I don’t even know where to begin; our adoption story has been a long journey and it has all melted together in such a tender way. My husband, Brandon, and I were married for several years before we felt that it was time to add a little bundle of joy to our family. We struggled with infertility for years. It was a very challenging time for us as a couple. We wrestled with thoughts of adoption, but after the help of a fertility specialist, we were pregnant! After a healthy, happy pregnancy, our daughter, Chloe, was born. We found such joy in parenthood, and I was truly overwhelmed by how much I loved our new tiny miss. Two years later, we were very pleasantly surprised to discover that I was pregnant again! It was an amazing treat for our family, and when we learned we were expecting a boy, we were ecstatic! It felt like my fairy tale family was just falling into place. When I was 28 weeks along, I developed severe pre-eclampsia. After a very scary night in the hospital, I had an emergency C-section. Our tiny son, Talon, was born very prematurely, and he was fighting for his life. Read more
Each morning this week, we’ll be featuring an essay about adoption. Then each afternoon we’ll be sharing a profile for a couple looking to adopt! We hope our reach will help these couples connect with the people they need to complete their own families! After such a heavy introduction to Adoption Week, we knew we needed to cap off the first day with this amazing couple, The Hunts! Remember the Fresh Prince of Bell-Air? Read the following to that tune, and you’ll be sure to have a smile on your face. Welcome, Hunt Family!
Now, this is a story all about how
Our lives got flipped-turned upside down.
And I’d like to take a minute
Just sit right there
I’ll tell you how we became the parents of a girl with brown hair.
We are so proud and thrilled to bring our 2nd annual Adoption Week here on Small Fry. Last year we undertook this project because Jenna in fact is adopted herself! You can read all about her story from last year, right here. It is something that is very special and near to her heart, and in turn ours as well. It is a beautiful and happy effect to sometimes heart-breaking and scary cause. Adoption represents selfless birth parents, at times brave and daring state officials and social workers, and hopeful couples who want nothing more than to have a child of their own to love. Children are truly a gift and the forces that come together to make a successful adoption are truly astounding! We wanted to start by kicking off this week with a story that few have heard by a woman that many of you know. Jessica is a personal friend of ours, a friend to lots and lots actually, through her business Dream Catcher Baby. She has a heart of gold and a heart-breaking past. She is the most amazing example of just how big of blessing adoption can be. Jessica told us she second-guessed sending us this story a hundred times but ultimately decided to share. She is so brave and we’re so grateful to her for digging into a nightmare that ended up being a huge blessing and really shaped who is she as a person today. Thank you so much, Jess!
Welcome to Adoption Week!
For a while now I have felt that it was time to share my story. I don’t know why, maybe just for me. I have held onto things that happened in my past for so long and they have often been binding. I coped by being quiet and putting sad, angry, horrible memories into a box to be forgotten. It’s easy to let the bad things that have happened, hold us back and keep us from progressing. It’s been a long journey but after many years I have finally found peace and happiness.
My biological parents were extremely addicted to alcohol. It consumed their lives and made them unavailable to be the kind of parent a child needs. I am the oldest of my sibling and from a super young age I had to be the mom. I had to find ways to feed us, change diapers, and make sure everyone stayed close and that they didn’t get hurt or lost. We faced trials of every kind and as a child there was only so much I could do to protect them and myself. I was physically, sexually, and emotionally abused because my biological parents weren’t coherent enough to protect us. That led to a lot of guilt, depression, confusion, and anger and it took a very long to time to overcome. Read more