Dear Expectant Mother,
How are you? How is it for you to have this book before you and this decision before you? I imagine it feels heavy. I want to acknowledge, here at the start of our relationship, that what you are doing takes an immense amount of courage and selflessness. Thank you for that. As you view our book, we hope you’re reminded you are not alone. We would like to meet you.
We are Blake and Natalie from Colorado. We’ve been married for 12 years and have two boys, Hatcher age 4, and Woods age 2. Blake is a therapist, and Natalie is a physician assistant by training, though for the past 3 years has left practice to be a full-time stay at home mom. Our family loves to be outside, running around the backyard, lazily swinging, or “adventuring” which might be a hike or a stroll to the park. We spend a lot of slow time at home snuggled up reading together or zooming cars.
We waited to have kids; we built our relationship first. We changed and grew together as God moved us into the right spot to become parents. It’s been His best gift. It’s our greatest honor to be the ones to look into our children’s eyes and shepherd their hearts. As they have been growing and getting more independent, we realized one day there was space in our hearts and our home for another child.
We first felt drawn to adoption as we hosted 3 boys from Rwanda for 4 days. For 4 days these boys fit right into our family even though they were from another continent. They stirred our hearts and gave us our first glimpse of how growing our family through adoption could be. Since then we’ve been excited to welcome another child into our family! We’d like also a relationship with you. We want you to know, we respect your wishes and privacy, and will honor any decision you make.
Faced with the plans and decisions for your child, we understand this is a difficult time. We care about you as well, and throughout this process we hope you feel cared for and honored, no matter your decision.
Blake and Natalie