When getting to know my family, the first thing people notice is that my daughter is adopted and that my kids are six months apart. Naturally, there are questions, and yes! We are that family that you hear about that tried to have children on their own, couldn’t, then decided to adopt and then poof!
Fourteen years ago, my heart was broken. Our first child, a baby girl we named Grace, was born still on a rainy morning in May. My wife, Kerry and I were thrilled to be expecting. We kept a journal; we played our favorite music and read to her. We were excited, yet naïve that anything bad would happen.
Like most people who live in the Midwest, the green of spring makes me excited to finally say goodbye to winter and hello to some color and fresh air. But spring also brings painful memories, memories that always lie just below the surface, into sharper focus.
Eleven years ago my husband and I were expecting our first child.