Dear Expectant Mom,
We are not sure where to begin or how to even fully express the
appreciation we have for your selflessness, and depth of love. To be willing to sacrifice and give us this
beautiful, perfect piece of yourself takes so much inner strength and courage.
We have not met you. We don't know your face or where you are from. Even
without knowing all of those details, we already know your heart. We have gone
over in our minds, many times, how it must feel to be where you are - to be
going through this experience and all the emotions you must be feeling. The
words, "thank you," seem so small and inadequate. We want to be here for you, to be a listening
ear, and support you through this emotional and trying time.
We are so excited to add this little one to our forever
family. I look forward to cuddling,
comforting, singing to sleep at night and tucking him or her in. I love music and look forward to showing his
or her little hands how to play the keys on a piano and pluck the strings on a
guitar - to help him or her find the instrument he or she loves the most. I
look forward to cooking together in the kitchen, making cookies, getting flour
all over ourselves in the process, and laughing until it hurts. I also look
forward to holding and comforting, helping him or her to determine his or her
talents, who he or she wants to be, and experiencing all the "firsts"
- the first step, the first giggle, the first smile - but also, being there for
the first "owie" and the first tear.
We desire to share my love of music, crafts, decorating, and
cooking - as well as, my love for people, humor, and helping others. My husband
is excited to share his love for mechanics, woodworking, and outdoorsy stuff
with our child. We both have so many
experiences we want to share with and to give to this precious soul - most of
all our unconditional love.
We come from wonderful, loving, large families, and have wanted
to be parents ourselves for as long as we both can remember. We both have faith
that the baby - who we are to love and raise - will be placed in our home. Thank you for giving us the privilege to
parent - love, provide and care for, teach and learn from - your child. We will do everything in our power to be the
best parents we can be. We are eternally
grateful to you, and offer our support and love. Our dreams will hopefully become a reality
thanks to your sacrifice and love.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Daniel & Janae
A letter from Janae's sister:
so happy to have a chance to tell you a bit about my sister Janae and Dan. I’ve seen Janae take on challenge after challenge
with energy and power – I am convinced there is nothing she cannot do. She is a
gifted musician, a talented crafter and can cook up so many yummy things that
it makes you full just thinking about it. But these gifts are nothing compared
to her great strength of character, her love of life, her determination and
sense of wonder. She is more fun than any 5 people I know. She has more love to
give than most people even dream about. My children love Janae fiercely; they
are all praying that she will have the greatest dream of her life, a baby to
raise and to love. Janae had the fortune to marry the love of her life, Dan. He
is an honorable, good and loving man who cares for my sister in a way that
touches my heart. I have three sons and Dan is such an amazing uncle and friend
to all of them. In fact, for a long time my youngest son thought Dan was
Captain America – and he wasn’t far off! Dan and Janae are devoted to each
other and have a strong, stable, supportive relationship. They are in this for
the long haul."