Fred & Shawna

Dear Expectant Mother,

You have made an amazing choice to give life to this baby. Our hearts are full when we think of how you have chosen to bless the world (and perhaps us) through the baby you are carrying. We have been praying for you since we started talking about adoption. We pray that your friends and family are ensuring you that the life growing in your womb is no accident. We pray you are shielded from those people who do not support you in your decision and that you have a deep sense of assurance and affirmation from The Lord about your decision to place this baby for adoption. We pray you feel honored for your choice, as you should be since you are God’s instrument for giving life to a person God has created.

We are devout believers in God and that He has a purpose for every person, so we believe God has a very definite purpose for you, for this baby, and for us. Is God’s purpose that we raise the baby you are carrying? It’s exciting to consider. We hope we will have the privilege and blessing to meet you so we can share our love for you and express, probably through many tears, our gratitude for you in honoring God by choosing life for this baby. We believe that “God is creating this wonderfully-made baby in your womb,” as Psalm 139:13 teaches.

We know we can’t have our own child, but we want to be parents, which has led us on this five year journey to adopt. We are eager to grow our family, to share our love with a baby of our own, and to experience all God will do in our lives as we grow together with the baby God is creating just for us. The life of our baby growing (perhaps in your body) is profoundly precious to us. How could we help but be grateful to God for that miracle and to you for making such a brave, difficult choice?

Fred & Shawna.jpeg“We” are Fred and Shawna. Fred is an editor and reporter for a daily newspaper and Shawna is a middle school social studies teacher. We love serving in our church, as you might imagine. For Shawna, that is singing in the choir. For Fred, that has been through leadership and committee roles. As a couple, we love to travel whether it’s someplace new, going to a concert or baseball game, or visiting our families. Fred has a life-long fascination with cars and racing. Shawna loves a good art museum and the thrill of the hunt in thrift and consignment stores. We both love having a night at home. We may watch a movie, spend the evening reading together, or playing a game. We may go for a walk in our neighborhood park or get the bicycles out for an evening ride.

Our lives are already full, but the lack of a child in our own family leaves a void. We know we have a ton of love to give a baby and are excited about the chance to raise a baby together. We have a tremendous amount of respect and love for one another in our marriage and our home is a peaceful place. These are things our baby will benefit from experiencing as he or she grows up.

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Thank you so much for considering us as adoptive parents for your baby. May God bless you in your journey. We are hopeful that’s a journey we’ll take with you.

With love,
Fred & Shawna

Adoptive Family at a Glance

Father’s Name: Fred Mother’s Name: Shawna
Occupation: Newspaper Reporter Occupation: Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Education: Bachelors Degree Education: Masters Degree
Religion: Christian Religion: Christian
Date of Birth: 5/15/1972 Date of Birth: 3/30/1971
Ethnicity: Caucasian Ethnicity: Caucasian
Hair Color: Brown Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue Eye Color: Green
Height: 5’11” Height: 5’6”
General Health: Good General Health: Good

Date of marriage: June 13, 2009

Children: None.

Interest and Hobbies: We take a vacation every year on our anniversary to some place we’ve never been before (this year to the Blue Ridge Parkway). We love to ride our bicycles. We love all sorts of movies; we love action, suspense and comedy. Fred loves reading biographies and Shawna loves Christian fiction. We love all sorts of games (board games, mostly) and Fred is an ace at trivia. Fred’s passion is cars and he is knowledgeable about all sorts of cars, from muscle and antique cars, which Shawna also likes, to NASCAR. Shawna loves all kinds of art, especially paintings, and enjoys any opportunity to visit art museums.

Home: We own a modern-style wood-sided home in Lexington, Kentucky. Shawna loves flowers and is gradually turning parts of the yard into a flower garden. There are lots of children in our neighborhood and there is a park nearby with a walking track, playground, tennis courts, and soccer & baseball fields.

Pets: We have two cats. Cheddar is Shawna’s orange tabby who loves cheese of every variety and eats all of Shawna’s house plants. Lucy is Fred’s calico who loves to chase Cheddar around the house and wakes Fred up every morning if he doesn’t turn off his alarm clock soon enough and come out to play with her.

Finances: We both have full-time jobs that provide a stable income.

Why are you interested in building a family though adoption: We have been struggling with infertility for a few years now, but want to be parents. We have many friends and relatives with children, so we have witnessed the blessing of children. Shawna has taught children for 18 years and has had the joy of knowing thousands of children, but would very much love the opportunity to love and raise a child of her own. Fred has a knack for working with children and seems to draw children to him wherever he goes. Hardly a time goes by at church or in restaurants that he doesn’t play peekaboo with a small child.

Openness to Birth parents: We hope to build a relationship with birth parents where they will feel supported and appreciated. To that end, we are open to sharing pictures and letters about our adoptive child as he or she grows up. We are also open to the possibility of occasional visits.

Childcare Plans: We will both take time off from work following the birth of our adoptive child. During the summer, Shawna will care for our child as she does not have school then. We plan to utilize a faith-based child care provider close to Shawna’s workplace during the school year.

We are represented by Nightlight Christian Adoptions. If you need more information about us, or would like to meet us, please contact Nightlight toll-free at 866-832-3678.