I Can’t Believe I Helped This Maine Couple Have The Courage To Adopt
This weekend while I was doing a live broadcast at the Marketplace at Augusta I was approached by a beautiful young woman. She told me that she had heard that Matt & Lizzy was going to be at the Marketplace and had to track me down.
She told me her name was Erika and went on to tell me something that blew me away, emotionally. I wrote a story recently about my life and my recent adoption of my son, Bentley. It was hard to share this story because for over 5 years no one knew that my wife, Janelle and I were Moms, raising the most incredible little boy for 5 years.
She went on to say that her husband and her took in her twin niece's when they were 2 years old. She was able to adopt them on May 4th, 2022, after 4 years of going to court and many failed attempts to adopt.
She went onto say,
We got a lot of back lash from family and friends due to them thinking my brother who is their biological dad should be giving more of a chance to over come his addiction and get them back and a lot of negative comments about my husband and I not letting him in the girls life until he is sober.
She then told me she had heard me on the radio tell my story of adoption. This was around the same time she was going through her adoption.
I was sitting in the car on my way to work and heard you talking on the radio. I felt alone about the adoption and what we have gone through and even though I do have a support group, it all hit me different.
As I was listening, I felt like I was no longer alone in that moment and I started to cry. Even though I did not know you or your whole story, hearing you talk about adoption helped me and made me feel not alone. It's amazing to love a child that's not biological yours and it's the most amazing feeling when that judge says their yours forever. Thank you for sharing your story.
It is amazing when a judge tells you that your child is officially yours, under the law. It is a relief and a release that I have never personally known, until the day the papers were sign on May 3rd, 2022. I know you now feel the same Erika. Adoptive and De Facto parents have a bond that only those parents can understand because we had to fight for our children.
Thank you for listening to my story Erika, I am proud of your courage to never give up no matter how tough it became. Children are put into our lives for a reason and the one thing I know is true is that, we were always their mothers.