I wear the badge of adoptive mom with honor, pride, thankfulness, and humility. I live everyday in awe of the fact that my daughter and son's birth parents chose my husband and I to raise Georgia & Crosby as ours, and to entrust us with their futures and well-being; both physically and emotionally.
I lead with this detail about who I am because there has been little else in my life that has so drastically altered previously held opinions (and I'll go so far as to say convictions) of mine on matters concerning becoming a parent, infertility, compassion, acceptance, love, open adoption, a child's well-being, and what it means to take responsibility for something. It has truly been a defining moment in my life....and I don't believe that in the end, we have that many of them. So when we recognize one, we need to embrace it and wrestle with it in the hopes that we can squeeze out of it everything that it has to offer.
I'm also an incredibly lucky wife, daughter, sister, and friend. And it just so happens that I also love to write about all of these things that make me who I am, who I want to be, things I want to lose about myself, things I want to gain, and things I wished I'd known earlier in my life.
Pink Shoes is a platform for me to write about those everyday, very simple moments that make a life and what I can learn from them. The writer Annie Dillard says, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." I refuse to let simple occurrences in the course of a grocery shopping trip, a rainy morning at home, a meeting at work, dinner out, dinner in, a walk in the woods, a disagreement with a friend, an over-flowing laundry basket, a drive to my parents house, or an inside joke with my husband pass me by--because if I did--I'd be letting my life pass me by.
I first realized this when I bought a pair of pink shoes about seven years ago at Old Navy--read the story and then start looking for all the pink shoes in your own life. They're there; if you're willing to look for them, hold onto them, and use them. I know it.
Thanks for stopping by.
Fantastic to have you!