Nate & Shannon

Hi there!


We are Nate and Shannon, and we are so happy you landed on our page. Thanks for taking a moment to get to know us. We hope this gives you a little glimpse of the love and joy our family has to share. Although we have never met, we want you to know that we have been thinking of you. We know you are facing difficult decisions, and we hope you find peace and guidance through this time. We would love to meet you to hear your story, as well as the hopes and dreams you have for your baby.

We are a happy couple living on a small farm in Williamsburg, Virginia, next door to grandparents, aunts, and siblings. Shannon is a carpenter and gardener who has spent the last two years building our little farmhouse. She loves being outside and working with her hands and you’ll typically find her covered in dirt or sawdust. She is loving and creative, with a sarcastic sense of humor. She will be a stay-at-home mom when the baby arrives. Nate is a college professor who loves helping out with do-it-yourself projects on the weekends. Shannon loves to tease him about his dorkiness; he’s passionate about mathematics, computer programming, and music. He replies that she’s a dork lover, which is even worse! Nate is thoughtful and kind, with a goofy streak. We have a friendly cockapoo puppy named Finn and a flock of fourteen chickens.

Since the first days of our relationship, six years ago, we have always wanted to create a family farm with children and animals running around. We knew when we married that we could not have biological children but discovered a mutual interest in adoption on our first date.  We feel so lucky to be living out our dreams and can’t wait to add a baby to the mix!  Our relationship is rooted in mutual respect, curiosity, and learning by doing. We love to travel and explore different cultures, whether on a road trip or internationally. We also love being in nature on hikes and on camping trips. We value experiences over material things. Our home is filled with laughter, music, good food, and supportive family and friends.

Our dreams for our family have evolved as we’ve learned about open adoption. We are so hopeful to welcome a child into our little farm family. We are equally hopeful about creating a meaningful relationship with their birth family, if that is desired. We want our child to feel proud of their identity. We promise to talk about you and raise your child knowing who you are. We’re thinking of you as you make the decision who will parent your child, and we are confident that you will find the right family for your baby.

With peace and love,

Nate and Shannon

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