Dear Expectant Mother,
Thank you for your time as you read through our profile and get to know us a little. We are Jeff and Lauren from South Louisiana. We first want to acknowledge the incredible strength and courage it has taken for you to even get to this point for considering options for your future and the future of your child. It is not lost on us that your sacrifice could possibly be our miracle. We will live each day in complete gratitude for the incredibly selfless gift that you are considering. Life in our home will be an everyday celebration of your gift.
We met 6 years ago and have been married for four. Jeff had been married briefly and Lauren held out settling down until she felt she had truly met “her person.” Although we began our journey to becoming a family a little later than normal, it has always been our dream to be parents. Your child will never feel anything less than the love they deserve, not only from us, our friends and family, but from the knowledge that their mother showed the ultimate display of love by allowing us the honor of raising them. We very much look forward to sharing our South Louisiana culture all while making sure they also know where they came from and their own family history.
When we met and the topic of children came up, we knew immediately that adoption would be our path. We spent the first years of our marriage strengthening our relationship and preparing ourselves for this adventure. We have so many friends that we consider family that a blood bond was never something we needed, and we decided we would rather expand our family through adoption rather than medical intervention. We understand that your child will always want to know of you and about your history and we plan to answer all questions they may have and in a manner appropriate to their age. We will also aid in any search they and you will be comfortable with. Lauren’s father was adopted and has recently connected with his biological family. It has been such a joy to watch him grow relationships with our new family. Our family is waiting to embrace your child as part of a very hands on, family dynamic. We always show up for each other, in the good times and the bad. From grandparents, aunt and uncles, to cousins, and friends we consider family, we are all very excited to share more of our lives and love with your child.
Life in our home will be pretty typical. We both will still work when the baby comes, but Lauren’s hours are flexible so that she will be home by early afternoon. We both will be able to stay home the first few weeks. We are structured during the week but are sure that will evolve as the needs of your baby change. We both plan on being an active support system in their school and extra-curricular activities. We will always make time for fun and we will teach your child about all the things we love, from festivals and Mardi Gras, to boating and, when Lauren finally gives in to Jeff, camping. We will teach through example how to work hard and be grateful for what we have. To love people for who they are and to treat people with the same respect you deserve. We will teach both the importance of being independent and feeling safe enough to ask for and receive the help when they need it.
Lauren plans to take over the family business and Jeff plans to start his own trucking business soon. While Jeff’s career keeps him busy, Lauren’s is school oriented so she will be able to spend holidays and summers at home. It is hard to promise what everyday life will look like, as things change so often. All we can promise is that your child and their needs, will always come first. Whether that is extra snuggle time or rearranging schedules to get them to a practice or extra school activity. We look forward to teaching him or her the things we love while giving them the space to explore and develop what they love.
We promise to be completely transparent and are open to all questions you may have about us, our lifestyles, and our relationships. We have been through a few tragedies during our time together and through them we have realized that we can get through anything together. We are strong and active and genuinely enjoy life together. As a family, we understand the need for hard work, but also the balance of time together and creating a loving, supportive home full encouragement and unconditional love. We know that as a mother, you only want the best for your child.
We hope that as you read on you can get to know us as individuals and as a family. We respect the journey you are on and we absolutely look forward to expanding our family not only with your child but always carrying you in our hearts as well. Thank you again for your time and we look forward to getting to know you.
Lauren & Jeff