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Instagram Public Photos with #adopteevoices

Half way through my first rehearsal of into the woods, i realized there was an article taped to the wall directly behind me about people reuniting with biological family members. 😬
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as an adoptee, this felt like a punch in my gut i wasn’t at all expecting. i was triggered. it made me think of my own adoption, the first 6 months of my life in asuncion, paraguay. i felt a wave of sadness move through me, a grief i don’t really understand. it makes me want to hide, and at the same time - shout my story from the rooftops. 🙈
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i started to think it must be time for my one-woman show to come back out - so i reached out to some friends and started to map out what a summer tour might look like. but instead of feeling excited, i actually felt like this wasn’t it. there was something bigger that wanted to be created. so i journaled about it. i asked for guidance - like i always do. and, of course, it showed up. ✨
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during tech, i learned that this guy writes musicals. 👆🏼
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during our 12 hour tech days, he sang me his music, and i read him scenes from my play. sharing my work and hearing his music gave me butterflies. like big ol crazy, excited butterflies.  this somehow turned into him writing a song for me - maybe for my solo show, maybe not. a few days later it was finished, and i was a disaster. as in - crying in the fetal position on the floor because of how devastatingly beautiful this song was. we then decided to start writing a musical about adoption, together. and all of a sudden - the something bigger was here. 🔥
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sharing my story as an international adoptee feels like a calling to me - and finding the courage to actually do it is something i work toward everyday. and now having a creative partner - who literally takes what’s on my heart and turns it into poetry and sets it to music, and who listens and holds space for me to cry and feel as i share and open up some of my deepest wounds - is a literal dream come true. i get emotional every time i think about it. i truly believe we were meant to spend 3 months in an understudy room with each other - so we could start writing this mammoth piece together. 😭
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2 weeks ago comment 43 star 128

She’s adopted, she’s not broken. and same goes for her son.
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my assistant/friend taylor @dirtydiaperdiaries has taken over www.growinggilmers.com (link in bio) to share her heart- and you dont want to miss it. her heart is pure gold and to have her on my life team is a treasure, to say the least! #mine #mommyandme #adoption #adoptionstory #adoptionrocks #mustardseedadoptionconsultants @mustardseedadoptionconsultants #transracialadoption #transracialfamily #adoptee #adopteevoices #adopteemovement #adopteestrong #adopteestories

3 weeks ago comment 3 star 229

10 yrs ago on this day my life changed forever.. i still can never find the words to describe all my thoughts it’s definitely been an emotional rollercoaster. looking at these pictures are bringing back so many memories. .the first time i saw and hugged my birthmom i’m so glad i have those memories to look back on. i think it’s important to recognize adoption is not all sunshine and rainbows ..it’s hard ..really hard. also it doesn’t mean “i’m not grateful and don’t love my adoptive family”.. i think it’s really just about finding your complete self. the good the bad and the ugly. .
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anyway here’s to 10yrs of finding my birthmom .birthdad. and all my family who i love and have changed my life forever! 💕

January 2019 comment 28 star 204

We see it all the time. over sharing. adoptive or foster parents centered in the conversation, telling a story that isn’t theirs to tell. children had to first lose everything before they landed in a new family. when the number of follows and likes on a social media account are a direct result of the position as a foster or adoptive parent, then this is a problem. protect them. hold their experience close. allow them the opportunity to tell their own stories. they had no voice in any of the decisions that lead them to their current family. please don’t steal their opportunity to share their lived experience, when and if they choose to do so. .
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#adoption #adoptiveparents #fostercare #fostertoadopt #fosterparents #ffy #adopted #adopteevoices #fp365

4 weeks ago comment 20 star 216

So glad that *someone* is calm about for black girls like me being on bookshelves in four short months! most days i’m a ball of excitement & nerves. i’m so grateful for the thoughtful reviews that have started to surface & my #writingcommunity for holding me up.
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if a story about a transracially adopted black girl trying to find her voice is for you, you can preorder the kindle, audio book, & print version of my novel now. link in bio ☝🏾💜!
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March 2019 comment 9 star 120

If you do any searching about adoptees the words you see over and over are lost, abandoned, searching, rejection, depression, and much more. i never did look up adoptee statistics, or research much, because i didn’t feel i wanted those things spoken over my life. i don’t want that spoken over banning either. if he ever feels these things he is allowed to, but the truth is this: :
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you were created by a god who loves you and wants what’s best for you. he wrote your story long before you took your first breath. i have seen god work miracle after miracle for you, and i know you are destined for greatness. in jesus you are found, he will never abandon you, he will satisfy you if you are searching, and he heals depression, no matter what you do he will never reject you. :
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i choose to listen to what jesus says i am, not people or statistics/research, and i pray banning will choose that too. #adoptees |📸: @lauramarie.photography |
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3 weeks ago comment 17 star 215

So much love when celebrating the year of the pig with our #adopteenchicago family

February 2019 comment 2 star 112

Let’s talk adoption language 🤗
an adopted child is family just as much as a biological child. there is no difference. banning is my “real”, “own”, “actual” child, as i am to my parents. using those words to an adoptive family is not appropriate. if you are trying to distinguish a difference please use the term “biological”. although in my own personal family where there are a mix of adopted children and biological children, we are all the same; children. adoption does not define us. my siblings and i are just my parents children, we don’t state who is biological and who isn’t. we are all a miracle and meant to be whether we were born from our mother, or were placed in her arms by a birth mother. #lovemakesafamily +
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4 weeks ago comment 69 star 489

Had i loved my daughter any less- one ounce less- she would be with me right now. my love for her was the only thing that could enable me to break my own heart. i didn’t just feel love; i did what love dictated.”- birth mother (mother, friend, daughter, loved by jesus) katie
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4 weeks ago comment 27 star 319