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Jeff & Catherine
We are grateful you have chosen adoption for your child! Life is so precious and we admire you for being so selfless. Thank you for considering our profile. Being parents has been a long-time dream for us, and we have much to give and to share with a child. We look forward to the opportunity to meet you and the journey ahead.
Why We Chose Adoption
Adoption has always been something we've discussed for expanding our family. It became the best option for us after struggling for many years with infertility. We do not have any children currently and have experienced the heartache of losing 4 babies in miscarriages. After a long journey of doctor's appointments, surgery, and grieving our lost babies, we know adoption is our path forward. We can't wait to meet the child destined to be in our family.
For several years we have volunteered at non-profit organizations that support the personal development and well-being of children. In fact, our relationship with each other started after serving in a children's program and seeing that we had a shared passion of investing in children's lives. We love spending time with our 8 nieces and nephews or kids belonging to our friends, and we look forward to having a child of our own. Being chosen as adoptive parents would be the greatest gift, and we would be so grateful and excited to raise a child!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Jeff About Catherine: Cat is a caring, nurturing and selfless person and that is why I married her. When we first started dating and I was sick, she stayed home from work to take care of me. I knew then that this was the woman for me. Cat is also a very driven person. She works extremely hard at work to make sure all of her clients are taken care of and then comes home and cares for our home and family. Her brain is amazing on how she can remember so many details. She would be a wonderful mom.
Catherine About Jeff: Jeff is all about fun and spending quality time with friends and family. He's always looking for activities we can do together, places to visit, or inviting people to our home. I admire Jeff for his loyalty to those he loves. He never says "no" when someone is in need and seeks out people that we can be generous to, oftentimes anonymously. Jeff loves people more than anything, and lives his life building lasting relationships. He knows no stranger, and is a friend to all.We are both very competitive. This makes life fun playing tennis, basketball, golf, or even just a board game. Life is fun when we are together.
Adoption in Our Family
Adoption is a big part of our family already. Catherine has two cousins who are adopted. Our niece, Maci, was also adopted as a baby from Guatemala. She is now in high school, and we have had the privilege of seeing her story from the beginning. We are so very thankful that she is a part of our family and when we told Maci we were considering adoption, she was very excited for us.
Besides our family members, we also have friends who have adopted. From our perspective, adoption is a beautiful way to grow a family. We will tell our child how much we love them, want them, and all that we went through to bring them into our family. Our child will never go a day without knowing they are loved; loved by not only us as their parents, but also by their birth parents who made the most loving and selfless choice to allow us to be together.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our home in Manhattan, KS. We live in a smaller community, where we frequently run into friends and acquaintances around town. Living on a golf course, we enjoy getting to know our neighbors well as we often play golf, eat at the club house together, swim at a neighbor's pool, or just hang out on the porch and talk. Walking our dogs daily has allowed us to meet a lot of people, and we know just about everyone in our neighborhood.
Our home has five bedrooms and four bathrooms, and lots of room to gather with friends and family. We have a fenced yard for our dogs and future child to play. We are blessed to live in a secure, safe neighborhood with only community traffic. There is a mixture of young families and retirees. Some of our closest friends live a few houses down, and we look forward to having our child play with their son. We enjoy sitting on our back porch to watch golfers and admire the sunset in the evenings.
There are several parks nearby, mini golf, sporting activities, farm festivals and always something fun to do.
Our Extended Families
Jeff has a large family that is very close and is always finding excuses to get together. We typically gather in Wichita, KS where Jeff grew up and where his parents live now. We have eight nieces and nephews and are referred to as "Aunt and Uncle Fun." Christmas is especially loud at Jeff's parents' house with so many people around. Jeff's eldest brother, Chris, is a professional Santa Claus during the holidays and will usually come dressed in his Santa clothes for family Christmas. It's a great time seeing all the nieces and nephews, and we like to have funny gift exchanges with all the kids.
On Cat's side of the family, there are no kids yet, so family gatherings are a bit quieter. Cat's younger sister is a surgeon in Texas, and Cat's older sister lives in California. However, we typically all come home for the holidays to Topeka, KS where Cat's parents live. We enjoy playing board games, watching movies, and going to the school gym to play basketball as a family. (Cat's mom is the principal of a private school, which is how we have this privilege).
Both sets of parents live within two hours of our home, so we see them frequently outside of holidays as well. Our families have been praying for us for many years to have children, and they are very encouraging of us expanding our family.
From Us to You
Our names are Jeff and Catherine and we are honored you are considering us to be adoptive parents! We have been married for nine years. Catherine is a financial planner and works with individuals who are saving for retirement, education expenses, and other long-term financial goals. Jeff is an architectural engineer, and designs mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems for commercial buildings.
Currently, our immediate family is made up of ourselves and our two dogs. (Yes, we view our dogs as family members). Our sweet dogs LOVE kids, and it seems that they have been asking us to have a child for a long time. We live a comfortable life in a nice home on a golf course. Our town is vibrant but small enough that it can feel like everyone knows everyone in the community.
We enjoy traveling to beautiful places all around the country in our free time. We also are active in our church and local non-profits such as The Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, and other local foundations. During the week, when not at work, we can often be found on the golf course, at the tennis courts, walking our dogs at the park, or sharing a meal with friends.
Our home is already set up and ready for a child. We have a beautiful nursery room, with a large window, facing a tree. Our extended family is very excited to shop for toys, clothes, and other baby items. But most significantly, they are excited with us to welcome a child into our family.
Besides being prepared physically and financially to raise a child, we have so much we emotionally and spiritually are ready to give. Choosing us as parents would ensure your child never goes a day without being told they are loved, wanted, and cherished. Jeff will be a fun dad, who will always have activities planned. Catherine also will have fun, but will be the one who will make sure our child is well-fed, clean, learning, and not getting into too much trouble.
We are fortunate to have a childcare facility neighboring Catherine's work office, where she can see kids playing from her window. Catherine has a two-minute commute from our home to her office, and Jeff's office is about seven minutes away from home. We both work full-time (five days a week), but we can take care of our child within a moments notice and be home when they are sick or something comes up where they need us during the work day because we do have flexible schedules.
Traveling is a big part of our lives. We work hard, but also take time off to see the world while we are young and able. Our child would come with us and have unique opportunities to see other cultures and experience the beauty of lakes, oceans, mountains, and people groups from all over the world.
Music and athletics are activities that we enjoy, and we would allow our child to pursue whatever passions they have in music and sports. Catherine does hope our child will be her new tennis buddy. Jeff plans to take golf cart rides around our neighborhood as a family, as a first introduction to one of his favorite pass times.
Lastly, we would make sure our child knows that you wanted them to have the best life and selflessly allowed us to raise them. Based on your comfort level and preference, we would keep you updated if desired with texts and pictures.
Our sincerest thanks for your consideration in fulfilling our deepest desire.
Jeff & Catherine