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Aloha from Maui!
We write this letter with such nervous anticipation and have probably edited it a hundred times over not knowing exactly how well we can put our thoughts into words. We can't assume what you must be feeling but if its anything like us, it's a whole mix of emotions. Words can only share so much but our hope is that this letter will convey our hearts, our intentions and that you will be able to see us as a family you can come to know and trust.
We don't know the situation that brought you here today to read our portfolio, but we wonder if anyone has told you how remarkable you are? We imagine this may be a moment in time that you didn't plan for and full of tough decisions for you and your baby, but here you are making those tough choices. Maybe you are set on adoption or maybe you are still considering your options but know that we will be praying for you to have the strength and wisdom you need to make the best choices that are right for you and your baby.
Now to introduce ourselves... we are Shane and Jessie. We met 6 years ago on Maui and it didn't take long for us to fall in love. It has been an amazing three years and we've never looked back. Our struggle with infertility has been tough but it has not hindered our desire to be parents and this desire has led us to you.
We have an amazing community of friends and family here on Maui. Some of whom have been adopted or have adopted their children. These influences have helped us understand the value of honoring birth moms and the choices they've made for their children. Our community is unlike any other. We love, support, celebrate, and weep with one another. We couldn't be more thankful for the friends and family that will surround our child with so much adoration.
We value family, quality time, and adventure. It is a big part of how we grew up Jessie has 6 brothers and there was never a dull moment in her family whether it was backyard campfire adventures or digging up carrots from the garden. Shane grew up on islands his whole life and his childhood was full of swimming, fishing, and swinging on vines in the jungle with his three siblings. It is important to us that our child is surrounded by family and given opportunities to learn new things each day. Our desire is to raise children in a fun, loving, simple way where they will always be known, heard, and supported. As you will soon see as you flip the pages of this portfolio our time is filled with beach days, walks with our dog, and family or friends!
If you select us as parents, we would like to continue a relationship with you afterward to the extent that we are all comfortable with. We want you to know peace in the choices you make and would love for you to get to know us. Our hope is that you will have the reassurance and know without a doubt the love we will have for your child. Alternatively, if you are not comfortable with openness we will respect your privacy.
Please let us know if you have any questions that may help you get to know us better.
Whatever you decide, please know that we wish you the absolute best.
Shane & Jessie
If you are interested in us as adoptive parents please contact Lara Kelso from Nightlight Christian Adoptions at (636) 797-4100 extension 417