Ike and Shannon are Matched!

This family is currently matched.

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about us and for considering us as you make the difficult decision of who will parent your child. We hope that you will be able to see the love we have for each other, our family, and our future child through our profile. We are so excited to become parents and welcome a child into our home and family. We considered adoption long before getting married. After trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for several years, we realized that adoption was our calling. Fertility treatment is not an option for us. The love and bond we share are so strong that we want a child of our own. It is Shannon’s life-long dream to become a Mommy. We know that you want the best for your baby, and we hope that you will find us to be all that you want for your child.

Our Story

In the rarest of circumstances, we met in a cab in front of a Chicago-area hotel. It would be the cab ride that changed our lives. In a 45-minute commute to the airport, we discussed our favorite foods, color, number, books, music, movies, TV shows, and activities. We shared all of them -French fries and pizza, red, three, reading, going to concerts, singing out loud, Wizard of Oz, Survivor, biking, running and sitting on the beach. Upon arrival to the airport that morning, we decided to have lunch together and share our love of French fries, with extra ketchup, of course. The similarities between us continued.

We realized it was time to part ways and head to our flights. Upon landing, we immediately found each other. The day was very serendipitous. We quickly became best friends and realized we were meant to be together.  We blended our families and now live in a beautiful home, in a lovely community just a few miles northwest of Philadelphia, with plenty of young neighbors.

Ike, by Shannon:

Ike is my best friend, and there are so many reasons why.  He is the most caring, generous, loving person that I have ever met.  He will do anything to help someone, no matter how far out of his way.  When I think of passion, Ike comes to mind.  Ike attacks everything with 100-percent effort. His enthusiasm is infectious. When you are around Ike, it is impossible not to smile.

Ike is a wonderful father to his two girls. He has a great communication style and supports them in every way possible. He will drop everything for them because they are his priority. I am so excited to grow our family, and experience the love that he will give to our child.

Shannon, by Ike:

Shannon has a lively personality.  She has beautiful, expressive eyes and a charming way of carrying herself in public. She has so much love to give, especially to a child.  She enjoys sharing her vision, her dreams, her desires, and her inner-most thoughts.  She is determined and motivated. I know she will be a wonderful, loving mother.

Shannon brings out the best in me. We enjoy laughing, adventures, driving to work together, singing to our favorite songs, attending concerts, premieres and going to dinner. The best part of being with Shannon is we have fun doing the simple things.


We love to do everything together. On date nights we may attend a concert featuring one of our favorites like Tedeschi Trucks Band, Van Halen, The Dave Matthews Band, or Fiona Apple. We often sit in a quiet corner at Barnes and Noble and share stories and a dessert. We enjoy reading mysteries, fiction, biographies, and fairy tales. Story time is even better with a triple-chocolate chip cookie. We enjoy attending sporting events and cheering on our favorite teams. We love dining out at any of our favorite restaurants such as Oishi, The Maplewood, or any pizza place we find that’s open.

Our Family

Ike has two daughters from a previous marriage. They are Allanah, age 17 and Lauryn, age 14. They live with us part time. Allanah is in her senior year of high school where she is very active. She is nurturing, warm, caring, loving and outgoing.  She enjoys traveling, loves pop culture and shopping.  She will be a terrific big sister.  She is very good with children. Lauryn is in her freshman year of high school.  She is imaginative, creative, loves art projects and movies. She is looking forward to being a big sister to a “Mini-me”.  She is funny and witty, a real practical joker.

The four of us enjoy spending time together.  We like to take road trips to Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.  We also take mini-adventures to water parks, the beach, the lake, and rock climbing. Our favorite thing to do together is going out to eat. Ike and Shannon are vegetarians, and are on the eternal search for the ultimate pizza. We love to support our favorite hockey team, whether we attend the games or watch them on television.  Sometimes, we just love being silly.

We are ready to have a child of our own through adoption. We hope that you will help us to become parents, and grow our family. There is no better love than Grandparents’ love, and we have five who are ready to share their heart.  All of the grandparents live locally, and we are so fortunate that Shannon’s mother Barbra lives with us. She is very excited to be a first time Grandmother.  The grandparents are all active with our children and visit with us regularly.We enjoy spending quality time with our extended family during holidays, weekend getaways and special gatherings.  We have many fun family traditions and we can’t wait to share them with a new baby.

This is Ozzy!  He is an eight month black lab mix.  We adopted him from a shelter this past May.  He is such a love, and lives for playing with our girls.  He has truly enriched our lives, and we are so lucky to have him.

Our Home

We live in a beautiful, diverse community with friendly neighbors, and plenty of places to play outside. We love hosting holidays and parties at our house with friends and family. We love living close to the beach, and our extended family. We are so very fortunate to also have a house at the Jersey shore.  We are one block from the beach, and spend most weekends here in the summer. We can’t wait to share new beach experiences with a baby.

Thank you!

We will love your child unconditionally. We will devote our lives to providing him or her with all the love, security, and joy we can offer. We want your child always to know his or her heritage. We plan to raise our child with appreciation and understanding for you and the sacrifice you are making for your child.

This child will be loved beyond words by us, by our families, and by our friends.

Thank you for considering us.