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Is she a birth mom or an expectant mom? I know this can be confusing, but it's worth diving in & understanding. Did you know that calling a woman a birth mother before she is one has actually been used as a form of coercion for decades?  Did you know that calling a baby your own while it's still in someone else's womb has also been used as a form of coercion for decades? Does that make you cringe? Me too! Especially because I know that I didn't know the difference in the past. That's okay- when we know better we can do better!
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Is she pregnant and considering the idea of possibly placing her child for adoption? She's an expectant mom. The baby is hers. (And the father's if he's in the picture, of course!)
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Is she pregnant and working with an agency to make an adoption plan? She's an expectant mom. The baby is hers.
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Is she pregnant and has chosen a family to potentially adopt her baby? She's still an expectant mom. The baby is hers.
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Is she pregnant, she's chosen a family, and she tells them she's positive she won't change her mind? She's still an expectant mom. The baby is hers.
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Is she in the hospital, in labor, and she's invited you in? She's still an expectant mom. The baby is hers.
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Has she given birth and let you hold & love on the baby in the hospital? I know this is so hard. She is still the baby's mom and she still has every right to choose to parent if she feels empowered to. The baby is hers.
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Has she signed Termination of Parental Rights and placed the baby in your care? NOW she's a birth mother. The baby is yours... But if you're really holding yourself to the highest standard you will acknowledge the fact that the baby is still hers, too.
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This is tough stuff, friends. Adoption is complicated, messy, beautiful, and worth doing well. Like I said before, when we know better we can do better. When we do better we can look back with no regrets- knowing we held ourselves to the highest ethical standards we possibly could at the time. 💗
Is she a birth mom or an expectant mom? I know this can be confusing, but it's worth diving in & understanding. Did you know that calling a woman a birth mother before she is one has actually been used as a form of coercion for decades? Did you know that calling a baby your own while it's still in someone else's womb has also been used as a form of coercion for decades? Does that make you cringe? Me too! Especially because I know that I didn't know the difference in the past. That's okay- when we know better we can do better! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Is she pregnant and considering the idea of possibly placing her child for adoption? She's an expectant mom. The baby is hers. (And the father's if he's in the picture, of course!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Is she pregnant and working with an agency to make an adoption plan? She's an expectant mom. The baby is hers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Is she pregnant and has chosen a family to potentially adopt her baby? She's still an expectant mom. The baby is hers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Is she pregnant, she's chosen a family, and she tells them she's positive she won't change her mind? She's still an expectant mom. The baby is hers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Is she in the hospital, in labor, and she's invited you in? She's still an expectant mom. The baby is hers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Has she given birth and let you hold & love on the baby in the hospital? I know this is so hard. She is still the baby's mom and she still has every right to choose to parent if she feels empowered to. The baby is hers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Has she signed Termination of Parental Rights and placed the baby in your care? NOW she's a birth mother. The baby is yours... But if you're really holding yourself to the highest standard you will acknowledge the fact that the baby is still hers, too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is tough stuff, friends. Adoption is complicated, messy, beautiful, and worth doing well. Like I said before, when we know better we can do better. When we do better we can look back with no regrets- knowing we held ourselves to the highest ethical standards we possibly could at the time. 💗
Our differences are our strength! “Our family is like a big beautiful quilt. Each of us different yet stitched together by love.”
Our differences are our strength! “Our family is like a big beautiful quilt. Each of us different yet stitched together by love.”
A child born to another woman calls me mommy. The magnitude of that tragedy & the depth of that privilege are not lost on me. 
#fostercare #fosterchild #fosterfamily #adoption #adopted #adoptedchild #mom #fosterlife #fostersolutions #birthfamily #birthmom #blessed #privilege #heartbreaking #family
A child born to another woman calls me mommy.The magnitude of that tragedy & the depth of that privilege are not lost on me. 
#fostercare #fosterchild #fosterfamily #adoption #adopted #adoptedchild #mom #fosterlife #fostersolutions #birthfamily #birthmom #blessed #privilege #heartbreaking #family
We had such an incredible day with our team (missing Beth and Whit) at the Utah Adoption Walk hosted by Tied at the Heart. (@tiedattheheart ). We walk for those that have personally touched our life, for those that we have had the honor of knowing and for all those that our work will touch for years to come!! It was a day filled with community, service and awareness!  Doesn’t get better than that! A huge thank you to all of the adoption professionals that came to the table!!! .
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#lifetimehealingadoption #tiedattheheart #adoptionwalk #utahadoption #birthmom #adoptiontriad
We had such an incredible day with our team (missing Beth and Whit) at the Utah Adoption Walk hosted by Tied at the Heart. (@tiedattheheart ). We walk for those that have personally touched our life, for those that we have had the honor of knowing and for all those that our work will touch for years to come!! It was a day filled with community, service and awareness! Doesn’t get better than that! A huge thank you to all of the adoption professionals that came to the table!!! . . #lifetimehealingadoption  #tiedattheheart  #adoptionwalk  #utahadoption  #birthmom  #adoptiontriad 
We are so excited to have a class about Trans Racial Adoption at our conference. 
Facing the Issues: Understanding Racism Means to Acknowledge White Privilege

Participants will understand what white privilege means and how it is manifested.  Parents will understand that because of racial factors, their transracially adopted child will experience the world in a much different way than their white parents. Basic information about what is needed to prepare a child of color to exist in a white world will also be shared.

Register for our conference on our website. Link on profile. .
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#ufa #birthmother #birthmom #birthmomstrong #adoption #adoptionrocks #adoptionrocks #adoptionislove #birthfather #birthdad #waitingtoadopt #unitedforadoption #openadoption #hopingtoadopt #adoptivecouple #adopteerights #adopteeadvocacy #adoptionconference #fostercare #adoptioneducation #ceus #adoptionconference
We are so excited to have a class about Trans Racial Adoption at our conference. Facing the Issues: Understanding Racism Means to Acknowledge White Privilege Participants will understand what white privilege means and how it is manifested. Parents will understand that because of racial factors, their transracially adopted child will experience the world in a much different way than their white parents. Basic information about what is needed to prepare a child of color to exist in a white world will also be shared. Register for our conference on our website. Link on profile. . . . . #ufa  #birthmother  #birthmom  #birthmomstrong  #adoption  #adoptionrocks  #adoptionrocks  #adoptionislove  #birthfather  #birthdad  #waitingtoadopt  #unitedforadoption  #openadoption  #hopingtoadopt  #adoptivecouple  #adopteerights  #adopteeadvocacy  #adoptionconference  #fostercare  #adoptioneducation  #ceus  #adoptionconference 
It’s always special when we get to share a picture of a “Choosing Hope” baby! 
Please keep this sweet one, his birth family, and adoptive family in your prayers. This child is a beautiful blessing. God is telling a remarkable story with his life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#choosehope #columbus #springfieldohio #ethicaladoption #adopt #newborn #ohio #ohiosbest #birthmom #birthmomlove #postplacement #postplacementcare #daytonohio #choosinghopeadoptions #pregnancy #pregnant #prayer #christian #life #unplannedpregnancy #cincinnati #adoptohio #ohioadoption #ohioadopts #agency #adoptionagency #christianadoptionagency #ohio
It’s always special when we get to share a picture of a “Choosing Hope” baby! Please keep this sweet one, his birth family, and adoptive family in your prayers. This child is a beautiful blessing. God is telling a remarkable story with his life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #choosehope  #columbus  #springfieldohio  #ethicaladoption  #adopt  #newborn  #ohio  #ohiosbest  #birthmom  #birthmomlove  #postplacement  #postplacementcare  #daytonohio  #choosinghopeadoptions  #pregnancy  #pregnant  #prayer  #christian  #life  #unplannedpregnancy  #cincinnati  #adoptohio  #ohioadoption  #ohioadopts  #agency  #adoptionagency  #christianadoptionagency  #ohio 
This is what I wanted. 
