BC: The End, Thank You For Reading
1: Dear Birthparent, Hello. I want to thank you for taking the time to read my profile. It is truly a courageous and wonderful thing you are doing by creating an adoption plan for your child and I wish you well in your journey ahead. I admire your strength more than I can put into words. I very much want to be a mother and am grateful and honored for the opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself. I am currently single, having never been married. I have known that I wanted to be a mother ever since I was a little girl playing with my cabbage patch dolls treating them as if they were real babies. I am excited to become a mother and feel that my life is at a point where I could provide a stable, loving home for a child. I have given it a lot of thought and feel certain that I am up to the challenge of single parenting with the help and support of my family and friends. Should I meet the right man down the road, he would have to be the right match for me and my child. He would need to love my child unconditionally, just like I do, and accept the fact that my child would always come first, no matter what.
2: My family is the most important thing to me. They are all very supportive of my decision to adopt. I have the best mom who I am very close to. She can not wait to be a "Grammy" for the third time. She will be instrumental in helping me raise the baby. She hopes to retire, or partially retire, to help me with child care. My dad lives in Florida so we donÂ't get to see each other as often as we may like, but we do talk regularly. My parents have always been there for whatever I needed. I have one older brother who is married with two children. He is a great older brother and I can't imagine growing up without him. He is an amazing father and will be a great uncle. My sister-in-law is a wonderful woman and we get along really well. My child will be lucky to have her as an auntie. | Dad and Nia going for a little ride | The family taking a boat cruise | Meet the family... sister-in-law, Joanna, brother Ryan, Mom Beth, nephew Dominic and niece Nia | Mom and me in windy Ireland
3: My nephew, Dominic, and my niece, Nia, are my world. I do as much as possible with them and spend nearly every weekend with them. Whether we are at Six Flags, a movie, playing at the park, or playing Wii video games, we have the best time together. Spending so much time with them and watching them grow up has just made me want to be a mother to my own child even more. They are so excited to be big cousins. Nia is actually saying she is going to be the baby's big sister and they both talk about what they will teach the baby. | Living it up on New Year's Eve | You have to wear silly hats when at Disney World | Nothing beats Christmas morning
4: And then there are my two dogs, Darby and Chewy. They are my four-legged babies. They are very friendly and sweet and I know they will be great with a child. They adore my nephew and niece so I know they will love having a child in the house full-time. They have given me practice in taking care of someone else and in finding suitable backup care if I go on vacation or am going to be away from home for too long. | My Darby looking so pretty | Not to be outdone, Chewy also striking an adorable pose
5: I have a great group of friends. They are my second family. They are all supportive of my decision to adopt and are very excited for me. My two closest friends are Jill and Kim. I have known Jill since kindergarten. She lives only blocks away and will be very involved in my child's life. She is my traveling buddy and we both can't wait to take my child on adventures once they are big enough. I have worked with Kim for many years. It's great having a close friend with you at work every day for support. Kim and her husband have two young boys so I know I will going to her for all sorts of parenting advice. | Jill and I enjoying the warm Mexican sun. It doesn't get any better than this! | Kim and I ready for a day of hard work.
6: I live in a two bedroom, one bath brick ranch that I bought six years ago. It is in a safe neighborhood near schools and parks. It has a fenced in back yard perfect for playing kickball or baseball or running through a sprinkler or chasing a dog on a warm summer day. It is near where I grew up and just blocks away from my mom'Â’s house. The second bedroom is already set up as my niece and nephew's room, so it will be a very easy transition to move a child in there. | Home Sweet Home | Run Nia run!
7: I graduated from Ripon College with a degree in psychology. Education is very important to me and I will strongly encourage any child of mine to do well in school and to attend college. I have worked as a paralegal for the same company for the last 12 years. It is a very family friendly company that offers the flexibility that is needed to raise a family. I have the option of working from home once a week and can make my own hours which will make being a parent a little easier I think. It also offers me good insurance and benefits which are so important. I know finding that family/work life balance can be difficult, but fortunately the company I work for makes it easier to accomplish. | The proud parents and brother with the graduate | Always working with a smile on my face
8: I will raise a child very much in the same way I was raised. I had a happy, fun childhood attending public schools, going to catholic church regularly, being active in sports such as gymnastics and swimming. We did summer vacations every year which I have very fond memories of. I believe children need structure and routine in their lives. I am not the strictest disciplinarian but do believe in setting limits and being consistent. Time outs would be used, but never any sort of spanking or physical punishment. I believe in picking your battles. If your child wants to wear a silly outfit, so be it. I think itÂ’ is more important to focus on the bigger things such as teaching the child to make good decisions, to have good manners and treat others with kindness and respect, and to have a strong work ethic. I do hope to be a fun mom, but I will be a parent first and a friend second. Most of all I will love my child unconditionally and I will do my best to give him or her the best upbringing I possibly can. | Me and my girls | I'm totally a kid at heart
9: I will respect your wishes when it comes to however open or closed you would like our relationship to be. I will be there every step of the way to support you through your pregnancy if you want, but will give you privacy if that is what you prefer. If you would like regular updates and pictures after the baby arrives, I will gladly do that. If you would like occasional visits, that is great too. I want to make this journey as comfortable as possible for you so I will let you lead the way in this area. Regardless or how open or closed our relationship is, the baby will always know how special and important you are to our family. Again, thank you for taking the time to learn about me. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. I would love the opportunity to meet you and get to know a little bit about you as well. Wherever your journey takes you, I wish you all the best. Warmly, Jenny