My name is Alyssa Diaz and I am the current reigning Miss Eagle Mountain and I will compete for the title of Miss Utah in June of this year. As a contestant in the Miss America Organization, I get to choose a service platform to dedicate myself to you and I have I titled my platform Adoption: A Choice of Love. Four years ago I
The first time I ever thought of this concept I was talking to the Adoptive Mother I chose for my son. I was in my eighth month and getting larger by the second. I noticed stretch marks all over my thighs and my belly and thought about how much I had stretched mentally and spiritually during that same time. I remember telling this sweet mother
When I first contacted Jared and Rebecca about placing Bryce with them, I honestly didn’t know where to start. I felt like I had so many questions, but what questions were the right ones to ask? How do I start a conversation with someone who could potentially be in my life forever? And I am sure on the flip side of that, adoptive parents feel
Here are some suggestions that helped me get through the tough times,
and helped the good times become GREAT!
1. Set goals. I needed to set goals for myself so I could focus on things that were in my control. Depending on your age, these goals could include: get your driver’s license
graduate high school
find a job
go to college
find a trade school
It began as I am sure it has with many women dealing with fertility issues) in a hospital as I was having yet another ultrasound. The pain had been growing every month, every day, every time we tried and tried to get my body to do what a woman’s body should. The pain starts out with twinges but as time and reality start to set
My Adoption Story
Around the time I was 18, I struggled with my self-esteem causing me to make some pretty poor choices in my life. I struggled for a long time with an eating disorder causing my body to basically not function the way it normally would have. I also struggled with the men I dated thinking I could change them and in the end they
“Every day we don’t get a baby means we are closer to the day we do.”
This was our mantra while trying to create our family through adoption. It is what brought hope each day. It helped to remember this every time the phone rang and it wasn’t our agency telling us we were chosen. It helped when we watched family members or friends announce a
Although my pregnancy wasn’t the dream I had for myself… I know, I know, it’s shocking not to feel like young, single and pregnant wasn’t my fairy tale ending, right, but I wasn’t ready to be a mother. I didn’t have a job, a stable home, or a good man who could take care of me or a child, nor a plan for the future.
Telling your family and friends you’re pregnant. Now here is a scary moment in time. For some young women it’s where you wish you could run away from this “predicament” but there’s no running, you’re pregnant and that is the fact that needs to be looked at.
I’m sure by the time you’ve found out about the new person you have inside of you, life has