When life feels chaotic, hectic, stressful and I wonder what I was thinking 😂 THIS. These moments make it all worth it. When your toddler has a fever and wants to snuggle all day. When you have an excuse to pause your day, not just for her but for my own health. The way she (and all my kids) look up at me with adoring eyes like I’m still the best person in the world. This is what I always dreamed of— Wanting to be needed and loved unconditionally and returning that back. At 16 I gave this dream up to give her more than I could at my young age. She will never, ever be replaced. I miss her every moment, but God did redeem my story and blessed me multiple times. 
Sometimes I’ve gotten lost in motherhood and forgotten that years ago this was just a dream, a wish, a goal of what I wanted to become and how I wanted to live my life. The marriage filled with love that I have, the house I clean, the kids I care for...it used to just be a vision and now I’m IN it. What a blessing 💕 What a joy. #grateful #gratitude #gratefulheart #mom #momof5 #snuggles #momlife #thisisthelife #pause #joy #birthmom #openadoption #birthmother #bravelove #talkaboutadoption #dreams #motherhood #viewfromhome #herviewfromhome
This is what I wanted. When life feels chaotic, hectic, stressful and I wonder what I was thinking 😂 THIS. These moments make it all worth it. When your toddler has a fever and wants to snuggle all day. When you have an excuse to pause your day, not just for her but for my own health. The way she (and all my kids) look up at me with adoring eyes like I’m still the best person in the world. This is what I always dreamed of— Wanting to be needed and loved unconditionally and returning that back. At 16 I gave this dream up to give her more than I could at my young age. She will never, ever be replaced. I miss her every moment, but God did redeem my story and blessed me multiple times. Sometimes I’ve gotten lost in motherhood and forgotten that years ago this was just a dream, a wish, a goal of what I wanted to become and how I wanted to live my life. The marriage filled with love that I have, the house I clean, the kids I care for...it used to just be a vision and now I’m IN it. What a blessing 💕 What a joy. #grateful  #gratitude  #gratefulheart  #mom  #momof5  #snuggles  #momlife  #thisisthelife  #pause  #joy  #birthmom  #openadoption  #birthmother  #bravelove  #talkaboutadoption  #dreams  #motherhood  #viewfromhome  #herviewfromhome 
My babies - my heart 💙💗
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#momlife #openadoption #birthmom #daughter #son #bigsister #babybrother #myloves #love #myheart #family
Love what I do! Classic and elegant makeup application for News 12's Carol Silva for her brother's wedding who happens to be at NYIT de Seversky Mansion! Same place Richie and I got married four years ago! 💕  #hopingtoadopt #adoptionjourney #waitingparents#lovemakesafamily #facadopts #domesticadoption #adoptivefamily #birthmom #birthmomstrong #adoptionstory #worththewait #unplannedpregnancy #adopt #miraclelife #birthmotherhelp #pregnancyoptions #pregnancychoices #knowyouroptions #abortionalternatives #adoptionisbeautiful #afamilyforeverychild #longisland #news12li #news12 #news12longisland #severskymansion
Love what I do! Classic and elegant makeup application for News 12's Carol Silva for her brother's wedding who happens to be at NYIT de Seversky Mansion! Same place Richie and I got married four years ago! 💕 #hopingtoadopt  #adoptionjourney  #waitingparents #lovemakesafamily  #facadopts  #domesticadoption  #adoptivefamily  #birthmom  #birthmomstrong  #adoptionstory  #worththewait  #unplannedpregnancy  #adopt  #miraclelife  #birthmotherhelp  #pregnancyoptions  #pregnancychoices  #knowyouroptions  #abortionalternatives  #adoptionisbeautiful  #afamilyforeverychild  #longisland  #news12li  #news12  #news12longisland  #severskymansion 
Part of my hope with my upcoming book Before You Adopt, is to get prospective adoptive parents to think rightly about the implication of their words. What do certain words or phrases you may think are harmless imply? What does it say about each member of the adoption triad? If you start using correct adoption language before your child comes home, you’ll already be educating those around you to do the same. 
In our house we say “words have power. They can be used to help or hurt.” Those are the only 2 choices you have, and my hope is that you think now and start choosing words that help, that honor, that give life. 
#adoption #internationaladoption #adoptivemom #adoptivefamily #fostercare #attachmentparenting #attachment #connectedparenting #thisisus #thisisadoption #adoptionjourney #adoptionstories #lovemakesafamily #adoptioncommunity #adoptionishard #adoptiontriad #adoptivemama #bettertogether #storytellingmama #birthmom #fostertoadopt #thisisfostercare #domesticadoption #adopting #positiveparenting #motherhoodinspired #hopingtoadopt #adoptionprocess #adoptionprofile #lookingtoadopt
Part of my hope with my upcoming book Before You Adopt, is to get prospective adoptive parents to think rightly about the implication of their words. What do certain words or phrases you may think are harmless imply? What does it say about each member of the adoption triad? If you start using correct adoption language before your child comes home, you’ll already be educating those around you to do the same. In our house we say “words have power. They can be used to help or hurt.” Those are the only 2 choices you have, and my hope is that you think now and start choosing words that help, that honor, that give life. #adoption  #internationaladoption  #adoptivemom  #adoptivefamily  #fostercare  #attachmentparenting  #attachment  #connectedparenting  #thisisus  #thisisadoption  #adoptionjourney  #adoptionstories  #lovemakesafamily  #adoptioncommunity  #adoptionishard  #adoptiontriad  #adoptivemama  #bettertogether  #storytellingmama  #birthmom  #fostertoadopt  #thisisfostercare  #domesticadoption  #adopting  #positiveparenting  #motherhoodinspired  #hopingtoadopt  #adoptionprocess  #adoptionprofile  #lookingtoadopt 
Today started out a little rough...but then I got to hang out with some of the most amazing community that I find myself honored to be apart of, and I’m feeling so full of joy and love and happiness after being in their presences for something that unites all of us: adoption!! Thank you so incredibly to @tiedattheheart for doing this amazing event and to all of the incredible organizations and people that showed up to support and love and come together as community! @jlbills and @bigtoughgirl will be on the local news at 4:30MST too, check it out!! 🙌🏼😍📺#adoptionwalkwithme #adoptionwalk #mycommunity #mypeople #community #communityovercompetition #communityovereverything #adoptioncommunity #utahadoption #allthelove #birthmama #birthmother #birthmom #adopteelove #Iwalk #inhonorof #thebabes #lifetimehealingadoption #tiedattheheart ❤️
Today started out a little rough...but then I got to hang out with some of the most amazing community that I find myself honored to be apart of, and I’m feeling so full of joy and love and happiness after being in their presences for something that unites all of us: adoption!! Thank you so incredibly to @tiedattheheart for doing this amazing event and to all of the incredible organizations and people that showed up to support and love and come together as community! @jlbills and @bigtoughgirl will be on the local news at 4:30MST too, check it out!! 🙌🏼😍📺#adoptionwalkwithme  #adoptionwalk  #mycommunity  #mypeople  #community  #communityovercompetition  #communityovereverything  #adoptioncommunity  #utahadoption  #allthelove  #birthmama  #birthmother  #birthmom  #adopteelove  #Iwalk  #inhonorof  #thebabes  #lifetimehealingadoption  #tiedattheheart  ❤️
There was another birthmom retreat last weekend. A lot is happening as we prepare our project. Thank you everyone for the continued support and love! #adoption #birthmom #retreat #ohiofilm #adoptionfilm #ohioproductions #ohioadoption #birthmoms #birthmomretreat
My number 1 favorite bible scripture. What is yours? I remember Elizabeth read this one aloud in the closet when she was praying for her husband not to cheat. On the movie #warroom
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My number 1 favorite bible scripture. What is yours? I remember Elizabeth read this one aloud in the closet when she was praying for her husband not to cheat. On the movie #warroom  . . . . . . . #birthmom  #birthmomstrong  #singlemomlife  #warrior  #overcomer  #thriver  #abundantlife  #livinglifeonmyterms  #houstonmom  #uberdriver  #lyftdriver  #momof2  #writerslife  #motivationalspeaker  #rapesurvivor  #waterislife  #daughterofgod  #warroom  #bliss  #buildingmydreams  #servinggod  #relaxationtime  #proverbs31mom  #biblescripture  #biblejournaling  #mindfulnessmeditation  #bookofjames 
Three generations strong! Family IS everything! 
