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Jerry and Shannon

Hi!  We are Shannon, Jerry and Kate from Colorado.  We are honored that you are considering our hearts and home for your precious child.  We cannot imagine the difficulty of the decisions you have had to make over the past weeks and months and the one you are now facing.  We have so much respect for you and hope you will find comfort in knowing that your child will be loved unconditionally every day of his or her life if he or she finds a home with us.  If we are privileged enough to adopt a child who is older than newborn, we promise to do everything in our power to help him or her feel safe and secure as they transition into their new family.

We always believed that, when we were ready to start a family, adoption would be the path for us.  We adopted our daughter Kate in 2013; and we could not be more grateful to God and her birth family for this precious gift.  Now we would love to welcome another child into our family so that our children can experience the gift of a sibling in each other…someone with whom they can share their dreams, their fears, and life’s best moments.  We picture our children giggling and playing together; and we dream of someday gathering regularly with our children and grandchildren.

The Story of Us

It’s fun to know we have a history that we were unaware of until we started dating.  One evening, after we were engaged, we were looking through some of Shannon’s childhood photo albums.  Jerry pointed at a photo and said, “That’s me, and that’s my mom, and my brother.”  Apparently, we had gone to Vacation Bible School together as kids at the church that Shannon’s grandparents and Jerry’s parents attended.  We went to the same summer camp, although not at the same time, and even attended the same high school briefly.  Even with all that, we didn’t start dating until after college.  Jerry moved to Nebraska to attend dental school when we bumped into each other at church.  We started dating and knew it was forever.  It’s been 21 of the best years of our lives! We married after a year and half of dating and have been inseparable ever since.  Spending time together is what we enjoy most.  Hiking, walking, biking, and watching movies together are just a few of our favorite things.  We absolutely love the outdoors and try to spend as much time in our Colorado mountains as we can.  We are one of those couples that after spending a week together on vacation, we call each other the next day when we’ve gone back to work because we miss each other.

Favorite Family Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Four-Wheeling
  • Camping
  • Walking
  • Family traditions
  • The zoo
  • Family outings
  • Hanging out with Friends

 

About Jerry, by Shannon

Jerry is a man of integrity, easy going, hard working, yet always ready to get outside and have fun with family and friends.  He loves to hike, bike, four-wheel, walk, play with Kate, play the guitar, play sports, and spend time as a family. I have been in love with Jerry for over 20 years and I fall deeper in love with him every year.  I can’t imagine spending my life or raising a family with anyone else.  Nothing warms my heart more than to watch him play with our daughter, Kate.  He can make her laugh like no one else can.  I look forward to seeing our new little one join in the fun. Jerry is an orthodontist and professor at a nearby university.  He loves the fact that he and the doctors he trains can make a difference in the lives of their patients by boosting their confidence and giving them a reason to smile.

What I Love about Jerry, by Shannon

  • Not only is he smart, he is wise
  • His family is a priority
  • He stays calm in all circumstances
  • He is easy going and easy to get along with
  • He always does the right thing
  • He loves spending time outdoors as much as I do
  • He provides financial and emotional stability
  • He loves God and his family
  • He is completely trustworthy

About Shannon, by Jerry

Shannon is a beautiful, intelligent and loving wife and mother.  She is affectionate and fun loving and somehow manages to keep our family humming along while minimizing the chaos of daily life.  Leadership and organization are two of her strengths and she has a knack for bringing out the best in people. Her favorite things in life are her family, her friends, being outdoors, her church, good coffee, and good food.  She loves to hike, walk, go on outings like the zoo, the park or the lake, play games, work out, and watch movies.  She helps Kate explore a wide variety of experiences in life and gives her every opportunity to uncover what she loves the most. Shannon is a market analyst by trade.  She loves to make sense out of all types of information and help businesses use it to make better decisions.  Currently she is taking time off work to be a mom.  Although her family is her first priority, she still finds time to work on a graduate program in statistics.

