Hi, I’m Amy, and I am so excited to become a mom! I grew up on an Iowa farm and now live in Montana, surrounded by beautiful mountains and an amazing community of friends who feel like family. They’re all cheering me on in my adoption process and can’t wait to welcome a new little person into our circle, as are my mom and stepdad in Iowa, and sister, brother-in-law, and two nephews in California. My dad passed away a few years ago, but I know he would be really excited for me too.
I love being outside, and I dream of owning a cabin up in the mountains someday, where I can live really close to nature. For now, I fill that need with hiking in the summer, cross-country skiing in the winter, and trying to get out for neighborhood walks, runs, or bike rides every day. I also love music; it taps into something deep in me. In a different phase of my life I made my living as a singer-songwriter and community music teacher. For a while, I combined my passions for nature and music by leading a kids’ singing group with an environmental focus. I look forward to spending lots of time outside with my own kiddo, as well as singing, dancing, playing instruments, and just enjoying the music that I believe lives inside all of us. I’ve actually already written a couple of songs for my future child.
In terms of my career, I’ve spent most of my adult life creating my own opportunities and doing work that believe in. For the last several years, I’ve been working as a journalist. The heart of my work is listening, and I think it’s a huge honor to get to tune in to all kinds of different people, hear their experiences and perspectives, and try to turn those conversations into stories that hopefully help make the world a better place. Some of the values that I want to pass on to my child are kindness, openness, empathy, respect for yourself and others, honesty, curiosity, grit, fairness, and optimism. I also really love to laugh, and I imagine myself as a pretty goofy, playful mom.
One of my big priorities as an adoptive parent will be to build and maintain strong relationships with my child’s birth family. I see a big web of love with the child in the center, surrounded in all directions by people with open arms—birth and adoptive parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings and cousins. Together, we can help the child find a deeper understanding of who they are and who they come from.
I look forward to traveling and having adventures with my kiddo. I’m currently dating a man who lives in Sweden, and I’m spending part of my time there. I see myself taking my child on trips in different countries, as well as exploring the wild places and exciting cities of the United States. The world is a big, beautiful place, and I want to help my child feel at home in it, whether we’re camping under the stars, trying new foods, learning new languages, or touring famous museums.
Being part of many kids’ lives over the years has given me an up-close experience of just how awesome it is to snuggle with little babies, and watch them develop into their own unique selves. I’ve also learned how easy it is for me to love and relate to kids, whether we’re biologically related or not. If I’m given the opportunity to go through this process with my own child, it will be the most precious gift of my lifetime, without a doubt. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter!