" I am proud to say I have known Stephanie for over twenty years. We have worked together. We have lived together. We have spent holidays and vacations together. She is more than a friend; she is very much a part of my family. She is a sister to me. Stephanie is adored by her family and friends. She has a wonderful support network, but it is probably Stephanie who is the most supportive. She has been by family’s side through every success, and every crisis. She is adored by my children, as well as her own nieces and nephews. She is loving, empathetic, and patient. She is the practical one, the one who keeps a cool head in a chaotic moment. She’s a problem solver, a shoulder to cry on, a true advocate and friend. Professionally speaking, in these two decades I have watched Stephanie tackle anything she puts her mind to. She has a successful career; in her role as a high school teacher focused on entrepreneurship, she helps teens aim for their future goals. Her students respect her and admire her. (If you’ve ever spent any time with the average high school student, you’ll note that is no small accomplishment.) Brilliantly, she takes lessons she has learned from previous positions held in the Peace Corps (yes, she worked in the Peace Corps), and in Major League Baseball (yes, there too) to help her students apply their textbooks to the real world. It is my honor to write a letter of recommendation for Stephanie as a potential adoptive parent. Ten years ago, she wrote a letter of recommendation for me! She has been a constant loving presence in my own adopted daughter’s life. She is a beloved Auntie, mentor, and friend. I cannot think of a better candidate to be a Mom. "