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Adoption Awareness Month: My Birth Mom Story & Why We Need to Change the Narrative

My teen pregnancy and subsequent role as a birth mom shrouded me with deep, immovable shame. Behind the ideologies waved on poster boards at rallies and in front of clinics, and strangers shaming and condemning the choices women make, stands a woman or teenager in a scary situation doing the best she can while facing […]

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Helping the Helper

We Are The Helpers Checking in on you, helper. There’s a lot going on in the world right now and so I thought I’d share something with you that’s helping me. There are a lot of heartquakes rumbling in my heart these days. Those things that shake the heart until it feels like it’s breaking. […]

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The Love That Binds

A couple of weeks ago I got to hold two precious newborn babies in my arms. Baby Micah gazed up at me with his innocent eyes, swaddled burrito tight in his blanket. Holding him took me back 27 years. Back to the hospital where I gave birth to his mom and held her in my […]

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Keeping a Soft Heart in a Jagged Cliff World

Recently, while our minivan hugged the curves of the winding Pacific Coast Highway, I wondered to myself what would greet us beyond the curve of road that jetted out in front of the cliff. The curve bent sharply inward and hid what lay beyond it. To my right, out the passenger window are the jagged […]

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The Voices in Your Head: The Power of What You Tell Yourself

When I was a little girl Saturdays were clean-the-house days. My mom would wrap a red bandana around her hair and get to cleaning. She’d get so in the zone that it was like the rest of the world around her just faded away. Music blaring, no dust particle was safe.  Then I noticed Mom […]