Confession time: Feeling vulnerable is not the only reason why I have been out of touch here.
In October, I took a job with a re-vamped Adoption.com as their Editor-in-chief.
The new CEO called me last summer and asked if I would be interested in working for Adoption.com and if I was, what job I would want to do.
I told him I am not good at math.
Or talking on the phone.
I told him that I am disorganized and not a Grammar Snob. (Obvs.)
This is probably not the best way to respond when someone offers you a job, just FYI.
I DID tell him what I love. And that is you.
I told him that I am a storyteller and I love the adoption triad. I told him I would want to work with the writers. And so here I am.
I helped with a MASSIVE re-branding, re-design, and re-routing of our website that released mid-April. Have you seen Adoption.com recently? Learn more about the NEW Adoption.com.
My job at Adoption.com is to amplify the voices of our community to Adoption.com’s 4 million monthly pageviews. The absurdity of that number and the burden that I feel on my shoulders because of it is enormous. I want to share powerful voices with you that will educate, inspire, and even uplift you.
Each member of our Content Team has been carefully selected. It has been an honor to get to know them through their writing. So many of my work days (during nap time, or the middle of the night) is spent with me in tears over the passion and power that is being shared from my staff writers. I love their words and I love their heart.
I mean, look at these gems:
Myra, a birth mother, explains her reasons for placing. I’ve heard her present many times before and her fire always inspires me. And man, she is funny.
This was never about a baby. My pregnancy and my adoption were about a person. A lot of images flood the mind when a pregnancy is announced, including lots of adorable little clothes and toys. But for me I was thinking about his life to come. I was thinking about his calculus homework, his first date, and the day he becomes a father. The weight of this entire person with his entire amazing life was resting on my shoulders and my bladder. It was now up to me to get that boy to calculus and to his wedding day, and I was sorely unprepared. I had never even taken calculus.
Sierra, a birth mother and an adoptee, shares What Not to Say to a Birth Mother.
When speaking to an adoptee or birth mom, it is okay to ask questions. I am an open book! However, be sensitive.
Kenna, an adoptive mother and an adoptee, shares her experience of being adopted by her step-mom.
Adoption is not something to sweep under the rug, to shut away in a safe and throw away the combination. My parents never spoke of my adoption, so I assumed that they were ashamed of me and how I was added to the family.
Megan, an adoptive mother and foster mama, shares how foster parenting first took root in her heart.
I could love a child who needed me, if only for a little while.
Marilee, an adoptee through the foster care system and a birth mother, shares her Top 5 Ways to Break a Birth Mother’s heart. In my opinion, it’s a must-read for all adoptive parents and hopeful adoptive parents.
Your child cannot have too many people to love him or her. This includes lots of possibilities, but talk to your birth mom! Follow her lead and trust her judgment.
THIS is one of the happiest posts I have ever read!
I honestly have the coolest job in the world for me. I had no idea it would be like this!
I’ve learned things that I didn’t even know that I didn’t know–about adoption, adoption misconceptions, writers, rebranding, coding, and so on. It’s humbling and usually overwhelming, but always a blessing.
I want you to know that I take this opportunity very seriously. In the end, Adoption.com answers to YOU, the adoption community. If you can’t use what we are creating, then it doesn’t matter how pretty our site is. And it is very pretty!
I hope you’ll join me on this new adventure. The R House isn’t going anywhere, I will still do most of my writing here (in fact, I’ve only written one story for Adoption.com so far!), but I get to share the stories of so many others who inspire me TO NO END.
Every Friday I will share my Editor’s Picks from Adoption.com right here. These are stories that my incredible Content Manager, Rachel, and I have been touched by. I want you to get to know these incredible voices that I get to work with everyday!
Let’s do some good, people.