Dear Expectant Mother, It’s a rainy spring day in Ohio and my husband, Peter, and I are sitting at our dining room table trying to figure out the right words to say to you. The truth is that we are better listeners. It would feel more natural to sit with you, get to know you, and hear your story if you felt comfortable with sharing. Neither of us has written a letter like this before, but I hope that our genuine care for you comes through. Though we don’t know what you’re experiencing, we want you to know that you are seen and valuable just as you are. Your life was created for a purpose and you matter. This choice you’re facing is one rooted in deep love and we could not respect you more for honoring this life inside of you. We believe that you are incredibly brave and courageous, and we are praying for you along this journey. With that being said, you may be wondering a little about us--what our voices sound like, the kind of life we live, what our personalities are like—and questioning who are they really? While it may be a challenge to reflect all of our lives in a single book, we do hope that it gives you a true glimpse into who we are. We are two people who love Jesus and each other. We desire to help others. We enjoy spending time with family and friends. We like having fun and going on adventures. We enjoy spending time together at home. While a lot more could be said, it is important to share one more thing: we have desired to be parents since before we even met. Adoption was something that we had talked about while dating, but didn’t realize until later that this may be the very route that our family would be created. Having children biologically hasn’t come easily for us, so adoption became the natural next step we wanted to take. Being first-time parents, we have a lot to learn and are eager to figure it out together. It’s our desire to have an open adoption, if that is what you want too. We respect your privacy and will honor any decision you make, whether that is little to no contact, letters and pictures, occasional phone calls, or even getting together. We are open to what you feel most comfortable with, and are willing to work with you to figure out something that works for all of us. If you were to select us, you will forever be part of our family and we want what is best for you and this beautiful child growing inside of you. There may be a lot running through your mind and weighing on your heart as you consider this decision, and we want you to know that although we do not know you or the child you carry, God does. Our prayers continue to be that you find guidance and peace during this time of great decision, and that you find hope and encouragement in your time of need. You are loved.
Peter and Bethany
We are represented by Nightlight Christian Adoptions. If you want more information about us or would like to meet us, please contact Nightlight at (706) 750-9119.