S: Shawn & Melissa
FC: Shawn & Melissa
1: Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, only what you are expecting to give- which is everything. Katherine Hepburn
2: To a very special person... Thank you for giving us the opportunity to introduce ourselves and give you a little glimpse into our lives. While we have not met you, we already know that you have a great deal of love for your baby because you are considering adoption. We admire the courage, strength and selfless heart that you must have, and we feel honored to even be considered as parents for your child. We hope that you will find qualities in us that will make you confident that we will love, care for and protect your child forever. We have so much to share with you and we hope this profile will give you a sense of who we are as a family and how much we look forward to welcoming a new baby into our home. A little bit about us... Shawn and I met as camp counselors in 1997. It's funny to think that we really weren't interested in each other at first. Who would have thought that an article in the "Cupid's Corner" section of the camp newspaper would bring two people together for life? Now after nine years of marriage, our love for each other continues to grow. Somehow the laughter and fun we have together has only increased over the years. We are blessed with two amazing little boys, Justin who is eight and Zachary who is five. Justin is a thoughtful, caring and sweet little boy with a heart of gold. Zachary is playful, affectionate, easy going and loves to make us laugh. They both light up our lives and bring so much joy to our family. They are very involved in our adoption and can't wait to be big brothers. The love and happiness our family shares will only multiply when we open our hearts to a new baby. We have always dreamed of completing our family through adoption and talked about it even before we were married. Justin and Zachary hope to one day have a little sister to play with, protect, and love. We hope to fulfill our dream of having a daughter to nurture and cherish. We promise to always provide her with love and to encourage her to fulfill her dreams. Our values... Family is very important to us. Our relationships are bound together by love, respect, and trust for one another. These are values that we strive to model and teach our children. We believe that education is very important, and we do all that we can to help and encourage our kids academically, socially, and emotionally. Shawn and I both have college degrees and we will provide our kids with the opportunities and support they need to achieve their lifelong goals. Our home... Our home is spacious and offers a safe, bright and secure future for your baby. It is located in a small, family oriented community. We live on a quiet street and are close to the elementary/middle schools, walking trails, and parks. We have a wonderful backyard and a playground right next door to our house. Our home also backs to open space, where we enjoy playing outside together. We have four bedrooms and a finished basement with a large play area. We are very happy here and love to have friends and family over. Our Extended Family and Friends... Our family and friends mean the world to us and we are incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. We are so fortunate that they live nearby and we enjoy spending time with them. We treasure the love and support they so freely give. Shawn's parents and Melissa's mom love doting on their grandchildren and enjoy taking them to the zoo, the circus, the park and just spending special one on one time with each of them. We already share so many happy memories and look forward to the memories we will create when we welcome a new baby into our family. Everyone is so supportive of our adoption and they are very excited about having a new baby to love.
3: Melissa is a very nurturing person. She has been a second grade teacher for eleven years, which has given her the opportunity to do what she really enjoys- spending time with children. Melissa can't wait to stay home with the baby when she arrives. Melissa is compassionate and goal oriented. She is open and giving and follows her heart. She appreciates the small things in life and tries to make the most of every moment. Melissa loves spending time with her kids. They enjoy playing games, doing science experiments, making crafts, drawing and coloring, and going on play dates. She also likes reading, eating out, traveling on family trips, and spending time with friends. Nothing is more enjoyable to Melissa than being a mom. She looks forward to the day when she can share her love with another baby. Fun Facts: ~Melissa lived in Paris for a year and can speak French! ~Until Melissa became a teacher, she was always the shortest person in her class! | About Melissa...
4: Shawn is a very loving husband and father. He has a wonderful personality that appeals to many people. His great sense of humor seems to always draw kids and adults to him. Shawn is caring and practical and always wants to help others. Whether he's helping a friend in need or providing service to a complete stranger, Shawn can always be counted on. He has a way of making everyone around him feel comfortable and valued. Shawn has an incredible sense of integrity and devotion to family. Watching him with our children is such a joy. They have a great time together and are always laughing. Shawn is a wonderful father. Shawn earned his college degree in education. He now works as a banker and he has a very strong work ethic. He is motivated to provide for his family and to offer them stability and happiness. Shawn also enjoys golfing, playing poker, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. Fun Facts: ~Shawn skipped Kindergarten and went straight to first grade! ~Shawn loves to make up silly rhyming songs and sing them off key until we can't stop giggling! | About Shawn...
5: Our Extended Family | Melissa with our niece Aurora | Grandparents day at school | Great Grandparents are fun | Go Phillies! | Getting ready to "clown around" | If you want a treat, ask Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop | Baby Justin cuddling with his grandmother Meme | Great Grandparents and cousins | Spending time with Mom-Mom | Cousin huddle | Zachary loves being a big cousin | Our niece Emma | Backyard BBQ
6: Our Family | Magical moments | Zachary | Justin | Memorial Day bike parade | Just being silly | Loving the outdoors | A wonderful bond | Splishing & splashing at our swim club | Reading bedtime stories
7: Our little Boy Scout | Phillies fanatics | The view is better from up high | Horsey ride | Brotherly love | Where is Zachary? | Summer fun | Christmas morning
8: Our Beautiful Home
9: Our Promise.. We know this must be a challenging time for you and we want you to feel confidant that you are making the best choice for your baby. If you choose us as parents, your baby will always know how much you love her and how important she is to you. We think she should be a part of your life if that is your wish, and the level of involvement is up to you. We are very open to the idea of remaining in contact with you through pictures, e-mails and letters, whatever is comfortable for you. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to open our lives to you. We hope we have conveyed our genuine feelings, and we pray that you will trust us to raise your child. Rest assured, we would give your baby a strong family unit with lots of love and affection. We would help you fulfill your dreams for your baby by giving her a lifetime of happy childhood memories, a secure upbringing and the strength of family love. We hope you find peace and comfort in your decision. To contact us please call our agency, A Baby Step Adoption at: 1-888-505-ADOPT. They have our approved home study on file and will be more than willing to help and to answer any questions you may have. Fondly, Shawn and Melissa Burger