Baby Ball was a tremendous success, thanks to the heart and generosity of so many amazing people! @adopttogether changing lives and building families💗

#GrowingGraceBook #adoption #childrensbooks #adoptionbooksforkids #birthmom #babyball2018 #adopttogether #grateful
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This would make such a beautiful handle on a white distressed dresser dont you think? Give me your opinion below.
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"Often times we allow the voice of the enemy to whisper louder than the voice of our father" @dannygokey. 
I know I do especially when life seems to be falling down around me. I just have to remind myself thats the enemy testing my faith.
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"So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7
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"Often times we allow the voice of the enemy to whisper louder than the voice of our father" @dannygokey. I know I do especially when life seems to be falling down around me. I just have to remind myself thats the enemy testing my faith. . . . "So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." James 4:7 . . . . . . . #birthmom  #birthmomstrong  #singlemomlife  #warrior  #overcomer  #thriver  #abundantlife  #livinglifeonmyterms  #houstonmom  #uberdriver  #lyftdriver  #momof2  #writerslife  #motivationalspeaker  #rapesurvivor  #waterislife  #daughterofgod  #warroom  #bliss  #buildingmydreams  #servinggod  #relaxationtime  #proverbs31mom  #biblescripture  #biblejournaling  #mindfulnessmeditation  #bookofjames 
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Join us on Facebook if you are looking for a community of Christian women who have come together to support one another through hard times as well as the good. . . . . . #birthmom  #birthmomstrong  #singlemomlife  #hottublife  #hottubselfie  #warrior  #overcomer  #thriver  #abundantlife  #livinglifeonmyterms  #houstonmom  #uberdriver  #lyftdriver  #momof2  #writerslife  #motivationalspeaker  #rapesurvivor  #waterislife  #daughterofgod  #warroom  #bliss  #swimmingislife  #buildingmydreams  #servinggod  #relaxationtime  #mindfulnessmeditation 
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We become the hand you can hold during this journey. 
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P Come hear real life stories about adoption at our conference. 
Our Adoption Stories: Living, Learning, and Loving the Journey
Susan, adopted privately as an infant, and her teen daughters who were adopted through foster care at age 4, will share experiences through the lens of two frameworks: The Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Model and The Core Issues of Adoption. Memories made and lessons learned together will also be a focus. 
Register for our conference on our website. Link on profile.
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#ufa #birthmother #birthmom #birthmomstrong #adoption #adoptionrocks #adoptionrocks #adoptionislove #birthfather #birthdad #waitingtoadopt #unitedforadoption #openadoption #hopingtoadopt #adoptivecouple #adopteerights #adopteeadvocacy #adoptionconference #fostercare #adoptioneducation #ceus #adoptionconference
P Come hear real life stories about adoption at our conference. Our Adoption Stories: Living, Learning, and Loving the Journey Susan, adopted privately as an infant, and her teen daughters who were adopted through foster care at age 4, will share experiences through the lens of two frameworks: The Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Model and The Core Issues of Adoption. Memories made and lessons learned together will also be a focus. Register for our conference on our website. Link on profile. . . . . . . #ufa  #birthmother  #birthmom  #birthmomstrong  #adoption  #adoptionrocks  #adoptionrocks  #adoptionislove  #birthfather  #birthdad  #waitingtoadopt  #unitedforadoption  #openadoption  #hopingtoadopt  #adoptivecouple  #adopteerights  #adopteeadvocacy  #adoptionconference  #fostercare  #adoptioneducation  #ceus  #adoptionconference 
They love each other SO much. Three different stories, three different little hearts, and it’s such an honor to be their mom. Yesterday, a simple mention of a third grade read aloud book, The Boxcar Children, rendered BIG conversations about the word orphan, adoption, their stories, birth moms, birth dads, Uganda, the differences, but also some similarities. The kind that catches you off guard, and breaks your heart a bit. But also, the questions you keep from bursting out laughing from, because your son wants to know medical terminology of  how babies get in bellies like Aunt Katlyn, and how we’ve kept from having a baby in my belly. 😳🙅🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️ #frozenpeas 😳✂️ When I told him I’d wait till he’s older to share, Macy piped up and said, “Why? Cuz it has to do with privacy parts, or what?” 🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️ oh, child. .
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#adoption #ugandanadoption #birthmom #birthdad #uganda #threelittleloves #carverbradley #macyjoy #julietjoann
They love each other SO much. Three different stories, three different little hearts, and it’s such an honor to be their mom. Yesterday, a simple mention of a third grade read aloud book, The Boxcar Children, rendered BIG conversations about the word orphan, adoption, their stories, birth moms, birth dads, Uganda, the differences, but also some similarities. The kind that catches you off guard, and breaks your heart a bit. But also, the questions you keep from bursting out laughing from, because your son wants to know medical terminology of how babies get in bellies like Aunt Katlyn, and how we’ve kept from having a baby in my belly. 😳🙅🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️ #frozenpeas  😳✂️ When I told him I’d wait till he’s older to share, Macy piped up and said, “Why? Cuz it has to do with privacy parts, or what?” 🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️ oh, child. . . . . #adoption  #ugandanadoption  #birthmom  #birthdad  #uganda  #threelittleloves  #carverbradley  #macyjoy  #julietjoann 
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“He is mine in a way that he will never be hers, yet he is hers in a way that he will never be mine, and so together, we are motherhood.” Desha Woodall
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Our recent trip to Phoenix to meet up with Grant’s birth mom filled my heart to the brim and reminded me once again that sometimes love can move mountains.
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There are no words to describe my admiration and love and gratitude for this woman, our sweet angel birth mom. I mean, can you imagine how much she loves Grant in order to give him to us? Jess is beyond selfless and she is truly my hero.
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Most days via social media AND in real life I get asked lots of questions about Grant’s adoption.
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•Is adoption expensive?
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•Is your adoption open or closed?
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•What exactly does an open adoption mean?
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•Can Grant’s birthmom ever get him “back”?
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And I totally get it. I understand why these questions are important and I am more than happy to answer them because I believe that God wrote me this beautiful story so I could share it with you.
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As we approach #WorldAdoptionDay on November 9th, I’ll attempt to answer these questions here and on @whatthefertility in hopes of opening your eyes and hearts to the beauty of adoption. ✨
“Where there is great love, there are always miracles.” #adoption #adoptionislove #birthmom #birthparents #honestmotherhood #adoptivemom #miraclebabe
#Repost  @alexisdelchiaro with @get_repost ・・・ “He is mine in a way that he will never be hers, yet he is hers in a way that he will never be mine, and so together, we are motherhood.” Desha Woodall ♥️ Our recent trip to Phoenix to meet up with Grant’s birth mom filled my heart to the brim and reminded me once again that sometimes love can move mountains. ✨ There are no words to describe my admiration and love and gratitude for this woman, our sweet angel birth mom. I mean, can you imagine how much she loves Grant in order to give him to us? Jess is beyond selfless and she is truly my hero. ✨ Most days via social media AND in real life I get asked lots of questions about Grant’s adoption. ✨ •How did you start the process? ✨ •Is adoption expensive? ✨ •How long does the process take? ✨ •Where did you find Grant’s birth mom? ✨ •Is your adoption open or closed? ✨ •What exactly does an open adoption mean? ✨ •Did you give Grant his name? ✨ •Can Grant’s birthmom ever get him “back”? ✨ •What about the birth father? ✨ •How and when will you tell Grant his adoption story? ✨ And I totally get it. I understand why these questions are important and I am more than happy to answer them because I believe that God wrote me this beautiful story so I could share it with you. ✨ As we approach #WorldAdoptionDay  on November 9th, I’ll attempt to answer these questions here and on @whatthefertility in hopes of opening your eyes and hearts to the beauty of adoption. ✨ “Where there is great love, there are always miracles.” #adoption  #adoptionislove  #birthmom  #birthparents  #honestmotherhood  #adoptivemom  #miraclebabe 
Happy Friday everyone! We have a new MATCH! Congrats to our Family Options family for connecting with their new birth mother. #matched #lovemakesafamily #adoptionislove #adoption #birthmother #birthmom #birthmomstrong #waitingfamily
Brian Anderson was an incredible human being. He had an infectious laugh, a very British dry sense of humor, and just this aura of compassion that followed him wherever he went. 
