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 | Devotionals | 2

My armpits were sweating to the point I felt the seam of my shirt begin to stick to my side each time I maneuvered the car seat around the big oval table under the judge’s chair. It wasn’t exactly the image I’d dreamed up as a child about the day I’d adopt a baby and…

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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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A Birth Mom’s View on her Open Adoption

November 23, 2016 | Danielle | Adoption | 0

This will be one of those posts I print out and 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. When we adopted Mae six years ago, I’m not sure any of…

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Making Peace with Eve

May 8, 2016 | Danielle | Faith, Relationships & Coping | 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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