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Michelle

MY PROMISE TO YOU

Hello!  I’m Michelle.  Thank you for reading my profile.  I’ve dreamed of being a mother since I was a young girl.  Now, I’m soooo excited to finally make my dream come true by adopting!  My family and friends know I’ve wanted to become a mother for a long time, so they’re thrilled for me.

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Here are six things I want to be sure you know!!

  • You son or daughter will be loved unconditionally.
  • Hugs, kisses & “I love you” will be a part of every single day.
  • I will always speak of you positively and lovingly.
  • Your child will know that you made a selfless, incredibly brave decision.
  • Your child will have a wonderful life full of love, family and friends.
  • Your child will have wonderful opportunities for education and a successful future.

 

ABOUT ME

I have a blessed life with my family and friends. I own my own home.  I have a fabulous career with fun perks!  I love to cook and garden.  I have traveled the world and I know I can offer a child a wonderful life full of love and happiness.

I live in Southern California, the land of sunshine!  There’s always something fun to explore and even more to learn and enjoy!  The Pacific Ocean is just minutes away and Disneyland is a quick car ride.  My home is a gathering spot for holiday parties, birthdays and fun times with family and friends.

I have been lucky enough to see much of our beautiful country and the world.  I am a curious person and really enjoy meeting people from other cultures.  It’s taught me to be accepting and understanding of others and it makes me appreciate each person’s uniqueness.

MY FAMILY

I am very blessed and very lucky to have an extraordinary role model.  I know I’m biased, but for me, it’s not an understatement to say, I have the most incredible mother in the world.  She’s taught me unconditional love.  I have heard the words, “I love you” every day of my life.  My momma is full of never-ending love, hugs, kisses, laughter and warmth.  I will be the same kind of mother, I promise.

My family is everything to me and being a daughter, a sister, a cousin, a niece, a Goddaughter and a Godmother are all roles I cherish.  Being Aunt Michelle and Aunt Shell is the cherry on top. It’s the absolute best role in the whole world!!  I love, love, love spending time with my nieces and nephews.

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My nephew, Matthew, wrote the following:

“Growing up, it was always so exciting to see Aunt Michelle! Whatever we did, it was always fun having Aunt Michelle around. We could have had a rock and a pencil to play with, and somehow my aunt would turn it into the best game or adventure she could think of!  When I think of the times my aunt and myself have had, I know that my aunt would do whatever it takes for her child to succeed and be the happiest child on this planet.”

My niece, Riley, wrote this:

“Aunt Shell has always been a loving and supporting person in my life. She is a huge role model for me, and I am so lucky to have her in my life.”

My nephew, Jake, had this to say:

“I remember going to visit Aunt Shell when I was two years old.  She took me to the beach and played with me on the playset.  Since then, she has remembered all of my birthdays.  She recently took my whole family to Disneyland – we had a great time riding the coasters.  I know I could count on her to take care of me if anything ever happened to my mom.”

From my niece, Jenna:

“I think that any child would be lucky to be raised by my Aunt Shell.”

MY VILLAGE

They say it takes a village to raise a child.  My village is my family and my closest friends.  They’ve all been incredibly supportive and are ready and willing to be aunties and uncles in my child’s life.  Here’s what they have to say…

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MARIE (friend for over 30 years):  “This very fortunate child will have hit the lottery with Michelle as their adoptive mother.  She is a wonderful, warm-hearted, generous person who will provide the perfect balance of love, laughter, discipline, sunshine, play, homework, adventures, reading, music, games, stargazing, puddle splashing and fun.  Michelle came from a stable Midwestern family and she will no doubt provide that same loving home for this child.  I am proud to call Michelle my dear friend for over 30 years.”

DOUG (best friend since middle school):  “We’ve been to the East coast, the Southwest, even Hawaii.  The journeys we’ve shared have been fun and exciting, but the most important journey is the one we’ve spent traveling through life.  My friend Michelle is a loyal, trusted, true friend.  I’m so thrilled that Michelle is taking another incredible journey and becoming a mother.  The journey she and her little one will take together will be one of growth, happiness and love.”

