A Letter from Jeff & Cathy
After trying for over eight years to bring another child into this world has left us more than ever ready to grow our family. We believe that God’s timing is perfect and want you to know that we so appreciate you.
We have 1 daughter, Gabriella, we know she will be an amazing older sister. She is already going through all her bookshelves to pick out her favorite picture books to share. We believe the best way a child learns is through time spent with them and having the opportunity to try new sports, hobbies, and interests. The more new experiences a child can participate in the better to help them discover their passions, embrace their God-given talents, reach their full potential and become happy, productive, self-confident people.
We live in Missouri and when we aren’t traveling we love to hike, bicycle, camp in our RV, go swimming in all of the lakes and creeks, and simply enjoy nature. We look forward to sharing nature and the great outdoors with another child.
We met right after high school but didn’t start dating until almost twelve years later. We have grown up together, seeing each other mature into who we are today. We have now been married for over twelve years, and every single day we continue learning to communicate deeper, more fully, and with a deep respect for one another’s individual gifts.
We knew, almost immediately, that we wanted to spend our lives together, sharing experiences with each other, with our future children, and discovering the world through our love of travel. We have been blessed to travel to many countries and experience several different cultures.
Most all of our favorite activities as a family revolve around traveling, being outside, and food! It’s the best when we can combine all 3 by taking our RV to the mountains or beach, setting up the grills, and cooking out over the campfire taking in the amazing views. We also really enjoy reading as a family and spend a lot of time at the local library or Barnes and Noble.
Cathy is a stay-at-home mom and is the most amazing person I’ve met. She is incredibly engaging and is truly focused on helping everyone around her live the best life possible. She is selfless, she is loving, and she is passionate about her faith, family, and friendships. She is my best friend. She always enters a room with a smile and embraces all that life has to offer. She is an incredible Mom to our daughter and looks forward to providing our next child the same love and attention as they grow up. She is dedicated to self-improvement and has a servant’s heart, putting others’ needs before hers in almost every situation.
Jeff is ambitious and driven to succeed, but not at the expense of his time with family. He grew up with a workaholic dad that he barely knew and is committed to doing things differently. He has built the businesses, so he only has to work 15-20 hours a week and still provide an amazing lifestyle for our family. He loves teaching our daughter about nature, business, sports, our faith, and how to grill the perfect steak. He’s super excited to share all of these with our next child as well. He is an amazing dad, and it has been fun to watch him grow so close to our daughter. I can’t wait to watch him do it with another child.
Our neighborhood has parks, a pool, a basketball court, tennis courts, walking trails, and is very family-friendly. We are ten minutes from a state park with hiking trails and a national forest. We are nestled in rolling hills, and our cedar and stone home is ready for another child. It has 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, a full basement including a Movie Room, workout room, guest bedroom/bath, and Jeff’s office. Our upstairs is a giant bonus room filled with nothing but toys for the kiddos to play with! We have a babbling creek in our backyard and back up to a gorgeous bluff of pine trees. just a few doors down is our neighborhood pool with an extensive playground, horseshoe pits, pickleball courts, tennis courts, a basketball court, and outdoor grills right next to a flowing creek with footbridges.
Our daughter, Gabriella, is 13 years old and is a very well-rounded kid. She is homeschooled and has grown up with a love of learning, exploring, playing, using her imagination and trying about every sport she can. She currently plays basketball, track, swim team, and softball. When she is not playing sports, she loves to read and can do it for hours at a time. She has an amazing blend of being able to still play dress up with little kids using her imagination, being one of the readers at our church services and speaking in front of crowds of adults, and doing fundraising for our Homeschool co-op. She will be a playmate, a mentor and someone to look up to. She is super excited to have a little brother or sister to share her loves with.
We believe the more people that love a child, the better, so we delight in the future role you will embrace, whatever and however you choose that to be. We promise to show the world and to provide the same opportunities for travel, sports, taking in the outdoors, and living a full life. They will be loved, nurtured, and surrounded by friends and family.
