Posts tagged Domestic Adoption
Her Greatest Loss Is My Greatest Joy

During her second trimester she sent me emails letting me know about the Spaghettios he was making her crave. She told me about the conversations she had with him while her hands rested on her belly at night. She told him all about the family that would be adopting him and the mama that would love him. She gave us a jar of hundreds of pink and blue candies and made us count every single one to find out if it was a boy or a girl. When we counted a few extra blue ones we were handed a card from her that said "congratulations you are having a boy!" She invited me to ultrasounds and put my hand on her belly to make sure I felt him kick. She gave me the closest possible experience to pregnancy that a person can experience without having a baby grow inside you.

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Adoption Gave Me My Voice Back

4 weeks later I had a new label “Pregnant.”

Within an hour of finding out, my ‘church mom’ from college helped me make sense of my new reality. We both knew someone close to the family who had been struggling for years with infertility. I remember her saying, “Laura, you have two options. Knowing you, you could make a great mom. You’d figure out a way to give your child the best life possible and you’d sacrifice your own life if it came down to it. Or, you could turn your burden (of this unplanned pregnancy) into a blessing for a family desperately wanting to have a child.”

That phrase ‘burden to blessing’ really stuck with me. 

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Bringing Home Baby Key Part II

With their backs facing, the door opened and in came baby Keywood. I wouldn’t let Sarah and Jay turn around to see him until I captured a good shot of their nervous, excited faces. At six pounds, 13 ounces and 19 inches long, I couldn’t help but let out a little gasp from behind the camera when I saw him… which only built their suspense more. He was being held by his transitional parents, the Nolan’s, who had taken care of him the night before. 

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Bringing Home Baby Key

Exactly two weeks after starting my new job with The Archibald Project, I got in the car and drove three hours north to Fort Worth, Texas. I pulled up to a light pink Airbnb that was being rented by a young couple named Sarah and Jay Keywood. From the second they opened the door, I could feel the nervous, excited and joyful energy flowing through every ounce of their being. They invited me into their temporary home and adoption story with wide open arms.

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