A Birthmother’s Reflection: Emily

When I found out I was pregnant, I was twenty years old, living at home, and unemployed. An unplanned pregnancy was the last thing that I ever thought would happen to me, and I must have taken six pregnancy tests to be sure. I didn’t tell my parents right away because I knew that they would be upset with me, and I thought it would [...]

A Birthmother’s Reflection: Emily 2017-06-12T17:42:55+00:00

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 1: Katie: In a Moment the World Stops

Katie turned slowly to look in the mirror, her sparkling blue-green eyes reflecting the worry she felt all day as she tried hard to focus on enjoying time with her little boy. Unable to shake the nagging worry as evening approached, she called her boyfriend to watch her 14 month old son Ryder as he played while she left to go to WalMart. There was [...]

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 1: Katie: In a Moment the World Stops 2017-06-12T15:10:06+00:00

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 2: Nikki and Adam Puzzle Pieces

Nikki and Adam, Pieces of the Puzzle. What an amazing day! thought Nikki as she started to fix dinner for her family. The fall weather was crisp and cool and after an inspirational Church service and visiting family, the children were playing outside “helping” Adam to rake leaves. Nikki felt a joyfulness fill her heart as she listened to their laughter echoing through the open [...]

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 2: Nikki and Adam Puzzle Pieces 2017-06-12T15:09:02+00:00

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 3: Katie: Choices & Decisions

Katie sat on her couch, looking at the folders she had laid on the coffee table. Was she really about to do this? She walked over to the kitchen counter, and looked out the window.The sun was shining, cars were driving by and life for the rest of the world was moving steadily into the daily grind. Life was going on, while she was making [...]

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 3: Katie: Choices & Decisions 2017-06-12T15:07:47+00:00

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 4: The Choice and The Connection

Nikki and Adam were excited as they loaded up their car for their hour long ride to meet Katie, the birth mother who had selected them earlier that week . Before Adam started the car, they both closed their eyes, held hands and prayed. Saying a Rosary, they prayed for Katie, they prayed for her family and they prayed for their own family. Faith filled [...]

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 4: The Choice and The Connection 2017-06-12T15:05:29+00:00

Unselfish Love: Our Adoption Journey Part 5: The Photo Shoot

Nikki was up early, enjoying her quiet time and thinking about Katie and her son Ryder. The past several weeks had been a whirlwind of incredible conversations, moments and lifelong connections. Nikki was amazed at how well all the children were getting along, especially Ryder and Michael. It was if Katie and Ryder had always been a part of their lives. Six more weeks until [...]

Unselfish Love: Our Adoption Journey Part 5: The Photo Shoot 2017-06-12T15:02:28+00:00

Unselfish Love: Our Adoption Journey Part 6: Katie, Waiting and Supports

Three weeks until her due date and Katie was ready. In fact she was more then ready! The doctor said she was doing great, but as she wrote in her journal and counted the contractions and minutes in between, she was done being pregnant. Braxton Hicks again, she was sure. Katie secretly believed that little Shane was just crouched down in her uterus planning to [...]

Unselfish Love: Our Adoption Journey Part 6: Katie, Waiting and Supports 2017-06-12T14:57:21+00:00

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 7: Waiting, Nikki & Adam

As Nikki walked quickly down the grocery story aisle, she glanced at the phone she had set on top if her purse just to ensure she had not missed any calls. She stopped by the produce department to make sure she had her sound up loud enough.There was no way she was going to miss “the call” from Katie telling her she was in labor [...]

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 7: Waiting, Nikki & Adam 2017-06-12T14:56:33+00:00

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 8: Its Time

Katie had everything planned completely. Her mom, Kathy, and best friend, Kirstie, would take her to the hospital and her friend, Jessica, a photographer, would take pictures throughout the delivery. Her brother would watch Ryder. Her bags were packed, and she had been ready for weeks throughout her numerous Braxton Hicks episodes. Katie would close her eyes and imagine the scenerio: her hair clean and [...]

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 8: Its Time 2017-06-12T14:55:41+00:00

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 9: Shane’s Arrival

As Nikki put on her gown she kept praying that Katie and Shane would be okay. Katie was struggling as she felt like she just could not breathe, and she kept gasping for air, yelling "I can't breathe! I can't get air!". The doctors were scrubbing and ready to begin on the other side of the curtain which separated Katie and Nikki from seeing the [...]

Unselfish Love, Our Adoption Journey Part 9: Shane’s Arrival 2017-06-12T14:54:33+00:00