At BraveLove, we're dedicated to erasing the stigmas of adoption, and a big part of that involves sharing stories that honor birth mothers. As we all know, adoption impacts people forever. The journey isn't over after the decision has been made. That's why we love to stay connected with those who have shared their stories with BraveLove over the years, like Ana.
Ana placed her son for adoption 3 and a half years ago. She shared her story with BraveLove about two years ago (see here). So we're catching up and learning what her life looks like these days.
How would you describe yourself today?
I am going to school, helping my sister plan her wedding and planning my own wedding. I’m super busy these days!
What do your days look like?
I’m currently full time, taking a couple classes each semester so I can earn my degree, and getting ready for my sister's bridal shower and bachelorette. I’m also traveling to Orlando about once a month to visit my fiancee who is currently working down there.
Knowing what you know today about life, what would you tell yourself 5 years ago?
It gets SO much better, waiting for the right one really is worth it. And my mistakes that I thought would end the world didn’t.
What do you want the world to know about adoption?
We’re not all the same. And the crazy birth mom that’s usually portrayed in movies and TV isn’t an accurate representation of birth parents.
What keeps you up at night?
Honestly, nothing. I have a good job, I share a home with the man of my dreams, and my son is happy and healthy.
What are you looking forward to this year?
My sister’s wedding, my wedding, and (hopefully) getting pregnant by the end of the year :)