Our Q&As

Describe your childhood (adoptive mom & adoptive dad):

Shannon: A little wacky, playful, loving and full of laughter. I always felt I could be who I was, dream big and be a kid. There was never a time when there wasn’t a friend or family member available at home for help or advice. We were sometimes known as the home for strays, be it friends or family who had fallen on hard times and needed a place to regroup, or lost animals, there were always pets coming and going. Through this I learned compassion, understanding and acceptance of all possible situations; you never know some one’s true story so you love them for who they are despite their difficulties.

David: My parents divorced when I was 7. Because of this growing up I had two families that were there to love and support me. I was an only child until I was 12 when my half-sisters (twins) were born through my father’s second marriage. Because of this I have learned that there is no one definition for what a family is. I was very close to my grandparents and even though they lived across the country spent every summer with them.

Tell us about your home?

We have an adorable home. It’s a little older but definitely has that southern charm to it! It has 3 bedrooms, a living room and den, a kitchen which Shannon has completely made her own and a large back yard!

When you have a 3-day weekend, what do you like to do?

When 3 day weekends come around we’re often found doing small projects around the house or travelling if we can. We love taking trips to the coast or to Atlanta. Often when it’s a weekend we can’t get away we like simply spending time with friends or at home watching movies or reading together on the couch!

Do you have pets? If so tell us about them?

We do! We love animals. We have 2 dogs, a white German Shepherd we rescued and her puppy Brownie. They are fantastic and loving companions, always ready to play or to cuddle.

What do you hope to teach your children?

We hope to teach our children the importance of family. Education is very important to us starting with the love of reading! Compassion, patience and respect for people and animals. Also important to us is to learn to have a sense of humor. So much of life is easier to handle and work your way through if you can laugh about it.

Describe your neighborhood?

We live in a well established community with many families. There’s a park just 3 blocks away as well.

What will you tell your child about his/her birthmother?

We hope to be able to have our child know their birthmother! Any questions will be answered with respect and a deep sense of appreciation for what she has done to bring this child into our lives.

It's Daddy's day - what activity do you want to share with your child?

We would start the day off making pancakes together! That’s dad’s specialty. After breakfast we would head to the zoo to see the gorillas. Or the aquarium to see one of the only whale sharks in captivity. And maybe lunch at a 50’s style diner. Then we would make a trip to the movies to see the latest Disney or Pixar movie. We would finish the day with dinner at home with mom!

What kind of education are you hoping to provide for your child - Private or Public?

We both went to public school and believe a public school education is an important part in the social learning process in children. The schools in our area are very well respected and we intend to be active participants in their education and extracurricular activities. The school Nicole attends is one of the highest rated Magnet schools in the nation!

How did you come to the decision of adoption?

Adoption has always been an option for us. Shannon has cousins who were adopted and we saw the benefits of an open, successful adoption. When it turned out we could not conceive on our own the turn in conversation to adopt was very natural.

What faith will you raise your child?

Spiritual, with faith in being a good person, respect for others and respect for nature. Our current plan is to expose the child to the wealth of different faiths as they develop. We both grew up with different influences and while not currently a member of a particular place of worship, we are spiritual people who wish our child to be aware of all of the diverse possibilities in securing their own path to spiritual well-being.

What kind of a relationship do you hope to build with your birthmom through her pregnancy?

This will be entirely up to the birthmother. We would like to get to know her if possible, because we feel the more she knows us the more confident she will feel in picking us to parent her baby. We would also like to be a support mechanism for her - if she needs/wants such a relationship.

How did you meet?

We met in college and it was like it was meant to be. Originally we met through student government, then we met again through Shannon’s roommate. We could take a hint! We’ve been together ever since!

What was your relationship with your parents like (adoptive mom & adoptive dad)?

We are both extremely close to both our parents. Shannon’s parents are warm and vivacious and ecstatic to have a new grandchild to spoil! David’s parents are excited as this will be their first grandchild and are looking forward to visiting any time they can spare with this blessing.

What attracted you to each other?

Shannon: David was always making me laugh! He was different than a lot of the college guys I knew, he was always willing to be silly or just as happy to sit quietly to the side and listen. But it was definitely his sense of humor. That and he has beautiful, kind eyes!

David: My initial reaction to seeing Shannon for the first time was WOW! Then as I got to know her I found that besides being gorgeous she had a fantastic personality and sense of humor. It didn’t hurt that she like a lot of the same things I did.

Please describe your personalities (adoptive mom & adoptive dad):

Shannon: I appear shy at first but once you get to know me I'm very talkative and open. I am quirky and a bit silly. I love to laugh and I believe there is nothing so serious you cannot laugh at it or yourself. Life is just funny. I am extremely family oriented and I enjoy creativity in whatever form it strikes.

David: I love to laugh and make others laugh! Being an only child until I was older taught me the value of being able to entertain myself. Fortunately other people find me entertaining as well. I have a strong work ethic and enjoy being able to provide for my family but not at the expense of losing time able to spend with them.

What are your hobbies (please share those you enjoy as individuals and those you enjoy as a couple):

Shannon: I love being crafty and using my hands! I love to crochet! I will make all kinds of things I just need a request and I'm jumping in! I am currently working on increasing my sewing ability and having a blast making my own baby clothes. I love to cook as well and experiment with new recipes whenever I get the chance.

David: I am an avid gamer. I enjoy games of all sorts, video games, card games, board games. The best is when I can share game time with family. I also enjoy cooking. Some of the best nights are when Shannon and I cook together and can sit down and enjoy the meal together. I also love to travel.

We are both avid readers and will gobble up books! Often we find ourselves donating books to the libraries in the area because our bookshelves simply won’t hold any more! Nicole also loves books so most weekends you can find us at the library or used books stores!

When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms what are your thoughts regarding the birthmother?

There is no greater gift, nor greater sacrifice than putting this child’s needs above your own and making someone else’s life complete at the same time.

How will a child enrich your life?

Children are amazing. Their unbiased view of the world would allow us to gain that sense of wonder and amazement that we may have lost over the years. Being able to introduce them to new experiences and wonders will in turn give us joy and fulfillment. Allowing us to appreciate all the joys in the world from their eyes and the rush of learning.

Why did you each choose the career path you decided on?

David: After many years in the military I was offered a job in my skill set with an elite company who contracted out to the government. I loved what I was doing so I jumped at the chance.