Russ and I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful and brave you are, for choosing adoption. Although your decision may have been a difficult one, it will be greatly appreciated by those who will be able to raise the child that you will be bringing into this world. I understand this firsthand as my mother was just as strong as you. At age 17, she gave her daughter up for adoption before meeting my father, and having me and my brother. In my eyes, she is very strong and brave. To me, what she did and what you will be doing is the ultimate sign of true love.