S: Shawn and John
FC: Shawn and John
1: = Hello, We are John, Shawn and Jax. We are honored that you are taking the time to learn a little more about our family. While we do not know the journey that you have traveled, we admire your courage and the love that you have for your child. We can only imagine the thoughts and emotions that you are feeling as you make this difficult decision. We would be honored to share this experience with you. Please know that we will provide a loving and supportive environment for your baby. We are committed to building a family that is surrounded by unconditional love and support. We will provide your child with a loving family, many opportunities to succeed and a house filled with warmth. John is an engineer and Shawn is a special education teacher. We enjoy going to outdoor concerts, camping, being adventurous and spontaneous during traveling and spending time with our extended family. Through the miracle of adoption we were blessed to have Jax join our lives in September of 2013. Jax is a relaxed and fun loving baby. He will make a great big brother. We are surrounded and supported by a large extended family and many friends who are looking forward to helping us welcome our new family member. We are looking forward to meeting you and to building a relationship built upon respect and honesty. We wish you and your child luck and love on your journey. John , Shawn and Jax
3: John enjoying Lake Superior | Visiting the Alamo | Mardi Gras Ball | John and his best friend looking out at the beach | About Us We began dating in October of 2010 and were married in June of 2012. While we have been married for only a short amount of time it seems that John and I have known each other all our lives. Before we were married we knew that Shawn was unable to have children and that we wanted to expand our family. It was during this time that we first began to explore adoption. While we are unable to have children of our own we continue to have a strong desire to parent. To us adoption seems the natural way to expand our family. Family is very important to us. We live close to Shawn's large family and we are able to see them often. We regularly visit John's dad who lives in Mobile, Alabama and his mom who lives in Las Vegas. Every February we travel to Mobile to partake in the Mardi Gras tradition and to spend time with John's dad. We are looking forward to sharing our travels with our new addition.
4: Favorites John Shawn Movie Star Wars Goonies TV Series Sopranos Grey's Anatomy TV Sitcom Seinfeld Big Bang Theory Food Steak Spaghetti Restaurant Applebee's Olive Garden Color Blue Green Book Game of Thrones Water for Elephants Place to Visit New Orleans State Park Game Monopoly Bean Bag Toss Activity Soccer Volleyball Season Summer Summer Holiday Christmas Fourth of July Music U2 REO Speed Wagon
5: John As an only child John is very close to his parents. He talks with them often on the phone. During John's free time, he is found on the soccer field. After years of playing, he continues his passion for the sport by coaching at a competitive soccer club. John embraces his Filipino heritage and loves to teach Shawn and her family. One of his favorite ways is making an authentic dish and then sharing a story or tradition. | John also enjoys participating in local 5K and 10K runs. Once a year, he does the Tough Mudder a 11.5 obstacle course in mud. | John likes playing with his nieces and nephews. Above he is giving a horseback ride to his niece and nephew. On the right, he is seen laying his nephew down for a nap. | John and Jax | John coaching soccer
6: Shawn | Shawn and Jax | Shawn and her niece making Halloween cupcakes | Shawn and her niece | Shawn is employed as a special education teacher. She loves to spend time with her large family. Shawn has two brothers that she is very close to. She was brought up to believe that family is the most important thing in life. She believes that it is important to have strong values and faith. Each Sunday Shawn's family has the opportunity to get together and play cards. Family gatherings are so large at holidays that the family gets together at a local roller skating rink that her aunt owns. When John first met the family he said it reminded him of his Filipino family. In Shawn's free time you will often find her playing volleyball and practicing yoga. | Shawn and her niece making cookies | Shawn and her brother playing on the slide
7: Jax | Jax and his Great Grandma | Dancing in New Orleans | Jax with his cousins Mabel and Porter | Jax's first airplane ride to visit grandma | Jax and his Grandma | Jax and his Grandpa. We are still trying to figure out who put who down for a nap. | Jax and his birth mother | First family photo | Through adoption we have been blessed with our son Jax. Jax first entered our lives when we met his birth mother in August of 2013. We were blessed with the opportunity to build an open and honest relationship with Jax's birth mother. Our relationship continues to develop as we grow in our open adoption which includes pictures, updates and visits. We feel that our relationship with Jax's birth mother has enriched our family. Jax arrived on September 24, 2013. It was a truly amazing day and will forever be engraved in our hearts. Jax was welcomed into our family with open arms. Jax's cousins love and adore him. Each time they see him they shower him with love and kisses. Jax is a complete joy to be around, and he will make a wonderful older brother. He is very laid back, loves to smile, and he has a great personality. Jax has the ability to make everyone who meets him smile. We are looking forward to seeing our family grow through the miracle of adoption. Welcoming another child into our home will be a true blessing.
