Beth from Ohio

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Beth from Ohio

If you're in, I'm in.

Hello!

My name is Beth and I have a 5 year old (adopted) daughter. I know this is likely not a situation you ever thought you'd find yourself in, so I'll try to be as honest and straightforward as possible...kind of like a first date with much higher stakes.

I started the adoption process for the first time 6 years ago, and I matched with my daughter's birth mom about 9 months after I was approved. We've maintained an open adoption, and my daughter loves to tell people that she has "two mamas." I'm hoping to match with someone who lives in Ohio (or is at least within a few hours) and is also looking for openness. Adoption was my first choice with my daughter, and it continues to be now. I want my kids to be able to share the experience of being adopted.

As far as parenting and the life I can offer a child, again, I'll be honest. I'm a one woman show, with the supporting cast of my village of family and close friends. I make our family and friends a priority, as well as doing whatever I can to support my daughter's passions and help her grow as a person.

My parenting philosophy is simple. Do the best you can, and don't be a jerk. That's it. I don't expect award winning athletes, artists, or honor roll students. I want happy kids who are good people. .

I want to be sure that if I match with someone, we both feel like it's right. I also want to be sure that you can find a way to parent if you want to parent.

Please, please feel free to reach out and ask me anything at all. I'm an open book and this is not a decision you can make lightly.

With love,
Beth

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Who I Am

I have always wanted to be a mom. I spent the first part of my twenties finishing up graduate school, and then I immediately started working. I had a typical entry level position: lots of hours, not a lot of respect. I learned so much at my first job, but I also didn't have time for much else besides work.

I dated a little bit in college and then off and on in my 20's and early 30's. Nothing ever turned serious or felt right. In 2016, I went on a terrible date with a guy I matched with through online dating. I think it was his pointy snakeskin shoes that were the nail in the coffin for me. After that date, I went home, and thought very seriously about how I wanted my life to go.

At that point, I had just purchased my first home. I realized that while I could live without a marriage/relationship, I could not bear the thought of never being a parent. It wasn't necessarily the relationship that I wanted, it was the family that would hopefully come with it. Within a week, I started the adoption process, completed my home study 3 months later, and brought my daughter home 11 months after that.

Parenting is hard, like the hardest thing I've ever done. But when I have a minute to sit back and reflect, I cannot imagine doing anything else with my life. My daughter means everything to me and my goal every day is to be the best mom I can be for her.

Watching her grow and learn and evolve into a unique little person has been the greatest privilege of my life.


I want to make sure I give my daughter stability and surround her with people who love her just as much as I do, and I think so far I'm succeeding with that.

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Perfectly Imperfect

Hi there! How has your Thanksgiving weekend been? I hope you got to eat some yummy food and maybe even got some good Black Friday deals (woot woot). We had an awesome Thanksgiving dinner complete with wired children who concluded the evening by building a pillow pile out of the couch pillows and jumping into them.

On Friday, we went to an outdoor shopping center to walk around and visit Santa! All three of the kids (my daughter and her cousins) did great and she was even able to tell him she wants “an American Girl doll with two-toned hair—pink and purple.” Did you even know that’s a thing now? Geez. I have to admit, she’s pretty cool looking though.

We finished decorating our tree on Saturday and I let the 5 year old have at it with the ornaments and her handmade “garlic” (garland). Our tree is far from looking like I hired a decorator to do it, but my girl was so proud of it and told me “It’s the most beautiful tree in the whole town!” Every single ornament has some kind of meaning to us and it was so sweet to explain each to her as we unpacked them. This weekend we’ll continue our tradition of going to Target to pick out an ornament for the year. Nothing grand, but it’s something we look forward to every year.

I’ve included a picture of our perfectly imperfect tree that couldn’t represent us any better.

Take care,
Beth

Thanksgiving Eve

Hello! I hope you’re doing well! I feel like today is kind of like the soft kick-off of the holiday season. Unlike my college days when the day before Thanksgiving was one of the best “going out” nights of the year, we’ll be staying at home, doing a little bit of food prep for tomorrow (I get to bring the green bean casserole and mashed potatoes), and then doing manicures and snuggling up to watch a Christmas movie. Oh! And I can’t forget my “Friends” Thanksgiving marathon! One of my favorite things I do the night before Thanksgiving!

Tomorrow, all the guys in the family are playing in a turkey bowl, then we’re gathering at my parents’ house for our dinner together. It’s getting a little rowdy now that there’s three grand kids, but it’s so fun! Our tradition for Black Friday is to see Santa, which we’ve done since my sisters and I were kids, and then do a little shopping and go out to lunch all together with my parents, sisters, and their families.

I’m hoping to go to a tree lighting or winter festival within the next few weekends too! We went with my parents, sister, and her kiddos last year, and they loved seeing all the lights and Santa too! What do you usually do over the Thanksgiving holiday?

With love
Beth

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We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Beth from Ohio

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