Dear Expectant Mother,
We’ve written this type of letter before, but it doesn’t
become any easier the second time around.
“Thank you” sounds so small and insignificant for this situation, but
that’s what it truly boils down to.
Thank you for the gift of life you are giving your child.
Thank you for considering helping us to become parents again, something we are
unable to do on our own. Thank you for
considering giving our sweet daughter, Ryan, something she’s wanted for a long time, a brother or sister.
We have been married 5 ½ years and were very happy prior to
adopting, but being parents to Ryan has made our lives so much better and more
meaningful than we could have ever imagined.
She is 4 years old and we know she will be an incredible big
sister. Having a baby sister or brother
is something she’s been asking about for several months now. We pray about it each night. She is so loving but also the funniest little
person we know. She enjoys singing and
dancing and takes weekly dance classes. Ryan
has a great sense of humor and loves to laugh.
She likes playing with her baby dolls, the Ipad, playing board games
with us, and snuggling with our dog, Bruno.
She often makes him “play” with her in the playroom. We have imagined a younger sibling in there
playing with her so many times and, as we mentioned before, have prayed about
Josh is such a great dad!
He and Ryan are constantly goofing off and being silly together, but she
also loves to snuggle up with him on the couch and watch a movie. He is kind and caring and he’s even Ryan’s
main hair stylist! Josh is a realtor and
home improvement contractor. He enjoys
hanging out with family and friends, golf, and watching movies. He co-founded a boys’ group at a local
elementary school and enjoys going to church and meeting with his men’s group.
Lauren works in the Marketing Department at a senior living
community and has a side cookie business.
She enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking Ryan to the
park or movies, exercising, reading, and attending church. Lauren recently started a blog that focuses
on adoption and helping others by providing resources and sharing personal
We always knew we wanted more than one child, but it is even
more apparent as Ryan gets older and sees her friends and cousins with younger
siblings. We know she would enjoy having
someone to play with and keep watch over—she’s even assured us she is ready to
help with dirty diapers! We have been
and will continue to pray that God will place a baby—the perfect one for our
family—in our arms soon. We fully
believe that He has the power to turn bad situations to good ones and sad
stories into happy endings. We will also
pray for you as you make your decision and pray that you will feel confident
and at peace with placing your child in our care. We will do all we can to provide a safe and
loving home for Ryan and your baby. We cannot wait to share our home and our hearts with him or her.
Josh & Lauren