The responses from the letter were absolutely remarkable - phone calls, text messages, cards, and emails overflowing with unconditional love, support, and encouragement. Looking back, I can't imagine how things would have gone if I hadn't written the letter that brought on such an amazing response from my family and friends.To my family:
I’m writing this letter to my nearest and dearest. I’ve got some big news, and it’s best that you all hear at the same time—and that you hear from me instead of through the proverbial grapevine.
I’m expecting a baby! I’ve recently shared this news with my mom and dad, my sisters and brothers-in-law, and my grandmas. After telling my immediate family, I wanted all of you to be the first to know. My due date is January 30, so Baby Bierlein will be arriving in just under 5 months!
I’m sad to say that the baby’s father will probably not be in the family picture. Obviously, I never expected to be on a journey like this—and there will be struggles—but I know it will be easier with the help of my amazing family. I know they will surround me (and Baby Bierlein) with unconditional love and tremendous support as I raise this child on my own. They have already showered me with love and support, and for that I’m so very grateful.
You’re receiving this letter because you’re very special to me. I know that this is probably not what you had hoped for me. And although I’m nervous and scared to be headed down this road on my own, I’m also excited to be bringing a baby into the world. No matter the circumstances, a baby is a miracle and a blessing, and my family and I are going to celebrate this baby’s life. We give thanks to God for the gift—a surprise indeed, but nevertheless a wonderful surprise. Please keep me and my family in your thoughts and prayers. It’s not going to be an easy journey, and Baby and I will be needing lots of well-wishes, loving thoughts, and support from our family.
I love you all dearly, and I’m happy to share this news with you. Every day, I’m more and more thankful for my wonderful family. You’re all so special to me, and I thank God for each of you.
I couldn't deny that people loved me, and they loved my baby too. And although I was still terrified, disappointed in myself, and angry at my boyfriend who had chosen to walk away, I suddenly realized that I wasn't alone in this. I would never be alone, and I would always be loved. I was on my way to happiness.