When I was first asked to write a blog I thought, “What a strange word?” Sounds a bit like it should be the title of a B rated horror flick.
For a bit of background, I’m a part of the adoption triad. Not the usual, adoptive parent or adoptee, but I am a birth mom. I say not the usual because back in my day, we didn’t share that information. "Giving a child up" for adoption was kept secret and swept under the carpet. I’m grateful that it’s not that way today.
This past Saturday was the New Beginnings Tampa Bay Fertility Conference.
It was a lovely morning at the Hilton in Tampa. The sessions covered a span of topics from Fertility 101, Genetics, Third Party Reproduction, Adoption, and even Fertility Yoga.
In between sessions, attendees could get to know the speakers and vendors at the tables set up in the lobby. The tables were set up around a delightful spread of refreshments. Nothing like coffee and snacks to keep your mind awake for information!
Saturday the 17th was our annual Adoptive Family Picnic for Tampa.
We all gathered at Ballast Point Park. We were nestled in the perfect spot, between the playground, the Gazebo and the bay. It was an wonderful location with the nice breeze and a view of the horse farm just across the street.
Once we spread out the sandwiches, snacks, and goodies, families started to arrive, and it was time to begin the fun!
Coming from a big family, I’ve always liked kids. So when I started dating my future wife, it was just fine with me that she had a 3 year old son. We got to hang out quite a bit, because his dad left before he was born. This poor little kid never had a dad, and his mom was busting her butt to support him.
My oldest son Zackary and I have a very special bond, because we were both adopted.
Yesterday was my son's 18th birthday!! Like most parents we can't believe how fast the time has flown. Zack had an amazing day hanging out with friends and doing what he loves best, FISHING! We let him miss another day of school after a long Holiday break, because who wants to be in school on your 18th birthday.
We ended the day with a wonderful dinner with family and friends. Then we headed home to do something we had waited 17 years to do.
It’s an exciting time here at the agency. Being the beginning of the year, we take the time to reflect on the work we have done in the last year, the families we had a hand in helping to grow, the annual photo cards we receive that show us how big children have gotten, but also, we take this time to reflect on what families have asked us for and how we can offer them more or make things different in the coming year.