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Shawn & Rich

Family Type: Gay Couple
State we live in: California

dear expectant mother

This is probably the millionth profile you’ve read, and your head and heart may be spinning as every click likely reveals a heartfelt introduction and the dream of being parents. We can only imagine what a difficult decision and process this must be for you. We want you to know we think you are full of courage, strength, love, and selflessness to get to this point. We hope our profile gives you a sense of who we are and that we are the parents you can trust will provide a safe and loving home for your child.

We are excited about adoption. We look forward to not just adding a baby to our family but also a new friend in you! We know adoption is a lifelong journey for all of us, and we will approach it with compassion, honesty, and commitment. We will respect your wishes when it comes to establishing a level of openness and contact that makes you comfortable. We will give your child unconditional love, happiness, opportunities, respect, and a sense of self. They will go to bed every night and wake up every morning with a big smile, a hug, and security from knowing they are loved and supported by the best dads in the world!

They will go to bed every night and wake up every morning with a big smile, a hug, and security from knowing they are loved and supported by the best dads in the world!

-Shawn & Rich

About Us

Shawn is an officer in the U.S. Air Force who joined right out of high school and currently teaches at a top-tier national university. Rich has worked with the same marketing research company since graduating from college and works from home. We met when Shawn was stationed in Missouri. Rich had returned home to celebrate his sister’s high school graduation. As fate would have it, that weekend we said hello to each other online and decided to grab a drink together. We immediately connected and bagan a crazy adventure finding love through the ups and downs of military life. Here we are 13 years later, and as Shawn leaves the military in the next year, we look forward to adopting and growing together into a loving modern family.

Our Home

Our home was built with the hopes of raising children one day. We had the good fortune to be in a position to select both the best town and home in which to raise a family. We both grew up in the suburbs and have fond memories of growing up in a small town while being within a drive of the best of a city. Our home is two stories with a view of the mountains. We have been making it a home since we moved in four years ago, with Rich finding the personal touches and Shawn doing several do-it-yourself home improvements. Our home is across the street from the neighborhood elementary school, and we look forward to walking our little one to school each day.

Our Extended Family

Our extended family stretches from California through Colorado, Missouri, and Tennessee to Pennsylvania. We are so spread out that we travel a lot. We often take group vacations, our most recent one being a week to Hawaii, where we hiked canyons and snorkeled with manta rays. Our visits to Hawaii have become an opportunity to take our closest friends and family with us each year. As we departed to various corners of the country, tears flowed in the hopes our next reunion would be with our little boy or girl.

Holidays are important as they are a time to step away from our busy lives and spend time with family and friends. Like many families, Christmas is the most magical time of the year. We trim the tree the day after Thanksgiving as a family, and there it glows until at least a week after the new year. We’ve displayed stuffed animals under the tree in place of presents, which will lovingly be replaced with the joy of children’s toys for our future child.

What Led Us To Adoption

Frankly, parenthood wasn’t always obvious to us as gay men. While we both envisioned being fathers one day, the obstacles were many. But we live in a remarkable time, where love is providing opportunities we could only dream of just a few years ago. Our love for one another, coupled with the love of our family, friends, and community, led us to this moment to reach for the seemingly impossible. Now our dreams of fatherhood are possible. We hope to share all this love with our child one day as parents.

more about Shawn

more about Shawn

Occupation:
Military officer
Race:
Caucasian
Education:
Master’s degree
Food:
Pasta, stir fry, coffee
Hobby:
Graphic art, home improvement, hiking/camping, traveling
Movie:
Top Gun, The Neverending Story, CoCo
Favorite Tradition:
Setting up Christmas tree, annual family trip
Sport:
Working out, kayaking, rowing
Holiday:
Christmas, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July
Music Group:
Steely Dan, 21 Pilots, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga
TV Show:
Star Trek, The Expanse, Pose
Book:
Sapiens, White Fang, Lord of the Flies, Fahrenheit 451
Subject in School:
Art, geography, shop class
Dream Vacation:
Australia, great American road trip

more about Rich

more about Rich

Occupation:
Sales director
Race:
Caucasian
Education:
Master’s degree
Food:
Steak, pizza, sushi
Hobby:
Cars, planning vacation, personal finance, helping people make decisions
Movie:
Troop Beverly Hills, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead
Favorite Tradition:
Hosting family at our house for Thanksgiving
Sport:
Group fitness classes, yoga
Holiday:
Halloween, Thanksgiving
Music Group:
Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande
TV Show:
The Good Fight, Big Brother, RuPaul’s Drag Race
Book:
Where the Red Fern Grows, The Art of Seduction
Subject in School:
Math, English
Dream Vacation:
Australia, France

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