Dear Birth Parents,
Thank you for considering placing your baby for adoption. We know you are facing a difficult decision and we are so grateful for the love you have for your baby. Your sweet child will always know how much love you had for him or her and how you wanted to give him or her more. We commend you for your trust and your true love for your child.
We want you to know that your child will always know who you are. We will tell your child about adoption and about you from the moment they are placed with us and throughout their life. We will let them know that the reason you chose adoption was to give him or her more. We will let them know that you cared so much for them and how hard it was for you to place them because of your deep love for them. We will never let them question why they were placed for adoption or who their birth parents are. We plan on being very open with talking about adoption with our children. We both have sisters who were adopted and we know they will both be very willing to talk to your child about how they are feeling about adoption as well. Both of our parents already feel positively towards adoption as that is how they received their sweet daughters. Your child will always have someone to turn to when wondering about adoption and about you.
We would like to tell you a little bit more about us. We have been married for four and a half years. The first four years of our marriage were spent in Utah where we both finished degrees at Brigham Young University. Emily studied elementary education and early childhood education and now teaches kindergarten. Richard is now pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. He loves learning about the body and how to help people through the use of Physical Therapy. We also have a little puppy in our family! Her name is Carly and we love teaching her, playing with her, and taking care of her!
We love being married to each other! We were best friends before we were in a relationship and so we always have fun together and enjoy spending time together! We always try to look for the good in each other and to lift each other up. Emily keeps a “Richard list” in every journal and writes all the sweet and wonderful things Richard does. Those lists get pretty long! We love to do sweet things for each other and we hope our children will always know how much we love each other and each of them.
Our hobbies are pretty varied! We both love to go hiking and camping. We enjoy spending time outside with our sweet, little puppy. We love to go to the beach and Richard has a great passion for scuba diving. He will go scuba diving any chance he gets! Emily enjoys any kind of craft, including crocheting, sewing, scrapbooking, and card making. We both recently discovered a love of gardening and enjoy working in our new yard together! The perfect Saturday for us would include going to the beach, going for a hike, and planting new flowers in our garden!
We both have wonderful and supportive families. We love to spend time with our families and are blessed to live fairly close to Emily’s family. Richard has one younger sister and Emily has one older sister and two younger brothers. We enjoy going on adventures and vacations with our families. We are fortunate to visit with Emily’s family often and enjoy going there for holidays and family dinners. Our families are so excited about the sweet child that will come into our home through adoption. Our siblings cannot wait to be aunts and uncles!
We have both had many experiences with babies and children including babysitting and teaching. Emily has had a few more experiences than Richard due to her teaching degrees! We have had many conversations about how we will parent our children. Our children will always come first just as we always strive to put each other first now. We were both raised with having family dinners as frequently as possible and we try to continue this tradition in our little family now. We enjoy making dinner together and eating together while discussing how our days went. We especially enjoy making homemade pizza together and have fun doing so at probably once a week! One of our family traditions is to make a Christmas tree pizza around the holidays. We dye the cheese green! We love having our own family traditions and plan on continuing many of our extended family’s traditions as well as continuing to start our own.
Our adoption will be an open adoption. We would like to exchange letters and pictures as we know you will be trying to heal and will be wondering if your baby is safe and cared for. We will want you to know that your child is well loved. We would be very open to both sending and receiving letters and pictures. We would love to have letters and pictures from you so that we can show and read them to your baby.
We feel so strongly that adoption is the best choice for our own family. We know this is God’s plan for our family and we are so excited to bring a sweet baby into our home through adoption. We feel that Heavenly Father has guided us to this point in our lives. We have had so many experiences that have taught us that adoption is how we will build our family. At times our hearts have been saddened through the experiences of infertility but we know it has brought us to adoption and the blessings of adoption.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you make such a difficult decision. We hope and pray that you will know what is best for your baby. We know you are going through a hard time and we want you to know that we are thinking of you. We are so grateful for you and for the love you have from your child. We would love to hear from you even if to just answer a question! Thank you so much for your willingness to consider the wonderful blessing of adoption!
With hope and love,
Richard and Emily Condie