Rebecca's Story: The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
I'm writing this for other women who are considering open adoption. When I became pregnant with my beautiful baby girl, Cori, I was only fifteen years old. My boyfriend and I were not ready and we knew it. I decided that God gave me the gift of being able to bear children and had not given that gift to others. We decided on open adoption. Michael, my boyfriend, and I looked through the stack of letters from hopeful adoptive families. Everyone had the house, the dog, the car, etc. But when I saw Fred and Elaine, I knew they were the ones. I called Elaine on a weekday afternoon and left a message on her machine. When I finally reached her, she was so happy. We talked on the phone many times and bonded instantly. That bond just got stronger when we met.
We went on a picnic and talked and talked. We talked about life and children and our views on things. Fred & Elaine have been married twenty-plus years and lost a child through a miscarriage. Without hesitation we chose them to be the mother and father of our baby.
I gave birth in San Francisco four months later. I was two and a half weeks late. Elaine and Fred were coming to visit us and luckily had a "baby bag" packed in their car. They met us at the hospital and saw the birth. Cori was born at 10:10 a.m. and was so beautiful. If you saw the love in their eyes, you'd cry. Elaine spent the night in the hospital with us. I was very sad, and probably the hardest part was going home without Cori. But I knew that my beautiful little baby was loved and had everything in the world. Fred and Elaine thanked us with so much love. I knew we'd changed their lives forever.
Cori is two now and is the most beautiful girl in the world (I think). They are moving to Washington soon. Finding that out was hard at first, but Cori will have a better childhood there.
We have spent time with her often. I feel it was the best thing we ever did. I hope my story has helped you feel good about open adoption. It was the best thing I could have done for Cori. My prayers are with you.
Good luck and much love,