Eleven years after standing in the delivery room as my beautiful adopted daughter was born and six years after beginning to write my adoption story—my book has been published. The feeling of actually holding a printed book representing the results of hours upon hours of writing, editing, and crying is indescribable.
I began writing when my adopted daughter was five, hoping to convey the specifics of our journey to find her when she began to ask questions. Along the way, my work took on new meaning for me. As I wrote about all that was involved in finding her, the emotions prevailed and instead of a journal about the details and people we met, it became a story about why I needed a daughter after the loss of my dear mother and how important the search for a daughter became. I began to think about all the women who needed a child but couldn’t conceive and my memoir began to take on new significance.
Over the past year, I have been writing this blog about my experiences, philosophies, disappointments, joyous moments, and various emotions surrounding my life as an adoptive mother, hoping to reach readers who may benefit from it. Some of my readers may be, as I was, suffering from infertility or may be current adoptive parents, while others may just need comfort in challenging times. At times, exposing the personal aspects of my life in the blog has been difficult to tolerate, as a writer and a mother, but as I have come to notice through comments, vitally important to so many readers. Publishing my blog, and now my memoir, is my way of giving back for the amazing gift of my daughter. Here is a short synopsis:
March into My Heart: a Memoir of Mothers, Daughters, and Adoption is a very personal story written so that others may find the strength to reach toward adoption as a solution to their struggle with infertility and achieve their dreams of a family.
After enduring my mother’s tragic illness and untimely death, I knew that adding a girl to the family was the only way to ease the pain I felt. My husband and I set out on a four-year, arduous, complicated, and emotional journey through infertility, miscarriages, and adoption ending in a small town in rural Missouri where we would finally meet our new daughter as she came into the world.
March into My Heart will tug at the heartstrings of anyone who has ever lost a beloved family member, or gained a new cherished one. This memoir is a poignant and inspiring story of family, adoption, and the irreplaceable bond between a mother and daughter.
I humbly thank all of my devoted blog readers and hope that you will read my memoir, available at Amazon.com <buy the book> and continue reading my blog as my journey continues. Through my blog, I have occasionally complained that not enough adoptive parents tell their stories so that others can learn and realize their own dreams. We are all on the journey of life together and if I can make it a little easier for others through my experiences, it’s worth the effort. Happy reading!