Learn More About Jeff & Cathy
|Our Education||some college||some college|
|Our Professions||Business Owner and Real Estate Investor||Stay at Home Mom/Real Estate Agent|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian/ Indian Mix||Caucasian/ Hispanic Mix|
|Some of Jeff & Cathy 's Favorites|
|Food||My wife's homemade Enchiladas. It's her mother's recipe straight from Mexico, including made from scratch tortillas! YUM!||Taco Salad! You can't beat a taco salad with all the fresh goodness of Avocado, Vine ripened tomatoes and the tortilla chip crunch!|
|Vacation Spot||Siesta Key, FL. We usually go there a couple of times a year. It is like you're on a Carribean island, but only minutes from Sarasota||anywhere in the mountains. I love to snow ski, go sledding, and just take in God's majestic work|
|Color||Blue. I find it calming and at the same time inspiring. Almost all of the businesses we own use blue somewhere in the logo||turquoise. I can't help but see it and feel happy|
|Bible Verse||Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”||Matthew 18:20 where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them|
|Thing to do on a Lazy Day||Fire up the Grill! I love to cook some Pork or Tri-tip on my Big Green Egg while listening to the creek babble in my back yard||curl up and read a great book|
|Family Tradition||Going to look at the nearly life size Gingerbread Houses between thanksgiving and Christmas at the Chatuea on the Lake. You can't help but be in the Christmas spirit there and feel the wonder of the season||Our Annual pumpkin carving contest at Halloween. I love watching our daughter's design get more intricate year after year|
|Book||The E-Myth Revisited. It's a business book that changed my life and continues to shape my thought processes daily||I read so much this is really hard for me. My favorite genre would definitely be Historical Fiction. I love exploring different times and cultures|
|More About Our Family|
|Our Special Interests|
We love to go camping. We recently upgraded to a nice travel trailer that we pull behind Jeff's truck, and it has been wonderful. It has 2 bunk beds, a queen size bed, a dining room, and a small kitchen. We love rolling out the awning, turning on the radio, and cooking brats, burgers and dogs over the open flames of a fire while sitting lakeside or in the forest. It is so peaceful and a great opportunity to connect with one another without all the distractions of modern-day living. No cell phones, no laptops, and no TV to get in the way of us growing closer as a family. We can't wait to share this with another child.
We are heavily involved in our church and consider it a 2nd family. Jeff is a member of The Knights of Columbus, which meets regularly and is focused on supporting dozens of charities in our community. He also is a member of the Vocations Committee. Cathy is a member of several councils at church, including the Parish Council of Women, The Ladies Auxiliary, and also serves as the Director of our Homeschool Co-op program held weekly. Our daughter is engaged consistently with the youth group, Sunday School, and is also a Lectern at many of the daily masses. Our faith is very important to us, and everyone in our church is incredibly excited about the possibility of us adding another child to our family to be loved by all.
|Our Musical Interest|
Cathy love's Country music, classical music, swing band, older rock, christian contemporary...pretty much all music that lifts me up with a good beat and positive message. Jeff is also all over the board. He leans toward either alt rock, 80s rock and hair metal bands, Jack Johnson or classic rock like Zeppelin, but he also loves to listen to Christian contemporary and Country when driving. Gabriella plays the Piano so we love listening to her play anytime we can be an audience!
|Our Family Traditions|
Our family loves traditions! We believe they nurture a sense of belonging that helps establish and strengthen family bonds. Some of our favorite traditions revolve around nature, food, and the holidays. The 4th of July is a big one with fireworks, friends, and backyard games. Cathy's grandma was born in Mexico, so the food growing up was authentic. Making homemade tortillas and enchiladas is an important business in the kitchen. Planning and executing the popular pumpkin carving contest, we find the best pattern, scoop out and bake the seeds, with the grand lighting ceremony capping it off. At Christmas, we always check out the Chef's nearly life-size Gingerbread houses on display at Chateau on the Lake and then enjoy a wonderful brunch. We take at least one big family vacation a year along with several smaller ones, especially two and three-day trips in our RV to see state and national parks to enjoy the incredible beauty present in our world. We see the expansion of our family through adoption, with your help, as the next big adventure!
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...|
|Age of Child|
Newborn to 2 years of age
Yes, we are most definitely open to twins
We would lovingly welcome any gender
Thank you for taking the time to read about us. We look forward to including your child in our tight-knit family and sharing with them our passion for learning, exploring, and playing together. We wholeheartedly believe in open adoption and feel that the more people who love a child, the better and so we would love to have one with you if desired. We are so excited to grow our family and look forward to getting to know you!