From Unplanned Pregnancy To The Grace Of Adoption

When Michelle Thorne found herself unexpectedly pregnant, her world suddenly fell apart. Lost and alone, all she could think about was killing herself or, “at the very least,” miscarrying. Calling her pregnancy a “mistake,” she was convinced that God was punishing her.

But over the course of the next few months, as she waited out her pregnancy in a maternity home, she came to realize that there was another plan in store for her — one that involved adoption, God, freedom and an adoptive family. Continue reading

Why We Hope To Adopt

This guest post is by Michelle, a hopeful adoptive mother.

This past weekend, we planted a lovely garden filled with lilies, snapdragons, daisies, English moss and roses of every color at my brother and sister-in-law’s house.

It was just our immediate family, but in the bunch there were six moms supervising, digging in the dirt, telling stories, laughing, corralling the kids, hugging and crying. Each plant was set into the earth with care. Each plant a remembrance.
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To ‘The Other Hearts’: An Adoptive Mother Pays Tribute To All The Moms In Her Daughter’s Life

This guest blog is written by Jennifer Crissman Ishler, an adoptive mother

I am a proud mother of a beautiful little girl adopted from Guatemala. I am also a professor who teaches a course about adoption.

Because many of my students expressed an interest in working in the adoption field but had no classes devoted to this topic within the curriculum, I developed a brand new course. Continue reading

An Adoptive Mother’s Story: I Dreamed A Dream

This guest post is written by Jennifer Ann Holt, the author of Delivering Hope.

One of my all-time favorite stories is that of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. If you are unfamiliar with it, it is ultimately a story of sacrifice and hope, love and redemption. Not to mention a pretty cool adoption undercurrent in one of the plot lines.

In 1980, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil made the story into a musical, and many iconic songs were born. One of these is “I Dreamed A Dream”. Continue reading

“I Love You, Birth Mother”: The Moments I Treasure As A Birth Mom

This guest post is by Jessalynn Bills at Birthmothers4Adoption

May is a very special month for me. It is my birthday and my anniversary. May also holds Birth Mother’s Day and Mother’s Day.

On August 20, 2008 I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Josie. She has been one of the lights of my world since that day.

Two days later, in August I became a birthmother to her. Those two days in the hospital are some of my most cherished memories. I had a lot of people come and see her. Continue reading

Placing My Baby For Adoption: Why Openness Was The Right Choice For Me

This guest post is by Alli at Neither Rhyme Nor Reason.

It’s been six and a half years since I placed beautiful little Samantha into the arms of her parents. It was a difficult and emotional choice for me.

However, it has not continued to be difficult or emotional. Adoption has become a large part of who I am and to me, it’s a beautiful thing. I believe this is, in large part, because my adoption is open.

Talking to birthmothers who placed before adoptions opened up, I have found that the only thing that they resent about placing is the not knowing. Continue reading

How My Daughters’ Birth Moms Made Me A Mommy

This guest post is by Star Prattas, an adoptive mother. 

From the time I was a little girl, I knew that I always wanted to be a mommy.

It was in my personal future plan that I would marry a wonderful man and we would create two adorable children together. My fairy tale also included a lovely home and living happily ever after. Continue reading