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Day & Renee

It is hard to put into words how thankful we are that you are even looking at our profile -- as an interracial lesbian couple we know we will not be the best fit for everyone, but we are looking forward to being the best fit for you. Our house is filled with love and laughter, it is only missing your child. We hope you'll consider placing your child with us.

About Us

Senior Advisor
University Archivist
Law Degree
Master's Degree in Online Education
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

Together in Rome

Adoption had has a great impact on our lives. Day was adopted after her biological mother died in childbirth. Day's adoptive father (a pediatrician) went to visit the orphanage and met Day and fell in love. They adopted her soon after. If she hadn't been adopted she would have likely continued to live in the foster care system. She is so thankful for her adoptive parents, and so is Renee.

Renee has always wanted to adopt. She has always felt that there were so many children who needed a home in the world, and she wanted to give them a chance to have it. Even in junior high school she would tell anyone who listened that she wanted to adopt rather than have children herself.

Two of Renee's cousins have adopted children -- she reached out to one of those cousins and talked at length about their experiences adopting. Seeing the joy and connection that Renee's cousins experienced via adoption really spurred us toward adoption. We feel this network will really help us navigate the adoption process and will be a wonderful support system to our family.

Our Dog, Gamma

Day Taking Pictures With Gamma

Day was born with vision and could see until college when a combination of genetics and a rock climbing accident resulted in her losing much of her sight.

A longtime lover of animals, she decided that a guide dog would allow her to continue to live her life to the fullest. Day can still see some, but Gamma helps for travel outside the house and in strange places. It takes two years of intensive training, from the time the dog is a puppy, to learn how to guide, and then it takes three weeks of one-on-one training to introduce Day to the dog and for the two of them to learn to work together. Gamma is her third trained guide dog.

Gamma in Her Angel Costume

Gamma is a 10-year-old Black Labrador Retriever with white speckles on her face and belly. Gamma helps her navigate around our neighborhood, to and from work, and at business events. Gamma helps her cross streets and navigate obstacles. She is also the sweetest dog! When not on duty, she loves to curl up and nap under Day's desk. When at home and “off-duty” she follows Renee, faithfully, every time she goes to the kitchen and popcorn is her favorite treat. She is patient with the children in our life and is always happy to see them when they arrive. They love playing with her and crawling all over her. She is a big part of our lives -- and we can already see Gamma being devoted to this child, and them being fast friends.

Our Cultural Heritage

Renee is mostly Western European, born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. Her great, great grandfather was part of the Wyandotte Nation. Her mother was raised on a farm that had been in her family for 100+ years. Her father was raised in Kansas City, Missouri but his parents invested in a farm that Renee and her two siblings still own. Renee was raised Baptist and attended an Assemblies of God High School. She speaks a small amount of halting Spanish.

Day was born and grew up in Bahrain (a small island off the coast of Saudi Arabia), her birth parents were Bedouin. One of her adoptive parents is Arab, the other is from a small town in Missouri. She was raised being exposed to both Islam and Christianity. She grew up speaking Arabic and English, but has lost quite a bit of her Arabic.

Together we have become active observers and participants in our community, and have explored other cultures and religions around us. We have done everything from celebrating Icelandic "Bookflood," to attending Chinese New Year Celebrations. We have been to Catholic Mass, a Santeria Ritual, Eastern and Methodist Churches, Baptist Revivals, Hebrew Seders -- all with a wide array of friends and loved ones who want to share their culture with us.


Renee Picking Berries With Our Niece
Renee Picking Berries With Our Niece
Day at Fencing Nationals
Day at Fencing Nationals
Dressed for a NOLA Costume Wedding Reception
Dressed for a NOLA Costume Wedding Reception
Sharing a Laugh
Sharing a Laugh
Renee at La Brea
Renee at La Brea
In Colorado
In Colorado
Happy Together
Happy Together
Day in Mexico
Day in Mexico
Renee & Our Niece in the Pool
Renee & Our Niece in the Pool
Dressed Up for Halloween
Dressed Up for Halloween
Day Curling
Day Curling
Renee at Brookside Gardens
Renee at Brookside Gardens
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Renee Picking Berries With Our Niece
Renee Picking Berries With Our Niece
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Day at Fencing Nationals
Day at Fencing Nationals
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Dressed for a NOLA Costume Wedding Reception
Dressed for a NOLA Costume Wedding Reception
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Sharing a Laugh
Sharing a Laugh
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Renee at La Brea
Renee at La Brea
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In Colorado
In Colorado
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Happy Together
Happy Together
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Day in Mexico
Day in Mexico
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Renee & Our Niece in the Pool
Renee & Our Niece in the Pool
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Dressed Up for Halloween
Dressed Up for Halloween
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Day Curling
Day Curling
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Renee at Brookside Gardens
Renee at Brookside Gardens

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We just moved into our current house last fall and love it. We call it the "Barbie Dream House." It's a five bedroom, two and one half bath house with a grassy side yard and a fenced-off swimming pool in the back. Day's favorite room is the game room downstairs with board games and a pool table. Renee's is the library. Of course we both love the pool and spend a lot of time outside. We live in Silver Spring, Maryland, which is just north of Washington, D.C.

