I'm a mom to 6 kids—all adopted. Here's what I want other mothers to know

March 19, 2023 at 13:00

The greatest joy in my life has been standing by my husband as we raise six smart, caring, and energetic kids.
While none of them carry our blood, they carry our last name and all the love that comes with it.
More often than not, women are stigmatized for their choice to place their child for adoption.
In my experience, however, it was never a lack of love that led women to choose adoption, but an abundance of it.
I have seen that it takes immense strength and compassion to choose life for a child and then to selflessly place them in the arms of another, with the hope of giving them a better life.
I sat in that moment thinking about how special it was, and my heart ached for my son’s birth family, who may never get to experience all that he was.
It was then that I decided to have an open adoption.
After our first successful open adoption our family was blessed with another little boy.
With all the happiness he brought into our home, we knew that we wanted to expand our family yet again.
She knew that she wanted to choose life but questioned what exactly that life would look like.
While my children may be hundreds of miles from their birth mothers, the love and assurance they receive defies all stereotypes of adoption.
Because of these women’s decision to choose life, I am able to wear my title of 'mom' with immense gratitude and pride.