Two of my children are adopted, and I’ve shared parts of that story here on my blog. It’s a huge part of the Valley narrative, so I have compiled this “adoption roundup” of those posts here.
A Rose by Any Other Name — August 2013 — about changing Maya’s last name.
What’s Her Name? — September 2013 — when Maya asked me about her birth mom’s name.
Modern Family — September 2013 — when we told Maya that she has half siblings living across town.
Birthdays Remembered — January 2014 — photo memories of Maya’s first four birthday parties.
Answering the Call — April 2014 — Anthony and I starting the foster parent process.
Listen to Your Mother — May 2014 — shared my story of motherhood with 14 others at The Rep in Little Rock.
Longing Fulfilled: My Listen To Your Mother Piece — July 2014 — video of my LTYM performance.
Help for a New Old Momma — July 2014 — preparing to bring a newborn home at age 46.
Preparing for Motherhood Again — August 2014 — feeling ill equipped to bring a new baby home.
To Those Who Weep on Mother’s Day — May 2015 — Mother’s Day can be a hard day for so many women.
Waiting — June 2015 — when Quinn’s adoption got postponed.
Termination — June 2015 — remembering the day birth mom’s parental rights were terminated.
Quinn’s Adoption Day! — August 2015 — when we finally got to adopt Quinn!
One Year Ago My World Crumbled — September 2015 — remembering when DHS placed Quinn with another family.
Savvy Magazine story — December 2015 — Savvy Magazine did a cover article on our adoption story.
My Adopted Daughter’s Ancestry — February 2016 — I used 23andMe to discover Maya’s ancestry.
Walk for the Waiting — April 2016 — Raising money to help foster kids in Arkansas.
Adoption is a beautiful thing. It’s not for “incredible” people. There isn’t anything special about me or Anthony. We just saw and need and filled it. You can do that too.