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Hello! We are excited to become first-time parents through adoption. We have been married for 6 years and, after issues getting pregnant, we knew adoption was the way for us.
We live in a small town in Southwest Minnesota. We both love it here because we are close to family and have made a lot of close friends. Currently, we have a house in town, but one day we want to find a small property with acreage to raise our family on. We both want to have space to have a hobby farm with chickens, kitties, and a dog.
We are strong Christians and will raise your child with those values. We enjoy ice fishing and snowshoeing in the winter months and, in the summer, we love to bike, camp, explore our state parks, and spend time on the pontoon at the lake with our family. We are excited to share these experiences that we love with your child. We are open to a child of any race or gender and are happy to have you involved in your child’s life as much as you want. We can send pictures, and letters and share visits with you.
We met online, found a real connection, and were married the next year. We enjoy doing life together! Together we enjoy being outside gardening, bike riding, camping, and sitting around the campfire with our friends and family. Watching the Vikings play football and the Twins play baseball is also something that is fun for us. It is important that we have time together as a family doing things like eating meals together, playing games, having movie and pizza nights, and going on family vacations. We really look forward to bringing your child into our family to experience these things, and more, with us.
With our flexible work schedules and ability to work from home, we will not need daycare because one or both of us can be home with our child. We have always dreamed that one day we would become parents and we’re are excited to be a part of God’s bigger plan and grow our family through adoption!
We absolutely love our extended family! Everyone is so thrilled about our adoption and our 14 nieces and nephews are excited to welcome a new cousin. We live close to Shane’s side of the family, so we see them regularly. He grew up with two younger sisters and Shane’s parents are very involved in their grandkids’ lives. When we get together we enjoy playing cards, going swimming, hot tubbing, going on pontoon rides, tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing, cooking, and eating meals together.
Eileen’s family lives in California, and we make trips out there at least once a year, and Eileen’s mom visits us here every year. She grew up with three older brothers. Her family lives in a gorgeous part of California where the redwood trees grow and the ocean is 10 minutes away. We look forward to taking our growing family on trips to California to make wonderful memories together.
My Husband, Shane
Shane has one of the kindest hearts. He loves people and is a friend to everyone. People are drawn to him and feel safe sharing their life story with him. Shane is a good listener, has a lot of wisdom to share, has a passion for politics, and stays current on what is going on in the world. Shane is really good at managing finances and makes wise investments. This year he started his own business where he buys and sells on eBay. He absolutely loves his job!
Shane has a lot of interests, including hunting, fishing, playing video games, co-op games, shooting pool, gardening, taking care of house plants, thrift shopping or going to garage sales, and relaxing with a kitty on his lap. He has a really great relationship with his dad and they talk at least several times a week. Shane really looks forward to sharing his passions and teaching your child things that he loves. He will be an incredible dad.
My Wife Eileen
Eileen has a fun-loving personality that everyone enjoys! People are drawn to her because of how easy she is to be around. Eileen has her own home birth midwifery practice that she enjoys very much. She is passionate about helping people, especially moms and babies, and loves that it is now part of her everyday work!
Traveling, camping, bike riding, playing games, or watching her favorite shows are the things that bring her joy. She loves to worship God through singing and playing the piano-she’s been involved in the music ministry at church since before I knew her. Eileen values her relationships with friends and family and has always wanted to be a mom so she can pass on the importance of family, faith and so much more. I know that Eileen looks forward to sharing future adventures with your child and she will be a wonderful mother.
Our Home in Minnesota
We live in a three-bedroom house in a wonderful small town. We have a backyard and a large deck with room to grill and hang out. In the summertime, we like to have backyard bonfires and bean bag tosses with neighbors and friends. We are within walking distance of parks, bike trails, the YMCA, and a short drive to a state park. We have updated most of the house and it is a really cozy home for us. Each night we try to eat a home-cooked meal together and then spend the rest of the night either upstairs in our living room or watching a show in our finished basement. There is so much love in our home to share and plenty of space for our growing family!
We are excited about growing our family through adoption and promise to love your child dearly. We will raise your child in a home that is safe and financially and emotionally secure. We promise to teach them about God, and be a family that prays and serves those around us. We will always speak highly of you and raise your child to know how much you love them.
We promise to raise your child in a fun-loving family that is very supportive and caring. We will help guide them to discover their passions and talents so that they can be who they were meant to be and follow the dreams they have. We look forward to getting to know you, would love to talk, and are open to any type of communication you want.
More About Shane
Stay-At-Home: Works from home
Racial Background: Caucasian
Outdoor Activity: Camping and fishing
TV Show: Fantasy and Sci Fy shows
More About Eileen
Racial Background: Caucasian
Food: Roast Beef with potatoes and carrots
Hobby: Card games
Outdoor Activity: Camping and kayaking
TV Show: Ordinary Joe, and A million little things
More About Our Family
We love making family traditions. On Friday's we try to have movie nights. Then Every weekend we sleep in and have slow mornings. We start it off by drinking our coffee then we cook a nice big breakfast with farm fresh eggs, bacon, toast and a cup of orange juice. When the holidays come we decorate the house, hand out candy to kids at Halloween, and cook yummy foods and treats. During Christmas we go every year to cut down our tree, look at Christmas lights, go the Christmas Eve candle light service at church, and try to remember what Christmas is all about. We are so excited to include your child in these traditions, but we look forward to making new ones as well!
Our faith is the most important thing to us. We both try to do the best we can to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. We attend an Evangelical Free church every week. For many years Eileen was the worship leader, but is now attending with no leadership responsibilities. We also lead a small group every other week. We love the fellowship and encouragement that we get from gathering together. Our church has an amazing kids church and we look forward to seeing your child grow and learn all about God and how much He loves them.
We have two cats that we absolutely adore. Jax and Max. Jax was our first kitty and then Max joined us a couple years later. It took a little time for Jax to warm up to having a brother, but after that they have been buddies ever since. Jax is an inside outside cat and loves to go outside and explore. He doesn't go far and always comes back when we call his name. He loves to go under the deck and eat grass. Max is an inside cat only and he loves to look out the windows and chase rabbits and birds from window to window. Max loves attention while Jax is more reserved. I think they both will adjust just fine to adding a baby in the home and eventually will love the baby!
Fun Fact: We love camping!
Camping is something that we do every summer. There are so many beautiful state parks within an hour or so from us. We can't wait to take your baby on its first camping trip to one of our favorite parks, Lake Shetek. This park is right on the lake where we can kayak, swim, hike, and it is full of bike trails that we love to ride on. We have a pop-up camper and it has more than enough space for all of us. Shane has always talked about getting a carrier for our bikes so when we go bike riding he can pull the baby around.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about who we are. We believe that God has the perfect match for us and will guide you in your decision. We hope that you know and have the confidence that we will love and care for your child with all our hearts! We are excited to see what God has in store and look forward to meeting you! We are excited to hear from you!