FC: Jeff & Shana | Our Hope for a Little One
1: To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the whole world. | -author unknown
2: Hello! We are Jeff, Shana and Colton. Thank you so much for taking the time to look at our profile. We admire your strength and wish you the best in finding wonderful parents for your baby. We hope you are able to locate the perfect match. The prospect of extending our family is very exciting to us and we look forward to having a second child in our lives. We know the perfect child will find their way to our home.
4: Our beginnings... The most important thing you could know about us is that we are best friends. We are now in our 30's, but we met when we were just 15 and 17 years old. This means we have already spent half of our lives together. We have done so much growing and changing since our teenage years and it has been a wonderful journey to grow and progress together.
5: Our first date 1992
7: Why we want to adopt... We have been diagnosed with unexplained infertility and although this was difficult at first we quickly realized that God's plan for us was to adopt. In August 2009 we adopted Colton and we have never been this happy. The love we want to share... We hope to help our children learn not only those subjects taught in school, but also to love those around them and respect the world we live in. We have been taught to be accepting of others, and to value different opinions, ideas, and backgrounds. We love animals and nature and have been taught to respect and take care of the environment around us. These are the values we will pass on to our children.
9: 5 things you should know about us... 1. We are ready to share our lives with another child and to put their needs before our needs. 2. We are financially secure. -Jeff is a Federal Agent with the U.S. Government. -Shana is a stay-at-home mother. 3. Prior to becoming a stay-at-home mom, Shana was employed in the social service field working with disadvantaged children and families. 4. We are complete opposites. -Jeff is serious, structured and disciplined. He has an amazing ability to love. He is a loyal, kind and patient man. -Shana is extroverted and spontaneous. She lives each day to learn something new and to make someone smile along the way. 5. We enjoy being outdoors; taking walks, snow skiing, vacationing, watching movies, playing games, and spending time with family and friends. We love being parents and raising Colton.
10: Colton is our first child and we have an open adoption with his birth family. We feel everyone benefits from loving and accepting one another. It brings us so much joy that Colton knows his family. He will understand that his birth mom picked us to be his parents and this was done with much sacrifice and great love.
12: Our families.... Our family includes parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews all living within 30 minutes of our home. Not a week goes by that we don't get together with our family for one reason or another. Shana's grandmother, as well as her aunt and uncle, live in Ohio where we travel a couple of times each year. Her other grandparents live in the Kansas City area where her grandmother cooks every Sunday for all 26 family members. We enjoy family vacations and spending time together. We have a very close relationship with our entire family and they all love Colton dearly. Our family is anxious for us to bring a new baby into the fold. We treasure our family and the memories we have made along the way and we look forward to making new memories as our family expands.
15: Our home & community... In 2006, we built our home in a Kansas City suburb. We live in a perfect community for families. It is one of those neighborhoods where everyone knows their neighbors, people wave as they drive by, kids play in the cul-de-sac, and on any given day, neighbors are outside visiting with each other. | Our beginnings... The most important thing you could know about us is that we are best friends. We are now in our early 30's, but we met when we were just 15 and 17 years old. This means we have already spent half of our lives together. We have done so much growing and changing since our teenage years, and it has been a wonderful journey to grow and progress together.
17: Our pets... We share our home with three animals. We have two cats, Zildgean and Vinny, as well as a dog named Jabba. We received Jabba from a farmer. He noticed a little black ball of fur while plowing his field. We are so lucky to have him. Jabba knows he has a good life and he is absolutely the best dog we could ever have. He was trained by a police dog trainer and is extremely obedient. He is well socialized; he enjoys Colton as well as all children and is very patient, even when they want to sit on him and pretend he is a horse.
19: Our faith... We are Christians and will raise our children with the beliefs and values as instructed in scripture. It is important that our children have a healthy self-esteem and a strong faith. Open Adoption... We believe it is important for children to know from the very beginning that they are adopted. Your baby will know his or her birth story and the wonderful way we became a family. We will always remind them that you love them and placed them for adoption out of love. Your baby will be given the best in life. We will commit ourselves to give them everything they need to become happy, healthy and successful. To ensure this we would always be willing to keep in touch through photos, letters and visits, if that is your wish.
26: Thank you for looking at our profile.
27: If we are the family you choose, it is our plan to honor you daily by loving and caring for your baby beyond your greatest hopes.