Philomena: a movie worth talking about
Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith (The Lost Child of Philomena Lee), the movie Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee, played by Judi Dench. Philomena got pregnant at a young age, which was something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of.
Introduced a birth mom to thousands last Saturday
Last Saturday, January 18th, we had the opportunity to speak at the Dallas March for Life Rally. It was an honor to be a part of this HUGE event in downtown Dallas and to get to talk about adoption to thousands. Literally, thousands.
Oklahoma Launch Party - a success!
On Thursday, November 14, we launched this movement in Oklahoma! We gathered with about 175 of our closest friends in the Oklahoma City/Edmond/Nichols Hills area and shared the vision of BraveLove with the intention of raising adoption awareness.
Reunions, “Brave” & Oprah
We’ve run across some great adoption stories, articles and videos so far this week. Read/Watch these at your leisure...
Adoptees get peek at past in birth records
“I finally got to see and meet someone who looked exactly like me,” said Duffy, a marketing professional. “It’s a very kind of emotional, strange thing that you grow up your whole life and don’t ever know anything about your background. And it’s the first chapter of your life, that birth certificate.”
Must-reads & watches for your week
“I know a woman who has never been to one of her child’s school events. It’s not because she is too busy. This same woman has never baked a cookie, wrapped a present or even admired a picture her child has drawn at school. There are others like her - more than you would think, because of course most people don’t know this about her."
This time last week: Southern Social
Last Thursday, we had the joy of hanging out with about 400 of our closest friends at the Southern Social. The Southern Social is a series of free concerts meant to promote local music, good food, and help raise money for people doing some good in the world.
BraveLove's in the paper - “Mother Creates Adoption Community"
“I’ve been more that a little entranced by the open letters and videos on BraveLove.org, and will have story in Friday’s paper about the organization’s founder, Ellen Porter, of Preston Hollow. Porter calls BraveLove a movement — one she hopes will forever change the way people look at adoption and birth parenting.”
Our first Roundtable
The first week in February we gathered around one table with 17 different men and women from North Texas. We hosted our first (ever!) BraveLove Roundtable discussion and lunch with different DFW area leaders from adoption agencies, pregnancy resource centers, schools, churches, law firms, etc.