Dear expectant parent(s)
We cannot begin to imagine what you are going through, making such a difficult decision. We want you to know that even though we haven’t met yet, we’re thinking of you and praying for you. You are so incredibly brave and the choice to place your child for adoption is so very selfless of you. We are here for you and want you to know that you, this baby’s first parent(s), are so loved.
We have been married for ten years and, even before we had biological children, had discussed wanting to adopt some day, to grow our family. As we are sure you’ve also experienced, life takes many twists and turns. In 2019, Meredith was diagnosed with a genetic mutation called Lynch Syndrome. She is incredibly healthy, exercises daily and is physically fit, but Lynch Syndrome ultimately increases her lifetime cancer risk. She has appropriate screenings and exams every year and because of that, she should have a normal life expectancy and any medical issues will likely be caught earlier than someone else. However, due to an increased cervical and uterine cancer risk, she chose to have a hysterectomy in February 2020 to eliminate the risk of those types of cancers. This was a big decision since we are now unable to have any further biological children, but one that we prayed about and are content with since adoption was already on our hearts.
We know that this baby’s adoption and birth story are their own and we plan to respect them, you, and their special story. We plan to be honest with them as age appropriate and hope that we can have an open relationship with you, if you desire, to help answer any questions about their birth family, their culture, and their heritage. We can’t wait to read them books and tell them stories that make them feel so loved and so blessed to have not one, but two families.
The most important thing that we try to instill to our children, and will instill in this baby as well, is kindness. We don’t claim to be perfect by any means, but our family tries every day to be loving and kind to each other and everyone we meet. We value diversity and each child’s uniqueness. We love going on walks in our neighborhood, taking our kids to our neighborhood playground or pool, attending our childrens’ sporting events, travelling, or having a quiet movie night at home, snuggling on the couch. Our children have lots of aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins that we are lucky enough to get to spend time with frequently (and that love our girls) and this baby would be just as loved by them.
Thank you for considering our family for your baby. We know this must be the hardest decision of your life. We are here for you to lean on and love you and this baby already.
Love, Meredith, David, Avery (5), and Amelia (3)