Oh, hey there. Welcome to the new blog. 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 and to provide insight about an alternative to abortion that many women didn’t know existed.
Somewhere along the way though, between working, 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 the ability to encourage others through my writing and through my life experiences. 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 being laid off from my job during maternity leave.
Sharing my struggles and challenges is far outside of my comfort zone, but I am trusting in God to 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.
“You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.” — Isaiah 58:12
What is God calling you to do today, that may be outside of your comfort zone?
Thanks for following along. ❤