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Josephine and Caleb

Hello!

We are Caleb & Josephine from Missouri. We want to wish you a warm hello and thank you for taking the time to get to know us. As we sat down to write this letter, our hearts pounded with excitement and emotion, mostly because we know how lives have been changed in an amazing way because of adoption. We hope our profile gives you a glimpse into our lives and gives you an idea of who we are, the love we have for one another, and the love we would have for a child as parents. You are looking for a wonderful home and future for your child and we are looking to share our love and lives with a child. Perhaps we are looking for each other?

Our Story: We grew up only 15 miles from each other but were little more than acquaintances until the summer of 2011 when Caleb asked me out! The first time we hung out together, we went canoeing! (I suppose you know your life is going to be filled with adventure when your first date includes a canoe!) We went with a group of our friends and one of them later made the comment that she never saw a couple on their first date so relaxed. That date led to many more and a year later Caleb took Josephine on another canoe trip on that same river, where he proposed! We have now been married for 5 wonderful years! We spent a month in Ireland on our honeymoon and had a great time enjoying their fish and chips, going whale watching, hiking, kissing the blarney stone, and making many memories! Our style of traveling is to go with little plans and absolutely no stressful deadlines. We’ve made quality family time a priority in our home and enjoy ending each day with dinner together and going over all the happenings of our day. We both love children and have always dreamed of having a family!

 

 

About Caleb: I own a construction company and specialize in building pole-barns, garages, metal roofing, etc.  I have been in construction 10 years. I am also a member of the local Fire Department. We live in a rural community, so being on the fire department does not take up much of my time. We get mostly brush fire calls, since I enjoy challenges these fires prove to be most interesting! Growing up I enjoyed ice skating on our big farm pond, making hay, and combine harvesting. My family all loves music, so we spent many evenings singing together.

Some of Caleb’s favorites: boating, diesel trucks, shrimp, music, traveling and black raspberry ice cream!

More about Caleb by Josephine: Caleb is the kind, calm and steady type which is the perfect balance for me. He loves surprising me with flowers and has an amazing amount of patience for explaining things and figuring them out. (I, on the other hand, find starting new projects so much more fun than finishing them.) He enjoys fishing and jet-skiing and dreams of someday getting his pilot’s license. (He’s still trying to convince me! I do really enjoy flying though! My dad had his pilot’s license, so he might not have to work too hard to talk me in to it!)

Caleb is very open to new ideas and loves thinking “outside the box.” He enjoys cooking, especially breakfast (a little ironic as that is my least favorite meal to eat) but I am slowly learning to like breakfast foods, although between me and you, I’m pretty sure I’ll never like his mustard and egg dish! Caleb’s calm and sensible personality allows him to approach hard times with a level head and open mind. He loves traveling and is constantly coming up with a new adventure for us to take! When I watch his patient, loving, silly ways with our nieces and nephews I know that he will someday make an amazing father!

A few more things I really appreciate about Caleb;

  • How sensitive he is to how others feel
  • How willing he is to help family, friends, or a complete stranger
  • How he puts family time in front of making a few more dollars
  • His sense of humor
  • His easy-going, laid back personality

 

 

About Josephine: I worked at a Bernina store where I taught classes and enjoyed meeting many new people and helping them master the art of quilting/ sewing, I also helped customers with their designing software. I recently made a change and now enjoy being a secretary for Caleb’s business, babysitting for my friends, cooking, and taking care of the home. I would love to get in to raising Golden Retriever puppies one day. My childhood was filled with activity! One summer my parents enjoyed taking me and my siblings on a weeklong float trip! I also enjoyed going horseback riding and loved animals! I’d bring home any animal my parents would let me have (which was quite a few!  My sisters and I even had a pet piglet at one time!

Some of Josephine’s favorites: the color Aqua, vacations at the beach, pizza, DIY projects, shopping and sour gummy candy!

More about Josephine by Caleb: Josephine has the most wonderful personality of anyone I have ever met. Before she decided to help her sister and become a home-maker, she was at the top of the sales team at a Bernina sewing machine store. She is that perfect combination of an outgoing, sunshiny type while still down to earth, practical and caring in her heart. To sum her up in one word: spontaneous. She’s also very adventurous and loves seeing new places as much as I do. She adores little children and I know she’ll make a great mom! There are no words to describe how much I love this woman God has given me. She’s perfect for me!

She taught me to watch every penny spent but does not mind the occasional splurging on marriage investments (trips, flowers, and restaurants) She has also been a great help in getting me to be a more outgoing person (conversing with strangers is not my strong suit) and she’s been wonderful in encouraging me to start my dream carpenter crew and stands behind me cheering me on and when things get stressful, which is a great comfort. So, all this to basically say, Josephine is a wonderful person!

 

 

Things we enjoy doing together:

  • Going on hikes and bike rides
  • Home improvement projects
  • Learning new things together
  • All outdoor activities (especially those involving water)
  • Auctions
  • Traveling (Since getting married we enjoyed traveling to Colorado, Ireland, Hawaii, Florida and many smaller trips. We look forward to taking our future child with us on our travels!)

 

Our Families: We were both born in Missouri. Caleb grew up with 8 siblings and Josephine grew up with 6 siblings, so we have many happy memories of childhood. Our parents both live within 20 miles of our home so we enjoy spending weekends together, swimming parties, get-togethers on Friday nights to make homemade pizza and countless evenings spent playing family games together. Caleb has a nephew and 2 nieces and Josephine has a niece and 2 nephews (they are all under the age of 5) so our get-togethers are spent helping the children play with play-dough (even Grandpa gets involved), laughing at their antics, blowing bubbles, reading stories and endless hugs and giggles!

 

     Family Traditions

  • Yearly camping trips
  • Apple cider pressing party in the fall
  • Paddle fishing trips
  • Exchanging names with the family for a Christmas gift exchange
  • Celebrating Birthdays
  • We have been blessed with close-knit, supportive families and enjoy spending Thanksgiving and Christmas surrounded by grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. (and way too much food!)

 

 

Home Sweet Home: We live on an 80-acre farm on the north end of the Ozarks. It is about half rolling hillside grassland and half woods, alongside a large creek. We see an abundance of wildlife; deer, turkey, raccoons, squirrels, etc. We enjoy beautiful sunsets, BBQ’s with family and friends, fresh goodies from our garden, swimming and watching the stars come out. We live close to a private school and the church we attend. We love the neighborhood we live in! We have been so blessed with many good neighbors, we like visiting with them and also enjoy taking them plates of cookies at Christmas! We live four miles from Caleb’s parents so enjoy the many advantages of having grandparents just over the hill.

Our Faith: We are Christians that believe Christ died for us and rose again. Our faith is the cornerstone of our marriage and family.

Our promises, hopes and dreams: We understand what an incredible gift it is to be entrusted with the care of your child and promise to live up to the responsibility of that gift. Our promise to your child is to be the best parents we can be! We will listen to their unique hopes and dreams and encourage them to be all they were born to be! They will be loved not only by us but will have the love of our extended family and friends.

Written by Caleb: I will strive to provide well for my family; to see that everyone has every opportunity and support to achieve his or her goals in life!

 

 

We are so excited about being parents!  We promise to provide an environment full of reading and learning, songs and games, adventure and boundaries. As you consider adoption, we want you to know that we will joyfully welcome your child into our family and provide him/her with a safe and stable home. Thanks again for taking the time to get to know us!

We look forward to hearing from you!  Sincerely, Caleb & Josephine