Please read this heartfelt, beautiful story from one of our Ellie Fun Day fans. You're one of the reasons why we are here! "I wanted to thank you so much for the personal card you sent with my latest Ellie Fun Day order. I also wanted to share with you the story behind my first order. I have wanted to be a mother my whole life. I had another birthday in September and the longing for marriage and family was stronger than ever. That ache that people feel, I have experienced it more acutely over the past 5 years than I ever thought possible. But, so far, marriage has not been part of my story. There's really only so much you can do about finding a husband. And in that sense, I suppose I've done it all. In my own mind, I felt like the only way I could ever be a mother was if I got married. I had some really important conversations toward the end of September and really began to question the boxes I group up believing I needed to fit into. The most important realization, for me, was that I am capable of loving a child really well, with or without a husband. So, in October, I made the decision to adopt. Foster-to-adopt, to be precise. I found an agency who is helping to match me with a daughter between the ages of 8 and 17. When we find a good match, she'll be placed with me as a foster daughter for a period of time and then we will move into the finalization process, where we will become a family. Though she may not call me mom, I'll be a mother. For real. And I'll have a daughter. So, when this special swaddle set was advertised on Facebook, I bought it. As a symbol of hope and a reminder that I am going to have a "baby" of my very own. She probably won't have any baby teeth left when she gets to me, and she'll already have plenty of personality. But she'll be my daughter. and I couldn't be more excited, grateful, and honored to be given the chance to love her."
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