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As we sat down to write this letter to you, there was only one word that filled the space of both the paper and our hearts:

Holy.

The choice you have made today is a lot of things: it’s brave, it’s difficult, and it’s courageous. But it’s so much more than that: it’s sacred. It’s a choice rooted in what as parents we already know to be the deepest earthly love someone can feel: the love of a parent for your child. We believe the choice you have made is a direct reflection of God’s perfect love. It is selfless, compassionate, and kind.

Our family has always been called to adoption, and you’ve been a part of our lives before you even read this letter. You’ve been on our hearts, our minds, and the subject of our prayers for many years.

To us, you’re already part of our family, and we look forward to developing a relationship with you that you feel comfortable with. You can be the guide, but you will always have a seat at our table.

Most of all, we already love your child.

 

 

 

 

 

We know this is a difficult decision, so we hope you find peace in these promises:

  1. Your child will be unconditionally and intentionally loved.
  2. Your child has the world’s best big brother and big sister, Boz (5) and Birdie (3).
  3. Your child will always be wholly supported for exactly who they are.
  4. Your child will grow up in a stable, secure, and loving environment.
  5. Your child’s every need will be fully provided for.
  6. Your child will be raised with understanding, compassion, and patience, and will know the world is a good place.
  7. Your child will be raised to know the joy of the love of Jesus.
  8. Your child will be raised to be confident and know their self worth and their value.
  9. Your child will always know the depth of your love for them, and the sacrifices you made for them.
  10. Your child will be taught to honor their story and their DNA.

We will spend the rest of our lives showing them what it means to be deeply loved, and we will always tell them the story that this holy love started with you.

Our family isn’t perfect, but we laugh hard and love harder. We choose joy. We celebrate the privilege of another day, and overuse “I love you.” We live a life of adventure that begins in the walls of our own home, and we can’t wait to show it all to you.

We are with you.

Love,

Madi, Derek, Boz, and Birdie

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