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‘Hey Dad, I want to raise your son. I want him as my own,’ I insanely told my dying father. ‘I didn’t want to put that burden on you,’ he said. He died just 18 hours later.’

“‘Adopt him. You’re supposed to be his mom. You’re the one. Tell your dad. Tell him now.’ My dad visited me in dream. I was standing in a white room. He walked towards me holding a baby wrapped in a light blue blanket. He handed him over, smiled and kissed the baby’s head. When I woke up, I knew.”

‘I bet you’re glad someone actually wanted you.’ Black? Adopted by a white, Mennonite family?’: Adopted woman finally accepts she’s ‘innately enough’ after years of torment for ‘mixed-race’ family

“I’m 7 when a stranger approaches, points. ‘Who does she belong to?’ ‘Where are your real parents?’ I’m 12 and a group of boys spit on me, call me racist slurs. My crush’s mom tells me he isn’t allowed to be with people ‘like me.’ I can’t sleep. ‘You’re not really black.’ ‘You can’t really be Mennonite.’ I’m just now learning to be gentle with myself, and my past.”

‘My sister called: ‘Let’s make a baby!’ WHAT??? I stammered, making sure I heard her correctly.’: Couple battle infertility for 14 years, sister surrogate delivers baby, ‘she brought a new level of love into our home’

“Each of my siblings had kids while I battled infertility for FOURTEEN YEARS. How could they relate? Family gatherings became a reminder of what we didn’t have, so we stopped attending holidays and family events altogether. We had more nieces and nephews than we could count…what were we doing wrong? WELL. As of 2 weeks ago, I stood at the end of a hospital bed and delivered my daughter into the world!”

‘Please, Courtney. Don’t leave me!’ I rocked with her motionless body. I just wanted to die so I could be wherever she was.’: Young woman loses identical twin to Addison’s disease

“She went to sleep early because she wasn’t feeling well. ‘Mom, is Courtney going to work today?’ I asked the next morning. Courtney wasn’t up for work yet, which was strange. I knocked on her door. No answer. I tried to go in. Locked. Frantic, I searched for a key and opened the door. I thought it was weird she was lying on her back. She looked peaceful, like she was in a deep sleep. When I rolled her over, she was lifeless. When she died, I died.”

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