He and his wife Christine were involved in the adoption community for many years in many capacities. One thing you could always count on was Brian and Christine being there, with their three sons that they adopted at birth. Often times, they were also there with one of their kiddos birth mothers. 
Brian loved birth mothers. He always made sure that if they were alone at the walk, or were looking for support, he would help direct them to the right spot. He knew that birth parents needed support long after placement occurred and he honored them always. 
His boys are always excited and ready and waiting for the raffle. They love the orange prizes Alison hands out each year to those who dress in the most orange and most creative costumes. 
Brian Anderson passed a few short days after Mother’s Day last year. His wife Christine and his three boys will be present at the walk this year, walking in honor of him and their birth parents. We are so excited and so honored to have them there and to allow the boys to help us hand out the raffle prizes. 
At the walk we will be participating in a moment of silence to honor Brian and think of all the wonderful work he has done and for the beautiful family that joins us.
Brian Anderson was an incredible human being. He had an infectious laugh, a very British dry sense of humor, and just this aura of compassion that followed him wherever he went. He and his wife Christine were involved in the adoption community for many years in many capacities. One thing you could always count on was Brian and Christine being there, with their three sons that they adopted at birth. Often times, they were also there with one of their kiddos birth mothers. Brian loved birth mothers. He always made sure that if they were alone at the walk, or were looking for support, he would help direct them to the right spot. He knew that birth parents needed support long after placement occurred and he honored them always. His boys are always excited and ready and waiting for the raffle. They love the orange prizes Alison hands out each year to those who dress in the most orange and most creative costumes. Brian Anderson passed a few short days after Mother’s Day last year. His wife Christine and his three boys will be present at the walk this year, walking in honor of him and their birth parents. We are so excited and so honored to have them there and to allow the boys to help us hand out the raffle prizes. At the walk we will be participating in a moment of silence to honor Brian and think of all the wonderful work he has done and for the beautiful family that joins us.
I can’t not be happy for what I have!! Sharing a real piece of my heart.  My life revolves around Derek and my decision to place him for adoption.  I have shared every detail of my life for countless people to see...personal, shameful details.  A lot of which has been used against me. I talk about grief and acceptance and trauma.  I talk about missing him and wanting time with him.  I talk about change and growth and healing.  And I talk about regrets.  But here...present, in the life that I chose and fought for, my husband and I have been blessed with two amazing children.  It is such a conflict to be so grateful for what I have and feel guilty about what I don’t...and who I don’t.  I know in the depths of my soul that I wouldn’t have my husband and kids and this life if it hadn’t been for my adoption journey.  Is it how it was supposed to always be?  Maybe, maybe not, but for today I am giving thanks for what I have...and acknowledging that it came from losing something great.  I love my life and everything and everyone in it and I am not feeling bad about that. .
#bigtoughgirl #lifetimehealingadoption #birthmom #adoption #openadoption #motherhood #postplacementcare #birthmother
I can’t not be happy for what I have!! Sharing a real piece of my heart. My life revolves around Derek and my decision to place him for adoption. I have shared every detail of my life for countless people to see...personal, shameful details. A lot of which has been used against me. I talk about grief and acceptance and trauma. I talk about missing him and wanting time with him. I talk about change and growth and healing. And I talk about regrets. But here...present, in the life that I chose and fought for, my husband and I have been blessed with two amazing children. It is such a conflict to be so grateful for what I have and feel guilty about what I don’t...and who I don’t. I know in the depths of my soul that I wouldn’t have my husband and kids and this life if it hadn’t been for my adoption journey. Is it how it was supposed to always be? Maybe, maybe not, but for today I am giving thanks for what I have...and acknowledging that it came from losing something great. I love my life and everything and everyone in it and I am not feeling bad about that. . #bigtoughgirl  #lifetimehealingadoption  #birthmom  #adoption  #openadoption  #motherhood  #postplacementcare  #birthmother 
One of the most PROFOUND lessons I’ve learned during this past year is that it is actually possible to live without Costco.
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In case you didn’t know, we are coming up on National Adoption Month, which is the month of November. And Orphan Sunday is November 11th. 
I had the privilege of shooting a family lifestyle session for these sweet friends who were getting ready for their home study.  When I look at this photo now, I can’t help but get a little teary remembering our home study was a year ago, and we still are waiting on our baby. 
I have yet to meet the baby God has for us, and yet I’ve already learned so much through our adoption journey. God has brought me to tears countless times: tears of repentance, tears of awe, tears of sadness, confusion. 
Most recently in our journey, we were matched with a baby, and then had a failed placement. This time was full of prayer, extreme highs and terrible lows. My prayer through the whole time was for the precious Mama who considered us. I prayed for her, as I knew she would be the only one who could make the best decision. Though it was terribly hard for me, I praise God that she kept her little one. This is how it’s meant to be. And while I long to meet our baby, I know that in my joy, there will also be an incredible loss that I never wish upon anyone. 
But I just want my birth mama to know I’m here for you, when you’re ready. And to my child, I love you forever.
In case you didn’t know, we are coming up on National Adoption Month, which is the month of November. And Orphan Sunday is November 11th. I had the privilege of shooting a family lifestyle session for these sweet friends who were getting ready for their home study. When I look at this photo now, I can’t help but get a little teary remembering our home study was a year ago, and we still are waiting on our baby. I have yet to meet the baby God has for us, and yet I’ve already learned so much through our adoption journey. God has brought me to tears countless times: tears of repentance, tears of awe, tears of sadness, confusion. Most recently in our journey, we were matched with a baby, and then had a failed placement. This time was full of prayer, extreme highs and terrible lows. My prayer through the whole time was for the precious Mama who considered us. I prayed for her, as I knew she would be the only one who could make the best decision. Though it was terribly hard for me, I praise God that she kept her little one. This is how it’s meant to be. And while I long to meet our baby, I know that in my joy, there will also be an incredible loss that I never wish upon anyone. But I just want my birth mama to know I’m here for you, when you’re ready. And to my child, I love you forever.
Sometimes all we can do is persist... without knowing whether or not we’re doing it right... without knowing how long it will take... without knowing how it will turn out in the end. 
We simply persist, and recognize this as not only a way to find out who we are, but also as an opportunity to influence who we will become.

#GrowingGraceBook #adoption #childrensbooks #adoptionbooksforkids #birthmom #persistence #inspirationalquotes
As I am getting ready for work this morning I come back in our bedroom and find this! As you can see Jack is not to fond of the early morning but he loves his little sister enough to let her cuddle. These two are the best dogs in the world! #jackandbella #yorkiepoo #havashire #adoption #hopingtoadopt #waitingfamily #domesticadoption #adoptionislove #lovemakesafamily #lookingtoadopt #hopefuladoptiveparents #HAP #adopthelp #adopt #waitingtoadopt #expecting #expectationmother #unplannedpregnancy #pregnancy #growingfamilies #birthfamilies #birthmom #birthdad #babycenterpics #family #southerncalifornia #orangecounty #california
As I am getting ready for work this morning I come back in our bedroom and find this! As you can see Jack is not to fond of the early morning but he loves his little sister enough to let her cuddle. These two are the best dogs in the world! #jackandbella  #yorkiepoo  #havashire  #adoption  #hopingtoadopt  #waitingfamily  #domesticadoption  #adoptionislove  #lovemakesafamily  #lookingtoadopt  #hopefuladoptiveparents  #HAP  #adopthelp  #adopt  #waitingtoadopt  #expecting  #expectationmother  #unplannedpregnancy  #pregnancy  #growingfamilies  #birthfamilies  #birthmom  #birthdad  #babycenterpics  #family  #southerncalifornia  #orangecounty  #california 
Every year we head to the amusement park for the fall festivities and our annual family picture! This tradition started while we were dating (and we missed a year getting married) but it’s been going strong ever since! Fall is our favorite season and we LOVE Halloween 🎃 👻 but mostly we love each other and our future family. .
