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Chris & Renee
We believe everything happens for a reason and when it's supposed to. We know fate brought us together and 20 years of an amazing and deep love are proof of that. We have always known we wanted to adopt, we just didn't know when...until now. We couldn't be more excited, nervous and hopeful as we embark on this journey.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Our favorite vacation spot is OBX - the Outer Banks in North Carolina. What started as a yearly vacation spot/tradition for Renee and her family, extended to a place where all of Renee's immediate family come together for a week in the summer to connect, laugh and have fun. Her mom - Grandma - gets an oceanfront house big enough for all 25 of us to stay in for a week. We play on the beach, cook, get competitive with bocce ball, frisbee, tripoli, the OBX beach games (a day of team rivalry with games created by Renee and her sister), boogie boarding, sailing, fishing, crabbing, dancing and just being goofy. Every year we create an ice cream parlor where each kid is in charge of creating and naming their own ice cream creation - it's THE BEST!!! It's a highlight for our family and everyone else.
We have learned that big trips are amazing and fun but little getaways are just as great. Being that we live in Colorado, we take full advantage of long and short weekends to get away and have that family time in fun places. We love to travel and try new things.
We currently have 3 kids. Max, he's 17 and would be considered an old gentle soul. He plays competitive soccer year round - going to his games is one of our passions. He is an academic scholar who works very hard in his studies. He is one of the kindest and most gentle people you would ever meet. He can't wait to share his love of movies with his new sibling.
Alexandra - Alex - is 15. She has an incredible love for kids. As a matter of fact, she wants to be a pediatric NICU nurse. Her love for kids is rivaled with her love for animals. She is our equestrian - has been riding horse since she was 4 and our swimmer (takes after her Dad). Her bubbly personality and amazing heart are contagious. She has begged us for another sibling since she was a young girl.
Ben is 13. He's our crazy boy. We never know what's going to come out of his mouth....he's pretty funny! His sport is lacrosse (year round), basketball and swimming. He loves to build jumps for his bike and hang with his friends. He also has a true love for animals ...thank goodness we have lots of them!! He loves to help out his Mom - such a sweet kid.
A child’s race has no impact on the bond and love that we would give them but diversity can't be ignored and unconditional love is not the cure for all. Education, immersion and communication will be a given. We've lived in many neighborhoods where diversity is fully represented and embraced, and we are lucky enough to live in a such a neighborhood now.
In addition, we've been proactive in educating ourselves on diversity issues that biracial families are exposed to - this way we can avoid being reactive. We’ve been looking into finding other families to connect with that have adopted biracial children. Also, we look forward to celebrating holidays and traditions, attending festivals and finding meaningful heroes that represent a child’s heritage and culture. We will explore and fully embrace the diversity of any child. Our family and community are fully accepting of cultural diversity.
Our Extended Families
We are a family that likes to have fun! Renee' has four other siblings who all have kids which adds up to a whole lot of craziness and yes, fun. Chris grew up as an only child but was surrounded by lots of pseudo siblings - cousins! Hugs and kisses are always expected - even for the newcomers (new friends are welcomed with open arms - literally).
When we get together we always have a traditional Tripoly tournament - everyone is expected to play. We also have ping pong and pool tournaments. Of course, big dinners are a must - we all LOVE food and some of us are chef wanna be's which makes for awesome food! We do a lot of storytelling - this brings about a lot of belly laughs and great memories. Anytime we are with family, it's special - we take advantage of the time and really enjoy each other.
Family and faith have always been a priority for both of us - we are extremely close with our parents and siblings. Even though our parents are not physically here in Colorado, they make a point of coming every couple of months to be a part of our lives. We are so blessed with such amazing unconditional love and support from them.
Everyone is beyond excited and supportive with our adoption plan. They truly cannot wait to love on a new bundle of joy and spoil them with lots of love, hugs and kisses.
Our House and Neighborhood
We are lucky enough to live in what we believe to be a little taste of heaven - the state of Colorado....it’s amazing! We take part in all of its glory - skiing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing, paddle boarding, horseback riding and, Chris’s favorite, mountain biking.
We live in a culturally diverse neighborhood that is so much fun - family activities and clubs from play groups to superhero and princess parties, Halloween parades, Pokémon trading card club, Easter egg hunts, sleigh rides and of course, meet Santa. We have a beautiful neighborhood pool (with a separate kids’ pool), multiple trails and play parks. Of course, with all of this comes lot of kids and craziness!
We love our house - it’s truly a home. It’s the place where all the kids want to hang out - there’s always plenty of good snacks, lots of laughter and open arms and doors. Our family room and kitchen are the heart of it all - it’s where most of us spend the majority of our time. But when privacy is needed/wanted, everyone has their own bedroom to retreat and restore. Of course, a basement with lots of extra room, gaming tables and comfy couches adds to the family fun.
From Us to You
As we sit to write this letter our hearts are pounding with excitement and emotion, mostly because we know how much our lives can change.
You know, our story is kind of crazy - we met, felt an immediate connection and energy between us and became friends. It was at this time that Chris told his parents that he met the girl he was going to marry. That friendship became an amazingly deep and passionate love that has only strengthened in the past 20 years. We have been blessed with three biological children that have taught us the greatest lessons of life that no books or schools could ever teach. Their excitement in the welcoming of another brother/sister is incredibly deep and heartfelt. Our family is full of love and yet we all agree that our family is not yet complete.
Adoption has always been in Renee's heart. As a young girl, she always said, "I'm gonna have 5 kids from my body and 5 adopted kids." ...and when she played house, those babies were all there! Chris grew up as an only child and has always loved the large family that he married into. Having a large family of our own would complete his dream.
Our promise - we will provide a home that honors God, respects others, is filled with unconditional love, is understanding and of course, has lots of laughter. Our foundation is solid and strong and we look forward to continuing to raise our children by these core set of values. Family is the center of our lives and is always our first priority. We will encourage a child to explore anything of interest - bugs, sports, music, arts, you name it! - this is how they find out who they are and what drives their passions. We will explore any and all of their heritage and would welcome any family traditions to add to our own. We will continue to foster a respect of all cultures through an open mind and learning. Traveling has opened our eyes and hearts to the world - we can’t wait to share this experience.
We know that you have an incredibly difficult decision ahead of you and pray for continued strength to come your way. Our hope is that by learning a little bit more about us and what makes our family tick you will find some peace. If you would like to meet us and learn more about us, that is something that we would welcome on our journey.
You are important to us and always will be. We value open adoption because it honors and acknowledges a child's relationship with their biological family; it replaces the unknown with honesty. It will open the door for a child to grow up knowing both their adopted and birth families. We are excited to have a relationship with you in whatever way is most comfortable - exchanging pictures and texts throughout the year or making arrangements for a visit. We are eager to know you and happy to work together to maintain a healthy relationship.
We, as a family, have an overflowing amount of love and can’t wait to fill a child with that gift. We are humbled by your consideration and thank you, from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to read our letter,
Chris & Renee
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