I never “let go” or “moved on” from losing my daughter. Apparently, that was something I was supposed to do. It was expected of me from the agency, my parents, my extended family, my pastor, and society. Having no other birth mom friends, I believed myself incredibly selfish and broken for not “moving on” from … More Letting Go and Moving On: A Birth Mom Myth
*Part 1: God and Infertility is part of a series I will be publishing over the coming year. Feel free to come along and join the conversation. As parts are published, they will be linked on one post to be seen in chronological order: God and Adoption: The Series Part 1 God and Infertility The … More Part 1: God and Infertility
During the coming year, I hope to exclusively blog about God and Adoption. Specifically, from the perspective of a Christian worldview. My intent is to be part of a much-needed conversation, particularly in the Church. It is certainly not to attack the sensibilities of others. I say this with infertility issues at the forefront of … More God and Adoption: The Series
June 19, 1998 4 positive tests. I threw up. How am I going to tell my parents? June 21, 1998 Told my parents. Everything is going to be ok. Relieved. I even bought you an outfit. July 4th, 1998 Your dad and I were supposed to go on a date. He broke up with me…
Dear Birthmother, I am a birthmother of two decades and counting. I consider myself an adoption veteran and I would be honored to share some of my insights with you. This letter will be very different from anything you have read or heard about adoption, but please bear with me. If you want to skip the detailed explanations, feel free … More Dear Birthmother, From a Birthmother
It’s that time of year again that I cannot be held accountable for what I say or do. I keep my contacts with the outside world short and sweet. I refrain from all sad stories and troubles that are out of my control. I put my blinders on and focus on the day to day- get … More Hope is Not a Mercy in Adoption
If it were your first time on the internet, one thing you might find is that humans seem nearly obsessed with how we value the lived experiences of other humans. We are the only species that makes decisions solely based on the reviews of others within our species. Need a good vacation spot? Read a review. Want to … More If We Silence Adoptees, Who is Adoption For?
The truth of those words have circled my subconscious for nearly 20 years like vultures circling their dying prey. Denial is a powerful mechanism for protection and it kept the vultures at a distance, just long enough for me to regain my strength. I didn’t want to believe those words so many years ago, but truth is truth independent … More If I Weren’t a Christian, I Would Have My Baby…
I’m not posting this with the intention of it being shared. Share if you like, but this is for me. Thinking out loud. Thinking into my keyboard. I spoke with a mom tonight who placed her youngest child for adoption 2 years ago. At the time of placement, she had an older child and she was … More Shame on Open Adoption, Dammit.
Adoption Saves Lives. That has been the unchallenged catchphrase for decades. As far back as I can remember, I have heard it said countless times. I grew up marinating in the pro-life movement; the purveyor of this catchphrase. I’ve been to more Marches For Life than I can recall. I’ve owned my fair share of … More Pro-life? Take the Adoption Industry to Task.