JoAnne

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Outside the Lines

Outside the Lines

As a young girl, I can’t remember spending any time being creative. I am not even sure I ever had a box of crayons or a coloring…

Never Shut Yourself Off

Never Shut Yourself Off

Back when I was a freshman in high school, I lived with a family far away from our new home. Long story, but it wasn’t because of…

My Most-Deeply Moving Gift for 2015

My Most-Deeply Moving Gift for 2015

I received a wonderful surprise in the mail from my 94-year-old aunt by adoption. My aunt gave me a replacement copy of a cherished book that she…

Our Meant-to-Be Acquaintances

Our Meant-to-Be Acquaintances

In my search for my birth father, regardless of all the time that had gone by, I found the majority of my inquiry phone calls and letters…

Say Something

Say Something

You would think with both of my parents being in the medical profession (my stepfather a long-time medical doctor and my adoptive mother an RN for many…

Who would it be?

Who would it be?

My younger birth brother, Joe :). Only 10 months after my birth, our mother learned she was pregnant with her fifth child. Married with three older children,…

Sweet Determination

Sweet Determination

Before barely allowing me to get the words out in a sweet, cheerful voice, “Would you like to buy some Camp Fire mints?” the woman grumbled while…

My Brother’s Story

My Brother’s Story

The Whittington Family:Ryland’s Story After my husband left early for work Saturday morning, I got up for a few minutes to read my e-mail. One message was…

With a little help from our friends …

With a little help from our friends …

I can so relate to my good friend, Wendy’s feelings. We both found our mothers had passed away much too young and our birthdays are only a…

Insinuations

Insinuations

I still shake my head in disbelief. When I was searching for my birth father, a woman called me collect in regards to an inquiry I sent…

  1. Oh, I am so sad for those girls. To have lost you once because of their mother’s decision, and then to have lost you again because of their own short-sightedness. They really missed out. I’m sorry you did, too 🙁
  2. So sad, what a terrible experience. and I know it was only one of many for you. Love you friend!!!
  3. This fills me with sadness: “No child should have to continually try to make a parent love them.” What a tragedy that your mother was not able to accept love from you. My guess is that deep down, she didn’t feel lovable, and she had to cover that shameful fact up with a bunch of br…
  4. It’s insane that these findings were made but nothing was done about it. All these years later, you are still waiting for the wrongs to be righted.
  5. I love you❤