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Email us at lazaldesadopt@gmail.com if you or someone you know is considering placing a child in adoption ❤️
#adoption #adoptionislove #adoptionjourney #birthmom #openadoption #closedadoption #infantadoption #hopingtoadopt #lookingtoadopt #adoptiveparents #hopefulparents #utahadoption #privateadoption
Every year we head to the amusement park for the fall festivities and our annual family picture! This tradition started while we were dating (and we missed a year getting married) but it’s been going strong ever since! Fall is our favorite season and we LOVE Halloween 🎃 👻 but mostly we love each other and our future family. . . . . . Email us at lazaldesadopt@gmail.com if you or someone you know is considering placing a child in adoption ❤️ #adoption  #adoptionislove  #adoptionjourney  #birthmom  #openadoption  #closedadoption  #infantadoption  #hopingtoadopt  #lookingtoadopt  #adoptiveparents  #hopefulparents  #utahadoption  #privateadoption 
A year after Laura graduated from college she started grad school to pursue a masters in music and vocal performance. 4 weeks later, she discovered she was pregnant.⠀
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As she weighed her options, Laura was left feeling overwhelmed with anxiety. On Monday, we're releasing Laura's Story. Stay tuned to discover how she finds her voice through a series of unexpected circumstances. #BraveLove⠀
A year after Laura graduated from college she started grad school to pursue a masters in music and vocal performance. 4 weeks later, she discovered she was pregnant.⠀ ⠀ As she weighed her options, Laura was left feeling overwhelmed with anxiety. On Monday, we're releasing Laura's Story. Stay tuned to discover how she finds her voice through a series of unexpected circumstances. #BraveLove ⠀
Reposting this beautiful poem & post by @her.other.mother, thank you, dear fellow beautiful birth mama💙
No matter what part of the triad you are, you know the power of “me too.” That feeling of, “You too feel the same way?” brings such comfort and most of all, to know that you’re not alone. 
You are not alone.
Sending all of you much love and peace today 💙
#iamabirthmama #birthmamalove #birthmomlove #birthmotherlove #birthmomsupport #birthmotherawareness #birthmama #birthmom #birthmother #adoption #adoptee #adoptionstory #grief #loss #hope #faith #joy #gratitude #empathy #peace #love #courage #postplacementcare #womenempoweringwomen #ownyourstory #tellyourstory #shareyourstory #youarenotalone #youareenough
Reposting this beautiful poem & post by @her.other.mother, thank you, dear fellow beautiful birth mama💙 No matter what part of the triad you are, you know the power of “me too.” That feeling of, “You too feel the same way?” brings such comfort and most of all, to know that you’re not alone. You are not alone. Sending all of you much love and peace today 💙 #iamabirthmama  #birthmamalove  #birthmomlove  #birthmotherlove  #birthmomsupport  #birthmotherawareness  #birthmama  #birthmom  #birthmother  #adoption  #adoptee  #adoptionstory  #grief  #loss  #hope  #faith  #joy  #gratitude  #empathy  #peace  #love  #courage  #postplacementcare  #womenempoweringwomen  #ownyourstory  #tellyourstory  #shareyourstory  #youarenotalone  #youareenough 
Looking for a book to cozy up with this fall? Much obliged if you’d consider this one, which is receiving wonderful reviews. Learn more at the link in my profile. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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#BeforeISawYou #bookworm #bookclub #booklover #fiction #adoption #opioidepidemic #opioidcrisis #crisispregnancy #pregnancy #tyndalefiction #birthmom  #birthmother #bookstagram #amreading #christfic #inspyfiction #womensfiction #summerreading #beachread #fostercare #biomom #unplannedpregnancy #birthmamalove #birthmomstrong #singlemom #expectantmother #rustbelt #fallreads
Looking for a book to cozy up with this fall? Much obliged if you’d consider this one, which is receiving wonderful reviews. Learn more at the link in my profile. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 🍃🦅🐢🐇🌳🦌🌱🍼🦇💚💉🍃🦅 ☕️🤱🏼🌳🍼🦅 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #BeforeISawYou  #bookworm  #bookclub  #booklover  #fiction  #adoption  #opioidepidemic  #opioidcrisis  #crisispregnancy  #pregnancy  #tyndalefiction  #birthmom  #birthmother  #bookstagram  #amreading  #christfic  #inspyfiction  #womensfiction  #summerreading  #beachread  #fostercare  #biomom  #unplannedpregnancy  #birthmamalove  #birthmomstrong  #singlemom  #expectantmother  #rustbelt  #fallreads 
We are going full throttle with fall flavors in The Palmer household 🍁 We recently discovered Maple @cheerios and I think The Squeeze finished off the box in one day 😬 oops! #sponsored We were so stoked to see that our local @krogerco exclusively carried them and we definitely will be going back for more! #maplecheeriosatkroger
We are going full throttle with fall flavors in The Palmer household 🍁 We recently discovered Maple @cheerios and I think The Squeeze finished off the box in one day 😬 oops! #sponsored  We were so stoked to see that our local @krogerco exclusively carried them and we definitely will be going back for more! #maplecheeriosatkroger 
🎵And when she wraps her hand around my finger,
How it puts a smile in my heart,
Everything becomes a little clearer,
I realize what life is all about,
It's hanging on when your heart has had enough,
It's giving more when you feel like giving up,
I've seen the light,
It's in my daughter's eyes
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#alta #14 #happybirthday #adoption #infertility #loss #pain #healing #faith #purpose #love  #forgiveness #memories #myangel #birthmom #emotional #itsstillhard #martinamcbride #inhereyes #lyrics #blessed #positivevibes
🎵And when she wraps her hand around my finger, How it puts a smile in my heart, Everything becomes a little clearer, I realize what life is all about, It's hanging on when your heart has had enough, It's giving more when you feel like giving up, I've seen the light, It's in my daughter's eyes . . . . #alta  #14  #happybirthday  #adoption  #infertility  #loss  #pain  #healing  #faith  #purpose  #love  #forgiveness  #memories  #myangel  #birthmom  #emotional  #itsstillhard  #martinamcbride  #inhereyes  #lyrics  #blessed  #positivevibes 
There is no day quite as amazing and memorable as the day your children are born. 👶🏼
I’m so thankful for blogging and that I have each of those special days recorded forever! ❤️
You can click the link in my bio and read all four of their birth stories. I love how each one is different and feel so much joy re-reading each one 💕
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#naturalchildbirth #birthstory #laboranddelivery #adoptionstory #babybirth #newbaby #birth #childbirth #adoption #newborn #birthmom #mommyblog #mommyblogger #flashbackfridays #fridayfeels #joyfulday #happiestdayofmylife #newparents #meetingbaby #preciousmemories #newbornbaby #newbornadoption #dayofbirth #deliverystory #babydelivery #babybirth #newmom #hellobaby #newlife #deliveryroom
There is no day quite as amazing and memorable as the day your children are born. 👶🏼 I’m so thankful for blogging and that I have each of those special days recorded forever! ❤️ You can click the link in my bio and read all four of their birth stories. I love how each one is different and feel so much joy re-reading each one 💕 . . . . . #naturalchildbirth  #birthstory  #laboranddelivery  #adoptionstory  #babybirth  #newbaby  #birth  #childbirth  #adoption  #newborn  #birthmom  #mommyblog  #mommyblogger  #flashbackfridays  #fridayfeels  #joyfulday  #happiestdayofmylife  #newparents  #meetingbaby  #preciousmemories  #newbornbaby  #newbornadoption  #dayofbirth  #deliverystory  #babydelivery  #babybirth  #newmom  #hellobaby  #newlife  #deliveryroom 
Happy 13th birthday, Betsy. 
I never stop praying for you.
#adoption #makeyourstory #choice #birthmom #adoptee #savethe1 #gla #grtl #feminism
My whole heart. 😍
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It’s more than a sweatshirt, it’s helping change the perception of adoption. 
Click the link in my bio on how to get yours!  PS: It’s so soft and comfy! 🙌
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#chosen • 
Adoption language is important.