8: Camping with family and friends | We love to hitch-up our pop-up camper and spend the weekends enjoying the outdoors. While camping we can be seen cooking, hiking, sitting by the fire, swimming and socializing with camp guests. Every summer we try to camp, road trip and vacation as often as possible. | Fun while camping | Swimming fun | Our nephew Porter dunking John while camping | John loves to gather camp wood for the fire | John setting up the camper
9: Our Home We live in a two story home which is located in a small city on a quiet street. A larger city is minutes away from our home. Our house is within walking distance of our downtown, two beautiful parks and a wonderful state trail. Each Memorial weekend we have a cookout in our backyard. It is always filled with our nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Every year our gathering seems to grow, we look forward to sharing this experience with our children. | Our House | State Trail | Park
10: Traditions Family traditions and values are very important to us. John and I feel that it is important to reconnect with each other every day so we always make sure that we are able to catch up each night. On warm nights we often take walks on the state trail and stop off for an ice cream. Many summer nights we find ourselves on the deck of a family member as we live very close to Shawn's parents, brother and several cousins. We start our New Year off every year celebrating John's birthday and making snow angels at midnight. It is tradition for our extended family to spend time together every Sunday and on all major holidays. Each holiday our family comes from all over to spend time together. We are very close with Shawn's family. Whenever someone in the family works on a home improvement project family members from all over often show up to help. In our family you are never alone or unsupported. Someone will always be by your side providing guidance and support. | Shawn Making a snowman with her niece | Shawn and John at her aunt's roller skating rink | Shawn making a snow angel on New Year's Eve | Traditional Holiday gathering | John's dad at Shawn's parents for Christmas | Jax's first time at the Holiday gathering
11: Family | We have a very large family that we see as often as possible, We have 22 aunts and uncles and 39 first cousins that we see or talk with on a regular basis. | Extended family photo at one of our many gatherings | Jax with his cousins Mabel and Porter | Madison trying on her prom dress | Cody at a basketball game | John and his dad Jack | John's mom Dorla and step dad Bob posing with Shawn's brother George and his wife Michelle | Shawn and John with Shawn's parents Bob and Sandy | Shawn's brother Matt and his wife Erin | Shawn's dad acting silly
12: Openness We are committed to building a relationship with you. We feel that a loving and honest relationship built upon mutual respect is the key to having an open adoption. We are committed to building an open relationship built upon your comfort level. Our main focus is to develop a relationship which will foster a fun loving and healthy environment for all involved. Our extended family supports our commitment to open adoption and has actively sought to participate in activities surrounding our open adoption. | Our Adoption Pledge We will honor your level of openness. We will be honest with your child about his or her story and the love that you have for them. We will provide your child with a home filled with unconditional love and support throughout their life. | Visit With Jax's birth mother
13: New Year's Eve and Celebrating John's Birthday | Photos | Our nieces and nephews | John doing the worm at our wedding | Shawn's volleyball team has a tradition of doing a pyramid each time they are at a celebration. Our wedding was not an exception. Shawn participated in her wedding gown. | Day at the zoo with our little cousin. She is feeding a Hippo | Jax's Baptism
14: Family Photo | Photos | Fun at Bay Beach | New York Fun
15: We are looking forward to growing our family through the miracle of adoption. We admire your courage and strength as you make this difficult decision. We want to assure you that Jax and your child will be the center of our world. We are ready to expand our family and to welcome your child into our home with open arms. We have a passion for providing Jax with a sibling and to growing our family through adoption. We will provide a loving and supportive environment for your child. We will provide your child with unconditional love, a loving extended family and we will provide guidance and support throughout every opportunity presented to your child. We would like to thank you for considering us as you travel through this difficult journey and for helping us to make our dream of completing our family come true. Best wishes on your journey, John , Shawn and Jax