Shelly & Kevin
Race of child interested in adopting:Asian, Caucasian, Caucasian/Asian, Caucasian/Hispanic, Hispanic or South/Central American
Gender of child interested in adopting:No Preference
Hello! We are Kevin and Shelly. We are so thankful you are reading our letter. We invite you to get to know us, and hope that you feel the love we have for each other and the love for our children, as well as the love we want to share with any little one who comes into our lives through the loving gift of adoption. We are a married Christian Couple who are so very thankful and grateful that you seek a loving family to raise and nurture your child. We could never imagine how difficult this time is in your life must be; as you consider adoption. We are praying that God will give you peace as you make your decision. As a loving, devoted husband of 10 years, let me tell you about Shelly. She has a very outgoing personality. She never meets a stranger. She always finds the positive in the negative. She loves to cook and shop. She is a great mother to our two sons. Our house is a second home for a lot of the kids in our Youth group at church. They all come over for Shelly’s cooking and then we play board games, or watch movies. (They all call her Mama #2) I love her more and more every day that we are together. I can’t wait to see her focus her time, her energies and all that love on a precious baby. As his best friend for the past 10 years, let me tell you about Kevin, I love being with him, whether it be going on a service call with him, or curled up on the couch watching Duck Dynasty. He always makes me laugh. Kevin fixes everything around the house. He helps me cook, plays games with our boys, or they are outside riding four wheelers. There is never a dull moment around here. He is a generous and always a gentleman. He holds my hand and opens the door for me. He is an active outdoorsman. He loves to rabbit hunt and field trial our Beagles. He has a room full of trophies. He likes to get up before dawn during hunting season, and wait for that big buck to come out. We love to travel. We have a time share, that we can use anywhere in the world. We enjoy going to Branson, MO all the way to Belize. Our favorite family vacation is to Disney World in Orlando. We all have a blast going to all the different resorts there. Eating lots of food, and riding all the rides. We can’t wait to plan our next trip. We have chosen to do a semi-closed adoption. We chose this option so that we can if you feel comfortable exchange pictures, and keep you informed about your baby. We understand what you are going through. With that being said we lost our last Son at 15 months unexpectedly. It has been three years and we miss him greatly. So the emptiness that you will feel we know and care deeply for you while you go through this process. We promise to raise any child we adopt with love, values, faith and love of life. We have family prayer time nightly and always lift you, the Father and the baby up in Jesus name. We look forward to getting to know you and our future together. We hope that you will consider us. Respectfully yours, Kevin and Shelly
I (Shelly) was raised in a Rural area out in the country by my Grandparents at a very young age. My Birth Mother made some bad choices so my Grandparents became my guardians. Some of my greatest memories were us in Church. I participated in Girls in Action, signing in choir, participating in plays, Vacation Bible School (basically every time the door was opened we were there.) To me my life seemed perfect. My Grandmother made all my dresses by hand no pattern was ever used. My Grandfather planted and maintained a 4 acre garden. It had every fruit and vegetable you could imagine. I remember he would get up before dawn every day and make us homemade biscuits with fresh jelly my Grandmother had canned, bacon or sausage, fried eggs, and grits. He would drive us to school in a old yellow car that had no heat or air conditioning. Then he would pick us up promptly at 230 and take us to go get icees after school. We would come home to my Grandmother’s homemade cookies. We were so poor, but we never knew it. There so much love in our home. There was never a voice raised, a curse word to be said. Every night before bed we would all hold hands and say our prayers together. They always encouraged me to do my very best, love God and love others beyond myself. When they passed away I was placed in Foster Care. I was scared to death. I didn’t know a soul, and missing my Grandparents so much. I didn’t want to get close to them because I was afraid of they would leave me too. Well that quickly changed. They were totally awesome! They were so much like my Grandparents. She loved to sew and can vegetables. He almost looked just like my Grandpa. He led our nightly devotionals, and family prayer time. They helped mold me into the person I am today. I lived with them until I got married. Till this day they are my Mom and Dad. I have a deep passion for people young and old. My preacher tells me my heart is so big. I serve in my Church as the Hostess. I am responsible for the Kitchen. I cook the Wednesday night meal. I love to cook, so this helps me do the two things I love. Serve and Cook. Also on Wednesday nights after the meal is served I work with the Youth Girls (6th -12th grades). They bake homemade cookies and we deliver them to the local NICU, PICU and ER. We pray with families that are there seeking medical treatment. This gives them a different perspective of what others go through behind the scenes. I also started an Angel Gown ministry at our Church. We accept donations of gently used wedding gowns, and cut them up and make burial gowns for babies in the Hospital. This way I can let my son’s memory live on. Kevin was raised by both his parents they have been married for 45 years. His mom worked for a local company until she retired 8 years ago. His Father worked for a local AC & Heating company until he started his own HVAC Company 10 years ago. He has recently retired. We own the company now. We have 6 employees and plan on growing out more really soon. Kevin’s Paternal Grandparents lived in South Central Louisiana. He would go down there every summer and go fishing and hunting with his Grandpa. He had lots of cousins down there too. A lot of his cousins were girls. He would tell me he would give them a lot of grief when they wanted him to play jacks, or hop scotch. (all the girl games). His Maternal Grandparents loved to travel. So they would take him along go travel the US. He was very active in sports. He played baseball in elementary school and in junior high and high school he played football. He was really good. He has a letterman’s jacket from High School. When he graduated he went on to Vo-Tech and received a degree in HVAC. Where is he has been working in this field for over 20 years. He is a remarkable sheet metal artist as well. He can take a piece of sheet metal and make just about anything you can imagine with it. Kevin is very close to both his parents. They have taught him what he knows today. He is an only child. So his relationship with his parents mean the world to him. Kevin loves to hunt and fish. He has passed this on to our boys. They love to camp out in the woods in tents and be one with nature. He usually starts a fire and they roast marshmallows. They ride there four wheelers all through the woods and when they come home they are covered in mud from head to toe. Kevin is a great Father. Our boys look up to him. He is the spiritual leader of our home. He makes sure that the boys learn how to treat a lady.
