Our adoption profile

Shannon & Nate

Family Type: Heterosexual Couple
State We live in: New Hampshire

dear expectant mother

Dear Expectant Mother,

Thank you so much for the challenging decision you are considering. We are so impressed by the strength and self-sacrifice that choice takes. While nothing we can say will make this choice easy for you, we hope this letter can help ease some of the fears you might have.

Shannon was adopted as a baby. Even as a child, she knew she wanted to adopt. She wanted to provide her future adopted child with the love and support she experienced as an adoptee. We and our extended families could not be more excited to create an environment of unconditional love in which your baby can grow and learn. Your baby will be loved fiercely, supported unconditionally, and raised with great understanding as they navigate not just childhood but the world of an adoptee.

We don’t view adoption as a one-way street. Shannon was able to reconnect as an adult with her biological family, and over the last decade, they have formed a strong bond. It’s our sincere hope that your baby will go on to have both an incredible, well-supported childhood and the opportunity to have loving, supportive biological and adopted families as an adult.

Thank you again. We will be forever indebted to you for your selflessness and courage should you choose us.

Nate and Shannon

While nothing we can say will make this choice easy for you, we hope this letter can help ease some of the fears you might have.

-Shannon & Nate

About Us

Hi! We are a relaxed, adventurous, outdoor-oriented couple! We both work in healthcare; Shannon is a family nurse practitioner who founded and runs her own primary care company, and Nate works as an emergency medicine doctor. In our free time, we love having outdoor adventures, especially traveling to scuba dive and ski. We both love to cook and are always trying out new recipes from cultures around the world; Nate has recently gotten into stir fries, and Shannon has been making lots of elaborate cakes. Shannon enjoys athletics and likes to ride horses and run marathons in her free time, and Nate loves woodworking and renovation work. He has spent lots of time renovating our home to get it ready for the next generation! We are expecting our first child in August 2024. We’ve always wanted kids who will be close in age so that they can be best friends.

Our Home & Pets

We live in a beautiful, tight-knit small town in New Hampshire. There is a general store in the center of town where locals see each other daily as they pick up fresh scones. One of the many local farms hosts weekly summer cookouts with live music and a chance to pet the farm animals. We live near a river and love taking the boat out to dive for fresh seafood or cruise to the next town for dinner. We also have a large backyard and are preparing to put in a pool to enjoy summer sun! We also have a lovable black Lab named Zoe who reminds us of Nana, the dog from Peter Pan, because of how affectionate and gentle she is with children.

Our Extended Family

Shannon’s parents, a retired kindergarten teacher and a child psychologist, live fifteen minutes away. They live to enjoy their grandchildren! Shannon’s adoptive brother and biological sister both live close by. Between them, there are four young cousins for your child to play with! One of Shannon’s favorite family traditions growing up was the annual camping trip on a local lake. She loved canoeing to islands to pick blueberries and putting them in pancakes that were made over the fire each morning.

Nate’s parents and siblings live locally as well. He has two brothers, one of whom has Down Syndrome and lives in a group home nearby. His other brother is married with plans to start expanding their family shortly. Our house is the most central, so we host Thanksgiving and Christmas. About a week before Christmas, each family member gets one present wrapped up in the shape of an animal, with a poem giving clues as to what's inside. Trying to figure out what was inside leading up to the holidays and getting to unwrap it on Christmas Eve was something Nate always loved growing up and is something he's excited to pass on to the next generation.

What Led Us To Adoption

Shannon was adopted and met her biological family when she turned 18. She is still close to them to this day. She can’t remember not knowing she was adopted; it’s always been a part of her story. She has always defined family as “those who love each other enough to call each other family.” To her, calling someone family meant you loved them to the fullest extent one can. The idea of choosing to love someone as family was the most sacred bond to her because it was how she was bonded to her adoptive family. That type of love, that sacred choice to choose someone to be your family, is what we have both valued and desired when we think of parenthood.

more about Shannon

more about Shannon

Occupation:
Family Nurse Practitioner
Religion:
Agnostic
Race:
Caucasian
Education:
FNP MSN
Food:
Scallops and Risotto
Hobby:
Reading, running, riding horses
Movie:
Jurassic Park
Favorite Tradition:
Camping in the summer, skiing in the winter
Sport:
Running
Holiday:
Fourth of July
Music Group:
Ray Lamontagne, Amy Winehouse
TV Show:
Stranger Things
Book:
Unbroken
Subject in School:
Psychology, medicine
Dream Vacation:
African safari

more about Nate

more about Nate

Occupation:
Doctor
Religion:
Agnostic
Race:
Caucasian
Education:
MD
Food:
BBQ brisket
Hobby:
Cooking, woodworking
Movie:
Inception
Favorite Tradition:
Animal-shaped Xmas presents
Sport:
Rowing
Holiday:
Thanksgiving
Music Group:
ODESZA
TV Show:
Arrested Development
Book:
Midnight's Children
Subject in School:
Philosophy, medicine
Dream Vacation:
Scuba diving in the Galapagos!

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