One Kid’s Adoption Joke Inspires Teen to Write Stunning Tribute to Her Birth Mom

Lizzy LaFond wrote this stunning tribute to her birth mother that honors her decision and the beauty that happens in adoption.

Shelley Skuster April 25, 2018
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Lizzy LaFond of Perham, Minnesota, turned one kid’s cruel joke about adoption into a stunning song.

LaFond was adopted when she was 7 months old.

By most accounts, she’s a typical 16-year-old, finishing up her sophomore year of high school.

But when a classmate made a joke about adoption that upset her, she went home and the beginning of a song was born.

The Song is called, “First Mom,” and can be found here.

LaFond says she began writing it when she was angry about her peer’s joke and being adopted.

“But then I thought of it more and how many blessings I’ve received, and I knew exactly what I wanted to write,” she says. “I wanted to thank my birth mom for the greatest sacrifice.”

Her friend Isaiah Blickenstaff, who is also adopted, wrote the song with her.

“He’s a super talented musician,” she says, adding that Blickenstaff actually started the melody having no idea what the song would be about.

“When I finished the lyrics and had a general idea about how I wanted it to sound, he was like, ‘I’ll work with that.’ And two hours later, it was done,” she says.

LaFond doesn’t know who her birth mom is but says she appreciates her decision.

“She knew she couldn’t care for me and another family could,” she says, adding that she’s praying about one day meeting her birth mom.

In the meantime, she hopes “First Mom” reassures others that while adoption can be complicated, it is not a bad thing

“It’s a song of forgiveness and thankfulness,” she says.

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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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