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David & Shanda

Hello! During our very first date we discussed our mutual desire to adopt. (Yes, we actually spoke about children on the first date.) As we both have positive experiences with adoption, adoption is our first choice for how to grow our family. Thank you for taking time to read our profile. We would love to chat with you, and we wish you the best whatever you decide.

About Us

Vice President of Science
Future Stay-at-Home Mom
Bachelor's Degree in Physics
Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

We Can't Wait to Become Parents!

Adoption has affected each of us personally. Shanda was raised by her grandparents, and David's grandfather was adopted.

Shanda's birth mother (Tillie) was 17 years old, pregnant with Shanda and had a 4 month old already at home when she made the choice to ask her parents to raise Shanda. When the time came, Shanda's grandparents took her home right from the hospital. She knows that even though the situation was difficult for everyone involved, she benefited greatly from the choices the adults in her life made before she was born. As a result of her own life experience, Shanda has known since middle school that she wanted to adopt. At such a young age, she was able to see how adoption had positively impacted her life.

David's awareness of adoption started with him hearing about his grandfather's positive adoption experience. David has always wanted to be a dad and his grandfather's experience led David to be open to adoption. As a couple, when we discussed children we discovered that we both had a desire to adopt and that was one of the many things that we really liked about each other. It makes sense that, for us, adoption is our first choice for how to build our family.

Our Leisure Time

Out to Breakfast With Friends

  • We love hanging out with our friends. We have several close friends that we enjoy spending time with playing games, eating dinner together, or just engaging in conversation.
  • We try to incorporate exercise into our everyday lifestyle. During the cooler months we like to go hiking in the nearby mountains, and in the months where it's too hot to do that Shanda likes to ride her stationary bike and David will walk on their treadmill. Shanda has even organized a neighborhood group for women to hike in the mornings.
  • We are spontaneous, enjoying last minute trips out of town to hang out near a creek or hammocking in the forest. We like adventure in the form of outings to places we haven't been before. One place that we are both really looking forward to going is Disney World and Universal Studios. Neither of us have been there before and we really want to go see Hogwarts.
  • We enjoy finding new restaurants to eat at or finding new recipes to make at home.
  • We also are happy to be at home together enjoying one another's company. We will make a meal, play games, read together, listen to music, or watch a movie together.
  • Our Cultural Heritage

    Shanda is Black, Native American, and Hispanic. David is Caucasian. Growing up, Shanda lived with her grandparents on a Native American Reservation. She is thankful for the community she was raised in.

    Our cultural and life experiences differ and we've celebrated our differences as we've worked to understand each other. One of our favorite unofficial national holidays to celebrate is Loving Day on June 12th. On June 12th,1967, the Supreme Court declared laws banning interracial marriage were unconstitutional. Though neither of us were born then it was a monumental decision that impacts us today. We look forward to sharing history related to race and culture with a child no matter the race that they are. Just as we do in our marriage, we will celebrate similarities and differences with a child. We look forward to teaching them about their history and taking them to events to participate in their beautiful cultural heritage.

    We also plan to pay attention to day-to-day matters. Shanda grew up in a small community without any hair stylists or family members who knew how to care for her African American hair. We plan to make sure that any day-to-day needs related to race and culture are learned about, celebrated, and attended to using advice from experts.


