Well, today is the glorious day that comes around once a year. It usually entails a flood of facebook wall posts, an outrageous amount of libations debauchery, and of course having to change a certain number in my blog title. You guessed it -- today is Amstel's birthday! So now THIS is officially the story of a 24-year-old birthmother. Thank you mom and dad for the gift of life!
Crazy how it's been almost six years since I first found out that I was pregnant. I remember I had just turned 18 when my Political Science class decided to do an election debate in front of the entire school. It was right before the 2004 presidential election, and my topic was abortion. I chose that topic. I spoke passionately about a touchy subject that I really didn't know a whole lot about; but I knew what I believed in. I argued that abortion was morally wrong and not a viable option for unplanned pregnancy. I think I touched on some brief fetal development facts, and I spoke passionately against the killing of the tiniest of human beings. I don't know why I was drawn to that topic, but it was something that really touched my heart. Later that week is when I fearfully took my first pregnancy test. And it came back positive. The irony! If you want to hear God laugh tell Him your plans, right? It was the first of many "coincidences" (or should I say God's plans) that would occur throughout the next six years of my life.
I started Amstel Life when I turned 22. At best, I wanted to help people to understand why I chose to place my daughter for adoption with the Dollar family. I also wanted to help other birthmothers who had placed, and most importantly, I wanted to show women facing unplanned pregnancy that there is a peaceful and positive alternative to abortion. Never in a million years did I expect to receive the support, feedback and encouragement that I have experienced through Amstel Life. Never in a million years. Thank you!
Here's something cool that you guys should know about. Scholarships 4 Birthmothers is a nonprofit that was started by a birthmother to give scholarships to women of all ages who have placed their baby for adoption and want help with school! Please consider donating a few dollars to this wonderful cause. They are only $50 away from their goal!
There are two info sites:
It's been a great day so far. This morning, my boss called me into the conference room. I sat down with my notepad and pen, ready to take notes. Then I realized that my colleagues were surprising me with birthday cupcakes and a Tinkerbell card that played music. It was pretty much awesome. They proceeded to tell me about what they were doing when they turned 24, according to my boss, "before there was electricity." Haha. Deanna called my phone today and left a sweet voicemail of her singing happy birthday. At the end she said, "Happy Birthday Mimi!" (Mimi is my mom)... "I mean AmyHutton!" That made my day.