Happy Holidays: MommyGnet & Jazz

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To My Beautiful Adopted Child,

I’m sending you a holiday gift of unconditional love from my heart to yours. As your Adopted Mom, your happiness is the most important thing in the world to me. You see, as a mom, it is my job and your birthright to be loved for who you are and not for what others expect you to be. When I think of that tiny baby placed in my arms looking up at me with trusting eyes, I vowed to give them everything and protect them from any hurt or pain. I promised to put my own needs aside, put their happiness high above my own, and make their life as wonderful and joyous as possible . . .  and speaking of joy, I know this is a time of year which can make you feel sad and lonely when many others are cheery and full of holiday spirit. So, as your mom, I’d like to remind you that you are not alone. There are moms like me who would love to adopt you and welcome you into their homes this holiday season, and now I’m opening the door to my home, where you will smell my homemade chicken soup, join in the laughter, and be embraced by a loving family who adores you, a dad, two sisters, and two brothers.

My youngest daughter, Jazz, is 12. She’s your adoring holiday sister. Jazz was born a boy, but from the time she was five, she has lived life as a girl. She is transgender and proud of who she is, I call her “my beautiful trans angel,” and I give thanks every day for the honor of being her mother. Jazz has been an advocate for trans rights for half her life, and is leading the trans kids movement. She often gives speeches and her biggest message to all who listen is, “Just because your brain doesn’t match your body, doesn’t make you a freak or a bad person, in fact, I think it’s just the opposite. Transgender kids like me are unique and special.” She’s a pretty amazing little girl. 

So I want you to know, that to me, transgender angels like you and Jazz are the most special beings of all, you must possess more strength and courage than most people will have in a lifetime. You are so brave. You are a blessing and a gift to all. Any lives that you touch during the holidays should be grateful for the gift of YOU. Being born in the wrong body is so painful, but you are so miraculous for overcoming this obstacle by being true to yourself. Coming out of your shadow, and letting the world know who you are inside is an incredible feat, and I’m so proud of you. During this holiday season, I want you to know that you are loved. When times are rough, I want you to feel my arms wrapped tightly around you. Ignore those who are unkind and pity their ignorance. They are the unfortunate ones, because by being unaccepting they have given up the honor of getting to know a wonderful soul like you. No matter where you are this holiday season, surround yourself by those who welcome you with open arms, and feel my presence.

I wish for you all good things, and as the New Year approaches, enter it with pride, hold your head high, and know that I am cheering for you. I want you to make a toast to yourself, because you are so special, and deserve all the best. My heart is always with you. You have a mom who will always love, accept and cherish you forever.

{{{BIG BIG HUGS}} and KISSES, xoxo

Love Your MommyGnet

21 comments

  1. Steve says:

    Gnet,
    it was wonderful meeting you and your family over the holidays! Jazz is very gifted and Sami and I would both love to see her progress with art! You are incredibly wonderful people and I feel blessed to have met you both. Hope to see you in Philadelphia!

    xoxo Steve

  2. Tommy Costner says:

    I want to wish you, Jazz and family a “Merry Christmas” we have followed Jazz online and seen the “I am Jazz documentary” we were all touched by your story and we all love Jazz, she is a beautiful young lady and is a role model to all of us. Jazz is an inspiration to me and my family, your whole family is an inspiration to all of us. I only wish more families were like yours and that there was more parents like you in the world who except their children for who they are. your family has redefined LOVE, and the world can learn from you and your husband of how we should be as parents. you are all so awesome and I hope you have a great christmas and a new year.

    • MommyGnet says:

      Hi Tommy,

      Thank you so much for your beautiful email! I’m so glad that you were able to follow our family’s journey….and that Jazz’s story inspired you. It gives me such hope for the future to know that we are touching lives. I too, wish that more parents were accepting of their LGBTQ children. I hope that all the Holiday Moms and Dads on this website can set good examples for other parents. In the meantime, I have enough love in my heart to embrace those who don’t have family support. I wish I could scoop them all up and give a giant group hug to everyone. I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year, and may 2013 be filled with nothing but joy and happiness.
      Lots of Love,
      MommyGnet

  3. Gabriel says:

    I don’t know what to say.
    I’m trans, and I’m gay. I couldn’t help it if I tried, because that’s just who I am. I know that I don’t have the heaviest burden, but I want you to know that what you are doing, what you have done, is so powerful, and so important, that I can’t see the page through my tears. I don’t cry. I’ve trained myself not to. My mom isn’t here to tell me she loves me, and I know she would disapprove of me. I’m rambling, but I need to tell you how honored I am. I thought I would have to go through my teen years without anybody caring, but you angels, you lovely, lovely people, have proven me wrong. I’ll never know you, but you’ve saved more than my life tonight. Can mothers really tell when their children are in danger? I’m pretty sure you can. Don’t stop, guys. I’m not the only one who needs you.

