An emotional video LDS birth mom Hannah Mongie shot in 2016 is going viral again.
The video is a nine-minute message to her son, Taggart, made in the last hour she spent with him before she officially gave him to his new adoptive parents, Brad and Emily Marsh.
“This is for you Tagg,” Mongie says through tears. “I made this video you know how much I love you. I wanted to tell you why I made the decision to place you with your family.”
Mongie explains she and her boyfriend Kaden Whitney met when they were young and wrote to each other while Whitney was serving his LDS mission. After he got home, the two dated and Mongie eventually became pregnant. However, two days after Whitney heard his son’s heartbeat for the first time, he tragically passed away in his sleep from a seizure.
“From the day your daddy died, I had a hard time even considered placing you with a different family when you were my last piece of Kaden. But, one day I woke up and I just knew you were supposed to be with someone else,” Mongie says as she cuddles with Taggart from her hospital bed.
“I made this decision purely out of love because I knew I couldn’t give you what I knew you needed, which is a mommy and a daddy. I hope you’re daddy’s watching over us right now.”
Throughout the video, Mongie describes how she made her gut-wrenching decision and how much she loves the Marshes as her son’s birth parents.
Mongie has a close relationship with the Marshes and gets to see Taggart often.
My sweet baby boy was finally sealed to his family in the Timpanogos temple tonight. There has not been a day that I have ever regretted my decision. I had high standards for who I would let raise my little boy and the Marshes have gone above and beyond what I would have hoped for Tagg. Emily is the perfect mommy and I hope to be exactly like her someday. I cannot say how grateful I am that Tagg gets to have a daddy like Brad. And Carter is such a sweet big brother to him, always making him laugh. This family is perfect for Tagg and I love them as if they were my own. Here is to eternity!💙 #birthmomsrock #adoptionrocks #ldstemple #loveisforever
Taggy appreciation post: My beautiful Taggart Kaden, I love you. I love you more than I have ever loved anything in my life. You have given me a love to fight for and it has saved me in more ways than one. I fall harder for you each time I see you and sometimes I don’t even think that’s possible. I am so grateful that God has blessed me by letting me be in your life. You are my everything. Thank you for existing. #birthmom #openadoption #adoptionislove
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.