JAIME (friend for over 20 years):  “My great friend, Shell, is the most thoughtful woman I know.  She’s kind, generous, smart and funny.  Her laugh lights up a room, and anytime I need a shoulder to lean on, she has always been there.  Her love for her family and friends is unquestionable, and she will be an amazing mom.  She will give any child a home filled with joy, happiness, security, laughter and unconditional love.  There are few people in this world with more integrity and love than my dear friend, Shell.”

KELLY (best friend since middle school):  “I’ve known Michelle for over 35 years and I consider her to be one of my most loving & caring friends.  She has always been great with children, and I have witnessed firsthand the love and attention she has shown toward her nieces and nephews.  She is patient, kind and very generous.”

JULIE (best friend since high school):  “I’ve known Michelle for most of my life; her mom is like my second mom. Just by being around Shell, I have become a more loving and caring person.  Our times together are filled with laughter and hugs, quick texts and long talks.  I always knew that Michelle would be a great mom because she is genuinely kind, thoughtful, smart, generous and patient.  I have no doubt that my best friend, Shell, will be the best mom and raise a wonderful child. “

SONIA (best friend since middle school):  “Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you have a once in a lifetime friend.  Someone who is giving beyond belief, has a heart of gold, never forgets to celebrate events big or small and is there to share any of life’s disappointments.  Well, I’m lucky, because Shell is this person for me and she makes the world a better place for all that are lucky enough to call her, friend!”

Additionally, Howard has been my friend for over 20 years.  He’s like a big brother to me and is ready to take my little one to baseball games, the movies and will teach him/her Yiddish words

Richard & Karla have been my friends for over a decade.  They are one of my favorite couples.  Our friendship includes traditions of spending Easter and Halloween together.

MY CAREER

I have been working in production since I was 18 years old.  I have hosted my own radio show, been a news reporter & news producer and for the past two decades, I’ve been working in the entertainment industry.  For ten years, I was the head of the Marketing, Creative & Branding department for a successful cable network.  I had the great pleasure of working on such shows as Pretty Little Liars, Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Fosters and Switched at Birth.  Now, I am hoping to move into teaching at the university level.  I’m a very lucky person, because I genuinely love what I do.  There are lots of fun perks to my career and it would be so fun to share some of these with a child.

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My family was with me when my alma mater, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, honored me with a prestigious award that is only awarded to nine alumni each year.  Since there are 30,000 students on campus each year, I was very honored to receive this award.

In an effort to give back to my community, I have been a mentor to young men & women, in the entertainment industry, for over 12 years.  Here’s what two of my mentees have said about me.

DEBRA (mentee from The Hollywood Radio & Television Society):  “I have had some influential people around me, but none more influential than Michelle, who spent the little spare time she had taking me out for dinner, inviting me into her workplace to see how she creates magic and inviting me into her life and most importantly, becoming a friend. Thank you for guiding and navigating the tough waters in Los Angeles.”

ABBY (mentee from my alma mater, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We met while I was guest teaching.):  “Thank you for your great advice and kind words. You have always been such an incredible role model, inspiration, and mentor to me.  Your amazing career has given me a path to strive for.  Your stories are so inspiring to me.”

Giving back to my community and those less fortunate is important to me.  I want to always be able to look in the mirror and be proud of my actions.

THANK YOU!!

Thank you for reading my letter and for considering me to be the adoptive parent of your child.  I am so grateful for your courage, bravery and selfless decision to want a wonderful life for your little one. I admire you tremendously.  Truly.  I promise you that I will do everything within my power to raise this person with love, kindness, strength, wisdom, joy, humility, respect and tremendous care.

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While you’ve now seen a snapshot of my life, please know that I would be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.

I wish you nothing but the best in life, now and forever.  You are in my prayers and I wish you peace, strength and happiness always.

If you have any questions for me or if you’re interested in me adopting your child, please contact your AdoptHelp case worker at 1-800-637-7999 toll free.