    Beautiful Landscape at the Desert Botanical Garden
    Beautiful Landscape at the Desert Botanical Garden
    Shanda Loves Being Outside
    Shanda Loves Being Outside
    David Enjoying a a Puzzle
    David Enjoying a a Puzzle
    Hanging Out on the Beach
    Hanging Out on the Beach
    Dressed Up for a Dinner Cruise
    Dressed Up for a Dinner Cruise
    Happiest Near the Water
    Happiest Near the Water
    Vacationing With Family at the Grand Canyon
    Vacationing With Family at the Grand Canyon
    Playing at the Park Near Our Home
    Playing at the Park Near Our Home
    Our Wonderful Cat
    Our Wonderful Cat
    Out to Eat
    Out to Eat
    We Loved Visiting Arches in Utah!
    We Loved Visiting Arches in Utah!
    Our Happy Wedding Day
    Our Happy Wedding Day
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    Beautiful Landscape at the Desert Botanical Garden
    Beautiful Landscape at the Desert Botanical Garden
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    Shanda Loves Being Outside
    Shanda Loves Being Outside
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    David Enjoying a a Puzzle
    David Enjoying a a Puzzle
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    Hanging Out on the Beach
    Hanging Out on the Beach
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    Dressed Up for a Dinner Cruise
    Dressed Up for a Dinner Cruise
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    Happiest Near the Water
    Happiest Near the Water
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    Vacationing With Family at the Grand Canyon
    Vacationing With Family at the Grand Canyon
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    Playing at the Park Near Our Home
    Playing at the Park Near Our Home
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    Our Wonderful Cat
    Our Wonderful Cat
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    Out to Eat
    Out to Eat
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    We Loved Visiting Arches in Utah!
    We Loved Visiting Arches in Utah!
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    Our Happy Wedding Day
    Our Happy Wedding Day

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Home Sweet Home

    We live in a 3 bed + den + loft home in Arizona. We chose this home because it has several possibilities for a playroom for kids, is spacious, and has lots of natural light. The community we live in is close enough to the city that we can easily enjoy events that take place there (like concerts) but far enough out that we can go on hikes in the mountains whenever we want.

    We Like to Hike Near Our Home

    We have a large and beautiful community park close to our home. The park has a fun train kids and parents ride together as they enjoy a nice day outdoors. Families also enjoy a water park which includes slides, splash pads, and other water activities. The community center has many opportunities for children and families to participate in sports, classes, dance, and other clubs. We are a short distance from shopping centers, grocery stores, and restaurants.

    From our balcony we can see Fourth of July and New Years Eve fireworks displays. From our front porch we enjoy watching an annual Christmas lights parade that includes about 300 ATVs. There is an elementary school across the street from our home. Our neighborhood is kid-friendly and we often see children playing outside, riding bikes, or walking dogs with their families.

    Our Extended Families

    David's Family

    Shanda talks with her older sister daily. They truly are friends and they enjoy a positive relationship with each other full of mutual support and fun! We enjoy getting to visit with Shanda's sister, brother-in-law, and niece and nephews. One of Shanda's absolute favorite experiences was being in a book club with her 8-year-old niece. We like to go on vacations with Shanda's family; these typically include lots of kid-friendly activities like children's museums, the zoo, parks, and Disneyland. We are excited for a child to join in these fun family vacations.


    We enjoy regular phone calls with David's parents where we share updates about our lives and various activities we are pursuing. We also enjoy opportunities to visit David's parents, brother, sister-in-law, niece, and nephew. Recently, we celebrated David's parents' 40th wedding anniversary with a surprise party. They were excited and surprised when they came home to see us in their backyard! David's side of the family often plays games when they come together, and we are excited to have a child join in them.

    We also have a bonus family! Shanda's best friend of 20 years is like a sister to Shanda and her children call us Auntie and Uncle.

    All our families express excitement and support as we go throughout our adoption journey and look forward to meeting their new niece, nephew, cousin, or grandchild.

    From Us to You

    Hello! Though we've not met you yet, we are praying for you now and we send you thoughts of peace and comfort. You are valuable, and worthy of love and care. We are certain whatever choice you make will be the best one for you and your baby. We pray this letter provides a glimpse into one potential option.

    We are in a unique position to love and nurture a child who is adopted. Shanda's experience allows her to relate to a child on a different level. She understands the questions that can arise in the mind of an adopted child because she worked through her own questions. We recognize that many complicated circumstances can lead to adoption, and ultimately, love for a child drives these tough decisions.

    About us
    We are puzzle pieces that fit together just right. Coming from different cultural and racial heritages, we each brought our own communication styles to our relationship, and we complement each other well. While dating, we bonded over faith and a shared love of books and movies. David fell in love with Shanda as he saw how she repeatedly demonstrated care for people who are hurting, and actively volunteered for political causes to help those in need. Shanda noticed the way David made loving others look easy and natural, and she grew to trust him as she observed that his actions matched his words. We have been happily married since 2019 and we love the life that we have built together.