We are seeing a swing from the term “matched” to “chosen.” • “Chosen” brings honor and dignity to the adoption process. It recognizes that a choice was made by the biological family in favor of their child or children. It tells a story of Hope. • “Matched” tends to feel more business like, unintentional, and doesn’t give reverence to the importance of the birth family telling their child’s story. • 
These changes reflect new growth and recognition of the trauma that encapsulates adoption. And in recognizing these changes it allows for healing. •  #Ohio #pregnant #unplannedpregnancy #daytonohio #postplacement #postplacementcare #springfieldohio #daytonohio #cincinnati #columbus #adopt #adoption #birthmom #birthparents #birthmomlove #birthmomcare #ethicaladoption #ohiosbest #crisis #grief #newborn #baby #openadoption
#chosen  • Adoption language is important. We are seeing a swing from the term “matched” to “chosen.” • “Chosen” brings honor and dignity to the adoption process. It recognizes that a choice was made by the biological family in favor of their child or children. It tells a story of Hope. • “Matched” tends to feel more business like, unintentional, and doesn’t give reverence to the importance of the birth family telling their child’s story. • These changes reflect new growth and recognition of the trauma that encapsulates adoption. And in recognizing these changes it allows for healing. • #Ohio  #pregnant  #unplannedpregnancy  #daytonohio  #postplacement  #postplacementcare  #springfieldohio  #daytonohio  #cincinnati  #columbus  #adopt  #adoption  #birthmom  #birthparents  #birthmomlove  #birthmomcare  #ethicaladoption  #ohiosbest  #crisis  #grief  #newborn  #baby  #openadoption 
One of the most powerful educational classes we have in adoption are panels. In this birth parent panel discussion you will hear from those who placed their children for adoption and their life experiences thru placement and adoption. Hearts and minds are always changed in these real discussions. 
Register for the conference-link on profile.
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#ufa #birthmother #birthmom #birthmomstrong #adoption #adoptionrocks #adoptionrocks #adoptionislove #birthfather #birthdad #waitingtoadopt #unitedforadoption #openadoption #hopingtoadopt #adoptivecouple #adopteerights #adopteeadvocacy #adoptionconference #fostercare #adoptioneducation #ceus #adoptionconference
One of the most powerful educational classes we have in adoption are panels. In this birth parent panel discussion you will hear from those who placed their children for adoption and their life experiences thru placement and adoption. Hearts and minds are always changed in these real discussions. Register for the conference-link on profile. . . . . . #ufa  #birthmother  #birthmom  #birthmomstrong  #adoption  #adoptionrocks  #adoptionrocks  #adoptionislove  #birthfather  #birthdad  #waitingtoadopt  #unitedforadoption  #openadoption  #hopingtoadopt  #adoptivecouple  #adopteerights  #adopteeadvocacy  #adoptionconference  #fostercare  #adoptioneducation  #ceus  #adoptionconference 
“It's important to realize that we adopt not because we are rescuers. No, we adopt because we are rescued.” - David Platt
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Adoption is beautiful. As a baby, I was rescued from a domestic violence situation. I’m forever grateful to my adoptive parents as they never once treated me as if I wasn’t their blood. I deeply appreciate the sacrifice my birth mother made by not giving up and carrying me through what seemed like a hopeless situation.
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God used adoption at the center of the gospel, adopting us as children of His own. Regardless of your situation you are loved.
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#goearth #natural #unaltered #stayclean #wellness #lifestyle #dietitian #nutritionist #nutrition #healthyfood #healthylifestyle #eatclean #wholefoods #naturalista #happy #healthyeating #healthydinner #foodie #adoption #adopted #birthmom  #healthylifestyle #rdnlife #thehappynow #cornerofmyhome #kitchen #beapineapple #weareradiant
“It's important to realize that we adopt not because we are rescuers. No, we adopt because we are rescued.” - David Platt . Adoption is beautiful. As a baby, I was rescued from a domestic violence situation. I’m forever grateful to my adoptive parents as they never once treated me as if I wasn’t their blood. I deeply appreciate the sacrifice my birth mother made by not giving up and carrying me through what seemed like a hopeless situation. . God used adoption at the center of the gospel, adopting us as children of His own. Regardless of your situation you are loved. . . . . . #goearth  #natural  #unaltered  #stayclean  #wellness  #lifestyle  #dietitian  #nutritionist  #nutrition  #healthyfood  #healthylifestyle  #eatclean  #wholefoods  #naturalista  #happy  #healthyeating  #healthydinner  #foodie  #adoption  #adopted  #birthmom  #healthylifestyle  #rdnlife  #thehappynow  #cornerofmyhome  #kitchen  #beapineapple  #weareradiant 
ADOPTION TALK
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“At least she’s young and you don’t have to talk about ‘it’ yet.” UGH. We hear this SO MUCH, and it’s so untrue. Nathan and I started telling Reni about her adoption before she had any idea what we were saying. She has every right to know the truth about her story, in age appropriate terms. Adoption is not bad. It is not taboo. We want Reni to know that. We want her to be proud of where she came from, and we don’t want her to feel ashamed of her adoption. Reni will always have two mommy’s and that’s okay! I will always be her mommy, but she will always have a birth mom too. •
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ADOPTION TALK • • “At least she’s young and you don’t have to talk about ‘it’ yet.” UGH. We hear this SO MUCH, and it’s so untrue. Nathan and I started telling Reni about her adoption before she had any idea what we were saying. She has every right to know the truth about her story, in age appropriate terms. Adoption is not bad. It is not taboo. We want Reni to know that. We want her to be proud of where she came from, and we don’t want her to feel ashamed of her adoption. Reni will always have two mommy’s and that’s okay! I will always be her mommy, but she will always have a birth mom too. • • #fostercare  #adoption  #fosterhope  #fosterlove  #thisisus  #birthmom  #mommy  #blendedfamily  #twomoms  #blackgirlmagic  #melanin  #naturalhair 
Today we are feeling extra thankful for these amazing hosts that made our Shake Shack happy hour possible a couple of weeks ago. Zach and Caroline are good friends who are also both adopted. Earlier this year they asked how to get more involved with BraveLove. And here’s what happened — they hosted a happy hour, invited their friends and helped us raise more awareness for BraveLove. If you’re interested in hosting an event like this, contact us. This pro-adoption movement is going to take time, money and people like you that want to make a difference to change the narrative of adoption. First we’ve got to start talking about it more... ideally over drinks, burgers and milkshakes 😉 #SpreadBraveLove⠀
Today we are feeling extra thankful for these amazing hosts that made our Shake Shack happy hour possible a couple of weeks ago. Zach and Caroline are good friends who are also both adopted. Earlier this year they asked how to get more involved with BraveLove. And here’s what happened — they hosted a happy hour, invited their friends and helped us raise more awareness for BraveLove. If you’re interested in hosting an event like this, contact us. This pro-adoption movement is going to take time, money and people like you that want to make a difference to change the narrative of adoption. First we’ve got to start talking about it more... ideally over drinks, burgers and milkshakes 😉 #SpreadBraveLove ⠀
I can’t thank @kindredand.co enough for sharing my heart on their blog today. And I can’t thank these two incredible humans enough for letting me be part of their lives, even from afar. I will never be able to express my love for them fully in words but being able to tell them these truths, and beyond, means the world to me. I love them more than they will ever know and want so much goodness for them, even amidst the hardships, mistakes and imperfections of our lives, I will always be here for them, no matter what! {Link in bio} 💕💙 #10thingstoremember #openadoption #birthmotherlove #birthmother #birthmama #birthmom #birthchildren #birthkids #birthdaughter #birthson #myheart #kindredandco #lifetimehealingadoption #adoption #thingstoremember #neverforget #Iloveyoubeyond #postplacement #placement
