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Michael & Shelby

Thank you for choosing to read our profile. Adoption has been a blessing to members of our family and we are excited to start our journey, as we have so much love to give! Although we cannot have biological children, we have always felt the call to become parents and provide a happy, stable home for a child to grow up in. We hope that you consider us and we look forward to speaking to you!

About Us

Structural Engineer
Office Coordinator
Master's Degree in Engineering Management
Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies
Legally Married

Our Favorite Vacation Spot

Vacationing in Florida

Our favorite vacation spot is Panama City Beach, Florida. We plan a yearly trip to the beach to relax, have fun with activities, and reunite as a family. We try to set aside a full week, as we drive down in order to bring our dogs.

We always stay in a nice condo, owned by a family friend, that is located close proximity to the beach.

Once we are unpacked, we take the dogs for a walk and get them settled, then go explore! Even though we come back yearly, it is always fun to walk the beach the first day to get reacquainted.

Throughout the week we spend time playing in the waves and building sand castles before heading back to the condo for an afternoon nap.

Our evenings always include trying new beach front restaurants as well as going back to some old favorites, then riding go-karts or going bowling.

As we head back to Tennessee, we are excited to get home but are so thankful for another fun, relaxing beach trip.

Dutchess, Tex & Louie

Dutchess, Louie & Tex

We have three dogs: Dutchess, Tex, and Louie. They were all rescues so we aren't 100% sure on breeds, but we are pretty sure Dutchess and Louie are Chihuahuas. Tex is more of a mystery, but we think he's some sort of Chihuahua/Terrier mix. All three have very distinct personalities. We've had Dutchess the longest and she's the alpha of the house despite being the smallest. Tex is very loving and playful. Louie is shy, but sweet.

We love watching them play together and taking them for walks. They enjoy meeting new people in the neighborhood and have always been very sweet with children. All three are cuddlers at heart though, and want nothing more than to curl up on the couch and watch a movie with us on a rainy afternoon.

Our dogs are like family to us. They love unconditionally and deserve the same from us in return. While we recognize that caring for children is a very different and more challenging responsibility, we plan to approach parenting with the same unconditional love that we give our dogs.

Fun Facts About Us:

  • Between the two of us, we have seven siblings.
  • Both had dogs named "Bandit" and "Willie" when we were growing up.
  • Michael is 6'7" and constantly gets asked how tall he is or if he played basketball when we are out in public.
  • We grew up less than two miles apart, but didn't meet until college.
  • Michael is an engineer by day and a writer for a football blog by night.
  • Shelby worked for ten years in the medical industry before accepting an administrative position at a construction company.
  • We both love sushi and hate olives.
  • Both sides of our family have a long history of coaching youth sports and Michael looks forward to continuing that tradition with our child.
  • Shelby loves to cook and is really good at creating tasty dishes without recipes. She looks forward to making homemade baby food!
  • Although we are both afraid of heights, we look forward to overcoming this fear by taking our child to Disney World to ride rollercoasters when they are old enough.
  • Video


    Enjoying a Backyard BBQ
    Enjoying a Backyard BBQ
    Cruising is One of Our Favorite Vacations
    Cruising is One of Our Favorite Vacations
    Catching a Baseball Game
    Catching a Baseball Game
    Hanging With Friends in the Back Yard
    Hanging With Friends in the Back Yard
    In Front of Big Ben in London
    In Front of Big Ben in London
    Our Adoption Announcement
    Our Adoption Announcement
    Predators Hockey Game
    Predators Hockey Game
    At Church
    At Church
    All Smiles
    All Smiles
    We Enjoy Checking Out Museums!
    We Enjoy Checking Out Museums!
    Enjoying a Trip to Chicago
    Enjoying a Trip to Chicago
    Having Fun at a NBA Game
    Having Fun at a NBA Game
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    Enjoying a Backyard BBQ
    Enjoying a Backyard BBQ
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    Cruising is One of Our Favorite Vacations
    Cruising is One of Our Favorite Vacations
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    Catching a Baseball Game
    Catching a Baseball Game
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    Hanging With Friends in the Back Yard
    Hanging With Friends in the Back Yard
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    In Front of Big Ben in London
    In Front of Big Ben in London
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    Our Adoption Announcement
    Our Adoption Announcement
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    Predators Hockey Game
    Predators Hockey Game
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    At Church
    At Church
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    All Smiles
    All Smiles
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    We Enjoy Checking Out Museums!
    We Enjoy Checking Out Museums!
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    Enjoying a Trip to Chicago
    Enjoying a Trip to Chicago
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    Having Fun at a NBA Game
    Having Fun at a NBA Game

