Annalee’s Journey – A mothers love

Annalee’s Journey – A mothers love

Annalee’s Birth mother- In celebration of Annalee’s 1st Birthday in June, this blog post is dedicated to Annalee, her brave birth mother, and the wonderful adoptive family who is raising Annalee. Here are kind words from Annalee’s birth mother, who started out wanting a closed adoption, and has found peace exploring open adoption with Annalee and her entire adoptive family. Thank you for sharing!

When I was 20 years old I went through the toughest and greatest journey of my life. It was filled with so much emotion and obstacles that I wasn’t really ready to deal with but it also was one of the best things to ever happen to me. It took me almost a year to be able to open up and tell my story but as soon as I did it made my life so much better. Journey’s helped me more than I could probably ever express. Adoption is not easy but I do have to say it is the best choice I could have ever made for my daughter. The outstanding family who has my daughter is one of the families you would think only exists in fairy tales. I have Journey’s to thank for that. They found my daughter an amazing family who is so accepting of adoption and reminds my daughter of who I am and allows me to still be a part of her life. While working with Journey’s, I got extremely lucky with having Chelsea by my side. Without her I honestly do not think I would be where I am at today. She was there from the day I had my daughter and as time went on she never forgot to stay in touch. She was someone I could always count on. Journey’s made my experience more easier because they were there every step of the way. I know if there is a day where I miss my daughter like crazy or I am just dealing with my emotions they are just a phone call or a text away. For that I will never be able to thank them enough for that and all they have done for myself and my daughter.  




Daisie Open Adoption

From the moment Kelli and Andrew walked through our doors at Journeys, I knew something special was going to happen. Their love and dedication to providing their daughter Daisie with the very best way in life was evident from the start. Their thorough dedication and heartfelt effort to make an adoption plan was very important to both of them. Their adoption journey started with choosing a family for Daisie. This meant going over what they each wanted in an adoptive family and finding a couple that they felt they had similar views on about life and parenting. That is where Dan and Maura joined the picture. The first meeting Kelli and Andrew had with Dan and Maura was at the Roxy in downtown Portland. Simple conversation over some tater tots is what started the connection and journey for both of them ( if possible, use first photo attached to follow this paragraph).

After a trip to the Build-A-Bear workshop to create a special gift for Daisie from Kelli and Andrew, their connection with the adoptive family grew stronger. Before we knew it, Daisier was days away from being born. Kelli kept in regular contact with Maura about her pregnancy progression. Once it was time for Daisie to make her appearance, Kelli and Andrew were supported by many of their family members and Dan and Maura. This was a wonderful time for Kelli and Andrew’s family to get to know Dan and Maura and build a relationship with them as well. (build a bear photo attached)

Daisie was born in January of 2016. She was welcomed by so many loving family members, especially Kelli and Andrew!
Our team at Journeys have already enjoyed watching this open adoption relationship grow and cannot wait to see how these two families will come together and to see their love for each other and Daisie grow stronger over the months and years to come.

Journeys could not be more honored to have met Kelli and Andrew and to have assisted them in the adoption planning of their daughter, Daisie. We are always here to support and love you throughout the years to come. You are truly amazing and have made Dan and Maura two of the happiest people in the world. You my friends, are very special, brave, and dedicated individuals who have many wonderful things coming your way.

Open Adoption is the way to go!
Thank you for reading and thank you Kelli and Andrew for allowing me to share your experience.
Photo credit: Savannah Danko

Chelsea, Domestic Adoption Coordinator- Journeys of the Heart.