Irish, Celtic, Romanian, Russian, Spanish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Homemaker

Education: BA, Multiple-subject Teaching Credential, Esthetician's license

Hobbies: Reading, Dancing, Fishing, Boating, Traveling, Game nights, Movies, Crafting, Cooking, Baking

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Caucasian / Asian, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Photos

Dear Expectant Mother,

If we could reach through this letter and hug you, we would. We want you to know that we admire you for the courage and strength that you are displaying for considering adoption. You are already honoring us by considering us as your child’s possible adoptive parents. We want you to know that if you pick us, we are behind your wishes one hundred percent. Your child will always know what an amazing human being you are and that we are eternally grateful for you blessing us. We will be honest with our child from the beginning, so that they always understand how loved they are.

We hope that this letter will provide you with a glimpse into what a life with us would look like for your baby. I (Karla) will be a stay-at-home mom. I was an elementary school teacher for 7 years and have worked as a tutor since I was in high school. I also have an esthetician’s license, and I love to help people with their skin. We do lots of facial nights at home. Shane works 2.1 miles down the road, but can make his own hours. He is a licensed Land Surveyor and has a Civil Engineering degree. He uses both and he loves maps and math.

We are very active people, socially, and physically. We have a gigantic, extended family, filled with cousins, their babies, friends that are part of our family, and neighbors that have become kin. We host and attend lots of birthday and holiday celebrations, as well as cousin beach days, and an annual cousin trip that is something unique and different every year. We enjoy spending time on the lakes, swimming, boating, water sports, and fishing. We also like to play sports, hike, ballroom dance, play co-ed kickball, and picnic. We enjoy leisure activities as well, concerts, live shows, comedy, reading, movies, theme parks etc. All of these activities will be shared with your child. We can’t wait to help coach a child in whatever they are passionate about, dance, basketball, music, or robotics. We don’t care what they choose. They will have an entire cheer squad with our family.

We love to travel and try to do one big, new trip each year. We can’t wait to show your child the world. Our family is full of humor and laughter. We have a large extended family via the Fire Department; they really taught us that laughter is the key to enjoying life. Your child will spend a lot of time giggling.

We spent five years attempting to have a family through every possible fertility procedure, including two failed attempts with surrogates and even donated embryos along with ours. As painful as the process was, it really brought us closer together. I didn’t think it was possible to love one another more, but we do. If it was a sad day, we would end up dancing in the kitchen or taking a road trip and singing in the car while holding hands. We have held onto our faith that we will become parents.

Our family is so supportive and excited about us adopting. We will love your baby with everything in us. Adoption has touched our lives and families in many ways. My favorite Aunt was adopted 61 years ago. My God brother was adopted 20 years ago, after my God parents went through failed fertility treatments and IVF just like we did. My best friend was a birth mom 17 years ago. Also, one of my close cousins adopted her beautiful little boy four years ago. We have seen how beautiful and loving adoption is firsthand. My favorite quote, “Family not only need to consist of those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we’d give blood.” -Charles Dickens. Thank you for considering our family.

Love,
Karla and Shane

Q&A

When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?

We like to go up to our family cabin in the Yosemite area. Every season in Yosemite brings a different type of beauty and activity. We feel very blessed to have a family cabin that allows us to enjoy the outdoors and our extended family. Sometimes, we are doing water sports on the lake with the boats; other times, winter sports or fishing and hiking. We also enjoy driving up the coast and camping on the beach or staying in a nice resort for a few nights. There are also many three day weekends spent at home, with all of the family and friends that live close by. We like to host parties and BBQ. Birthdays and Holidays are very important to us, as well as, our close knit extended family.

Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.

We have a dog named Minnie. She was named Minnie because she was the runt and because we used to love going to Disneyland when we lived in California. She loves her toys and she will play fetch and carry a baby around all day. She goes on most of our vacations, including time on the family boats. She loves babies and children. We got her two days after my niece was born, and she would sit underneath my niece in the stroller basket for walks. She will let a child yank her tail and only cry. She is very loving and well behaved.

What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?

We hope to reflect the same morals and values that we were taught to us by our parents. Always treat others the way you want to be treated. God listens, so don’t be afraid to pray. When things don’t go your way, have faith, and let your family and friends help you. Mistakes are natural; try your best to learn from them. Find your passion, and pursue that. It will feel like you never worked a day in your life, if you are doing what you love. Be the kindness that you wish to see in the world.

What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?

You will be praised for being the loving, courageous woman that you are. We will always want our child to know that they were given to us because it was God’s plan and that you were loving and strong enough to bless us. The amount of information we share with your child will reflect your wishes. If it is an open situation, then we would like to use an idea from a family member that adopted; and create a book for your child. The book will include, pictures approved by you, of you and any of your family, for your child to look through.

Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.

We believe in God and we pray on a nightly basis. We used to go to a bible study group at the Church down the road, but the pastor moved and we are currently looking for a new good fit. We attend church for major events and we donate to the local churches on a regular basis. We were raised to rely on our faith and it is very important to us.

How will a child enrich your life?

A child will bring added love and memories that we have been missing in our lives. It would bring us such joy to see the world through their eyes and relive some of our greatest childhood experiences through them. We have accomplished so much in our lives and would love to pass that knowledge and wisdom down to a child of our own. We would like to share the love that we have for each other and create a family with a child.

Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.

Our last vacation was a week in Texas, filled with adventures. We spent our nights in a hotel on the River walk in San Antonio. We explored the Natural Bridge Caverns, went horseback riding in hill country, went on an animal safari, visited the Alamo, toured two historic homes in San Antonio, went Mead tasting in New Braunfels, had our first visit at Comic Con, visited one of the original churches in San Antonio, went to the Gristmill for dinner, went shopping and exploring in Gruene, took in some live music at Gruene, drove to Canyon Lake to watch the sunset and explore. That was the first time either of us had experienced Texas, and we loved it. We are up for anything when we vacation. We tend to book something fun every day and then are open to whatever happens along the way.

Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?

I (Karla) will be a stay at home parent. I have had four years to get accustomed to this while we tried every matter of IVF and surrogacy. Time is the only thing we can’t create more of and I want to spend my time raising my child and creating memories with my family and friends. I used to be a teacher, so I still have students in kindergarten-college that will ask for tutoring. On those days or evenings my parents will come to watch the baby. My brother’s family is ten minutes away and my sister in law is also a stay at home mom, so we will do a lot with them, as we do now. One of my cousins lives one mile down the road and her son is about to turn one. I see her and her family a few days a week for dinners, library, shows, beach day, movie in the park, etc.

When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?

Thank you God, for the Birth mom, and her faith in us. Thank you for allowing us to be blessed with this child. Please God, let our Birth mom heal quickly and always be confident knowing that we will love this child more than ourselves, and that we will always love her for making our dreams come true.

Message Shane and Karla

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Shane and Karla

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!