I am kicking off a new year of blogging by introducing you to me and my lovely family. This post, and others throughout the year, is a part of the Adoption Talk Link Up, a blogging community of adoptive families, adoptees, and birth parents sharing about adoption. Being a part of the Adoption Talk Link Up has been encouraging and inspiring as I have learned from the experiences of others intricately involved in adoption.
This is Me, Lori
I am an INTJ (if you know Myers-Briggs personality testing), a big-time book nerd, wife, and mother of one through adoption. If my blog, The Novel Endeavor, tells you anything it’s that I love to talk about all things books, reading, adoption, and motherhood. In recent months, I have lessened my blogging ambitions to focus more on being present for my family and my own well-being.
My husband, Chris, and I have been married for almost ten years (which is just crazy!). Our adoption story began in 2013 as we began the process of domestic infant adoption through Bethany Christian Services. Adoption was always in the “plan” for our family from before Chris and I were even married; however, a chronic illness led us to adoption as the only path for growing our family. After years of trying to conceive, it was a relief and a joy to throw ourselves wholeheartedly into the adoption journey.
Near the end of 2014, our daughter, Aliana, came home. [I have written about our adoption story previously on the blog which you can find here.] Now, she is a spunky, social, and inquisitive toddler who loves nothing more than asking mommy question after question, all day, everyday.
We love adoption. In fact, we love open adoption, as well. Our family has grown, and continues to grow, as we learn more everyday about transracial adoption, race and ethnicity, and navigating the unknown in our relationship with Aliana’s birth family.
Please stick around if you’d like to read more about our family’s adoption journey! Also, let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!