    The fun stuff
    We dream of expanding our family to include a child, and look forward to the experiences the three of us would share throughout our lives. Shanda eagerly awaits the day when we can have fun with our child at kid-friendly places like Legoland, children's museums, and parks. David is excited for hiking trips, making music together, and opportunities to teach our child about math and science. As a family we'd enjoy activities like coloring, volunteering together, cooking, reading, going on adventures in our community and beyond, and playing games. Our child would have our support as they go about exploring life.

    What about open adoption?
    Open adoption is about relationships. Healthy relationships include mutual respect, clear communication, and kind regard for each other. In consideration of that, we will prioritize sharing our child's adoption story with him/her; always speak of you positively, respectfully, and kindly; seek to have open and honest communication; and honor the plan for contact that we all agree on.

    We'd love to send you updates and pictures and have a visit sometime within the first five years. We are also open to the occasional phone call. We welcome an open adoption, should that be your wish.

    We appreciate you!
    Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We understand that you have much to consider. Our experiences may be different, but we wonder if perhaps there is an area where we are feeling similarly. Are you feeling nervous about the first conversation? We also feel a bit nervous. That talk will likely be filled with all the things one might expect, like a tablespoon of uncertainty, a teaspoon of nervousness, a cup of curiosity, and a bowl of hope. We welcome an opportunity to talk. Please feel free to reach out if you'd like to chat with us.

    David & Shanda


    Benedict Cumberbatch
    Brad Pitt or Chadwick Boseman
    Emma Watson
    Sanaa Lathan
    Slow Loris
    Brandon Sanderson
    Jemar Tisby
    The Name of the Wind
    The Chosen
    Candy Bar
    Reese's Pieces
    Peanut Butter Twix
    Teen Titans
    My Little Pony
    Childhood Memory
    Playing games with my brother
    Playing tag with my cousins who lived across the street from us
    Childhood Toy
    Stuffed dolphin
    Squirt gun
    Children's Book
    Ada Twist Scientist
    Classic Movie
    The Sandlot
    Day of Week
    Disney Movie
    Dream Car
    One that never requires maintenance
    Dream Job
    Data Scientist
    Stay-at-home mom
    Dream Vacation
    One that lasts forever
    Anywhere with a body of water
    Family Activity
    Playing games
    Playing games
    Flower / Plant
    Good climbing trees
    Form of Exercise
    D & D
    Loving Day
    Loving Day
    Holiday Song
    Mary, Did You know?
    Auld Lang Syne
    Holiday Tradition
    Thanksgiving with extended family
    Opening present on Christmas Eve
    Ice Cream
    French vanilla
    Banana Caramel Crunch from Cold Stone
    Junk Food
    French fries and ketchup
    Chips and salsa
    Leisure Activity
    Playing games
    Memory with a Child
    Watching light bulbs go off for students while teaching
    Attending the birth of my nephew
    Memory with Spouse
    Vacation to San Francisco with a dinner cruise
    Going on a dinner cruise in San Francisco
    Some Kind Of Wonderful
    Movie Munchie
    Popcorn and soda
    Movie Quote
    Are you not entertained?
    Hasta la vista, baby.
    Movie Type
    Musical Group
    Olympic Event
    Figure skating
    Personal Hero
    Frederick Douglass
    Quality about my Spouse
    Her loyalty & empathy
    His kindness
    You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.
    Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.
    Wildflower Cafe
    Bagel egg cheese
    Ham and cheese
    Shopping Store
    Lamps Plus
    I Can't Help Falling in Love with You by Elvis Presley
    Promises by Maverick City Music
    Subject in School
    Creative writing
    Thing to Cook
    Time of Day
    TV Show
    The Circle
    Any home design shows
    Type of Music
    Vacation Spot
    The wilderness
    Anything near a large body of water

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