Family and Friends,
We hope this letter finds you well. We wanted to communicate to you all a matter that is very important to us and thought this letter would be the most efficient and “fair” way of doing so. So here we go.
WE’RE EXPECTING A BABY!!!
Now that I’ve got your attention, let me explain.
I have learned through my life, thus far, just how much the events of our lives mold and shape our character, desires, and relationships along the way. Trial, tragedy, and triumph all leave their marks on our lives in ways we could never predict. Sometimes these events, before we even realize it, seem to spawn compassion deep within our hearts for those enduring similar circumstances. These events that influence our lives instantly allow us to relate to others in ways we previously could not.
Sometimes, God chooses to gift us with capabilities that become part of and help to define who we are. Similar to the events that impact our lives, these gifts can seem to intensify or cultivate compassion deep within.
Over the last two years, Mandy and I have tried to conceive a child on our own as well as with some medical assistance. Instead of pursuing our goal with further medical intervention, we feel strongly that God is leading us to make the choice of adoption. Circumstances in our lives and a realization of the gifts God has given us continue to affirm this decision we are making. AND WE ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT IT!!! So, yes, we are expecting a baby. Just in a little different manner and time, I guess. As of this month, we have officially begun the process of infant adoption. Our initial application has been completed, but there are so many more steps along the way.
So we want to ask you to pray with us. First and foremost, pray that God would continue to unfold his plan for us as the birthmother selects the “best” adoptive family. Next, pray that the birthmother would make healthy choices that benefit the baby during the pregnancy. Pray that the love that already floods our hearts for this child would continue to grow. I’ve heard it said that the only difference between adopting a child and birthing a child is that the child grows in the heart rather than in the womb. Pray for the birthmother and the internal struggle she will face when deciding to keep or put the child up for adoption. She has 48 hours after birth to sign over rights of the child. Pray that she does what is best for all parties involved. Finally, thank the Lord for the work He is doing in our lives and how He is allowing us to grow our family.
Thank you for being a part of this special time in our lives,
Eric and Mandy