Dear Expectant Parent(s),
Words cannot express
our gratitude to you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child. We cannot
imagine the gravity of your decision or the range of emotions you may be
feeling at this moment. Our hearts burst with love for you, knowing that you
are making such a personal sacrifice for your baby. We are truly honored and
humbled that you would consider us as loving parents. You will forever be in
our hearts and a part of our family story.
The two of us were
married in June of 2014 and have always known that we wanted children. We tried
for several years to have biological children. This was a very heartbreaking
and difficult time for us as we experienced endless cycles of hope and
heartbreak, including the loss of one baby early in the pregnancy. Ultimately,
we decided that we were being called to adopt. We were excited to be parents 5
½ years ago when we started trying—now we are absolutely elated to meet our new
little baby boy or girl. They are already loved more than they could ever know.
It’s difficult to
convey through a brief letter all that we want to instill in our child. First
and foremost, we want to teach them how to love— family, friends, strangers,
and those whom it is most difficult to love. Children learn by what they see,
so we vow to lead by example. We also want to instill confidence and courage in your child. Whether it is a boy or girl, we want them to know that their value
comes from doing their best, acting with integrity and treating others with
respect. We want to nurture happiness in our home and make time to laugh and
have fun as a family.
One of the
differences in our upbringings was our family traditions. Eric’s family did not
have many and, looking back, this is something that he missed. Meagan’s family
had many traditions that were carried forth year to year— an annual Christmas
tree hunt, buying cream soda and a lottery ticket on our spring break trip, an
annual hike to our family’s “secret” lake in the mountains—and so many more. These
are some of Meagan’s best childhood memories, and the two of us want to carry
on these traditions and make new ones as we grow our family.
We cannot stress the
importance of a good family and home and what it means to us. We have an extensive
family network all around the area. Your child will grow up with
grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and numerous other
family members within about a 30-minute radius from our home. We regularly get
together for barbecues, birthday parties, University of Wyoming football games,
hiking, fishing, or activities at our family’s ranch. We
also try to travel to Idaho, Georgia and Alabama to visit additional family
members as often as we can.
Again, we cannot
thank you enough for considering us as parents for your child. We want you to
know that we will always speak of you with great love and respect. Our child
will know that you were the first to love him or her. Regardless of whether you
choose us as parents, we wish you many blessings on your journey.
Meagan and Eric