It is a beautiful afternoon in Napa, the sun shining bright and warm with a brisk hint of winter still in the air. Admittedly, I am unsure how to even begin an email such as this other than to say, hello and, my goodness.
Just before Christmas we had brunch with our dear friends, Judi, Lionel, and their beautiful baby girl, Sofia, at which time we shared our sad and very fresh news that our doctor adamantly declared it unsafe for me to carry a child. This after a long and winding road encompassing over four years of our life. Tears were shed and encouragement given. Shortly thereafter, they headed to Utah to celebrate the holidays with Judi’s family. We had no idea that she would return with such a ray of hope in her hands.
There are no words to express how surprised my husband, Derek, and I were when Judi said that she had not only shared our story with Jaimi (whom we adored meeting when she and her family were here for Judi’s baby shower) but that a friend of hers may be interested it being a gestational surrogate. Life works in mysterious ways and when Judi sent your contact information to us by way of Jaimi, our hearts about burst.
It has now been just over a month since our doctor pulled us out of the game and we are still finding ourselves digesting the information and seeking peace and comfort in our reality. All the while, holding strongly onto the hope that our dream of a family will live on, only in different light than we imagined.
That being said, we would be honored to meet you and to share a conversation and introduction. The wound is still fresh for us and we are just starting to educate ourselves in the world of IVF and surrogacy. We truly know nothing more about you other than that you and I share the same name (and spelling) and are linked by great mutual friends.
We are humbled that there are women in the world who would give such an incredibly selfless gift and thank you and your family in advance for even entertaining the idea.
Please feel welcome to reach out to us at your convenience so we can schedule a call or skype chat. Derek and I are most readily available any time during the weekend or after 6pm PST Monday through Friday. We are more than willing to bend our schedules any other time to suit yours if need be.
Sara & Derek