AmyDeannaWatermelonHi! I’m Amy. Also known as: wife to Aaron, mother to Teague and Hadley, birthmother to Deanna, follower of Jesus, and lover of watermelon.

So what’s this blog all about?

In 2009, I started a blog about open adoption called Amstel Life. It was a very personal account of my journey as a birthmother after placing my newborn daughter in an open adoption in 2005 when I was just 18-years-old. I enjoyed writing and found myself getting deeply immersed in the conversation about openness in adoption. Writing was part of the healing process for me, and it felt gratifying to share my perspective on open adoption and to provide insight about an alternative to abortion that many women didn’t know existed.

Somewhere along the way though, between working a full time job, getting married, taking care of two littles, and well, life… I stopped writing.

For some time now, I’ve felt called back to this blogging thing. I’m not a perfect writer, but I believe God has blessed me with ability to encourage others through my writing and by sharing my story. So I’m dusting off the ole’ keyboard and getting a fresh start with a new blog that focuses on not just open adoption, but issues pertaining to my faith, life as a wife and mother, and my most recent experience of becoming unemployed.

Sharing my struggles and challenges is far outside of my comfort zone, but I am trusting that God will break down the walls and help me to write the story He wants me to tell.

My hope is to write authentically, share the journey, and maybe even encourage someone along the way.

Thanks for following along. ❤