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.