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    We recently purchased a home in a family friendly community in Tennessee. We own a 4-bedroom, 3.5 bath home with 3,592 square feet. The home has an open floor plan downstairs including an eat-in kitchen with breakfast nook, family room, formal dining room, den, half bath, laundry room, and master bedroom. In addition, we have a screened in patio with outdoor TV.

    Community Playground

    Upstairs we have 3 additional bedrooms, one of which is used for Michael's home office. The child's bedroom is adjacent to a full bathroom and our large playroom. This room has ample space, measuring 10x12, with a large window, and walk-in closet. We have already purchased grey furniture for the nursery! As the child grows, we have a master bedroom upstairs they can transition into.

    We love spending time in our bonus room watching movies or on the back patio, relaxing and enjoying the outdoors with our dogs.

    Our home sits on a quarter acre lot with a lovely front yard and fenced in backyard, perfect for play time! Our multi-cultural neighborhood is located right across the street from one of Tennessee's best public high schools and includes a community pool and playground, game room, fitness center, and continuous sidewalks. The neighborhood is very kid friendly and also has parties to celebrate holidays, such as the 4th of July!

    Our Extended Families

    Thanksgiving With Family & Friends

    We love spending time with our family, both near and far!

    On Michael's side, we spend time often with his mom, Nicole, and his brother Keith. Michael and Keith are very close and enjoy watching and playing sports together. Nicole regularly meets us for lunch or we plan a fun outing such as a new movie or a play. During the holidays, Nicole invites us and Keith over to her home to eat yummy recipes that have been passed down from generations prior, then we watch The Grinch and exchange presents! Michael also has two aunts and a grandmother that visit once a year, from out of state.

    Shelby With Her Mom

    Shelby's mom and step-dad, Anita and Kelly, live nearby and we visit them often, as they have a farm with lots of land and animals! Anita is always up for hosting a party to celebrate milestones, birthdays, and holidays! Every year, we go to a baseball game with them her my aunt and uncle join! We are very close with Shelby's brother Presley who loves coming to watch football games with us on our outdoor TV! We also have a close relationship with Shelby's Granna, Maria. She is fun loving, easy to talk to, and always puts her family first! Shelby has lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins that we see at holidays and throughout the year!

    Both of our families have been blessed by adoption and they couldn't be more excited for us to add to our family!

    From Us to You

    Thank you for taking the time to get to know the two of us. We know you are facing difficult decisions, so please know we admire you for considering adoption. Our hope for you is that you feel supported and loved no matter which path you choose. We pray that God will bring you a sense of peace throughout this journey, as entrusting your child to be raised by someone other than yourself requires incredible bravery, strength, and most of all, love for your child.

    We are immensely excited to be parents as we have so much love to give! Although we have been married six years, we knew prior to getting engaged that, due to medical circumstances, Shelby would be unable to have biological children. Because of that, we have been preparing to adopt for many years and now we feel we are ready to welcome a child into our home and our lives. We love each other very much and believe that the foundation of a great family is open and honest communication.

    We live in a large single-family home with a fenced-in backyard, four bedrooms, and lots of space for playtime. We have three small dogs that are all rescues: Dutchess, Tex, and Louie. They are all lovable, affectionate parts of our family. Our neighborhood is very family friendly and we always see children riding bicycles, playing on the playground, or swimming in the neighborhood pool. Your child will have lots of friends nearby to grow up with! Our home is located in the suburbs of a relatively large city and sits just minutes from the neighborhood schools, two parks, and our church.

    Although we are not overly religious, we do attend church regularly. It is a modern church with people from different nationalities and backgrounds and we were drawn to them primarily due to the consistently uplifting and inclusive messaging of our pastor. He does a great job of taking the teachings of the Bible and applying them to everyday life in a way that people can use to better themselves. They offer an excellent children's ministry where your child will be welcomed with happiness, friendship, and spiritual guidance, as well as lots of fun activities. They recently took a mission trip to Jamaica and included the high school kids!

