It's no secret I L-O-V-E talking about this girl and her adorable scrunched-nose smiles.
I LOVE talking about how she joined our family.
And how adoption has blessed us in so many ways.
Out of respect for my daughter and her birth family, I don't publicize details about why Olivia joined our family.
Frankly, I don't feel like it's anyone's business except ours.
But I will say this...
I wish everyone could meet her birth mom.
I wish everyone could see her strength.
And her love for this little girl.
A former classmate of mine sent me a link to this blog post written by a birth mom.
It is so powerful.
If you have time to read it, please do.
Reading that blog post got me thinking...
How often do "we" (as a society) judge birth mothers?
A lot of people assume birth mothers are drug addicted women who slept around and, "Whoops, I
got pregnant, but I don't care...I guess I'll give up the baby because I don't want it."
This is SO FAR from the truth.
I know this because I know Olivia's birth momma.
I hugged her.
Many 'a times.
I told her, "I hope Olivia turns out just like you."
And I meant it.
Every. Single. Word.
I love this woman like I love the rest of my family.
And I always will.
I know I've emphasized the importance of understanding adoptive families and what many of us go through.
But today, I challenge you to think about how you think about birth moms.
Are your assumptions or judgements fair?
These women are the brave ones.
Their selfless choices make families like mine a reality.
And for that, I'll ALWAYS be grateful.