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 birth parents, adoptive parents and the adoptee forever. That's why we love to stay connected with those who have shared their stories with BraveLove — like Brooke who was adopted!
Brooke shared her story with BraveLove four years ago (see here). So we're catching up with her and learning what her life looks like these days.
How would you describe yourself today?
I am living day by day enjoying life and building on my relationship with my half-sister.
What do your days look like?
Busy! I’m working in special education again and back in school. My kids are getting big — one starts driving school next week! It has been a rough go this year. I’ve had health issues arise, surgeries and my adoptive mom passed away in January.
Knowing what you know today, what would you tell yourself 5 years ago?
Just do you! People come and go, but true friends stick with you.
What do you want the world to know about adoption?
It is beautiful and hard at times for all parties.
What keeps you up at night?
Worrying about my family like my two kids and my husband. I’m trying to be the best mom/wife I can be.
What are you looking forward to this year?
Getting closer to finishing school and meeting my brother-in-law and two nephews for the first time!