Hand-drawn, painted image of a red heart with a stick figure hanging onto it and dangling from the bottom of the heart.
Hand-drawn, painted image of a red heart with a stick figure hanging onto it and dangling from the bottom of the heart.
Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

(Or, our adoption journey: part 3 of 3)

For obvious reasons, names, places and identifying characteristics have been changed. Please read Part 1 and Part 2 first for context.

After Summer had gone through her methadone withdrawal in the hospital and we finally took her home, we emailed with her birth parents, Jon and Natalie, on a pre-determined schedule that wasn’t legally binding, but that we had agreed upon in good faith and intended to keep. …


Invincible Summer — a personal photo of the author’s daughter shortly after she was born, wrapped in a yellow blanket.
Invincible Summer — a personal photo of the author’s daughter shortly after she was born, wrapped in a yellow blanket.

(Or, our adoption journey: part 2 of 3)

For obvious reasons, names, places and identifying characteristics have been changed. Read Part 1 here.

The day after we learned that Serena had decided to parent her son, I cleaned my guest room frantically, preparing for a well-timed visit from a group of college friends. I couldn’t wait to get my mind off the rollercoaster of the past few months and just attempt to relax with some of the women closest to me.

Over the vacuum I heard my phone ring and saw it was our adoption team. …


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Photo by Nynne Schrøder on Unsplash

(Or, our adoption journey: part 1 of 3)

If you know me, then you’re aware we adopted our daughter, Summer. But I’ve never shared anything about our initial adoption match. This is that story.

For obvious reasons, names, places and identifying characteristics have been changed.

We were matched in less than two weeks. See, we had to create these magazine-like booklets about ourselves that our adoption agency would give to birth mothers, and my husband and I poured all of our collective creativity into this thing. When I had flipped through the many examples our agency had provided, I grew more confident by the second. Other couples used…

Erika S. Olson

Author and freelance writer. Film critic and movie blogger. Fan of all things pop culture.

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