    We want to raise a child who will be conscientious and caring, understand right from wrong, and fearlessly be themselves. Your child will be given every opportunity to pursue their dreams with our full support.

    Our most important promise to you is that we will give this child unending and unconditional love. We will send letters and pictures regularly to keep you updated on their growth and development over the years, and we will plan to schedule a meeting if this is something you desire. If you would like to exchange emails or phone calls, we would be open to that as well. We want the child to know who you are and that you made your decision out of love for them.

    We have a deep love and respect for you and your selflessness. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and our family. We look forward to traveling this road with you.

    Michael & Shelby


    Leonardo DiCaprio
    Robert De'Niro
    Jessica Chastain
    Jennifer Lawrence
    Malcolm Gladwell
    Dr. Seuss
    The Giver
    Candy Bar
    Tom and Jerry
    Family Guy
    Childhood Memory
    Throwing football in the yard with my dad
    Slip-N-Slide in the back yard
    Childhood Toy
    Starting Lineups (sports action figures)
    Children's Book
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Berenstain Bears Series
    Austin, TX
    Fort Lauderdale
    Classic Movie
    The Manchurian Candidate
    The Wizard of Oz
    Day of Week
    Blueberry Crumble Pie
    Strawberry Shortcake
    Disney Movie
    The Lion King
    Hocus Pocus
    Dream Car
    Ford Raptor
    Range Rover
    Dream Job
    Sports Writer
    Real Estate Agent
    Dream Vacation
    Bora Bora
    Family Activity
    Playing in a park or playing sports
    Flower / Plant
    Tiger Lily
    Form of Exercise
    Apples to Apples
    Holiday Song
    Auld Lang Syne
    Holly Jolly Christmas
    Holiday Tradition
    Eating "non-traditional" Christmas food at my mom's house
    Having a big dinner and opening presents at my Granna's on Christmas Eve
    Ice Cream
    Reese's Blast from Sonic
    Raspberry Sorbet
    Junk Food
    Chips and Queso
    Leisure Activity
    Watching TV
    Watching Netflix with my dogs
    Sports Illustrated
    Marie Claire
    Memory with a Child
    Teaching my niece how to shoot basketball
    Watching my 2nd cousin Ben dance at family get-togethers
    Memory with Spouse
    The night that we got engaged (it was right before Christmas and we went to our favorite restaurant and then I proposed at Opryland Hotel in front of the Christmas lights)
    Going on a cruise for our honeymoon
    The Departed
    Office Space
    Movie Munchie
    Movie Quote
    "what we do in life echoes in eternity" (Gladiator)
    "Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler."
    Movie Type
    West Side Story
    Musical Group
    Queens of the Stone Age
    Nursery Rhyme
    Old MacDonald had a farm
    There was an old woman who lived in a Shoe
    Olympic Event
    100-meter dash
    Personal Hero
    My mom
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
    The Grinch
    Edgar Allen Poe
    Quality about my Spouse
    Her kind heart
    He makes me laugh!
    "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." (Oscar Wilde)
    "I carry your heart. I carry it in my heart." -E.E. Cummings
    Virago (sushi)
    Fleming's Steakhouse
    Turkey and bacon
    Turkey and Cheese
    "Do everything in love." 1 Corinthians 16:14
    "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
    Shopping Store
    "Can't Help Falling in Love With You" - Elvis Presley
    I just haven't met you yet- Michael Buble'
    Sport to Play
    Sport to Watch
    Sports Star
    Taylor Lewan
    Steve McNair
    Sports Team
    Tennessee Titans
    Tennessee Titans
    Subject in School
    Thing to Cook
    Smoked wings
    Time of Day
    Friendsgiving the week before Thanksgiving to celebrate our friendships. We make lots of food, play games, and watch football.
    TV Show
    Mad Men
    Below Deck
    TV Show Character
    Michael Scott (The Office)
    Michael Scott from the Office - Played by Steve Carell
    Type of Music
    Vacation Spot
    Panama City Beach, FL
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    Video Game
    Mario Brothers

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