    • MommyGnet says:

      Dear Gabriel,

      I know that you said, “You don’t know what to say”, but your words were so touching. I had to hold back my tears while reading your note. You are right, being trans and gay is who you are. I’m so proud of you for being true to yourself. It breaks my heart that your mom won’t support you, and tell you that she loves you. So, I want you to feel my love, and the love of all the Holiday Moms who wish they could be with you during the holidays. I don’t want danger to touch you and I urge you to write to us whenever you need a lifeline again. I’m going to worry about your safety, because that’s what moms do. I want you to tackle the world head on. I know life can be so hard, but find strength and hope to carry on. Remember, you are so loved by us all. We all want the best for you, because you deserve nothing but happiness. I wish these words were my arms instead, because I want to jump through my computer screen and shower you with hugs and kisses. xoxoxo Your ever loving, MommyGnet

    • Tommy Costner says:

      Graet post, I wish all parents were as great as Jazz’s parents, Sometimes the most important people in our lives are the ones that hurt us the most. always be true to yourself and proud of who you are. their are still a lot of good people in the world who will love and accept you for who you are, so always know you are loved and you are important and the world needs you, I hope you have a merry christmas and a great new year.

      • MommyGnet says:

        Hi Tommy,

        Happy Holidays! Your words are so true, there is a lot of love in the world. Be happy, and true to yourself. {{{BIG HUGS}}}

  4. Dawn Hebert says:

    This was just a totally wonderful video, so heartfelt, so real, Gnet just is so wonderful.
    Words cannot describe what and how I feel but the world would be a much better place if we had more Gnets. I am proud to say that I know Gnet and her family personally and everytime I am together with them I am just totally amazed at how one can feel the love in this family.

  5. Nancy says:

    Dear Jeanette,
    What a lovely and touching message from a very loving and wonderful mom!
    Thank you for being you, and supporting Jazz in being herself.
    Hugs,
    Nancy

  6. Jennifer Michelle Gellar says:

    Jazz is my favorite Transgirl! I wish that I had a mom that accepted me like you have accepted Jazz; Jazz is so lucky to have you for her mom!!!

    • MommyGnet says:

      Dear Jennifer,

      You do have a mom, because you have me. I will always welcome you into my heart and accept you and all the beauty you posses. I’m sending you tons of love this holiday season. xo, MommyGnet

  7. Juliet Owen says:

    I watched/read what you had posted it. It touched my heart, brought a tear to my eye, a smile to my face and made me feel so glad there are people like you in the world. For me, the holidays always seem alittle lonely to me. Although me and my ex still live together, due to our son, It just don’t feel the same. my blood family has cast me aside for the most part, or refused to accept me as who I am. Thank you for opening your heart, and being there his holiday.

    Thank you,

    Juliet Kristia Owen
    P.S. I’ll be looking for some of that homemade chicken soup 🙂

    • MommyGnet says:

      It would be my honor to cook for you. You are so precious, and deserve to be surrounded by lots of love. You are in my heart this holiday season. Always, MommyGnet

  8. Beth says:

    Mommy Gnet – when one see’s how you have raised ALL of your children, and the paths you have blazed, and the kindness and love that you share with all….I just think – who wouldn’t want to bottle it up and give it to everyone on earth, knowing it will be a better place?! Thank you for being who you are! I will share this with the LGBT kids that bless my life everyday. xoxoxo

    • MommyGnet says:

      Hi Beth,
      I’m so touched by your note. Thank you so much. I wish I could bottle up the love of all the Moms out there who give their LGBTQ youth unconditional love ; mix it together and pour it all over those who need it the most. Happy Holidays, MommyGnet

  9. kristen taylor says:

    Such warm and loveing words from a careing and truelly amazing mum you say all the things I would like to say to all the wonderfull kids out there but you say it far better than I ever could thank you for giving hope to trans kids who may be haveing a bit of a hard time of it leading up to christmas,all you amazing kids out there know that your are and so very much deserve to be loved the world is so much better because you are a part of it.MOMMYGNET your words were heartwarming I may even use your insparation to try and send xmas wishes to all the wonderfull out there though I doubt I could word it as beautifully as you have <3

    • MommyGnet says:

      Hi Kristen,

      You give me too much credit….my words come from the heart…just simple, no bells or whistles. I’m confident you can do the same. You are full of love to give. xo, MommyGnet

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