Passing the Baton on National Adoption Month

November 1, 2020 | Danielle | Adoption | 0

Here’s why this will be my final post for National Adoption Month unless my daughter chooses otherwise.  Ten years ago in November 2010, I excitedly opened my laptop and began pecking away on a post that would announce big news: We were adopting! In a world that was saturated with creative pregnancy announcements and surprise…

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Road trip to heaven (A tribute to Ms. Linda)

November 13, 2018 | Danielle | Adoption | 2

I didn’t expect my adoption post this month to be centered around the news of a funeral. But as I’ve processed the passing of my daughter’s birth grandma last week, there’s no better way to advocate for adoption right now. We met Ms. Linda shortly after we adopted Mae. She helped care for the child…

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I wasn’t there, but I’m here now.

September 25, 2018 | Danielle | Adoption | 0

I wasn’t there when she took her first breaths of air, when the vibrations of her vocal chords sounded the alarm she was cold, hungry or tired. I didn’t see the nurses wipe her off, nor the fresh ink from a tiny footprint dry. I wasn’t one of the many people in the room who…

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Mama, why was I adopted?

January 31, 2018 | Danielle | Adoption | 4

“Mama, why was I adopted?” The weight of her question barely registered as my mind focused on the invisible checklist that appears every time I exit the car: Purse – check. Wallet – check. Keys – check. Cell phone- Dang it – where’s my cell phone? In a flurry of my own activity, I nearly…

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Open Arms Open Wider – An Adoption Devotional

November 8, 2017 | Danielle | Adoption, Devotionals | 2

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9 My armpits were sweating – a lot. My shirt begin to stick to me and I felt it when I maneuvered the bulky car seat around the oval table. The judge’s chair sat just a few feet from me. Adoption…

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September

September 25, 2017 | Danielle | Adoption | 3

It was 2010. In the few months prior to the life-changing car ride my husband and I took passing fields upon fields to southern Missouri, I felt like I’d swum to the bottom of the ocean and was just coming up for air. For many months, I’d become familiar with the darkness of loss. I’d…

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Open Adoption Story (by our birth mother)

November 23, 2016 | Danielle | Adoption | 0

This will be a post I hope Mae keeps tucked away forever. I can’t convey with adequate words what an honor and privilege it is for me to share a small piece of our birth mom with you. From the night we first met our birth mom to today, a peace has followed us. Her…

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Trusting God To Provide | A Devotional

November 9, 2016 | Danielle | Adoption, Devotionals | 2

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NIV We couldn’t afford it. His middle school math teacher salary and the income I brought in from my small business paid our bills but didn’t leave wiggle room for much of anything else – especially…

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Open Adoption Story (by a 6-year-old adoptee)

November 8, 2016 | Danielle | Adoption | 1

As a family impacted by adoption, we wanted to share about what it’s like to have an option adoption for National Adoption Month. And who better to tell you about adoption than the adoptee herself! What our kid thinks about being adopted Interviewing my daughter was quite the experience. I’ve never tried to get answers…

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Making Peace with Eve [Mother’s Day Reflection]

May 8, 2016 | Danielle | Adoption | 0

Each year Mother’s Day can bring a mix of emotions in all of us. For years this sweet holiday intended for good brought difficult feelings for me. I couldn’t look to the past, present or future without pain. The blessing of adoption brought a joyful child into my life, but what I’ve learned (especially this…

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