We are Stephen and Catherine. I know we haven’t officially met but we are so thankful you are taking the time to even consider us. We wish we could be sitting down with you and getting to know you in person. We’ve thought about you a lot. We’ve imagined what you look like, what your interests are, how you want your child to be raised, what life is like for you right now and how we can build a relationship with you.
I wish we had the right words to put you at ease, to let you know how thankful we are for you, for you choosing to give life, for you even considering us. We can’t begin to understand how you feel and how hard this decision must be.
We want you to know that we have a very loving family. Stephen and I have been married for over 7 years and have the most amazing family. We are really close with both sides of our family and spend a lot of time with our siblings and their children. Family is extremely precious to us and we try not to take it for granted.
You are probably wondering why we are adopting and why we previously adopted. We have struggled with infertility for years and suffered miscarriages. Once we decided to stop doing fertility treatment, we felt a sense of peace and relief. A few months later, we were matched with our daughter’s birth mom.
In 2018, we adopted our daughter, Evelyn and became parents. Being parents is something that we have always wanted and are thankful for. I know it sounds cliché but being parents is one of the best things to have ever happened to us. We have an open adoption with Evelyn’s birth parents and have an ongoing group text.
Our house is filled with laughter. It’s filled with a lot of love and hugs. We aren’t perfect and nor do we pretend to be. We want our children to know that it’s okay to make mistakes and that we will always love them. We want them to know where they came from, who they came from and how we became a family.
Please know that we don’t take any of this lightly. We know this is one of the hardest decisions you will ever make. We are thankful that you are taking the time to even consider us. We care so much about you and want to help you in any way possible.
Catherine and Stephen