Part 1 ~ The Beginning and the Breakdown
Part 2 ~ Growing Up Adopted
Part 3 ~ Search and Reunion...Or Maybe Not
Part 4 ~ "Hi Mom, I'm Home!"
Part 5 ~ A Not-So-Ordinary Coffee Chat
Part 6 ~ Never Can Say Goodbye
Part 7 ~ Getting to Know You
Part 8 ~ And I Think To Myself, What a Wonderful World
Part 9 ~ Wanted: Two Words
Part 10 ~ Losing Her For the Third Time
Part 11 ~ The Aftermath (A.K.A. "Is Anyone There?")
Part 12 ~ Finding Melissa
Part 13 ~ The Call I Never Expected
Part 14 ~ Bringing it to Present Day
Post Story Q & A
(This post story Q & A are the questions people asked me privately during the after the story was written. I answered them all in this post.)
Many people cried out for more when Day 14 came, and said, "You're not going to leave us hanging are you?" Day 14 brought it to present day at the time, but the story continued to unfold.
The following posts explain how things unfolded, and will take you up to the present moment. They can be found below, in order. Or, they can also be found here at the link entitled, "Deanna Moving Forward."
Making the First Move
As Far as It Depends On Me
Why I'm Not Banging My Head on the Dashboard
Five Choices I've Made In Response to Pain and Loss
Why I Chose to NOT Go On Medication for Post Adoption Pain
The Stubborn and The Strong
Why Yesterday's Birthday Was the Best Birthday Ever
A Letter Received
The Final Moments
The Lies We Believe About Time
The Final Goodbye
First Mothers Never Forget. Ever.
An Adoptee Living Through Not-Okay-Ness
This is What Adoptee Grief Looks Like
Fear Trumps Love Everytime...But It Doesn't Have To!
You Didn't Fail Your Kids!
Why It's Helpful to Cry Alone
Tragic News for My Critics: My Therapist Said Goodbye
Does It Bring You Abundant Life?
I am awestruck at the amount of people who have read this entire thing.
I am so thankful to God for what He has done, and thankful for all of you.