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‘There’s a picture of you with a shawl around your head. Why are you wearing that?’ I was scared to tell her.’: Daughter converts to Islam, keeps decision from her mom because she ‘didn’t want to hurt her feelings’

“I had sent in my application and a few weeks later, my mom called me to tell me there was an envelope in the mail for me. Not knowing what it was, I told her to go ahead and open it. I was no longer living a secret life. I could be free with my mom now, or so I thought… When others started learning about my conversion, they’d put bad thoughts into my mom’s head.”

‘These boys are safe, loved and above all, ours forever. We stood in front of the judge. ‘Adoption granted.’ At that moment, all the weight fell away.’: Adoptive mom knew ‘something was missing,’ says ‘faith, infertility’ were not factors

“Older children adoptions are said to have a ‘honeymoon period.’ That wonderful time where everyone is on their best behavior and all is right in the world. Ours lasted about 3 days. People have told me how lucky my boys are to have found us. I tell them they have it backwards. It’s ME who is the lucky one.”

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