19 years ago my life changed forever when I adopted my son.    My sole interest in doing this blog is to  educate people on the blessings of adoption.    I intend to share stories of others who have taken this journey albeit through closed, open, domestic or international adoption.  I am not sure where God will take me in this journey, but I hope that you will go along with me.

MY STORY…… 

On a normal visit to my OB-GYN doctor,  my doctor said these words, “Mrs. Wyant,  you have a severe case of endometriosis and so if you were interested in starting a family, now would be that time.”  I immediately burst into tears.  My poor doctor (who remains my Dr today) never knew what hit him.

You see.. 6 months prior, I became a widow at age 29 unexpectedly.  I always knew that I wanted to be a mom but I thought I had plenty of time.  Adoption was not a foreign concept to me (my brother is adopted) but the reality of those words from my doctor made me really do some soul searching.  What did I want?  Could I do this alone?  Did I want to have my own?  Was it acceptable?  Who cared if it was acceptable?  What about adoption?  Would they adopt to a single parent? Can I do this alone?  What if I cant? What if I’m still grieving and just trying to replace him?   What if… what if… what if…. With all of these questions swirling through my head.. I knew 1 thing.. that I wanted to a be a mom.

So what next?  I began doing research.. I leaned on my faith to help me in this decision and the answer became simple…. adoption.  The year was 1995 and I began doing research.. domestic adoption, of course.  There were hundreds of thousands of kids in this country to adopt.  However at this time in our country, the news was filled with biological parent (s) who were coming back into their adopted kids life and reclaiming them.  To be fair, I didn’t really read the  court cases to fully understand why this was happening but I knew that  the idea of this scared me.  Then two people entered my life that would cause it to change forever.

The first was an ex-wife of a customer who was literally getting on a plane to go to Russia to bring her daughter home.  In talking to her, she said the most important decision you can make in international adoption is to choose the right adoption agency.  (this would come to ring true later)  The second influence I will bring up later in this journey.   And so it began, I spent the better part of 18 months to 2 years researching adoption agencies.  I basically interviewed them and after about 12-15 interviews, there was one that stood out to me… Americans for International Aid and Adoption out of Michigan.  And so it began…. (stay tuned)

 

 

Categories: MY STORY

44 Comments

Eleene Newton · February 24, 2018 at 2:52 pm

I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO READING ABOUT YOUR JOURNEY.

Kathy Murray Hammer · February 24, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Amazing story. Can’t wait to read more my friend.

Shannon Calhoun · February 24, 2018 at 2:55 pm

I always forget he’s adopted

Carrie Cave Smith · February 24, 2018 at 2:55 pm

I’m staying tuned. . .

Ramona Gentry Rucker · February 24, 2018 at 2:56 pm

I had no idea you became a widow😢 I cannot wait to hear about your journey.

Ron Hall · February 24, 2018 at 2:57 pm

I didn’t know. Powerful stuff Janell

Sheryl Floyd · February 24, 2018 at 2:58 pm

Love this! Thank you for sharing!

Pam Carr Miller · February 24, 2018 at 2:58 pm

I’m so looking forward to the next……thanks for sharing

Kayla Hood · February 24, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Woo hoo! This is awesome!!

Scott Hardin · February 24, 2018 at 2:59 pm

We have known each other literally our entire lives. I always knew you were a very strong person. After reading this, I am convinced even more. Much love to you my friend.

Melanie Renfroe Long · February 24, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Thank you for letting us share this journey!!!

Anne Apple · February 24, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Oh boy oh boy! I’m just now seeing this & cant WAIT!!!!!!!

Phamie Wernli · February 24, 2018 at 3:01 pm

The blog is a great idea Janell, you have a way with words and I’m sure this will help so many others.
Miss you

Amanda Hicks · February 24, 2018 at 3:02 pm

Amazing Janell! Thank you for sharing this story with the world 💙💚❤️

Lori Cameron Galbraith · February 24, 2018 at 3:03 pm

I love your story so far & can’t wait to read the next chapter!

James Peel · February 24, 2018 at 3:03 pm

Thank you for sharing this story!

Virginia Castillo · February 24, 2018 at 3:04 pm

Beautifully said. And you proved the love you shower on your son.

Lisa Dutton · February 24, 2018 at 3:04 pm

Looking forward to the story of the journey!

A Jo L Moore · February 24, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Wow beautiful I’m touched

Sheila Simpson · February 24, 2018 at 3:05 pm

So beautiful…and appreciate you sharing..I have a few friends in similar situation..may I share your blog with them?

Melanie McFerrin Carr · February 24, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Staying tuned..

Laree Glass Chapman · February 24, 2018 at 3:07 pm

Thank you for sharing your journey. I loved it. Waiting for the next one anxiously!!

Haleigh Beaird · February 24, 2018 at 3:07 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your journey! ❤️ As someone who has PCOS and Endometriosis, I have feared children may never be a choice for me. After reading this, it gives me hope that there are options 🙂

Angela Henderson · February 24, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Thank you for sharing your story! I can’t wait to read more! God bless you and yours

Lynette Jett · February 24, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Great start Janell. Since I don’t know the story can’t wait for the next chapter.

Laura Wyant · February 24, 2018 at 3:10 pm

Very well written. I’m very happy for that day! Love you guys!

Lori Platt · February 24, 2018 at 3:10 pm

I love this! Can’t wait to read more!

Stacy Woodall Edwards · February 24, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Thanks for sharing your story! Exciting!

Anne Apple · February 24, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Omg! I need longer! Sister, you can write as well! I’m so very proud of you & honored to share this journey with you my friend

Shelley Miller · February 24, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Very cool!

Michelle Bollerman Phelan · February 24, 2018 at 3:12 pm

Wow. So, Janell, I am speechless. The ultimate compliment? LOL. Can’t wait to read more. God Bless you on this very special journey

Julie Ostrander Short · February 24, 2018 at 3:13 pm

LOVE that you are sharing your story!!

Paula Baumiller Buell · February 24, 2018 at 3:13 pm

Goose bumps! I can’t wait to read more! I was adopted and This is inspiring. God Blessed you Janell with a many gifts. We are so blessed to have you share your journey with us. ❤️

Marlee Milke · February 24, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Love this ❤️❤️❤️

Leann Giles McCown · February 24, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Y’all were meant to find each other! Can’t wait to read more about your whole journey.

Travis Durham · February 24, 2018 at 3:15 pm

So so cool. Thanks for doing this. Miss ya!

Angie Berdan · February 24, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Love you and your amazing story! What an inspiration to everyone!

Larry Womack · February 24, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Thank you, Janell! Your story will make a difference. You already have.

Vicki Phillips Smith · February 24, 2018 at 3:17 pm

I’m on pins and needles waiting to read your blog in its entirety! May God help you to take what’s in your heart and translate it eloquently into text, the way you have done so thus far, to it’s completion. I’m happy for both you AND your son Janell!

Donna Ginalick · February 24, 2018 at 3:17 pm

Love reading this! I know your story, but I don’t “know” your story (I know only the basics!). Can’t wait to read more and learn so much from you. You’re amazing! ❤️

Jill Ingram Crawford · February 24, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Wow! I will be looking forward to hearing more of your story!

Carol Purser Luebbehusen · February 24, 2018 at 3:18 pm

I remember it so well! Can’t wait for the next chapter!

Hal Eileen Seaman · February 24, 2018 at 3:19 pm

Fantastic, Janell. Your story will inspire so many!

Julie Brown · February 24, 2018 at 3:21 pm

What an awesome undertaking Janell.

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