It is with much honesty, humility, and gratitude that I write to you. My name is Stephanie. I am a doctor and not yet married. I have always longed to be a mother, and I have chosen to adopt. I know this is the best decision for me, and the greatest gift I could ever hope for.
A Note From My Heart To Yours,
I admire your strength and respect your choice to make the decision that is best for your child. I would be grateful to be part of your adoption plan. I will always honor you and teach your child about how much you love him or her. Your baby will always be loved, nurtured, guided, and encouraged. It is difficult to express in this short letter how thankful I am. I pray this book touches your heart as you consider me as a parent.
With admiration and respect,
I want you to know about who I am, but I must admit that writing about myself is a bit awkward! I have a strong faith in God. I am very close with my family and my group of friends. I love to be on-the-go, whether it is running in the park, going to outdoor concerts, or traveling with family and friends. I have a quirky sense of humor, and I love to laugh! I am an optimist, and I am a can-do personality. If I dont know how to do something, I research it, talk to people about it, and practice it until I have it down. I am a naturally curious person and ask a thousand questions. I take this approach to my entire life.
I strive for excellence in everything I do. I love being a doctor. I was Chief Resident of my residency program, and I earned a fellowship after completing my residency. I continue to work hard each day to be the best doctor I can be. Every time I read a film (I'm a radiologist), I approach that patient's case as though the patient were my own mother, father, sister, cousin, or friend - because the patient IS someone else's dearest loved one.
I am a devoted sister, friend, and daughter. I feel a moral obligation to be kind towards, and to care for, my fellow man. I want to leave the world better than I found it.
Why I Want To Be A Mother
My relationship with my parents, sisters, and God have always been the most cherished part of my life. It is through these relationships that I have experienced the deepest love and the most profound growth. The depth and importance of these relationships in my life are the driving force behind my strong desire to be a mother.
It is my greatest wish to share my overwhelming love for life and family with my child and to build one of the most important bonds that one can have in life, the bond between parent and child. I promise to cement this bond with unconditional love, constant support, daily encouragement and unwavering dedication - gifts that my parents have bestowed on me throughout my life.
My parents have been happily married for forty-five years. They are great role models and have always been there for me. They taught me that any challenging situation is an opportunity for growth. Their expression of unconditional love always made me feel safe and secure, no matter what. My parents are great listeners and very patient. I can always count on them to give advice and help me solve life's challenges.
While our parents gave us a wonderful childhood, it was their commitment to our education, devoting countless hours to our homework and school projects, that gave me the skills I needed to succeed.
More About Me
My Work Life
I am proud of my career as a physician. Dedication, sacrifice and determination got me to where I am today.
I am a radiologist, and much of my work can be done from home via teleradiology. This affords me a flexible schedule, whereby I am able to set my own workdays and times. I have structured my career to achieve a balance of work and family.
Six Quirky Things about Me:
1. I am obsessed with Starbucks iced caramel latte
2. I secretly (and openly) want to be a rockstar
3. My favorite TV show is The Voice
4. My office is covered with post-it notes
5. I love texting with emojis
6. I have not met prince charming
I discovered the rewards of traveling at a young age. I have childhood memories of magical vacations to Disneyworld, sun-kissed days on the beach, and later, thought-provoking trips to places like Washington, D.C. to visit the Smithsonian. My parents imparted to me a thirst for educational adventure. I can thank them for the courage to spend full summers away from home in Charleston and Boston, and then to the more adventurous summer spent in Europe with my older sister when we were in college. Travel gave me the perspective to see that there is so much to learn from the world.
I hope to share the gift of travel with my own son or daughter, giving him or her unique memories and the desire to travel on his or her own.
My Favorite Holiday
I have an enormous extended family. I have twenty-eight first cousins. Time with them is truly special, especially over Christmas and New Year's, where everyone gets together. It's crazy! Everyone is eagerly anticipating having a new cousin. Christmas is my favorite time of year. It is a time rich in faith and tradition. The season begins for me the day after Thanksgiving, when the tree goes up and the lights go on. My mom and I begin to make our special Christmas candy called "Nickies." We make a ridiculous amount, and hand-deliver this delicious butterscotch treat to friends and family throughout the season. My mom has always said that love was the main ingredient. I cannot wait to experience life through the eyes of a child at this special time of year. After mass on Christmas Day, the family gathers to exchange gifts and celebrate the birth of Jesus.
I have a tightly-knit group of friends from high school, college, and medical school. Most of my friends have children and are anxious to share their experiences as a way of supporting me in parenting. One of my best friends is a also doctor. She is a pediatrician who will be a valuable resource for me, willing and able to help at all times.
My Promise To You
Please know that if it be God's will that our lives meet here, these are the promises that I make to you. Your child will be raised in a safe, secure, stable, and loving environment. Although it will be a life full of opportunity, it will be one grounded in morals and values that instill a sense of obligation and responsibility to oneself and others.
It is my heart's desire to provide a life for your child that is filled with joy, laughter, and opportunity. I promise to be grateful for the life you give and humbled by the responsibility that you entrust with me. I promise to always cherish and hold dear your gift of life. I promise to honor and respect you by teaching your child about your love and sacrifice.
More than anything, I want you to know your child will be safe in this world, that your child will love and be loved by many, and that your child will know God.
Above all, I will be faithful to the promises I make to you.
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