It has been a few weeks and already my life has changed so much. My husband and I were enjoying dinner with friends and while driving home, I received an email from a couple, something I was anxious to receive, yet wasn’t sure I would hear from them. Hello from California was the subject of the email; it was from a couple in California, looking to reach out to me regarding surrogacy. The ironic thing is that we were with the couple who connected us, setting us on a path that will never be the same, and for them, I am very grateful.
While enjoying a very interesting dinner (that is another story), we discussed the possibility of me becoming a Gestational Carrier. They had so many questions, and I was excited to talk about it, but wasn’t sure it would really happen or if their “friend of a friend” would really reach out. We talked about that simple text message I received from her asking if I was still really interested because she has a friend of a friend who is looking to find someone. I mean what are the chances that a simple text message a few weeks earlier would result in this actually happening?
After reading the email, my husband and I couldn’t believe they actually reached out. I imagined them taking a leap of faith and deciding to contact me, reviewing their email over and over trying to figure out if they said too much, or too little. Wondering what they should put as a subject for the email, and finally settling on ‘hello from California.’ As it turns out, the email was perfect, it is exactly what I needed to understand their emotion and their decision to try a new direction and reach out to a perfect stranger to see if they were interested in helping them. I replied after the wine had worn off and I had time to think about their email. This is something I always wanted to do and now the opportunity was sitting right in front of me. I was also a little nervous, what if I didn’t like the couple? What if I had to say no, or what if they didn’t like me? Rather than focus on too many more what if scenarios, I replied and set up time to talk to them.
After only minutes I knew that I had to say yes, I was just hoping they felt the same way. We talked for over an hour, it was an instant connection. We ended the call with action items, my biggest was making sure my husband and kids felt the same way I did and wanted to join me on this journey because I wasn’t going at it alone.