Shanna & Gary

We love to spend time together, taking walks around Town Lake or traveling to experience new foods and culture. We love Texas and think Austin is a great place to raise a family. We’re so excited to become parents and can’t wait for all the awesome, exciting and surprising things your child will bring to our lives!

Who We Are

More About Shanna

When I grew up I wanted to be a hip-hop dancer.

I am really good at cheering up my friends.

My favorite quote is:

“Be silly, be honest, be kind.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

My best mom joke is:

What do you call cheese that isn’t yours?

Nacho cheese!

I realized I was no longer cool when I never wanted an IPhone.

More About Gary

When I grew up I wanted to be a baseball pitcher.

I am really good at seeing things from others’ points of view.

My favorite quote is:

“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” ~ Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca

My favorite dad joke is:

Why are fish so smart?

Because they live in schools!

I realized I was no longer cool when I liked to go to bed by 9pm.

We can’t wait to…



Play… Baseball Monopoly
Read… Green Eggs & Ham If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Eat… Pasta BBQ
Travel to… The Beach… Disney World
Visit… Barton Springs Pool The Thinkery
Celebrate… Thanksgiving Halloween
Teach… How to Whistle How to do Math
Cheer on the… The Longhorns The Mets
Watch… Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer The Goonies
Make… Chocolate chip cookies Thai food

More About Our Life


Eddie is our big Yorkie dog that we’ve had since he was a puppy. He loves to run, jump, play and walk around Town Lake and is a big snuggle-kisser.

Our Home

Our home is downtown near Town Lake. We love our neighborhood, being outside around the park and hanging with friends at any of the patio restaurants. Our 3 bedroom place is spacious 2500 sq ft and is the perfect place to start a family.


Shanna loves to cook (she was a chef for 12 years!) for friends and family and lives a very active lifestyle, always outdoors hiking around Austin. Gary loves reading and traveling, and therefore is always looking for a new place to visit.

Parenting Philosophy

Our goal is to teach good values and help them figure out their life passion, special skills, and learn what kind of changes they want to make in the world. We want to be there to help them gain all the tools in life they need to be successful AND happy!

How We Met

We were seated next to each other at a networking dinner for young professionals. Shanna thought Gary was too old for her and Gary thought Shanna was too young for him – little did we know, we were only 3 years apart! A year later, we happened to bump into each other at a bar one night and laughed about our mistaken identity. From that moment on, we were inseparable!

Interested in learning more about this family? Call 800-966-HOPE today!

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