5 Ways I Felt the Moment We Were Matched

I felt a mixture of joy and sadness all at the same time.

Shelley Skuster July 30, 2018

I wept when the social worker told me the news. Our waiting was over, and our journey of parenthood was beginning.

When we were matched with our daughter, I was expecting to be elated. After all, I had wanted to be a mom for years. But the truth is, as with most aspects of adoption, I experienced a whole gamut of feelings after being chosen as my daughter’s mom.

You see, when a child is placed for adoption, he or she also experiences an incredible loss. That’s what makes it so bittersweet.

Here are five ways I felt the moment we were matched:


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Shelley Skuster

Shelley is a former award-winning television journalist who traded in suit coats and red lipstick for a messy bun and yoga pants. She's a freelance writer who stays at home with her three daughters who are all ((gasp)) under the age of three and came to her via adoption and birth. She's the woman behind the blog Shelley Writes, and she can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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