The month of November is National Adoption Awareness Month (Adoption Symbol Charm Style 1823). I was raised in a small town in Georgia (Style 3578 Georgia) as the eighth of nine children and I never thought much about adoption because I wasn’t aware of anyone that adopted or had been adopted. That changed in 1994 when my seven-year old great-niece, my Godchild (Godmother Scalloped Disc Charm Style 3207), was in a situation that was going to require her to be placed in State custody. My husband and I chose to adopt her (Flat Young Girl’s Head Charm Style 2498) and raise her alongside our three sons (Flat Boy’s Head Medium Charm Style 2031) (Three Monkeys Charm Style 8205) until a few years later when she successfully reunited with her parents. Seventeen years ago, my niece (Niece Script Charm Style 2266) adopted when she discovered she would not be able to have children. He was born in January (January Baby Shoe Charm Style 2734-001), the same as me (Filigree January Stone Charm Style 4764-001)! Her situation was much more emotional and I was then personally exposed to the heartbreaking aspect of a person I loved dearly not being able to give birth. Eight years ago, my sister (Sister Rope Circle Charm Style 3186) and brother-in-law adopted his great-nephew after the child’s mother (Mother Open Heart Charm Style 3500) tragically passed away. Four years ago, another niece fostered two homeless girls that had been living in unimaginable conditions, adopting them two years later. I have always loved my family and could not fathom living without their love. Adoption has taught me that you don’t have to share the same DNA to open your heart (Filigree Heart Charm Style 3618) and embrace a child as your very own.
– Joann B., Murfreesboro, TN