Hello! We are Chris and Ronee (Ronelle) from Southern California!
To a totally amazing woman: Thank you for taking the time to consider us—we can’t imagine the difficulty of the choice you are making, but we have the utmost respect for you and the obvious love you have for your child. We want you to know that whatever decision you make, you are a total superhero in our eyes! We desire nothing but the best for you and your child. From the beginning of our relationship, we knew we would be parents. We love the life we have together, but we believe that adding to our family can only magnify the happiness we share. Adoption has always been part of our plan, and after years of struggling to conceive, we’ve decided adoption is the best way to build our family. We have dreamed, planned, hoped and wished for the day when we can hold that little bundle of joy in our arms and shower our love upon him or her. From the bottom of our hearts we offer our sincerest gratitude for considering us as adoptive parents. We promise never to take your gift for granted and to always share with your child that he/she comes from a place of deepest love. If you choose us, not only will it be the happiest day of our lives, but we will strive to make every day after the best ever for your little one!
About Us: We met at a small church in Santa Barbara, CA in the summer of 2006. Not long after, Chris asked Ronee to meet him for coffee, thinking it would be easy to get away if they didn’t have anything to talk about. Not so easy, it turned out, because we haven’t stopped talking, laughing, and “dating” since! We married a year later in a beautiful park in Santa Barbara, right across from the ocean. On our wedding day, it seemed like nothing could stop us, and we couldn’t wait to take on the world. Well, we did take it on! First, we honeymooned in Greece and Turkey, then we went to Swaziland and Mozambique in Africa where Ronee filmed a documentary for a non-profit organization that supports orphans and vulnerable children. With a crew of only the two of us, we learned the value of working together and the importance of giving to a worthwhile cause. With several visits to New Zealand (including Hobbiton!) and an anniversary trip to Mexico, we’ve been to almost all the continents in the world—and we’re still planning to see the last two! As much as we love traveling together, one of our favorite things is spending quality time at home—talking, cooking dinner, and maybe watching a movie or TV show. We enjoy being with our family and friends and getting out to see the sights of Southern California, whether its hiking, biking, swimming or strolling along the beach. We love to be outdoors and intend to share this with our children.
Chris is absolutely the funniest person I know. He isn’t afraid to be a huge goofball. In fact, he excels at it! But what impresses me most about him is his enormous heart. He never passes up an opportunity to help others— neglected and forgotten adolescents, the homeless, and people with mental illness. Chris is my greatest protector and advocate. When I got the opportunity to film in southern Africa, Chris supported me all the way and spent hours holding a boom microphone above his head, lugging heavy gear everywhere, and sitting like a pretzel in a tiny “kombi” van. These are only a few of his qualities—I could fill a book with all the things I love about him.
CHRIS WILL MAKE THE MOST WONDERFUL DAD because children all over the world are drawn to him. They intuitively know they are safe in his care—they can’t resist climbing on him, playing games with him, and trying to be as silly as he is! Our many nieces and nephews adore him and love to hang out with “Uncle Chris.” I have no doubt he will be the loving, protecting, encouraging, and accepting dad he always dreamed he would be!
Ronee is the sweetest, kindest, most compassionate person you could meet. One of the first things I fell in love with was her strong desire to help those at risk or less fortunate than her. Her wise and nurturing nature is a comfort and strength to those who are fortunate to have her in their lives. She has a unique gift of knowing how to view any situation through a positive lens, while truly empathizing with others despite the difficulty of their circumstance. Her fun-loving and creative personality is evident in the children’s stories she writes and the funny songs she sings around the house (usually about me). Auntie Ronee is a total rockstar to our many nieces and nephews, thoughtfully finding creative ways to make each one feel special. I’ve seen the empowering effect she’s had on the lives of many people; young and old, family and friends — she’s like the power-up mushroom in the Super Mario game that makes a small person feel 10 feet tall!
It’s these qualities and many more that have made it a marriage-long dream of mine to see her become a Mother. Ronee is the best partner and friend a goofball like me could ask for, and it’s been a thrill to build the life we have together— a life we can’t wait to share with our future child!
Our Family & Friends
We’re both close to our families and consider them a huge blessing in our lives. Even though we don’t live near our families, we visit them frequently throughout the year. Ronee’s mom and dad, Patricia & Peter, were married for 45 years before Peter passed away in 2015. Patricia is one of Ronee’s best friends, and they speak on the phone at least once a day. Patricia lives a short plane ride away in Eugene, Oregon. Ronee has two brothers—one who lives in Portland, Oregon and another who lives in Brisbane, Australia. Chris’s family lives in New Zealand, but somehow we all manage to see each other several times throughout the year with visits back and forth. Chris’s parents, Carole & Phil, have been married for nearly 45 years and live in beautiful Red Beach north of Auckland. Chris also has two brothers who live with their families within 10 minutes of Chris’s parents. When they all get together, the brothers love to skateboard and play music. Between the two of us, we have nine nieces and nephews ranging in ages from newborn to 16. They are some of the most important people in our lives, and we treasure celebrating holidays and birthdays with them.
Each member of our family is loving and caring and fully supportive of our plans to adopt. We also have many friends who live in our town or close by who are like extended family to us. All of these people have been hoping and praying for our child for years, and they are ready to jump in with childcare and play dates! So if you choose us, your child will have three doting grandparents, a bunch of wonderful aunties and uncles, and a whole tribe of cousins!
Our Home and Closing Thoughts
Our Home: We own a home in sunny Santa Clarita. We love our house and neighborhood, which is at the end of a cul-de-sac in a gated community. Every evening all the kids gather in our cul-de-sac to play games and ride bikes. It thrills our hearts to hear the sounds of happy children right outside our door. Chris even joins them sometimes to teach them a few tricks on the skateboard! One of the best things about our house is its location—it’s on top of a hill where we get to watch some of the most glorious sunsets with no other buildings in the way. Each evening we sit outside on our back patio and watch the sun disappear in a marvelous array of colors. We chose to buy a house in Santa Clarita because it is one of the safest cities and has some of the best schools in the state. Also, the weather is terrific! We’re outside most of the time, doing all the things we love to do. Our home and community will be a safe and healthy place to raise a child, as well as a lot of fun!
Our Family Values: We believe every person is important and deserves to be loved, valued, nurtured, and heard. We strive to create a peaceful and caring environment. We love to have FUN, and we want our future kids to have the most fun, adventurous life possible! It’s important to us that they experience different cultures and ways of life to give them compassion and understanding for all people. We also value education and opportunity because we want our children to feel empowered when it’s time to leave the nest. We’re both creative types, so we encourage each member of our family to express themselves creatively, whether it’s through art, music, dance, film, or whatever! But we can’t accomplish all of these goals alone — we rely on our family and friends for their guidance, wisdom, and love. Most importantly, we value our faith in God above all else and believe He intends good things for each one of us, even when we go through hard times. Our faith has given us the strength and courage to face some of life’s toughest challenges. We wouldn’t be who we are today without it.
Thank You: We respect you enormously for the decision you are making for your child, and we hope you will be tremendously blessed for such a selfless act of love. We pray you will be guided to choose the perfect adoptive family for your child—they’re out there! If it happens to be us, then we will never stop thanking God for such a miracle. We will count your child as the best, most awesome gift we could ever receive, and we will honor you every day as the giver of that gift.