Dear Expectant Mother,
Our names are Greg and Gretchen, and we are so excited to start this journey with you. We thank you for taking the time to read this letter. We know nothing about you or the situation you are in. We cannot fathom the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing now and know we never will. We do know however, that you are going to be a very special person in our lives. We also know that you must be a very loving person because the sacrifice you are making for your child is an amazing accomplishment.
Gretchen and I have been married for seven years. We met while working at a restaurant. Gretchen was the new Executive Chef we recently hired. I was the Catering manager at the time and we spent a lot of time together. I think we originally bonded over our love for food and helping people. Then we realized how happy we made each other and our relationship grew.
We have a four-year-old son named Harrison. We were amazed at how we instantly fell in love with him and how much more we fell in love with each other after he was born. Every time I look at him, I am baffled at how much love a child of his age can have. It is common for us to be watching television and him just randomly say, “Dadda, I love you.” I always snicker to myself and say, “Love you too bud.” Harrison loves being around other kids. He always wants to play with the neighbor’s kids. His love of people and the amount of love he has in his heart shows us what an amazing brother he would be.
Gretchen and I both grew up in Southern California. Our families are both about 15 minutes away. Gretchen has a sister who has two boys of her own and all of the kids spend a lot of time together at Gretchen's parents' house. We spend holidays with all the cousins at Nana and Papa’s house. They love having all the boys down so much that they made their back yard in to “the park," with trampolines, play sets and lots of bikes. We do Sunday dinners a few times a month and it is creating the best memories.
I have three brothers. One of my brothers and his wife have a nine month old boy named Jaxson. Harrison loves when baby Jaxson comes over so he can show him all of his toys. Family is such an important part of our life and we look forward to sharing that love with a beautiful new baby.
Gretchen, as a I said before, is a Chef. It amazes me how successful she has become from where she started. She is currently in charge of four major sporting venues in California. I am always baffled by how much effort she can put into work and still be such a loving mother and wife.
I am a Police Officer here in Southern California. I have been an Officer for about five years. I know as a profession we are not very well regarded right now but I still love the job. I took the job because I wanted to help people who couldn’t help themselves. The detail I work does a lot of work with at-risk kids. I spend a lot of time at elementary schools in the city helping the kids stay away from gangs and drugs. We do a lot of work with the parents in helping them teach their kids about what is right and wrong.
When we have time off together we like to spend it as a family. My dad and step mother live in Oregon so we try to go up there at least twice a year. Summer time we go out and float down the river. In the winter time we go out and play in the snow. It brings us a lot of joy to spend time together. Harrison loves going to the movies, although I think it is because he likes popcorn more than anything.
We have tried unsuccessfully for about two years to have another child. We would be forever grateful to be able to add to our little family.
Gretchen & Gregory