A six-month old baby being "elected" as mayor of a little town... funny, huh?
But all silliness aside, we want to tell you about why Charlie's being the Mayor of Whitehall was something we, as his parents, desperately wanted to do. Yes, a six-month old mayor makes for a great story (and Charlie's daddy is all about telling great stories), but even more importantly, Charlie's mayoral "election" gives us a fun way to talk about two things that are near and dear to our hearts -- choosing life and the beauty of adoption.
You may be in a crisis pregnancy situation or know of someone who is walking that path right now. An unplanned pregnancy can feel scary. You may feel all alone or you and your partner may feel totally overwhelmed. And with good reason! A pregnancy in the best of circumstances can feel like a lot to handle or process. If you're in this situation, the first thing we want you to know is that you're not alone! For many years, Chad and I have volunteered and served on the board of an organization in Houston that exists solely to come alongside women (& their men!) in unplanned or crisis pregnancy situations to help them evaluate and make decisions about the little life they are carrying. No matter where in the world wide web you're reading this, there are organizations that exist to come alongside you! We've listed a few that we know about in Texas and have worked with. If you need helping finding a place in your area, please don't hesitate to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Houston Pregnancy Help Centers: 713-942-2100
The Source for Women: 713-780-0030
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Hope Pregnancy Center: 979-695-9193
When Charlie's birth mom found out she was pregnant, she could have made the decision to end his life by terminating her pregnancy. But she recognized the value of his life and chose to carry him for nine months. She gave Charlie the precious gift of life. And we are so glad that she did!
Charlie's birth mom also made the very brave decision to consider adoption. She told us when we first met her that she did not feel financially or emotionally capable of raising another child. I know this had to have been a very difficult decision for her to make! After carrying Charlie for 9 months, it must have been gut-wrenching to watch me and Chad leave the hospital carrying the son she'd given birth to just a few days before. However, she was brave, loving, unselfish and desired for Charlie to have a better life than what she felt she was capable of providing.
We keep in touch with her and send texts, videos and pictures of Charlie. We want her to be a special part of his life growing up and when he is a young man, if he desires to, we want him to know and have contact with family of origin. While an open adoption is not a choice every family makes, it was the best option for our family.
We cannot express the gratitude we have to Charlie's birth mom for the gift she has given our family through adoption. Charlie has filled a very special place in our family and it never would have been possible without her bravery and sacrificial love. If you are considering the option of adoption, we commend you! If you want to talk more about it, or receive help in making this big decision, we'd love to talk to you more about it!