Hello! We are Jeff & Kelly from Southern California!
We cannot thank you enough for taking the time to get to know us, and admire your courage and strength as you make plans for your child’s future.
From the moment we began to imagine our life together, we talked about our future children, and what our life as a family would be like. We feel so fortunate to have adopted our first child in 2018 and are looking forward to completing our family with a second child through adoption, as well.
We hope that our profile allows you to get a glimpse into who we are, the life we have built together, and the village of people we are so lucky to have in our lives.
Our relationship began in 2008, when we met on Match.com. As a couple, we complement each other, and watching each other as parents to our little boy has made us fall in love all over again. Jeff may push Kelly to do things she’s never done before (while supporting her every step of the way), but Kelly forces Jeff to get in touch with his mushy and goofy side. We love each other unconditionally, and are each other’s biggest cheerleaders. We aren’t afraid to spend time apart, pursuing our individual passions, but we absolutely cherish the time spent together as a family. It’s one of the reasons why we love road trips so much…that time together, hitting the open road, singing songs, listening to an audiobook or podcast, catching glimpses of our son, Joey, in the back seat, and holding hands while we watch the scenery go by. We just can’t wait to add one more passenger.
One of our favorite things to do as a couple is to travel, and now that we have a son we cannot wait to show him the world. We love having the kind of adventures you can only have when you leave your everyday world behind. Last year we walked across Spain on the Camino de Santiago, and this year we are taking our son to the Sierra Nevadas. We’ve often talked about how much fun it would be to pack up our kids in an RV and travel the country, seeing all there is to see.
About Jeff, by Kelly:
Jeff makes me a better person every single day, and I feel so lucky to have him as my partner in crime. I love the passion he has for life, the twinkle he gets when he thinks of a crazy (but brilliant) idea, and that he refuses to take no for an answer, always finding a way to make the important things work. When I saw Jeff with our friends’ kids prior to Joey entering our lives, I saw just a glimmer of the amazing dad I knew he would be. There is no better sight than seeing Joey’s face light up when his dad comes into the room, except possibly the sight of Jeff’s face when he is with our son. I know that he will teach our kids to work hard, think of others, and push themselves past what they ever thought possible. He will teach them to love just by showing them how much he loves them, every single day.
More By Jeff:
I grew up in Chino Hills, CA and moved away to be closer to the ocean. Spending time outdoors is the driving force of most my hobbies. My work week is spent as a tax accountant consulting people and businesses how to manage their financial affairs. I have a strong love for life and love sharing all the things I think makes life great. As someone who is adventurous, it is important to me that we teach our future child that they can do anything they put their mind to. I HAVE MASTERED THE ROLE OF FAVORITE UNCLE TO ALL MY FRIENDS’ KIDS, AND can’t wait to see the world through our kids’ eyes, love them like there’s no tomorrow, and begin our new adventure as a family.
About Kelly, By Jeff:
Kelly has the largest heart of anyone I know, and her moral compass is true. She is also one of the goofiest people I know. Sometimes she snorts when she laughs, and she knows just when and how to make me laugh. I really love watching Kelly with Joey. She never misses an opportunity to teach him something new by encouraging him to learn while playing, and protects him always, while still making sure there are plenty of silly and fun moments.
One of the things I admire most about Kelly is that she pushes herself outside of her comfort zone. Kelly will teach our kids that being brave doesn’t mean you aren’t afraid. It means that in spite of your fear, you try new things. Our kids will learn to be kind and compassionate through Kelly’s example, and they will never doubt that her love for themis unconditional.
More By Kelly:
Growing up in Irvine, CA, I loved theatre and reading, two hobbies that I continue to be passionate about. As a teacher, I am able to take several months to be a stay-at-home mom. BEING A MOM HAS BEEN MY LIFELONG DREAM, and I’m beyond excited to help my own kids pursue their dreams and show them the support and unconditional love my parents have always provided me.
This Is Our Village
Some people are blessed with an amazing family from birth, and some people are blessed with friends who are like family. We are lucky to have been blessed with both. Both Jeff and Kelly’s parents (married for a combined total of 90 years!!) and siblings live between 5-0 minutes away, and the eight of us have a blast when we all come together. Both grandmas have been taking turns watching Joey doing the school year, and Joey absolutely adores spending time with his grandparents, aunts, uncle, and cousin (who is one month younger than Joey).
As far as friends go, we have some of the best ones around. Our close circle includes people we’ve known for decades. Most of our friends are parents, and we love being an honorary aunt and uncle to their kids, going on camping trips, celebrating holidays like Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve, and generally spending as much time as we can with them. Joey adores all of his honorary aunts and uncles, and the feeling is mutual!!
Quotes from our friends and their kids about us:
“Me and Casey like Auntie Kelly’s big sweet eyes and I like Uncle Jeff showing me different things in their garden.” – Jodi, 5
“I like when we go to your house for Halloween. I like when you come over because you’re part of the family. You’re special to me!” – Caleb, at age 8…Caleb is now 11 and is watching over Joey every time we visit.
“I love watching Kelly play with my son; she gives the best hugs and makes him giggle like crazy, and Uncle Jeff is a blast with his adventurous nature and his willingness to try anything.” – Amanda, mom to Seamus (17 months)
“I’d say that, for most people, they never are truly “ready” to have kids. Not true for these two. I’ve never met anyone more ready to be great parents.” – Jay
Home is where the heart is:
In addition to being 5 minutes from the beach, with hiking trails right outside our front door, our neighborhood has great schools, tons of parks, and pools galore; whether it’s visiting the farmer’s market or watching the Fourth of July fireworks set off from the pier, we love the community where we’ve put down our roots. We love to cook breakfast as a family, decorate for the holidays, pick fruit from the trees in the backyard, and build projects in the garage. There’s a spare room that is just begging to be turned into a second nursery, and our downstairs great room is perfect for fort-building and sleepovers. We’ve loved hosting our friends’ kids for Halloween Pumpkin Carving, egg hunts, and our annual Christmas pancakes and pajama party, not to mention countless barbeques in the backyard.
Norah Jones, the best dog ever:
Whenever we come home, we are greeted by our six year old “mixapoo,” Norah Jones, running across the wood floor, twirling around in happiness. Norah Jones, a huge cuddlebug and Joey’s best friend, is very gentle and protective. We feel incredibly blessed to have her in our lives.
Thank you again for showing a commitment to your child’s well-being that leaves us in awe of your strength and love for your child. Our hope is that we have shown you that we have the ability to make our greatest wish come true: to provide our future children with everything they need to become happy, fulfilled adults.
If you would like to learn more about us or to arrange an initial phone call, please call Cindy (anytime) at A Loving Alternative (800) 556-5635.
Kelly & Jeff