Married Since: 2011

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We pray for options that give you peace in the decisions you make for your child. We, as parents ourselves, see the love, strength, and sacrifice that comes from within as a mother. We admire your bravery in considering an adoptive plan for your child and we are grateful to be a part of this process. Thank you for considering us as prospective adoptive parents and we hope you choose us for your child.

Shaun and Kelly

from Kentucky

Shaun

Ancestry: European, Indian

Religion: Christian

Occupation: VP, Horse Farm

Education: BS

Hobbies: Concerts, Live music, Sports, Hiking, Horse racing, Golf

Kelly

Ancestry:

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Preschool Teacher

Education: MA

Hobbies: Reading, UK Wildcats, Horse racing, Cooking, Holidays

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Shaun

Animal
Horse
Color
Blue
Food
Steak
Hobby
Hiking
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Family Activity
Vacations
Sport
Basketball
Thing to Cook
Pasta
Movie
O' Brother Where Are Thou?
Scripture
Proverbs 21:31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory rests with the Lord.

Kelly

Animal
Pig
Color
Pink
Food
Birthday cake
Hobby
Reading
Holiday
Easter
Family Activity
Hiking
Sport
Football (to watch)
Thing to Cook
Chicken Fajitas
Movie
The Holiday
Scripture
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all the joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

We cannot imagine how difficult this is for you. Our hearts are with you in this vulnerable process. We pray for options that give you peace in the decisions you make for your child. We, as parents ourselves, see the love, strength, and sacrifice that comes from within as a mother. We admire your bravery in considering an adoptive plan for your child and we are grateful to be a part of this process. Thank you for considering us as prospective adoptive parents and we hope you choose us for your child.

We are Kelly and Shaun. We have been married ten years and we have built our life around God and one another. We own our home that sits on a quiet cul-de-sac in the suburbs. We have one child, Marshall, who is seven-years old. He is energetic, friendly, and thoughtful. He is such a bright place in our lives, and he is so eager to have a sibling. Shaun is the vice-president of a racehorse breeding farm and gets to interact with horses daily. Kelly teaches preschool two days a week at the Christian private school Marshall attends. She pours her love into the children in her care, their families, and the school community. Both our parents and siblings live near us which is a great comfort. Our friends and church are encouraging in our lives. We believe through all the happiness and heartaches in life, we get to do them together with the support of our family and leaning in on our faith.

Like many others, we are no strangers to infertility. A medical diagnosis after Marshall’s birth revealed Kelly would not likely be able to carry another child. Our hope was to have at least two children, maybe three. We spent a lot of time praying and processing through our infertility loss. It took time to grieve and to see the rainbows in the rain. Together we feel His calling to grow our love and family through adoption.

We enjoy doing things as a family. We love the holidays, and have many traditions with grandparents and cousins around each holiday. It is always a big celebration. We also love traveling to different areas as a family. Our favorites are the beach, out west, and historic areas in the United States. We also like to spend time at home playing board games, going swimming at our neighborhood pool, and hiking at the gorges near our house.

Our promise to you is to give your child a life that is filled with love, family support, and happiness. We will continue to honor your role in your child’s life, and would love having a relationship with you to the extent you feel comfortable. We will share our faith with your child, and raise him/her to see the good in others and the world around them. We will treat your child with the same adoration, attention, safety, and support as we raise Marshall. We want your child to be surrounded by love through family, faith, and friendship.

Sincerely,
Kelly and Shaun

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

Even before we were married we knew we wanted children. We talked a lot about our future family and our hopes and dreams. We discussed adoption, but ultimately decided to pursue biological children first. We welcomed our son, Marshall, to our family in 2014. Shortly after Marshall’s birth, Kelly was given a medical diagnosis that made carrying another child not likely. We tried some minimally invasive fertility treatments and became pregnant, but miscarried. During that grief, Kelly felt led to stop fertility treatments. Shaun was supportive, and we began praying about adoption. We took time to grieve together, and consider our family. We felt His calling to expand our love of family through adoption.

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About Kelly, by Shaun

Kelly, where do I start? She is a comforting person to be around. She is nurturing, supportive, and kind. She is very loyal to her people and makes sure we know she loves us through gifts, service, and touch. She loves holidays and loves to celebrate birthdays in grand fashion. She takes her faith, family, having a safe home, parenting, and friendships very seriously.

