James & Shawn
James & Shawn
Race of child interested in adopting: Caucasian, Caucasian/Hispanic, Hispanic or South/Central American
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: TX
Dear Expectant Mother,
As you read this letter, know that you and we are all nervous, but for different reasons. Having made the decision to adopt, we are nervous with anticipation as we wait for news that we will be a child’s home, their place for safety, nourishment, and love. But we know that your nervousness is much heavier to bear: the weight of this decision before you. Not only deciding to have your child provided for and raised by another family, but also choosing which family you think is the best fit for your child and best able to fulfill all the hopes and dreams you have for him or her. But as tough as the decision seems to be, know that whatever family you choose, they have made a journey to be here as an option for you. And whoever you choose for your child will be excited for that opportunity to provide for your child and give them the best home, the most support, and the most love, as they are possibly able. So whether it is us or another family, your child will be so loved that they will know you made the right choice.
Thank for the opportunity to meet us in this brief introduction. May you be blessed during this decision, just as we anxiously await the opportunity to be a blessing to your child.
James is a Texas native, with roots to the first settlers there. Shawn was born in Louisiana and lived overseas in the Middle East before high school. We met at a Texas university in 1995 and became close friends. Our friendship grew into love, and here we are, 23 years later! Now, James works as a consultant for retail scheduling systems, and Shawn finances homes as a Mortgage Banker. With a love of gardening, reading, movies, volunteering for nonprofits, live music, being outdoors, traveling, triathlons, and home renovations, our adventurous and fun-loving natures mesh well together. We have experienced amazing travel adventures together, like swimming with manta rays in Hawaii, snorkeling in Thailand, and walking atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sharing our passions, encouraging growth for your child’s own interests, seeing different cultures and amazing natural beauty, and enjoying life are things we will continue experiencing with our growing family.
We are lucky to live in a very diverse neighborhood in the suburbs, about 15 minutes from a thriving and popular downtown environment. This provides us with the quiet feel of a smaller town, but with the convenience of an exceptionally active large city. Nearby parks, museums, entertainment venues, and cultural events provide strong environmental and educational resources. Our adoption process is coinciding with close friends also growing their families, so your child will have no shortage of playmates. We are surrounded by highly regarded schools, both public and private, at all levels. Our three bedroom, two bathroom home includes a large backyard for our three rescue dogs, koi pond, and room to play.
Our Extended Family
We’re blessed to both come from large, loving extended families. We have received love, support and encouragement from all sides for our relationship together. Both of our parents live within three hours of us, which allows us to be involved in large family gatherings that bring together all the many aunts, uncles, and cousins for reunions, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We see both families during Christmas and other times of the year. With family, we enjoy finding new food and entertainment options to keep things fun.
Travel has become a fun and educational tradition we enjoy. We have had the opportunity to travel to 25 states together, including Hawaii. Outside of the U.S., we have visited cultural and historical landmarks in East Asia, Ireland, Germany, Australia, Costa Rica, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. While growing up, Shawn alsohad the opportunity to live overseas, in Saudi Arabia, and was able to travel to many locations with his family. We plan to be able to continue that tradition and explore history and continue to grow by experiencing new and different cultures.
What Led Us To Adoption
We have been thinking about having children for a long time, as we wanted to be in a stable position as a family to know we are offering a wonderful environment for a child. We thought about both surrogacy and adoption, and at the same time Shawn’s twin sister fostered, and adopted, a baby girl. Watching our niece flourish in her loving home was our inspiration to choose adoption as a route to parenting. We are motivated by the idea that there were mothers that needed assistance in creating a home for their child (or children) to flourish. We are ready to give of ourselves to provide the perfect environment for a child or children to grow in a loving and supportive home.