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Marcus & Renee
We are so grateful for your consideration in us as potential parents for your child. Having a family is our ultimate desire and welcoming a child into our lives would be our greatest joy. We understand that this decision is not an easy one, please know we are here to support you as you navigate through this journey.
Our Dreams for this Child
We love to travel! It is our hope and dream to give our child opportunities to see different parts of the country and even the world. We believe there are so many occasions to learn about people, cultures and geography when traveling. We are adventure seekers and hope our passion for travel is passed onto our child.
Our favorite vacation spot is Lake Chelan in eastern Washington! We love to visit during all seasons but especially enjoy the summertime on the lake. The water is perfect for relaxing, putting our feet in the sand or renting a boat. The town has a wide array of family-friendly shops, restaurants and wineries that are all a blast to visit. In the winter they do a winterfest with lots of fun winter activities as well.
Beyond traveling, we intend to support our child during their education and promote the importance of working hard for things you want in life. It would be our dream for our child to develop into a hard-working, respectful and responsible adult in whatever path they choose. It is important that our child knows we will support them in all their passions and challenges.
Our pets are a huge part of our lives. We have three dogs – Cherry (14 yrs.), Nala (8 yrs.) and River (1.5 yrs.). Each dog brings their own unique personality but love each other’s company every day. Our dogs bring us so much joy to our daily life. There is nothing better than coming home each day to slobbery dog kisses and wagging tails! River particularly likes to travel with us wherever we go. She loves swimming, camping and running free at our family property. In addition to our three dogs, we have a guinea pig, a gecko and two fish tanks.
We also hope to add goats, pigs and chickens to our family very soon. We believe it is important for our children to have opportunities to learn about animals and develop relationships with them. Having both grown up with pets, we could not see our life any other way!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Renee about Marcus: Marcus has the biggest heart. He is a kind, genuine and loving husband, uncle and son. He loves his family and friends more than anything. It is not uncommon for us to be out and about, and Marcus runs into someone he knows. He is likeable in the best ways. I also admire Marcus’s relationship with his Mom. He is respectful and takes good care of her, making sure all her needs are met.
Marcus about Renee: Renee is the first person to help people. Whether it is a good friend, a sibling or niece/nephew, Renee is always there for them. She is a good listener and wants to do the right thing. Another thing I love about Renee is her passion for animals. Renee absolutely loves and respects them all. I appreciate Renee’s caring and nurturing personality, I see those as some of the best qualities in being a great parent.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is nestled on a 1.25-acre property in a suburb town outside the greater Seattle/Tacoma area. On either side of our property, we are surrounded by family. Marcus’s aunt lives on the 9- acres behind us while his uncle lives immediately adjacent on another 10-acres. We enjoy our home with ample room to play both inside and out.
One of our favorite things to do while at home includes spending time outside on our wrap around deck with our family and pets. On 4th of July, we host a big event, including a BBQ and fireworks show.
Our community is close to parks, shopping, restaurants and boasts many fun community events throughout the year. Some of our favorite events include parades, farmers markets and the local fair. We also feel fortunate for the area we live in as we are just a car ride away from the mountains, the sound and the ocean.
We enjoy all four seasons in our area, with so much fun to be always had. If not going to a local pumpkin patch, we are visiting the tulip fields up north or enjoying a quite walk in the snow during the winter months.
Our Extended Families
Marcus is one of six kids, while Renee is from a family of three girls. Both Renee and Marcus come from large close-knit families where get togethers are frequent. Both our parents visit often and enjoy being grandma and grandpa! We feel thankful to have such supportive parents who want nothing but the best for us.
It is not uncommon to have family over whether it is just a quick hello or an outdoor BBQ. We have nine nieces and two nephews who bring so much joy into our lives. We love spending as much time with them as we can. We especially enjoy taking them on new adventures from trips to the zoo to camping! We also enjoy spending time with Renee’s family at their family property and cabin in the mountains. With lots of space to explore, we love being able to go on walks with our dogs, play at the creek or sled down the area hill in the winter.
Holidays are some of our favorite times, most notably Halloween and Easter. For Halloween, we go all out with our costumes and have a big dinner and game night with family and friends. For Easter, we hold a large egg hunt for all our nieces and nephews. Some of our fondest family memories come from these times together.
From Us to You
First and foremost, from the bottom of our hearts, and with the deepest of gratitude and love, we want to express our gratitude and heartfelt love for you and your child during one of the hardest times of your life. We cannot ever begin to put ourselves in your place, but if there is one thing we can do, is to help put your heart and mind at ease, and promise you that your child will be loved with more love than we have ever known and they are truly a gift of a lifetime. As you consider our family as a possible placement for you beautiful child, please know that their needs, happiness, and well being will always be our first priority.
To help you understand how we got here, our story began over ten years ago when we met online. After a few weeks of phone calls, we finally met in person, and not to sound cliché, but we knew right then and there, we were meant to be together each day going forward. On a beautiful, crisp fall day in 2016, we were finally married. Early on in our relationship, Renee shared with Marcus that she was unable to have children due to a birth defect, and we always wanted adoption to be a part of our family story. Throughout our relationship, we celebrated the births of our beautiful nieces and nephews and countless friends' children, our journey to adoption became more ever present in our minds. Two years ago, we purchased Marcus’ childhood home and the beautiful 1.25 acres that surrounds it. We are so excited to grow our family where Marcus cherished so many wonderful childhood memories as well, not only starting our family on but also a small farm, all filled with love, joy, and memories of a lifetime.
Memories come in so many forms and a child’s experience to the world around them is formable and essential to who they become in the future. We hope to provide our children as many experiences in the world as possible, from fun adventures at Disneyland, one of our favorites, to learning about our world around us in nature and camping. Renee grew up in a beautiful small town in which many of her family still visits very often and her father still lives at. We hope to encourage our children to find passions and joys in which they find who they are and who they want to be and we support their whole being. And deep down, the little, daily moments we spend together will be the most important, even if its pillow forts, craft nights, walks around the neighborhood, Christmas traditions new and old, because those mean everything!
And we also know you will mean everything to your child as well so we welcome whatever level of involvement you choose to have. Your hopes and dreams for this child are incredibly foundational to our journey and we want you to feel you are ever present in our journey as well, if you choose to be. As you get to know us and want to know more, we are open to sharing anything to help you feel at ease and have the fullest confidence in your decision in choosing us as parents and helping grow our family. As this beautiful child grows into a person of their own, we will be sure to share firsts in pictures, in letters, videos, and more. And if you want to be there for these memories at times, we welcome that as well.
We hope you know how incredibly grateful we are for you and your incredible gift in helping us grow our family that we have so eagerly been waiting for. Without you, we would never have a chance to be parents and there will never be enough words to express the emotional, love, courage, gratitude, and overall amazement we have for you and your beautiful child. Your child will be loved so deeply and will be the light of our lives. Your decision is big and hard, but know we are here for you every step of the way!
We humbly say Thank YOU!
Marcus & Renee