25,000 Views…Wha-huh??!!!

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!

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8 thoughts on “25,000 Views…Wha-huh??!!!

  1. Jane W says:

    Congratulations on 25,000+ views!!!

    I just found your blog today and I am so thrilled and grateful to have found you as a resource! You have a wonderful voice and I really enjoyed going back and reading all of your posts from the beginning.

    For years my husband and I have discussed our desire to create a family through adoption (via foster care) and are about to beginning this process. As we prepare and talk about our next steps, I’ve been experiencing a lot of nervousness about all of the issues you discuss here. I find it tremendously reassuring to hear first hand from an adoptee and to be reminded that the road ahead isn’t easy but is worth it. We’ve already bookmarked your “10 Things Adoptive Parents Should Know” to print out for when we find our children and for our friends and family to read-we know that some of our family members will meet our decision with resistance but I feel more prepared having your blog in my arsenal.

    Thank you so much for sharing your voice and your experiences!

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Jane! It’s wonderful to hear you and your husband are beginning the adoption process. I am equally happy to know that you are doing your research now and are going into the process informed, which is so incredibly important. Blessings and best wishes to you and your husband in your adoption journey!

    • Melaine R. says:

      Congratulations on your decision to become foster parents. I am a case manager for kids in foster care and we are always looking forward to getting new foster parents. It is a thankless job, and ever so worthwhile. Good luck as you start on your new adventure.
      Melaine

  2. Thank you for sharing!! I work for Bethany Christian Services as an adoption caseworker, and I’ve referred all of my clients to read your post “10 things.” I personally relate to “Our Voices Matter,” and felt very emotional reading that article. So many of my thoughts and feelings in growing up in a trans racial family were articulately communicated in that post.
    Thank you!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words and support, Angela! I really appreciate your sharing “10 Things” with your clients, and happy to hear you have been able to relate. Blessings to you!!

  3. Melaine R. says:

    I am an adoption case manager for children in foster care. Your list of “10 things” was forwarded to me by a co-worker who is also an adoption case manager. After reading it I have forwarded it on to my foster parents and to the parents of some of the children that have already been adopted. It is great. Thank you for sharing your life and your experiences with us. I will be a follower of your blog. I am always looking for new resources to share with my foster parents. Thank you again for sharing with us your experiences.

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