Our Waiting Hearts: The Road to Family

Nestled in the woods of Lake of the Ozarks Missouri, our home is a haven of warmth and love. We are the Showns, that have been blessed with the joy of raising four wonderful biological children. Our home is a bustling hub of laughter, shared moments, and the beautiful chaos that comes with a large family. While volunteering with various humanitarian projects and our local church, we have seen the need for children needing a stable, family environment. As a couple, we have wanted to adopt and lately, our children have stated, "Mom and Dad you are good parents couldn't we invite these children who have no one to come live with us." We feel the time has come to begin the process of opening our home to a child/children who need the environment we can offer.

We are surrounded by a network of supportive family and friends, including two sets of grandparents, an aunt and uncle who live near us, and a well-established church family. We are fortunate to have a community that embraces the idea of adoption and is eagerly awaiting the arrival of our little ones. Our loved ones are ready to provide guidance, love, and a wealth of experiences to enrich our child's life.

As a homeschooling family and former public educators, our home is not only a space for love and laughter but also a dynamic environment for education and exploration. From science experiments in the kitchen to cozy reading nooks, our home is designed to inspire curiosity and creativity. We believe in tailoring education to each child's unique strengths, fostering a love for learning that lasts a lifetime. We've witnessed the unique bonds formed between siblings through the homeschooling experience. Siblings not only become companions but also each other's greatest supporters and collaborators in the learning journey. We are excited to extend this opportunity to our future adopted siblings, creating a nurturing and collaborative educational environment.

In our family dynamic, Terri wears the hat of a dedicated stay-at-home mom who has a passion for design and art. She works part-time as a cover designer, pouring her creativity into projects that bring stories to life. This flexibility allows her to not only nurture our children's educational journey but also contribute to the family's creative endeavors.

Zack, on the other hand, brings stability to our home through his role as a financial advisor. His well-paying job provides our family with the security and support needed to create a thriving environment for our children. We are grateful for the balance this dynamic brings to our family life.

As we eagerly await the day our family grows, we envision a future filled with love, laughter, and shared adventures. Whether it's exploring local parks, reading bedtime stories, embarking on family vacations, or serving the community, we're excited to build a lifetime of cherished moments together.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about us and our journey. This is not just a chapter in our lives; it's a promise of love and a testament to our commitment to creating a family filled with warmth and joy. If you resonate with our story and feel a connection, we would love your support.

With love and anticipation,

The Showns

Welcome to us!

We have always wanted to grow our family. Our journey to a big family hasn't
been an easy road, as we ran into infertility issues. We tried many routes to start
our family, and they were all unsuccessful. During the IVF process we began
looking into adoption and visited with dear friends who had the opportunity to grow
their family through adoption and feel like this is a great chance we have to still
grow our family.
Why Adoption?
Though the journey was
hard, we've arrived at
adoption with open hearts
full of JOY. We're looking
forward to seeing our
dreams realized.
As a birth parent, we want
you to know that we fully
believe love multiplies, not
divides, and you would
always be welcome in our
family and spoken of with the highest regard. AnneMarie line is from Haiti and she was born in Brooklyn New York. We moved to
California and I love the beach and ocean. It has a calming ef ect on the soul. Being
the oldest of 2, I have a fantastic relationship with my brother. Through him I
cultivated a wonderful relationship with his wife and have come to love their 4 girls.
Family has always been important to me and I have always wanted to have a
family. Chris' line hails from Mexico and farther back, Spain and his mom 's line is
from Europe. I have 2 older sisters, one in Utah and one living abroad. I am that
person that person who all the (great) nieces and (great) nephews love to play with.
Have you ever seen an adult jungle gym? Thats me. I have enjoyed spending time
with my older nephews and their children either grabbing a family meal, going to
sporting events and spending time in each other's home.