I decided to move forward with Shane and Audra after meeting them and knew the love they had for me and Corinne. I told them that I would choose them as long as they would dress her in her Texas Tech Red Raider outfits that I had already bought her for game days. Of course they took pictures of this and included them in my updates.
The love that came when it was time to give birth to Corinne was strong. It was special, and being a mother for the first time made it hard. The bittersweet feeling that came with the experience is one only someone can feel and not describe. The day before I signed my relinquishment documents, I had a fear of changing my mind. What happened next changed everything. I made a trip to Target to buy some paper to write a letter to Corinne. In the midst of my running thoughts and procrastination, a lady approached me and put her hand on my shoulder and told me that whatever I was struggling with at this time that I was going to be ok and that I was making the right decision. The peace and contentment that came from these short words was greater than the fear that I had for what was to come next. I know that not everyone will get this type of reassurance as I did, but if you are making this decision with yourself and your child’s best interest in mind, that is reassurance in itself.
Once I signed my paperwork with the agency and placed Corinne in the arms of her adoptive parents, it was time to start fresh. Not forget, but move forward. I thought of her every hour of the day. I would get texts and emails with pictures of her and notes about how she was doing and that was such a relief.
It was not until a year after she was born that I had a realization to pursue a career in adoption. I wanted to see both sides of it. I appreciated my daughter’s parents, Shane and Audra, and I wanted to help other families grow. I especially wanted to help other brave women considering adoption. My journey through adoption not only helped me grow, but it inspired me in so many ways. Adoption is not the choice for everyone but for those considering this option, it is ever rewarding. You are in control of your adoption plan and have the opportunity to be a part of your child’s life. We are a special kind of people and I am here to support you through the entire process.
I am grateful and honored to be working for an organization such as Journeys of the Heart. This is a dedicated team of individuals with genuine hearts to help children and families. They truly uphold their mission, and that is why I am honored to be a part of this team.
If you find yourself facing an unplanned pregnancy at any time please feel comfortable contacting me. We are available 24/7, any time before or after your baby is born. We offer guidance and counseling to help you in considering your options.
I hope that this story has inspired you. It was women like myself that helped me see the positives in adoption.
Thank you and sincerely,
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