Healing and Recovery

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The Day I Threw My Guilt Away

Randomly scanning the familiar women's section in the bookstore, my eye caught the title "How Could You?" a book about mothers without custody of their children by Harriet Edwards... [more]

Trying to Heal

In June of 2004, I got pregnant. My Catholic family had a hard time accepting the fact that I had made such a mistake. I knew I couldn't keep it, so to me, adoption was the only other choice... [more]

A Letter to My Daughter

I remember my pregnancy with you. I fell in love with your every move, and with the sound of your beating heart. I held your precious body in my arms for the first time and took in your swe... [more]

Choosing to Be a Birth Mom

It will be nine years ago this August when I placed my only child for adoption, the hardest and smartest thing I ever did. In that time my daughter, McKenna, has become a happy memory and I... [more]

Completed Circle

The Bible tells us that God is able to do far more than we would ever dare to hope or dream of. I have found this to be so true especially in the case of finding Shawn, my birth son, whom I ... [more]

Is Anyone Out There?

I was pregnant and after endless hours of thinking and worrying, I had decided to make an adoption plan. I had chosen adoptive parents, Scott and Angee, and become very close to them. Angee... [more]

An Adoption Angel

Days after my baby boy's birth and relinquishment in an open adoption, I found myself feeling desperate and alone. I felt like no one else in the world understood the mixture of emotions I ... [more]

Pray For Us

I write this to all the adoptive parents we (birthmothers) prayed for. My story is not much different than most. I found myself pregnant at 15 and very confused. I had grown up in a Christ... [more]

I Said It Out-Loud

I said it out-loud. After knowing it for over eight years. I said it out-loud without even realizing what my words would do. Everyone was taking turns around the room and I noticed the anx... [more]


Mary... Beyond the Canvas Portraits They met as women ...and suddenly their estrangement, which had transcended twenty-six years, was ending. In 1965, an all-too-brief "physical co... [more]

Replacing Emily

December 11, 2000 I sit alone in my bed thinking about the events of the day. Thinking about the events of the past two years. Today we celebrated her second birthday. Can you ever replac... [more]

Proud to Be a Birth Mother

It was almost 22 years ago but I can still remember the way she smelled, the pink tint of her tiny body, the cries that escaped her little lungs and the one look she gave me before I gave h... [more]

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