Dear Birth Mother
Hi! I’m Leigh from Oakland, California! I want you to know that I have tremendous love and respect for your journey. It takes great courage and strength to make such an important decision. Your thoughtfulness and dedication show the immense love you have for your child. I hope to give you a sense of who I am and the life of unconditional love I will provide your child.
3 Things I Really Enjoy:
- Music: Indie Rock, Jazz, Motown, Classical — turn it up!
- Entertaining for my friends and family. Planning a menu and putting together the music and décor is so fun for me!
I love to travel! I’m super fortunate that I have lived and worked in Korea, Japan, the Middle East and Africa. I fell in love with traveling, exploring other cultures and people. I’ve been to over 30 countries in my personal travels. Those experiences have shaped me, and I look forward to sharing that perspective and the gift of travel and exploration with my future child.
My parents instilled the importance of giving. Not just financially, but with our time and open hearts. I grew up with the understanding that there are many in the world and our communities that are less fortunate, and we all have a responsibility to give and to be of service. In adulthood, this joy of volunteering has brought me to Thailand, Guatemala, Fiji and my local food bank.
My Career: I work for a large oil and gas company. My career has taken me around the world to work on projects that power the planet which is super rewarding, but I know my most important job in life will be Mommy! I’m fortunate that my employer is very supportive of working parents. My work hours are flexible; many of the parents in my office drop their kids off and pick them up from school. They even provide time off for new parents.
About My Family and Friends
I am the oldest of 3 girls and my sisters and I are very close. We welcomed my middle sister’s daughter into the world December 2018 and we can’t wait for her to meet her future cousin. My sisters and I have always talked about how fun it will be for our children to grow up together and it’s so exciting to be at that stage of our lives. My mother passed away almost 20 years ago and, in many ways, I have acted as the care giver for my family since then. My siblings may argue I’m a little too mother hen, but hey – my maternal game is strong! Papa and Grannie Annie live in Tennessee along with more aunts, uncles and cousins that are ready to welcome another new baby to our family. It takes a village!
I’m also so grateful to have the most amazing friends. I’m still close with many old friends from my school days that make-up my superstar support system. Whatever crazy place I’ve lived in the world, I always knew my friends were a phone call away and I could count on them for a good cry or giggle – whichever I needed. We always find a way to stay connected.
5 Family Traditions:
- Late candlelight church service on Christmas Eve, followed by a Christmas story at home and each family member opening one present before bed (oh, the excitement!)
- Baking grandmother’s rolls and other family recipes at Thanksgiving
- Decorating a lamb cake at Easter
- Annual summer family reunion in Tennessee
- Stockings on Christmas morning – even now that we’re grown, my family still fills each other’s stocking with small gifts
I grew up in a religious home – it was our family culture to be at church at least every Sunday and choir practice on Wednesday. I loved the sense of community that it provided for me growing up. In my adult years, I’ve traveled the world and met many people from various religions that broadened my views on religion.
I find myself being more spiritual than religious these days – never doubting that there is a higher power. I still find great comfort in attending church and may decide to return to a traditional church practice when I have a family to give my future child a similar foundation of family culture, faith community and spiritual practice that I appreciate from my childhood.
Outdoor Fun: I am happiest when I’m outdoors! Growing up in Texas, outdoor fun meant camping trips and weekend walks at the park. On my travels I’ve hiked volcanoes, river rafted in Fiji and went scuba diving in Australia. Now that I live in California, I’m soaking up all of the amazing outdoor adventures around me. I look forward to sharing my love of nature with my future child and taking them on many outdoor adventures.
Top 5 Adventures:
- Hiking to Machu Picchu in Peru
- Safari in Botswana, Africa
- River Rafting in Yosemite National Park
- Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa
- Sand duning in the Middle East (Qatar)
A Few of My Favorites:
Food: Anything Asian…and make it spicy!
Candy: Jelly Belly
My Home and Community
I live in Oakland, California. The Bay Area is beautiful! I moved to California from Texas in 2018 and I pinch myself that I get to live the Cali life. I love being outdoors and have started sailing lessons! My home is in a super friendly neighborhood – just a 15 minute drive to the water as well as endless hiking trails.
Oakland is a diverse community with a rich culture. There are award-winning schools, beautiful parks with redwood trees, fresh coastal air and bustling farmers’ markets on Saturday mornings. I am so grateful to start a family in such an incredible place!
About My Promises to You and Your Child:
- They will know your courage and deep love for them
- I will always be there to wipe their tears, kiss their boo boos, listen and hug tightly
- I will teach them to love with their whole heart, to be honest, and will encourage them to try new things
- I will instill confidence and a sense of pride that they are enough, just as they are
- They will always know they are loved unconditionally by a village of people
- They will live in a home where they always feel safe and accepted
- They will grow up knowing I have their back and will support them in achieving their dreams
- We will have fun – dance around the living room with loud music, have family game nights, be silly and laugh lots!
- They will know the beauty of their adoption story and how your love made us family
Final Thoughts: Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. There has been no better time in my life for me to enter this journey and I’m so very ready to take on being a mommy with a heart that is wide open and prepared to love a child fully and unconditionally.