I am adopted. I love that I am adopted and wanted to share my adoption story with you! As it nears Mother's Day I am always reminded of how badly my mom wanted to be a mother and how God blessed her with two children through the process of adoption! I will be eternally grateful that I was adopted by my parents!
I don't have any specific memories of finding out that I was adopted. My parents told me from the earliest age that I was special…that I was WANTED…that I had been a blessing from God. They always made me feel MORE special because I had been adopted!
My parents tried for years to conceive…without success. They were unable to conceive due to some gynecological issues my mom had. They decided to try and adopt a baby. I am over 40 years old and back in the day…adoption was a LOT different then it is now!
My parents wrote letters to doctors, attorneys, churches and orphanages. They applied to adoption agencies…they waited and prayed. There were no online adoption agencies…you couldn't upload a profile pic and have birth mothers pick you out!!
I love to hear my mom tell me the story of the day she got the call they had been waiting for…there was a baby for them!
My Adoption Story
My mom worked at a dental office as a dental assistant. One of her coworkers had been trying to adopt a baby when they unexpectedly got pregnant. My mom said that their new baby was very colicky and was a few months old when they got a call that a baby was available for them to adopt. They knew that it was just not practical for them to adopt another infant at that time since their baby was so young. They told my mom there was a baby available and gave her information to the attorney handling the adoption.
My parents spoke to the attorney and after visiting with them the attorney told them they were going to be parents! I was 3 days old when my parents went to the hospital to get me. They met the attorney there and gave him an outfit to bring me home in. He took the outfit to the nurse and she dressed me. My parents waited nervously until the attorney came walking into the room holding me…their brand new daughter!
I love to hear my mom talk about the moment I was put into their arms and the instant flood of love they had for me. My dad had worried about whether he would feel love right away for a baby that wasn't biologically his….but his worry was for nothing because he said it happened the minute he saw me.
My mom said that when they found out for sure that they were going to be able to adopt me they were running around like crazy because they didn't have any baby supplies. They went out to buy a crib and when they got home and opened the door they were shocked to see their living room was overflowing with baby items. The dentist that my mom worked for had a little girl who was a toddler. They boxed up all her baby items and brought them over to surprise my parents! My parents were so grateful for this outpouring of care at such a major time in their lives.
I believe that God picked me out for my parents…He knew that I needed them and that they needed me. I honestly do not believe that I could love them any more if they were my biological parents.
As I grew older I realized that other people didn't always share my family's view of adoption. I can remember kids telling me that my “real” parents didn't want me…wow…that had NEVER occurred to me! My parents always told me that my birth parents loved me so much that they wanted me to have a better life then they could give me.
I am so grateful that my parents ingrained in me a feeling of love and acceptance from birth. I never felt “less” because I was adopted…I always felt MORE!
I hope you enjoyed reading my adoption story. Do you have any experiences with adoption in your life or family? I would love to hear about it!
You can read about the Search for My Birth Parents….HERE.
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Angie Dawn McKenney says
Fantastic story! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for reading Angie!!