Our neighborhood is fantastic! There are always kids playing or riding their bikes in the cul-de-sac, and an ice cream truck that comes every other Monday at about 6 p.m.. Renee even runs out to get us ice cream! The best part is how connected everyone is. There's a neighborhood Facebook group and things are posted like: the kids down the street have a lemonade stand up today, or the house down the block is getting rid of a blender if anyone wants it, or to organize things like planning the whole neighborhood decorating for Christmas. We're famous because we managed to get a blow-up Santa decoration on the roof!

We're walking distance from an elementary school and its playground with swings and jungle gym, and the local park and nature center. It's a lovely quiet neighborhood but we also have Washington, D.C. with all its museums and cultural activities only a short metro ride away.

Our Extended Families

Renee & Day's Mom at the Farmers Market

Day's mother lives about 15 minutes away from us in a retirement community, we see her often and talk on the phone to her almost every day. She is a large part of our lives. Day's youngest sister lives nearby as well, and that allows us to have holiday gatherings and farmer's market rendezvous without too much planning.

Renee's family is back in Missouri, but she and her sister talk often, especially during football season when the Kansas City Chiefs play! She also makes frequent trips back to see her family, she has the week between Christmas and New Year's off every year and often spends that in Missouri.

Extended Family at Our Wedding

More importantly, we have cultivated a family of friends that stand by us and support us in everything we do. Day grew up with a bevy of family friends that were considered Aunties and Uncles, and we plan to provide the same to our children. We have friends of all genders, abilities or disabilities, races, creeds, colors -- all are welcome.

When we gather people together, we will sit outside by the pool and watch the stars. Or we will play a board game (or three). Or we will order in food and just chat into the night. We like to have an open house where people can bring their children, guitars, games, water wings...and be comfortable.

From Us to You

We know you don't know us, you've only seen our pictures and read our profile -- but thank you for getting this far. Thank you for selecting us, we feel blessed.

We have been married for 10 years (since it became legal in D.C.), and have been living in Maryland for 13 years now. BUT we've been together over 20 years, we met college and fell in love -- and never looked back.

Day works for the Department of Labor and Renee is a librarian/archivist for a university, but we are both more than our jobs. We are huge nerds, and are proud of it. We have a room in our home dedicated to books/comics and another to games. Our house is filled with books and laughter, games and friends, and most of all love. We like going on adventures, great (going to Italy) and small (trying to locate the grey tree frog that lives outside our living room window). With Renee's love of books, and Day's love of history most of our activities are about growing and learning -- and always with a little fun along the way. We love our life together, and we are excited to share it with a child.

Being a parent is about being a guide and a support. It is helping a child have a safe and stable foundation from which they can explore the world and figure out who they are and who they want to be. It is being excited with them; their thoughts and dreams and cheering them on. It is giving them the tools to be as successful as possible, but also to be kind.

As parents, we are most excited to share all the world with a child and experience the world through a whole new pair of eyes.

  • The first time we go for a walk in the nearby park right after it rains and can smell the green of trees and grasses. And maybe jump in the puddles for fun,
  • Sitting together and listening to the chirp croaks of tree frogs in our back yard,
  • Their first popsicle from our neighborhood ice cream truck, and then boardgaming all together on a Friday night,
  • The first Fourth of July with cousins at the beach, building our first sandcastle, or playing games in the arcade,
  • Their first time in the pool, their first day of school, their first car, their first love, their first heartbreak… yes, we're looking forward to all of it.
  • We know this must be one of the hardest decisions you've ever made, but we are here to support your choice. Please know that we are here because we want to be -- Day was adopted, and Renee has always wanted to adopt. It is amazing to love someone so much that we haven't even met yet, but your child will be the center of our universe and the recipient of so much love and joy. We want you to know that we are willing to give as much or as little contact as you need. We plan to email letters and photos, and if you ever need a story or a photo just ask (we are both storytellers, so we will always have something to share).

    We want you to know that our group of family and friends are excited for this, and cannot wait to meet the new baby in the family. Nana (Day's mother) and Auntie Rhonda (Renee's sister) are already making plans for vacations, traditions, and play dates -- and Day and Renee can't wait to teach this child to swim, take them to pick berries in the summer, and just watch them grow.

    You child will be surrounded by people of different ages, races, abilities, religions -- but they will all have one thing in common. They will know and love this child.