Kelly loves being a mom. It is her life calling and it highlights all of her best characteristics. She is all-loving, supportive, and always ready to have a good time with me and with Marshall. My wife is a nurturing matriarch of our family and she cares for everyone selflessly. I cannot imagine life without her, the best wife and mother you could hope for. I am grateful for her and the role she fulfills in our life.

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About Shaun, by Kelly

Shaun thinks big. He loves to try new things, adventure, and to have fun. Shaun is a very social guy. He puts a lot into friendships, enjoys going to sporting events, concerts, playing music, and outdoor activities such as, hiking, boating, and skiing. Shaun loves big too. He gives the best hugs, and he is a gentle man. He is strong, steady, and safe. He supports who we are, and he lovingly guides our family.

Shaun is very intentional about being a good dad. He is very hands-on, and he loves us dearly. Shaun takes great care of us. He wants us to be happy and supported. He and Marshall are best buds, and we get to spend a lot of time together as a family. He loves taking us on adventures, traveling, challenging us to try new things, and then watching as we all have so much fun.

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Our Sweet Son, Marshall

Marshall is our seven-year-old son who is an absolute joy in our lives. He loves exploring, creating, and adventure. He is a curious child, and he loves to learn. Marshall is kind. He loves his friends, his school, and celebrating holidays with his cousins and grandparents. Marshall is fascinated by Harry Potter. We are reading each story and watching the movies as a family. He was even Harry Potter for Halloween. Marshall also loves playing with Legos. As a family we build with Legos almost every day. Playing in the backyard, riding his bike, and swinging on a tree swing in our front yard are things Marshall enjoys. He is very positive about having a sibling, understands and is encouraging about adoption. He wants to teach his sibling all the things he knows, go to the same school, and build a treehouse together in the backyard.

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Our Home

We live in a family-oriented neighborhood. Our cul-de-sac is perfect for riding bikes, swinging on our tree swing, and playing basketball. We have friends in our court who have children to play with Marshall, and spend time getting to know us. We all take care of one another. It is a very safe neighborhood. Our home is a two story, and has four bedrooms, and 2.5 baths. Each child will have their own bedroom. Our favorite place to spend time together is in our family room that opens onto our kitchen. We can all be together while cooking, watching movies, or playing board games. We have a nice size backyard with a trampoline, a rock-climbing wall, and covered patio. It is a fun place for our entire family. Kelly’s parents live in the same neighborhood. It has walking trails, green space, and a big playground, great for riding bikes, running, and playing. We are members of a pool near our house, and there are hiking trails we go to frequently near our home.

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Our Families

We are very close to our families and friends. All of our extended families live near us, within 15-20 minutes of our house. We spend a lot of time with our extended families and are important in each other’s lives. We care about one another and invest in these relationships. Our families give good guidance and support us. Holidays and birthdays are celebrated big with our extended family. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles and cousins do fun things together and attend school and sport events for one another. They are very supportive of us expanding our family through adoption. Our friends are also very important in our lives. We have very close relationships with two groups of couples, and they help us to stand in our faith, be good partners and parents, and keep us having fun as we grow. We travel together, and really just do life together.

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Family Traditions

Living near our extended families allows us to celebrate traditions we remember as children and build new ones within our smaller family unit. Both Kelly and Shaun’s moms celebrate holidays in a big way and it has spilled over into our lives. Christmas pajamas, baking Easter egg cookies, birthday songs, first day of school pictures, and reading holiday stories happen every year, even though some of Kelly’s nieces and nephews are in their teens now.

Some smaller traditions we have adopted in our house are daily check-ins; everyone names things that happened great, and things that didn’t go so great that day. It opens the lines of communication for our family, and it is something we look forward to daily. We also pray and go to church together. Chippie, the Elf on the Shelf, coming during the holidays to make mischief has been a fun tradition for Marshall and for us. Taking walks at night is a new tradition we have begun, and it is really better than we could have imagined. There is something about moving your body in a relaxed way that just puts you in a good mood. Being together, celebrating milestones, and day-to-day life are traditions we hope to pass on to Marshall, and your future child.

