Wow. I am speechless. 25,000 blog views in seven months—21,000 views since June—and visitors from over 94 countries! Oh. My. Gosh!!!
When I started this blog in late January, I did so with the intent of creating a place where I could write freely about being an adoptee and other issues I am passionate about. At the time, I was upset about the fact that I felt like I didn’t have a voice, and I was fired up about wanting to share my story. My hope was that, in starting this blog, I would be able to reach that parent who was struggling to understand his adopted child or that adoptee who was feeling alone and having a difficult time understanding the feelings she was experiencing related to having been adopted. This blog also serves as a source of healing for me, and has made me appreciate even more the many, many blessings in my life.
When I wrote “An Adoptee’s Perspective: 10 Things Adoptive Parents Should Know,” I had been searching for a top 10 list to use as a handout for a workshop I was presenting. I read a couple of lists that my colleague and dear friend sent to me, but I was having difficulties relating to them. So, rather than remaining frustrated at my seemingly fruitless search, I decided to write my own list of things I wanted adoptive parents to know. The list stemmed from my own experiences, as well as the information I have gathered through working in the adoption world. I poured my heart and soul into creating that list, and upon reading the finished product, I found myself in tears when thinking what a difference this list would have made in my life.
Never, in a million years, could I have imagined the response “10 Things” has received. I am so grateful to all of you who have read and shared the list with your families, friends, and coworkers. I am touched by your comments, and I am absolutely overwhelmed with your amazing support for what I am doing, and for each other.
Being an introverted, vertically-challenged (5’0” on a good day), and soft-spoken person from the Midwest, I never thought my voice and my experiences as an adoptee would matter to anybody.
I write this post, not to brag, but to thank you all for helping me reach a pretty cool milestone I never dreamed I would achieve. Thank you for reading and listening and being a part of my adoption journey. My voice matters because of YOU. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!