I can’t thank @kindredand.co enough for sharing my heart on their blog today. And I can’t thank these two incredible humans enough for letting me be part of their lives, even from afar. I will never be able to express my love for them fully in words but being able to tell them these truths, and beyond, means the world to me. I love them more than they will ever know and want so much goodness for them, even amidst the hardships, mistakes and imperfections of our lives, I will always be here for them, no matter what! {Link in bio} 💕💙 #10thingstoremember  #openadoption  #birthmotherlove  #birthmother  #birthmama  #birthmom  #birthchildren  #birthkids  #birthdaughter  #birthson  #myheart  #kindredandco  #lifetimehealingadoption  #adoption  #thingstoremember  #neverforget  #Iloveyoubeyond  #postplacement  #placement 
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Save 20% off of our heather orange shirt now through October 31st! Every needs an orange shirt to wear in October, right? Enter code HALLOWEEN at checkout. Have a great day 🎃 #adoptingloveclothingco  #adoption  #adopt  #adoptionislove  #adoptivemom  #adoptivedad  #adoptiveparent  #momlife  #fostercareadoption  #internationaladoption  #domesticadoption  #fostertoadopt  #adoptivefamily  #birthmom  #birthdad  #adoptee  #adopted  #love  #adoptionrocks  #adoptionjourney  #adoptionannouncement  #adoptionday  #adoptionstory  #adoptions  #adoptionawareness  #adoptionisbeautiful 
Today we are honored to have Sarah (@sunshinebottle) as our guest blogger! Sarah was the first birth mother to sit on the board of the Southern California Chapter of Bethany Christian Services. She is a birth mother of two teenagers, placed at birth with the same couple and in an open adoption. Today she is sharing with us a letter she wrote to her children with 10 things truths  she always wants them to hold onto and remember. It’s a beautiful depiction of the love that birth mothers have for their children. Use the link in our profile to read! #birthmom #adoptiontriad #adoptionislove #adoptionishard #bettertogether
Today we are honored to have Sarah (@sunshinebottle) as our guest blogger! Sarah was the first birth mother to sit on the board of the Southern California Chapter of Bethany Christian Services. She is a birth mother of two teenagers, placed at birth with the same couple and in an open adoption. Today she is sharing with us a letter she wrote to her children with 10 things truths she always wants them to hold onto and remember. It’s a beautiful depiction of the love that birth mothers have for their children. Use the link in our profile to read! #birthmom  #adoptiontriad  #adoptionislove  #adoptionishard  #bettertogether 
We are so lucky to have Piper’s birth mom as a part of our lives. Today we celebrate Candace’s 31st Birthday! Happy Birthday!! @honey.chocolate4 •
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We’re back!! 🤗 I caught myself thinking I haven’t talked to so and so in a long time, when in reality, I’ve never talked to them in person or on here, just love seeing how they are doing here on the gram 😆 We have lots of Squeeze videos, fun shops to share, blog posts and even a few blessings that came out of these past few days. So glad to be back 💓
We’re back!! 🤗 I caught myself thinking I haven’t talked to so and so in a long time, when in reality, I’ve never talked to them in person or on here, just love seeing how they are doing here on the gram 😆 We have lots of Squeeze videos, fun shops to share, blog posts and even a few blessings that came out of these past few days. So glad to be back 💓
It’s that TIME AGAIN!!!! Can’t wait to see everyone tonight!  If you haven’t been before contact Carrie and she will give you details of the location!!! #abidinglove #abidingloveadoptions #lifetimehealingadoption #bigtoughgirl #birthmom #birthmother #birthmamalove #birthmomstrong #supportgroup #group #placed #adoptionagency #adoptionislove #lovebwk #adoption #openadoption #group #healing #adoptionjourney #adoptioneducation #adoptionstory #grief #hope #adoption #openadoption #openadoptionrocks  #adoptions #tonight
It’s that TIME AGAIN!!!! Can’t wait to see everyone tonight! If you haven’t been before contact Carrie and she will give you details of the location!!! #abidinglove  #abidingloveadoptions  #lifetimehealingadoption  #bigtoughgirl  #birthmom  #birthmother  #birthmamalove  #birthmomstrong  #supportgroup  #group  #placed  #adoptionagency  #adoptionislove  #lovebwk  #adoption  #openadoption  #group  #healing  #adoptionjourney  #adoptioneducation  #adoptionstory  #grief  #hope  #adoption  #openadoption  #openadoptionrocks  #adoptions  #tonight 
FL Visit with Mama J • Day 5 Part 3 • The Final Chapter • After leaving the beach, we headed to @publix to pick up a birthday cake for our birthday brunch celebration before saying goodbye to Mama J and heading back to TN. The bakery even added Nathan’s name to the cake for me! ♥️ We showed up at @first.watch with our birthday cake and our server was fantastic about making sure we had everything we needed for our mini birthday party! Nathan loved the singing of “Happy Birthday” and was VERY into his chocolate cake— as you can see in the photos! 🤣 It was such a special day etched into our hearts forever. We are so grateful for the opportunity to celebrate Nathan’s first birthday with his Mama J. 🎂 Also, I want to add that strangers nearby noticed that this was a special time for us and SEVERAL came up to us and asked if we wanted a group pictures together and that we made their day, just watching our celebration! #thenathanandrew #nathanswild1stbirthday #firstbirthday #christiansonadoption #fallbreakFLtrip #visitswithmamaj
FL Visit with Mama J • Day 5 Part 3 • The Final Chapter • After leaving the beach, we headed to @publix to pick up a birthday cake for our birthday brunch celebration before saying goodbye to Mama J and heading back to TN. The bakery even added Nathan’s name to the cake for me! ♥️ We showed up at @first.watch with our birthday cake and our server was fantastic about making sure we had everything we needed for our mini birthday party! Nathan loved the singing of “Happy Birthday” and was VERY into his chocolate cake— as you can see in the photos! 🤣 It was such a special day etched into our hearts forever. We are so grateful for the opportunity to celebrate Nathan’s first birthday with his Mama J. 🎂 Also, I want to add that strangers nearby noticed that this was a special time for us and SEVERAL came up to us and asked if we wanted a group pictures together and that we made their day, just watching our celebration! #thenathanandrew  #nathanswild1stbirthday  #firstbirthday  #christiansonadoption  #fallbreakFLtrip  #visitswithmamaj 
And I also miss this!  #thingsimiss or did miss with my own daughter #yelling #funny #love #terribletwos #toddlers #birthmom  Oh this is just me and my nephew spending #qualitytime together over the dinner table LOL #mynephewrocks #ohgoodness
Be still my Momma heart 😍❤️😍❤️🏒🥅🏒 he made a new team for this year and they got their new uniforms and he liked it so much he went to bed in it......oh I love that boy of mine ❤️❤️ #birthmom #birthmomstrong #openadoption #bittersweet #myheart #mylife #myminime #hockey
Everyday in Ohio many newborns enter the foster system. Sometimes reunification happens. Sometimes it does not.  WHAT IF every one of the biological parents facing child protective services knew they had the option of making an adoption plan for their child instead. WHAT IF they knew they could tell a different story? WHAT IF they could choose a family for their child? WHAT IF they were given the dignity of having this choice?  WHAT IF that child could grow up knowing their biological parents made a plan for them driven by hope and love? 🔸🔸🔸We are going to talk more about this in the days to come. 🔸🔸🔸#whatif #dignity #legacy #tellastory #legislation #birthfamily #birthmom #unplannedpregnancy #addiction #choosehope #springfieldohio #ohio #daytonohio #columbus #miamivalley #cincinnati #ORC #adoption #adoptionreform #ethicaladoption #permanency #change
Everyday in Ohio many newborns enter the foster system. Sometimes reunification happens. Sometimes it does not. WHAT IF every one of the biological parents facing child protective services knew they had the option of making an adoption plan for their child instead. WHAT IF they knew they could tell a different story? WHAT IF they could choose a family for their child? WHAT IF they were given the dignity of having this choice? WHAT IF that child could grow up knowing their biological parents made a plan for them driven by hope and love? 🔸🔸🔸We are going to talk more about this in the days to come. 🔸🔸🔸#whatif  #dignity  #legacy  #tellastory  #legislation  #birthfamily  #birthmom  #unplannedpregnancy  #addiction  #choosehope  #springfieldohio  #ohio  #daytonohio  #columbus  #miamivalley  #cincinnati  #ORC  #adoption  #adoptionreform  #ethicaladoption  #permanency  #change 
Lessons for my teen on love and adoption…▪️It’s hard. And then some. 