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Our Careers

Shaun is Vice-President of a horse farm and this is a perfect fit for him. He is involved in every stage of life with horses. He gets to help with birthing foals, raising horses, watching horses win races, and getting horses ready to sell. Shaun’s degree is in agriculture, but it is his grit and hustle that allows him to live out his calling. As a family, we get to meet new foals at the farm in our town and go to horse races often.

Kelly is a preschool teacher. She has spent fifteen years in preschool, in classes with children between the ages of 2.5 and 5 years old. She pours her love into the countless children she has taught in preschool through the years. Kelly has a master’s degree in education leadership, and early childhood education. Parents love her and trust her to help their children learn and grow in preschool. This year Kelly has taught a two-day Pre-K class at the Christian school Marshall attends. She will take some time off to welcome a new child to our home and hearts.

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Our Lifestyle

We strive to live our lives together, filled with happiness, and in accordance with our faith. We realize not every day can be all fun, but we do strive to have fun in all we do. We love to travel and try new adventures. A couple new things we have tried lately are rock climbing and skiing. Both are challenging, but fun. We also raised some baby chicks this spring. That was enjoyable for us all. We enjoy doing things outdoors, such as going to concerts, watching sports, celebrating holiday traditions, but we also enjoy days at home, cooking together, walking to the park, and spending time with friends. We are involved with our church and are involved with many service projects throughout the year.

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How We Met

We met in college, and were introduced by friends. We made an impression on each other so when we bumped into one another years later the sparks flew. Shaun was volunteering at Kelly’s school when she was leading her preschool class down the hall for a fairy tale parade dressed as Little Red Riding Hood. Shaun asked Kelly on a date, and we have been together ever since. We fell in love, and we were married in November, 2011.

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The Kind of Parents we are

We would say our parenting style is loving, encouraging, safe, and predictable. We value grace and logically learning through our challenges. We are consistent in our love and consequences. We believe in loving abundantly and forgiving quickly. We are warm and comforting. We give lots of hugs. We encourage adventure, having fun, and trusting our bodies. We say, “Try and try again,” and “I love you so much,” multiple times every day. We value learning and education. We strive to help our children navigate the world around them with a compassionate and serving heart for others. We want our children not only to be happy adults, but also be self-confident, caring for others, independent, and faithful to God in everything they do.

We believe in empowering our child while still having manners, boundaries and rules. We encourage communication, and we value grace for our children as well as ourselves. Our preference for discipline when needed has been 1-2-3 magic. It is a program that allows the child to control themselves, and choose better choices. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, we try to ask questions to find out why our child is misbehaving. If Marshall is hungry, tired or sick we give him more grace. If discipline is needed our next move would be to take away a privilege; such as TV or time on the iPad, or impose a time-in. Spanking is not a part of our parenting. We always try to discipline with connection and intention, not isolation. We continue to read more books about Christian disciplining, and how to help our child develop manners, and follow rules while still feeling encouraged and empowered.

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What We will Tell Your Child about You

Only good things! We believe you love your child deeply, and we will spend our days showering your child with this understanding. We will continually let your child know how loved he or she is by you. We will tell your child that you wanted great things for them. You didn’t feel like you could parent your child the way you wanted to at this time. Because of your love, strength, and sacrifice, you took a lot of time and care in choosing parents for them. You trusted us to help raise your child. All of us together, we are a family. We all love your child, want good things for your child, and we will honor your role in all our lives.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to respect your role in your child’s life. You gave your child life, and that is the greatest gift. We value you. We pray for your heart and we do not take your sacrifice lightly. We promise to love your child as we love Marshall. We promise to point your child to Jesus, to aspire to be like Him, lean into His goodness, and live a faith-filled life. We promise to raise your child to live a life that is filled with love, family support, and happiness. We promise we will be consistent and predictable in love and consequences with your child. We will give your child the same love, comfort, attention, and access to their interests as we give Marshall. We will be your child’s biggest encouragement and cheerleaders. We promise to hug your child and tell him/her how much they mean to us daily. We tell Marshall often, there is nothing he can do that will make us stop loving him. We want you to know, there is nothing you or your child can do that will stop us from loving you or them.

Message Shaun and Kelly

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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 Shaun and Kelly

  • 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!