Renee & Dow
Renee & Dow
Race of child interested in adopting: Caucasian
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: DE
Dear Expectant Mother,
As mother’s ourselves, we understand that making a decision like this must be incredibly difficult and overwhelmingly stressful. We are so grateful that you are considering adoption. Even though we have three beautiful children already, we know we have room in our hearts and in our family to welcome your baby. We are so excited about the opportunity to meet you and to hear about your journey. We want to make sure that we help you learn about us and our family so that you will feel comfortable and confident, knowing that you have placed your baby in a loving, accepting, and happy home.
If you choose us, please know that you will have as much access and communication with us and your baby as you want. We know that, while this decision is difficult and likely causing you great stress, it is also one of the most loving and selfless acts that a mother can make. If you choose us, we want to assure you that your child will for the rest of his or her life have a loving home, a supportive family, and a bright future. Our team of five has been so excited working through the adoption process, selecting pictures, and sharing our stories and traditions with you, so that you can learn about us and feel confident that your child will be loved completely, not by just Dow and me, but by three siblings that are anxiously awaiting his or her arrival.
Our story began 18 years ago. Dow grew up in North Carolina and Renee in New Jersey. We both moved to Pennsylvania for work. The day we met we knew we would be together forever. As a couple, we have lived in New York, Pennsylvania, and now in beautiful Delaware. We always wanted to have children. With the help of an amazing fertility doctor in New York, we conceived three beautiful children. Our son is 13. He loves playing football, tennis, and skateboarding. Our daughter is 11. She enjoys cheerleading, tennis, and student council. Our youngest son is nine. He loves baseball, swimming, and playing outside. You may be wondering why we would want additional children when we are already a party of five? It’s simple: “family is everything.” We love being parents and are excited about the possibility to add more children to our team!
We live in a little town in Delaware. It’s a great place to grow up. The kids surf, swim and spend time with friends. Our community has its own playground, tennis and basketball courts, pool, and a boat launch to go fishing and kayaking. The kids attend a small private school that focuses on using their land as an outdoor classroom, so there is an opportunity to learn while being outside. The school has goats and chickens that everyone helps take care of, and they participate in activities like Lego robotics, the science club, and the stain glass club. At home, we have several pets: a Cocker Spaniel, Reesie; three cats, Reilly, Moe, and Little Bit; a gecko, Ghost; and a Guinea Pig, Spike!
Our Extended Family
Renee is Italian and Dow is from the South. So, we have a large extended family. We just returned from a trip to the mountains of North Carolina where Dow’s parents live. We are working on renovating Dow’s Grandma’s home and farm. Right now, we have Christmas trees planted on her land and are renovating her house. Dow spent many holidays there with her Grandma, and we are looking forward to having a big Christmas celebration there once again. We have too many cousins to mention, but we have six nephews and two nieces. Our children love spending time with their cousins. Every summer we meet in Myrtle Beach, so everyone can spend the week together getting away from work and just catching up. Renee’s dad passed, but her mom still lives close. We often stay with her and visit for the weekend. We all enjoy cooking with “Nanny.” She likes to make big Sunday dinners with her special homemade meatballs. Over the years, her mom has tried to teach everyone how to make her famous sauce and meatballs, but somehow they are never exactly the same.
What Led Us To Adoption
We have always wanted to adopt, and we believe we could offer a loving home regardless of how we became parents. Our friends recently adopted five-year-old twins through foster care and our daughter was reflecting on how happy she was for the twins. That conversation grew into a discussion about adoption and it didn’t take long before she had convinced all of us that adding to our family was the right decision. Our daughter didn’t stop there. She began researching and found LifeLong Adoptions. We applied and were thrilled to be accepted. We have been having fun selecting pictures to introduce our family to you, and we are excited to start our adoption journey!