I worked with a young woman named Kat over 4 years ago as a social worker for an adoption agency when she placed her newborn daughter Hallie for adoption. Hallie was born on Easter Sunday of 2004. Kat was 19 years old at the time. I was with her in the delivery room as her support person. I continued to work with her in the years that followed. I consciously chose to befriend her as well as to mentor her. She also has a daughter Kirsten who was 8 in 2007. Kirsten is a year younger than my daughter Linnea. We live in the same small town and our girls go to the same school. Kat and I would meet for a Bible study or just to have coffee. She called me regularly to discuss parenting issues or to just share what was on her mind. I have always admired her for her strength and courage. She’s had a hard life and is doing the best she can.
|Thanksgiving Day 2007|
Look for Part II in the coming days