A Short Letter

Family Pic from October 2017
Dear friend,

Our family is all about running, hiking, baking, art, music, and traveling (in the last three years we've been to 25 of the 50 states). We have three beautiful, smart and sweet kids, and all three were adopted. We have three really open adoptions and we love it so very much!

This is what open adoption looks like in our home: We see each child’s birth mom multiple times a year, and we keep in touch with their birth dads as well.

Visit our website shaunlanette.weebly.com or @Nelsons_hoping_to_adopt on Instagram

We have lots of contact with their birth grandparents too! The kids’ grandparents have really embraced all three kids as their own and love all of them, which is something we so appreciate! We invite birth families along with our families to all birthday parties and other family celebrations. We love seeing all of the love our kids receive. We love our kids’ birth families, they’re family to us!

Thank you for taking the time to read a bit about us. Don’t hesitate to ask us any questions. We’d love to get to know you! If you'd like to learn more about us please visit our website shaunlanette.weebly.com

Below are some thoughts from some of our family (including a few birth family members).

Wishing you the very best!

Love, Shaun and Lanette
Our family at Keri and Daniel's wedding in the summer of 2016.

Our family at Keri and Daniel's wedding in the summer of 2016.

Keri | Birthmother, Friend, Family

“I am a birth mother and I placed my daughter with Shaun and Lanette. I've absolutely loved this family ever since I met them. I have known them for 7 years and I have seen them grow and expand their family.

They have made sure that I have felt one of the family and have been very open with the adoption.

I was so excited to hear they wanted to expand again! I can't tell you how much I love seeing them interact with their children and how wonderful they are as parents! They have made sure that I have felt one of the family and have been very open with the adoption and haven't made me feel any less of a person. I know they love my (their) child, me, my husband, and my family. I know that the other birth parents feel the same way! "
Family Wedding | November 2018

Family Wedding | November 2018

Thoughts From Our Families

"Being one of Lanette's little brothers, I remember her watching us when our parents were away. From leading out various games to telling us stories, she would always try to help us have fun. When she introduced Shaun to all of us, he won us over.

Shaun and Lanette are rock stars!

He was so easy to talk to. And he gave the boys haircuts. Fast forward to now, Shaun and Lanette are rock stars. I've watched them give their children chances to pursue their individual interests. Often times they host family get togethers. Its easy to feel the love in their home. " -Jake, Lanette's brother
Brenda and Wes with our little guy during a visit

Brenda and Wes with our little guy during a visit

Grandparents (birth grandparents)

"We have known Lanette and Shaun for over two years. This wonderful couple are the parents of Theo and this is what brought us into their lives and into the lives of Iris and Mack. We could not be more blessed to be a part of their loving family.

Shaun and Lanette have included us in all the family experiences and have opened their home and their hearts to us without any reservations.

Shaun and Lanette have included us in all the family experiences and have opened their home and their hearts to us without any reservations. Family is very important to Shaun and Lanette and it shows in the love and happinesses expressed by them and all the children. Any child would be very lucky to be a part of this amazing family. " - Grandma Brenda and Grandpa Wes

We are very GRATEFUL to have Shaun and Lanette in our lives and that they have graciously let us be a part of their lives. Instead of losing a granddaughter we felt that we have gained another son and daughter. We have always felt that our daughter made a very good choice in placing her daughter with Shaun and Lanette. We have never regretted that decision. They have shown nothing but LOVE to their children. We feel that they are raising them in a healthy and loving environment. We feel they have been great parents and set a good example. Grandpa John and Grandma Becky

"It has been a blessing watching Shaun and Lanette raise their children. Each time we visit, there is a feeling of love and happiness in their home. As grandparents we fully support this process and are very grateful that we can be a part of Mack's life. Our entire family has always felt welcome and appreciated by this great couple. Getting to know Iris and Theo has really been an added blessing in our life. Any child brought into this great family will be loved and cared for in a way that we as grandparents would hope for. We look forward to continuing our relationship and being part of this wonderful family." -Grandma Kristie and Grandpa Ken

"We have known Shaun and Lanette for just over 4 years - since the birth of our grandson.  Shaun and Lanette and their sweet family are such a blessing in our lives!  From the beginning we have been welcomed in their home and lives and felt the connection of family.  They have embraced us a grandparents to all of their children and we have felt loved as such.  Shaun and Lanette and their sweet family have become part of our family.  We look forward to each visit as we watch they teach their children values and principles of family, love and happiness.  Shaun and Lanette provide the love, nurturing and guidance that every child deserves.   We admire, appreciate and love them dearly." -Grandpa John and Grandma Rea
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