    Day & Renee


    Benedict Cumberbatch
    Oh I can't pick! Queen Latifah and Kate McKinnon
    Danai Gurira
    Unicorn (dogs are a really close second)
    T. Kingfisher
    Sarah Beth Durst
    The Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking
    Written in Red - Anne Bishop
    Candy Bar
    Symphony Bar (with Toffee and Almonds)
    Childhood Memory
    The smell of cut grass when we came to visit America when I was a small child. I'd never smelled anything so amazing. I still love it.
    Seeing the ocean for the first time -- it was so big!
    Childhood Toy
    Sesame Street playset (that I still have!)
    Canada - the bear (I still have him)
    Children's Book
    Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison
    Everyone Knows What A Dragon Looks Like
    Washington, D.C.
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Classic Movie
    The Princess Bride
    Arsenic and Old Lace
    Day of Week
    Monday (you get to start everything fresh)
    Chocolate Mousse or anything from an ice cream truck
    Disney Movie
    Lilo and Stitch
    Dream Car
    1958 Edsel
    Plymouth Prowler
    Dream Job
    Being a writer full time
    Working in the Bone Lab at the Smithsonian (I volunteered there and loved it.)
    Dream Vacation
    I've never been to Disney World and really want to go
    Egypt or Turkey
    Family Activity
    Playing board games
    Board Games
    Flower / Plant
    I don't really have one, my wife is the plant person!
    Stargazer Lily
    Biscuits and Gravy
    Form of Exercise
    Granny Smith apples
    Forbidden Island
    Playing the guitar
    Holiday Song
    The Monster Mash (because it is the best song for dancing around and being silly for Halloween)
    Santa Baby - the 1st song my wife and I learned on the guitar together
    Holiday Tradition
    Exchanging new books and spending Christmas Eve reading and eating chocolate with the family
    Making homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast -- I can smell them now.
    Ice Cream
    mint chocolate chip
    Peanut Butter
    Junk Food
    McDonald's Fries
    Bubble Tea
    Leisure Activity
    Memory with a Child
    When overnighting a friend's 9 year old son; he was VERY into Truth or Dare. We challenged him to push a can of fruit across the room with his nose. He was laughing too hard and so were we. And then he challenged us back to do it with a BANANA!
    Teaching my nephew the "Beans Beans" song. :D
    Memory with Spouse
    Getting lost in the Met museum and wandering around looking at all the cool artifacts for 8 hours (we did take a break for tea in their upstairs lounge)
    The day she got on one knee, held up a DLSR camera (which I had wanted desperately) and asked me to marry her.
    Princess Bride
    Movie Munchie
    Old school popcorn, made in a pan, with melted butter and a little salt.
    Movie Quote
    It has layers. Like Onions. Parfait has layers. Everybody loves parfait (from Shrek)
    "...your life will not go unnoticed, becuase I will notice it. Your life will not be unwitnessed, because I will be your witness."
    Movie Type
    Hallmark Holiday movies! We subscribe to the channel every year from November - January just for them.
    O Brother Where Art Thou
    Musical Group
    Dolly Parton
    Nursery Rhyme
    Old King Cole (it has the best melody)
    Old Mother Hubbard
    Olympic Event
    Equestrian because the horses are just so cool
    Personal Hero
    Dolly Parton
    My dad - he didn't graduate high school, and yet provided for his family his whole life.
    She Kills Monsters
    Blythe Spirit
    Khalil Gibran
    Sharon Olds
    Quality about my Spouse
    I love my spouse's heart the most. She is super kind and generous.
    I love her bravery and her drive -- she wants to save the world, and I want to make sure she can.
    "If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more and become more, then you are a leader."
    All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. -- Edgar Allen Poe
    I know it's a bit silly but I love the Cheesecake Factory. They have a huge menu and I can always find something I'd like.
    Hollywood East Cafe (Dim Sum)
    Bacon, lettuce, and tomato. With onion.
    Grilled Cheese!
    "Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." 1 John 3:18
    1 John 4:8 "Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love."
    Shopping Store
    Target- it has EVERYTHING.
    I don't really have a single favorite song but I like almost everything from Pentatonix
    Sway - it was the song my wife and I danced to at our wedding.
    Sport to Play
    Sport to Watch
    I don't watch a lot of sports on television
    Sports Star
    Megan Rapinoe
    Colin Kaepernick
    Sports Team
    I loosely follow my college football team - Mizzou Tigers (University of Missouri)
    Kansas City Chiefs
    Subject in School
    Thing to Cook
    I make a pretty good stir fry
    Time of Day
    Late night
    Morning -- when the birds sing and the day is fresh.
    Friday "Take Out and Board Games/Movie" Night It's great to have time put aside to spend together no matter what else is happening
    Saturday morning cartoons -- although, I stream them now.
    TV Show
    The Handmaid's Tale
    The Great British Baking Show
    TV Show Character
    Tina Belcher (Bob's Burgers)
    Type of Music
    Basic pop music (Most Top 10 songs) and some country
    Vacation Spot
    I actually love staycations. Planning little day trip adventures to a park or arcade or museum. Spending time in the pool or with friends by the fire pit toasting marshmallows
    Video Game
    I don't play any video games.
    World of Warcraft

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