Hello from the Sunshine State of Florida:
I am grateful that you are reading my letter and I would be
honored to continue on this journey with you. I believe that love brings us
both here today, your courageous love for your child and my desire to love, provide
for and parent a child.
Adoption is the only way for me to become a mom. While I am
on this journey as a single “hoping to become an adoptive mom” please know that
I am not in this alone. I have an incredible support system between my family
and friends. My family is very close knit; my brother, his wife and their young
son live in my neighborhood. My parents who have been married for over 38 years,
live 20 minutes away; and while my sister lives on the other coast with her
husband (to be near their twin girls who are now in college), we remain very
close. I was born and raised in Florida, so many of my best friends have been
in my life for more than half of it; their children call me Aunt Tiffy.
I was raised in a Southern home where we were taught to
love, respect and care for not only each other, but for others as well. I have
been lucky in having my parents as role models. They still hold hands, kiss and
hug and my dad will look at my mom and out of nowhere tell her how beautiful
she is. They have taught me to be strong and independent, while knowing how to
be kind and compassionate.
I am fortunate to work for our family-owned business which has
given me not only financial stability but the flexibility to be able to raise a
child and be very involved in their lives. I have the ability to work from home
as often as I want, as I can always go to the office when needed. Those days
when I am needed at the office, my mom will gladly spend the day loving and
spoiling her newest grandchild.
Your child will be surrounded by so much love, support and
encouragement, and I dream of the day when they will be able to join us on
family trips together to Jamaica, Colorado and Mexico. My family grew up
playing sports and if your child chooses to play sports as well, they will have
the biggest cheering section on the side lines. There will be lots of family
get-togethers whether at the Grandparents’ house or days at the beach, running
in the surf or building sandcastles. I love being outside, so going to lots of
local festivals and concerts will be some of the adventures I look forward to
sharing with your child. As you see, my family and I do a lot together; we have
a place on a local island where we hang out on the beach and in the pool, play
games and cook out. I have many wonderful and lifelong memories there and look
forward to sharing them with your child.
I will provide an amazing life for your child and I promise
you that I will be sure that they are happy, healthy and, most of all, loved to
the best of my ability. I don't know what will come, I don't know what
obstacles we will face, but I do know, we will face them together. I will
always be at your child’s side every single step of the way with an army of
support behind us.
I know that this is a difficult decision for you, and I
won’t pretend that I know the many emotions you must be feeling. But what I do
know is this: I will forever be grateful to you to have the chance to be a mom
to your child. You will forever hold a special place in my heart, and you will
forever be a part of who I become. You will be the reason that I will be
forever changed and each day that I look into the eyes of your child, I will
thank you. And I promise I will share with your child the amazing story of the
love you had for them.