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About Us/Me

Thank you for taking the time to read about us as you consider adoption.  We are Shane and Ashley, a very happy couple and proud parents of twin five-year-olds, Dylan and Madelynn.  We are a family who loves to laugh and play, be outdoors, cook, and spend time together.

  

We met while we were both still in college, Shane was doing an internship near Bowling Green, where Ashley was a senior.  While at BW3s one evening, Ashley went up to the counter to order where she noticed Shane had just made a donation so he could hang a shamrock on the wall.  Shane, a huge Notre Dame fan, wrote ‘Go ND,’ and asked the bartender to hang it up in front of one with OSU written on it. This was shortly after Ohio State had beat Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.  A diehard Ohio State fan, Ashley immediately started giving Shane a hard time, which is how we started up a conversation. Now, nearly 14 years later, we still cannot agree on a football team, but we both agree how thankful we are for those shamrocks! 

 

After a few years of dating, we married in 2010 (on possibly the hottest day in the summer!) and have made many happy memories together.  We are definitely a family that values experiences over material things, so we take every opportunity we can to get out to see the world. Together we have been to Paris, Ireland, Mexico, the Domican Republic, and many places throughout the United States.  We love to go camping and to spend time outdoors hiking, be it at a national park or in our backyard! 

 

Shane is a mechanical engineer who loves to figure out how things work, build things for himself, and teach these skills to his children.  Shane loves woodworking and building. Ashley is a high school math teacher who loves to inspire students to love math as much as she does.  We are both very active, running, cycling, kayaking, and hiking. Ashley has run 6 half-marathons, and Shane has biked across ohio 6 times in the Pan Ohio Hope Ride in support of the American Cancer Society. 

 

In 2014, we welcomed Dylan and Madelynn into our lives.  They decided from the very beginning that even though they are twins, they are unique individuals, starting out with having their own birthdays - Dylan was born just before midnight and Madelynn just after so they actually have different birthdays.  Dylan is very analytical. He likes to investigate how things work. He loves to learn and wants to understand things. Madelynn is very caring. Alwyas looking out for others around her. If someone is cut, she will get the bandaid, if someone is cold she will run to grab them a blanket.  Both kids adore babies and love to care for them at their babysitter’s house. I know that they will be the best big brother and big sister pair to care for and love a new baby in our lives.

  

Family has always been important to us. In addition to becoming part of our immediate family of four, a baby joining our family will also gain a large extended family, full of love and support. Shane comes from a very large family, with more than 100 cousins on his dad’s side alone. Our immediate families are close enough to visit regularly, and we always want to provide the opportunity for our children to grow up close with their cousins. We have extended family scattered throughout the Midwest and are able to visit with family on both sides at least a few times per year.

 

Growing up in large families and a close-knit community, we were surrounded by many positive influences and role models in addition to our parents, from extended family and neighbors, to coaches and church pastors. We are truly grateful for the blessings we have had in our lives, and firmly believe that blessings are meant to be shared. Our families, support structures, friends, and role models have helped shape us along the way, and we want to be able to provide that type of support when raising our children.

 

Our path to expanding our family has not been an easy one.  We struggled for a few years with infertility and considered adoption during that time.  We were lucky enough that our struggles ended with finding out that we were expecting twins, but the seed had been planted that we wanted to adopt.  Several years later when we wanted to expand our family again, rather than turning to fertility treatments, we knew that adoption was the right decision for us.

 

About You

As you consider whether adoption is the right decision for you, know that you have our support, no matter what your decision is.  Should you choose to parent this baby, we know that this will be the right decision for your baby. Should you choose adoption and choose us, we are willing to keep you updated about him throughout his life at a level of openness for which you want and feel comfortable.

 

About Us/Me

Thank you for taking the time to read about us as you consider adoption.  We are Shane and Ashley, a very happy couple and proud parents of twin five-year-olds, Dylan and Madelynn.  We are a family who loves to laugh and play, be outdoors, cook, and spend time together.

  

We met while we were both still in college, Shane was doing an internship near Bowling Green, where Ashley was a senior.  While at BW3s one evening, Ashley went up to the counter to order where she noticed Shane had just made a donation so he could hang a shamrock on the wall.  Shane, a huge Notre Dame fan, wrote ‘Go ND,’ and asked the bartender to hang it up in front of one with OSU written on it. This was shortly after Ohio State had beat Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.  A diehard Ohio State fan, Ashley immediately started giving Shane a hard time, which is how we started up a conversation. Now, nearly 14 years later, we still cannot agree on a football team, but we both agree how thankful we are for those shamrocks! 

 

After a few years of dating, we married in 2010 (on possibly the hottest day in the summer!) and have made many happy memories together.  We are definitely a family that values experiences over material things, so we take every opportunity we can to get out to see the world. Together we have been to Paris, Ireland, Mexico, the Domican Republic, and many places throughout the United States.  We love to go camping and to spend time outdoors hiking, be it at a national park or in our backyard! 

 

Shane is a mechanical engineer who loves to figure out how things work, build things for himself, and teach these skills to his children.  Shane loves woodworking and building. Ashley is a high school math teacher who loves to inspire students to love math as much as she does.  We are both very active, running, cycling, kayaking, and hiking. Ashley has run 6 half-marathons, and Shane has biked across ohio 6 times in the Pan Ohio Hope Ride in support of the American Cancer Society. 

 

In 2014, we welcomed Dylan and Madelynn into our lives.  They decided from the very beginning that even though they are twins, they are unique individuals, starting out with having their own birthdays - Dylan was born just before midnight and Madelynn just after so they actually have different birthdays.  Dylan is very analytical. He likes to investigate how things work. He loves to learn and wants to understand things. Madelynn is very caring. Alwyas looking out for others around her. If someone is cut, she will get the bandaid, if someone is cold she will run to grab them a blanket.  Both kids adore babies and love to care for them at their babysitter’s house. I know that they will be the best big brother and big sister pair to care for and love a new baby in our lives.

  

Family has always been important to us. In addition to becoming part of our immediate family of four, a baby joining our family will also gain a large extended family, full of love and support. Shane comes from a very large family, with more than 100 cousins on his dad’s side alone. Our immediate families are close enough to visit regularly, and we always want to provide the opportunity for our children to grow up close with their cousins. We have extended family scattered throughout the Midwest and are able to visit with family on both sides at least a few times per year.

 

Growing up in large families and a close-knit community, we were surrounded by many positive influences and role models in addition to our parents, from extended family and neighbors, to coaches and church pastors. We are truly grateful for the blessings we have had in our lives, and firmly believe that blessings are meant to be shared. Our families, support structures, friends, and role models have helped shape us along the way, and we want to be able to provide that type of support when raising our children.

 

Our path to expanding our family has not been an easy one.  We struggled for a few years with infertility and considered adoption during that time.  We were lucky enough that our struggles ended with finding out that we were expecting twins, but the seed had been planted that we wanted to adopt.  Several years later when we wanted to expand our family again, rather than turning to fertility treatments, we knew that adoption was the right decision for us.

About you

As you consider whether adoption is the right decision for you, know that you have our support, no matter what your decision is.  Should you choose to parent this baby, we know that this will be the right decision for your baby. Should you choose adoption and choose us, we are willing to keep you updated about him throughout his life at a level of openness for which you want and feel comfortable.