When I asked my teen his thoughts about my story as a birth mom, he responded with, “It was hard…and then some.” Short words from a tried and true teen—but he nailed it. ❤️
To love isn’t always easy. It’s beautiful. It’s gut wrenching. It’s laughter. It’s tears. It’s skipping through the meadows. It’s a punch in the gut. Love is complicated. And its followed by a choice. When I hear others say that a birth mother didn’t love their child or were illogical in their decision, I literally gasp from disappointment. Really? ❤️
The very definition of logic is to be capable of reasoning, relating to, involving or being in accordance with. Oh I related to my circumstance. I was absolutely involved. And I reasoned…and reasoned…and reasoned until I couldn’t reason any further. Did I know how everything would turn out? Nope. But then..does anyone know the future? Do we know what our marriage will look like after we say, “I do?” Do we know how our children will turn out when we decide to have them? Do we know what the adoption journey will look like when we go before the judge? We make dozens of decisions out of love. And logic. ❤️
We can take polls, read articles and gather information until our brains are on overdrive. BUT in the end we still have to take a step of faith. ❤️
We will encounter mistakes and failures. We will learn forgiveness when things don’t turn out as hoped. We will have more compassion on ourselves and others. So…keep loving. Keep doing the hard thing. Make the best decision you can with what you know today. ❤️❤️
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Lessons for my teen on love and adoption…▪️It’s hard. And then some. When I asked my teen his thoughts about my story as a birth mom, he responded with, “It was hard…and then some.” Short words from a tried and true teen—but he nailed it. ❤️ To love isn’t always easy. It’s beautiful. It’s gut wrenching. It’s laughter. It’s tears. It’s skipping through the meadows. It’s a punch in the gut. Love is complicated. And its followed by a choice. When I hear others say that a birth mother didn’t love their child or were illogical in their decision, I literally gasp from disappointment. Really? ❤️ The very definition of logic is to be capable of reasoning, relating to, involving or being in accordance with. Oh I related to my circumstance. I was absolutely involved. And I reasoned…and reasoned…and reasoned until I couldn’t reason any further. Did I know how everything would turn out? Nope. But then..does anyone know the future? Do we know what our marriage will look like after we say, “I do?” Do we know how our children will turn out when we decide to have them? Do we know what the adoption journey will look like when we go before the judge? We make dozens of decisions out of love. And logic. ❤️ We can take polls, read articles and gather information until our brains are on overdrive. BUT in the end we still have to take a step of faith. ❤️ We will encounter mistakes and failures. We will learn forgiveness when things don’t turn out as hoped. We will have more compassion on ourselves and others. So…keep loving. Keep doing the hard thing. Make the best decision you can with what you know today. ❤️❤️ #adoptionishard  #adoptionislove  #loveisachoice  #loveisaction  #adoption  #teentalk  #birthmomlove  #birthmom  #birthparents  #adoptivemom  #confessionsofabirthmom  #confessionsofanadoptiveparent  #love  #adoptioncommunity 
"On a beautiful summer day in June, I gave birth to the most precious baby boy, Kendrick Julian. Having my friends, family, and the adoptive parents at the hospital with me made me feel a lot better. Meeting Kendrick was the moment everything changed. I had never felt a love so strong."
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💕 I'm Maryellen, a birthmom who has experienced the adoption journey firsthand. If you have questions about the adoption process, or would just like someone to listen to what you’re going through, I am here for you. Call or text me anytime at 815-307-0620. Read my full story at adoptionsupportnow.org. Link in bio.
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"On a beautiful summer day in June, I gave birth to the most precious baby boy, Kendrick Julian. Having my friends, family, and the adoptive parents at the hospital with me made me feel a lot better. Meeting Kendrick was the moment everything changed. I had never felt a love so strong." . 💕 I'm Maryellen, a birthmom who has experienced the adoption journey firsthand. If you have questions about the adoption process, or would just like someone to listen to what you’re going through, I am here for you. Call or text me anytime at 815-307-0620. Read my full story at adoptionsupportnow.org. Link in bio. . . . . . #adoptionlife  #openadoption  #birthmom  #lovecomesfirst  #birthmomstory  #heretohelp  #amotherslove  #adoptionisamazing  #adoptionislove  #adoptionisanoption  #shareyourtruth  #inspiringmoms  #adoptionresources  #adoptioncommunity  #knowyouroptions  #wearehereforyou  #makingadecision  #knowfirsthand  #findingafamily  #birthmomstrong  #adoptionstory  #birthmomproud  #selflesslove  #mystory  #myadoptionstory  #joyfulheart  #mychoice  #celebrateadoption  #supportwomen  #adoptionsupportnow 
It’s time to come clean here. A while ago I raised my yellow flag for birth mom support. Now it’s time to raise a white flag to another cause. I’ve suffered from anxiety of my life. I would be exhausted at the end of the day from thinking so much. It just never stops. And I’ve found every excuse to not go to the doctor to get help. It’s caused me so much more than just my happiness. And lately it’s been at the peak. To the point that something that makes me happy also causes me to have suicidal thoughts. It has reached to my breaking point lately. Some unfortunate events have made me just face my fear and get help. Because I know this isn’t a way to live. I’ve tried every natural thing and it just can’t be fixed right now. So behind the pictures of a smiling girl that seemingly has it all together is a broken hot mess that has to be sent home from work. A person that has a short fuse. That worries about every tiny little thing to a point where I can’t be successful in school. I finally got the help I’ve been avoiding. Next will be finding some low cost or free counseling.
It’s time to come clean here. A while ago I raised my yellow flag for birth mom support. Now it’s time to raise a white flag to another cause. I’ve suffered from anxiety of my life. I would be exhausted at the end of the day from thinking so much. It just never stops. And I’ve found every excuse to not go to the doctor to get help. It’s caused me so much more than just my happiness. And lately it’s been at the peak. To the point that something that makes me happy also causes me to have suicidal thoughts. It has reached to my breaking point lately. Some unfortunate events have made me just face my fear and get help. Because I know this isn’t a way to live. I’ve tried every natural thing and it just can’t be fixed right now. So behind the pictures of a smiling girl that seemingly has it all together is a broken hot mess that has to be sent home from work. A person that has a short fuse. That worries about every tiny little thing to a point where I can’t be successful in school. I finally got the help I’ve been avoiding. Next will be finding some low cost or free counseling.
“...20-year-old Katie Monroe discovered that she was pregnant. The child's father, whom she had dated for just a few months, urged her to get an abortion. When Monroe refused, he took off.”
✨READ MORE of Katie’s story & other inspirational birth mom stories at the LINK ABOVE!✨
Gearing up for Saturday!!
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It is hard sometimes to hold onto hope and not lose faith when the world since to be throwing everything at you all at once. When this happens I remind myself of Job. What do you do that helps you get through tough times?
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It is hard sometimes to hold onto hope and not lose faith when the world since to be throwing everything at you all at once. When this happens I remind myself of Job. What do you do that helps you get through tough times? . . . . . . #birthmom  #birthmomstrong  #singlemomlife  #hottublife  #hottubselfie  #warrior  #overcomer  #thriver  #abundantlife  #livinglifeonmyterms  #houstonmom  #uberdriver  #lyftdriver  #momof2  #writerslife  #motivationalspeaker  #rapesurvivor  #waterislife  #daughterofgod  #warroom  #bliss  #swimmingislife  #buildingmydreams  #servinggod  #relaxationtime  #mindfulnessmeditation 
"You’ll be shocked to see how the pieces that you feel are broken come together and form this beautiful picture.” - Laura⠀
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We are excited to release another NEW film on Monday! Laura's Story is a beautiful picture indeed. We can't wait to share it with you. Stay tuned! #BraveLove⠀
"You’ll be shocked to see how the pieces that you feel are broken come together and form this beautiful picture.” - Laura⠀ ⠀ We are excited to release another NEW film on Monday! Laura's Story is a beautiful picture indeed. We can't wait to share it with you. Stay tuned! #BraveLove ⠀
Choose to be happy in each and every moment.
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