What I love about Shannon, by Jerry

  • She is a good role model
  • She is intelligent
  • She is emotionally, physically and mentally strong
  • She is beautiful, inside and out
  • She seeks for balance in life
  • She loves to learn
  • She gets involved
  • She has a deep spirituality
  • She is compassionate
  • She loves to have fun

Meet Big Sister, Kate

Kate is full of life.  She is genuine, sweet, outgoing, fun and kind.  Her favorite things are dancing, play dates, going to the zoo and the museum, gymnastics, and playing with her daddy.  I can’t even begin to describe how excited she is to have a little brother or sister.  She can’t wait to meet her new sibling, to play with him or her, and to teach them all she knows.  When we told her that the birth parents would choose a family for their child, she jumped up and down like Donkey on Shrek and said “Oooh, Oooh, Pick Me, Pick Me”.

What We Love about Kate

  • She is a fashionista
  • Her sense of adventure
  • She asks the best questions…like “Where did God live before he made heaven?”
  • She is genuine
  • She is so honest she sometimes tattles on herself
  • Her amazing memory

 

Our Home and Community

 When we settled into our neighborhood in 2010, we both said, “what a perfect place to raise a family.”  With a state park at the end of our street, we enjoy the bike paths, parks, beach, pool, etc.; and our school district is one of the best in the country.  Our home has all that we dreamed for: four bedrooms, four baths, a wonderful family room where we spend many hours together, a great yard, and a playground right behind our house.  We even have a playroom with lots of toys and an enclosed trampoline for plenty of wintertime fun.  We have begun to build many memories here and have visions of future slumber parties, movie nights, birthday parties and holiday gatherings.

Our Families

Family is about loving each other no matter what.  It’s a safe place where each person is cherished as unique and encouraged to discover and develop who they are.  Family is about sharing and creating the moments in life that matter most.  And although life is known for bringing challenges, family is the immovable rock that gets you through it.  We are blessed with family that is almost as excited as we are to welcome another child into the fold.

Shannon lost her biological parents when she was a child, but was so blessed to be adopted by her grandparents.  She has a biological brother, Rod, and through her adoption, three additional siblings, Melanie, Mark and Darlene.  She is also blessed with a huge extended family of cousins, aunts and uncles whom we enjoy visiting about once per year.  Jerry grew up in Arizona with his parents and two brothers, John and Byron.  He also has wonderful aunts, uncles and cousins sprinkled around the southwest whom we enjoy visiting as often as we can.  Kate adores her grandparents and uncles; and they are so excited to welcome another grandchild.  Although our families don’t live near us, we talk with them weekly and enjoy visits as often as we can.  We can’t wait to make the call to tell them our little one is coming home.

Family Traditions

  • Annual trip to southwest Colorado…so beautiful
  • Decorating the tree as a family while listening to Christmas music
  • The zoo lights, a carriage ride, and the Christmas parade at the mall
  • Camping on our beautiful mountain property
  • Thanksgiving (and many other activities) spent with Kate’s godparents
  • Annual Easter brunch with friends
  • Regular trips to Arizona and California to visit family and friends

In Closing

Thank you so much for learning about our family.  We hope this has provided a little glimpse into who we are and that it will help you as you make this difficult decision.  All three of us are so excited to open our hearts and home to our newest family member.  Please know that we are praying for you.  We believe God will help you make the decision that is right for you and your child.

Our Commitment to Our Children

  • We will love them unconditionally every day.
  • We will teach them how much God loves and cherishes them.
  • We will teach them how much their birth parents love them and how selfless and courageous they are.
  • We will teach them the value and commitment of family.
  • We will teach them the importance of honesty, integrity and hard work.
  • We will give them every opportunity to pursue a college education.
  • We will cherish them for who they are.
  • We will show them forgiveness and grace.
  • We will listen to their hearts and encourage them through all of life.
  • We will give them love, grace, support, guidance, a full childhood, and endless hugs.