We currently live in a 2300 square foot home, with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms large kitchen and two living areas with a fire place we are in the process of building our dream home of 3000+ square feet with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, a pool with water fall, and lots of land for our many animals (we have a donkey, 4 cows, and goats) hopefully going to get some horses for the kids soon this home will have a wrap around porch so we can watch the sun come up and entertain with family and friends. We live on 11 Acers, Kevin’s parents are on one side and we are on the other. We love having them close to us. We are starting to look at furniture for the nursery, I really want to put antiques in the nursery. We live about 15 miles from town, we are considered to be out in the country. We have several parks within about a 8 mile radius from our home, the local school in our Parish are really good, we also have some Private schools that amazing as well.
Our Extended Family
Well Kevin’s parents live right next door. We spend a lot of time with them. We love to cook together and watch movies at home or going to the local movie house. A lot of Kevin’s family live in South Central Louisiana. We go down on a regular basis and stay with his Aunt. She has a lot of land too and we ride four wheelers and go fishing out on her pier. Have fish fry’s and crawfish boils. Lots of fun with cousins and story telling. My (Shelly) Grandparents passed away in my preteen years. When they passed away I went into foster care. My “Birth family” that is left don't have anything to do with me except my Brother calls from time to time. He lives in Alabama with his daughters and Girlfriend.
Our Family Traditions
Valentines - we all go to dinner as a family, we give a candy filled heart and a card to the kids and Kevin and I exchange gifts Easter -- when the kids wake up (including Ryan he is 16) we have there Easter baskets filled with candy and a devotional book or movie. We tell the Easter story with the eggs- they are call Resurrection Eggs. There are 12 eggs and in each egg is an item that tells the story from the Last Supper to the Resurrection of Jesus. Birthdays -- are a big deal in our house, whom ever the birthday is we let them choose what restaurant we go too. Halloween- we have a fall fest at Church, we go a designated persons house and we cook hotdogs, have a snow cone stand, hot coco and coffee and pass out candy to all the kids in the neighborhood. Its a safe fun atmosphere for the kids in the neighborhood to come too and have a great time and learn about Jesus. Thanksgiving -- we cook a traditional bird (has to fried) and all the trimmings and sit around and watch football, at about 6pm in the evening my Mother and I head out to get ahead for the Pre-Black Friday shopping. We usually don't get home until noon or later that next day. Hide all the stuff we bought for the men of house and the kids, then we crash hard for the rest of the day. Christmas Eve - have a Christmas Program where my 10 year old signs in the Choir, have a candle lit service then we have a Christmas Dinner that I help prepare the majority of the food for as a whole family at Church Christmas -- we have a Cajun Christmas, this past year we started a new tradition. We all have matching PJ’s. We cook gumbo and make homemade cookies and pies. We ate still we were stuffed and then watched Christmas movies all day. New Years Eve- we have my oldest son’s and our friends over for a bon fire. We good Chili and roast marsh mellows. At midnight we toast with sparkling apple juice and pop works.
What Led Us To Adoption
We had a son that was born in 2009, with a rare and fatal birth defect. He lived until 2011. In the short time he was on this earth, he brought us a lot of laughter and tears. He taught us a lot about faith, and patience and grace. When he passed away he left longing for another child. We considered having another one, but the Doctor advised us not too. The risk was too high. They said we could have another child born with the same condition. It broke our hearts but asked God to lead our steps in the direction of Adoption. We brought it up to our children, they were so excited. We all cried together at that moment. We prayed for God to send us to the right place and when his timing was right to bring us a baby. We would love the opportunity to have a baby in our home again. We have been praying for God to give the right child at the right time. We know this the what God wants us to do as a family. We are praying for the Birth Mom daily for God to help her with her decision.