Dear Expectant Family,
We are writing this letter with hearts filled with respect and love for you. You are facing a challenging decision filled with so many emotions and options. We cannot even begin to understand the feelings and thoughts you are experiencing daily as you consider your options and decide what is best for you and your child.
We wanted to introduce ourselves to you and share with you how the journey of adoption started for us. We both believe that our savior, Jesus, has already written and planned our story, including our adoption story. He loved us first and continues to love us first, even when we are unlovable and undeserving. We believe He is with us along this path and has placed a desire on our hearts to adopt.
Even before marriage, we knew that adoption was going to be a path we pursued in our relationship. Through lots of prayer and careful consideration, we have decided to pursue adding to our family through adoption first, instead of trying for a biological child. Ultimately, we felt called to adopt as our first option. We wanted to do this to ensure our adopted child feels included and desired regardless of birth order. We want to remove any obstacles that would keep a child from feeling our love.
We both enjoy spending time together outside and being with our family. Both of our parents live very close to us (five to twenty minutes away) and we get together with them regularly. Danal's brother lives in our neighborhood and Elizabeth's sister lives in South Carolina. Both of our families are excited about the prospect of adding a child to our family through adoption.
Depending on your plans and comfort level, we would love to have an open adoption. That decision lies in your hands, though, and we will respect and honor your privacy and the decisions you make. Please know that you are valued, loved, and respected as you make these choices for the future. We have spent months praying for peace, guidance, and comfort for you and other expectant mothers during this difficult time as you make plans for your child.
Love, Danal and Elizabeth
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