This week I sent a letter to the Holiday Inn in Houston where we spent our first week as a family together while we waited for paperwork to be approved to come back home.
Then I got to thinking — I should share it with the world!
Because when people go above and beyond, they should be recognized.
So here’s a personal letter of appreciation from our family to the Holiday Inn:
Dear Anna and the ENTIRE Holiday Inn team:
On August 3, 2013, we received a call that changed our lives. It was the call we had been waiting for: a baby had been born and her birth mother chose us to be her Mom and Dad!
While we scrambled to get paperwork completed at home in Iowa and pack items for our new daughter who had just been born, my twin sister booked the next flight to Houston and found us a hotel.
We trusted she would find us a good place to stay since we had no idea how long paperwork would take to process. But what we didn’t know was that we would be completely blown away by our experience.
From the moment we walked into the lobby on August 4th, our sleep-deprived selves felt at home. Our hearts raced and stomachs churned when we checked in because we knew in just a few hours our lives would never be the same. But we felt welcome.
After an amazing, emotional meeting with our daughter’s birth mother, we met our daughter, Olivia Grace, at a local hospital. We took her back “home” to the Holiday Inn while Texas and Iowa approved clearances.
We spent the first week of Olivia’s life – and our life as a new family – at the Holiday Inn. And while it wasn’t our real home, it was close enough.
It felt like home.
Instead of showing off our sweet daughter to our family and friends in Iowa, we showed her off to you.
We showed off her hair bows and tiny little fingers and toes to you.
We shared our sleepless nights with you.
And thankfully, you gave us extra coffee.
We talked about her little yawns and facial expressions to housekeepers in the hallway.
You reassured us we were doing a good job.
You shared in our happiness.
When we were approved to go back home five days later, it was bittersweet.
Because it felt like we were leaving our family.
The days we spent at the Holiday Inn are days we will treasure forever. Not just because our dream came true of adopting a baby, but because every SINGLE person at your hotel made us feel special.
Words could never express how happy we are that our family met yours the Holiday Inn.
You will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
Thank you for your hospitality and generosity,
Chris, Shelley & Olivia