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Cindy "Find Peace"

Cindy "Find Peace"

I just remember life starting not much before my mom died. And I remember that night. And, being woken up with a gunshot sound and going downstairs and finding her in the basement… and things being a mess. Then my dad came home and I ran back up and got in my bed. I didn’t know what to do. Then I remember the neighbors coming and covering up my head and taking me next door. I saw the ambulance and my mom being taken away. I knew my mom was dead when I saw her downstairs after I heard the gunshot, because part of her head was gone. My brother and I were just told to not to talk about it, and it was never spoken of again. It’s been forty years now and my dad, my brother and I still haven’t discussed the suicide.”

READ CINDY’S STORY HERE

Rachel "Power in Our Choices"

Rachel "Power in Our Choices"

“I was adopted by my biological mother's hairdresser through a mutual friend. My biological mother was in the military, and she was not sure who my biological father was; I try not to think of the potentially negative reasons why. Regardless, at age twenty, she wanted to travel the world and serve her country; the last thing she wanted to do as a single mom was tote a baby around to different relatives for months or years at a time in order to do so. I have such respect for her for that. I cannot imagine how my life would have turned out otherwise, nor would I ever want to be responsible for someone else to not able to chase their dream. This woman chose to take charge of her life, and give me a good shot at having stability at the same time. The couple who adopted me wanted an open adoption, where my biological mother and grandparents would have the ability to be in my life.”

READ RACHEL’S STORY HERE

Katie "Always Kept My Chin Up"

Katie "Always Kept My Chin Up"

“Then on January 17, 2000, my dad flipped his water tanker on the way to a mission, killing him instantly....

... I kissed my mother on the cheek and told her I'd be back first thing in the morning. She died in her sleep that night, her body being too pickled from the alcoholism and stressed to keep going.”

READ KATIE’S STORY HERE

Jaide "She Burned With Passion"

Jaide "She Burned With Passion"

“So when mom became a single parent, and was just trying to provide a better life for her kids, she dove into her work, picking up shifts whenever possible to support us. My mother kind of missed the point, in a sense. I love her more than she'll ever know, more than I've even tried to express to her…but in her efforts to give her kiddos the best, she forgot to be there for them. I struggled for so long with feelings of abandonment and rejection.”

READ JAIDE’S STORY HERE

Katlyn "If You Know the Whole Story"

Katlyn "If You Know the Whole Story"

“It all started out when my birth mom lived in a trailer park in Illinois. My two older sisters were living with her, and people kept lying and told Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS), that mom was putting cigarettes out on my sister, Brittany’s body, which was all a lie because she never smoked cigarettes. After that incident happened, they took my sister, Rosemary away. My mother did everything they asked her to do to get them back, but they just thought she wasn’t responsible enough.”

READ KATLYN’S STORY HERE

Megan "Riding on the Waves"

Megan "Riding on the Waves"

“I started the frantic calls to my parent's home. I started to get lost in my head of what could be going on. Finally I got an answer and it's my mom who lived in Stockton. She doesn't sound like my mom and she's repeating over and over, "please don't take him, please don't take him." I fell to the floor sobbing…”

READ MEGAN’S STORY HERE

Kaylee "Laying a Good Path"

Kaylee "Laying a Good Path"

"I will never forget that date, October 11, 2006, when I was only eight years old. She (my mother) literally left me on her birthday...I haven't seen her since."

READ KAYLEE’S STORY HERE

Chandler "Optimism"

Chandler "Optimism"

“I’ve never met my dad. At least, not that I can remember.”

READ CHANDLER’S STORY HERE

Chloe "Doors"

Chloe "Doors"

"I remember the smiling faces of families beaming down at us. None of those many families, however, were mine."

READ CHLOE’S STORY HERE

Saylor "Haunting"

Saylor "Haunting"

“Being eight years old and having my dad stolen away from me overnight in a tragic accident onset a lifetime of anxiety and depression.”

READ SAYLOR’S STORY HERE

Joel "Miracle Existence"

Joel "Miracle Existence"

"I then got put into foster care and was placed with a lady named Sunshine who took me. Since I didn’t have parents, I didn’t have a name. So they called me Steven for a long time.”

READ JOEL’S STORY HERE

Heather "Silver Lining"

Heather "Silver Lining"

"Writing my parents eulogies at age twenty-five was something I couldn't ever have imagined...It's so interesting to me that the feeling of being alone and orphaned is most days what I feel, but It has given me a new perspective."

READ HEATHER’S STORY HERE

Holly "Radient"

Holly "Radient"

“But whoever my mother was, I thank God that I had the first five years of my life with her."

READ HOLLY’S STORY HERE.

Shannon "Forgive"

Shannon "Forgive"

"For many reasons that don't seem as important now, I had not seen my mom for over 15 years."

READ SHANNON’S STORY HERE