We are the Senerman Family: Spencer, Claire, and Elinor Jane, and we live north of Atlanta. Spencer and I met when we were in high school and swam on the same year-round team. We dated long-distance all through college where Spencer went to the University of South Carolina and I stayed local and went to Kennesaw State. Because we couldn’t wait any longer, we got married two weeks after we graduated from college and began our lives together living in a small apartment in Atlanta. Spencer has been working as a Civil Engineer since graduation, and I have had the opportunity to work for a couple of nonprofits, one working for a camp who helped underserved children and gave them a wonderful, encouraging annual camp experience, and the other working with Georgia child victims of sex trafficking. I now am thankful that I have the opportunity to stay at home full-time with our daughter.
In July 2015 we found out that we were expecting our daughter, and at the beginning of April 2016, our daughter Elinor Jane was born. Bringing her home was the most exciting and terrifying thing that we have ever done, and we soon realized that we were going to need help, so we moved from Atlanta to Woodstock to be closer to family. We moved to and still live in a spacious two bedroom apartment where we have space to relax and where Ellie has room to run around and make messes. We live near a cute downtown area with shops, restaurants and trails, all of which we use as much as possible!
As you get to know us, you will find that we love to be outside, using the trails around us or visiting one of the many parks in our area. Ellie is very active and shares our love of being outside and exploring new places. If we aren’t outside, we are usually spending time together and playing with Ellie, whose current favorites are her Paw Patrol action figures, her PJ Masks masks and capes, and her baby doll she named Piper. She is a kind, caring, energetic, busy girl who loves to spend time as a family, especially her grandparents who live close by. My parents live 20 minutes from where we live and are always huge helps when we need someone to watch Ellie. We enjoy continuing the tradition we started when we were first married of going to their house for Sunday lunch and enjoying a relaxing day at their house. My mom even comes over most Thursday nights so Spencer and I can go out and spend quality alone time together. My in-laws live even closer, so close to us that we can see their neighborhood from the living room window of our apartment! They are warm and loving people who are family-focused and love taking Ellie out for little treats here and there.
We have been excited about the opportunity to adopt since before we got married. It was something that both Spencer and I have wanted to do and have felt that desire deepen as the years have progressed. We have wanted to adopt because we have wanted to love on a sweet mama and her child, letting them know how much they are both loved and valued and to be there to encourage and love them. While we are biologically able to have children, I have struggled with anxiety from a young age, and it was very, very difficult while I was pregnant and postpartum. About six months after Ellie was born, I noticed that my anxiety was different than it was before. Not too long after, I was diagnosed with PCOS and started taking medication for that diagnosis as well as medication for my anxiety. Starting medication was one of the best decisions I have ever made in regards to my health. It has been wonderful to feel like myself again and be the woman, wife and mother that I have wanted to be without the cloud of anxiety hanging over. There are times that I still struggle or go through periods that are a little more difficult, but nothing close to what it used to be. Because of those diagnoses and the way my body responded to pregnancy and postpartum, we aren’t sure if we will pursue having any more biological children. We know that God is Sovereign and His plan may be different than ours, but getting the diagnoses that we did made us more confident that adoption was where the Lord was leading us.
We cannot imagine how difficult this process has been for you. We want you to know that we think you are so brave and selfless in making such a hard decision. If you choose us to adopt your child, know that he or she will be so incredibly loved and cared for, and that our little family of three and our extended family are excited to bring him or her into our home and welcome him or her into our family. We also want you to know that you are loved and that you will also be part of our family. We so look forward to meeting you!