Wednesday, June 03, 2009


Today is a happy day!

I think one of the great advantages of the internet is to be able to share important ideas, feelings, and events with family and friends. So, that is why I'm writing this post, to share some of those with you!

10 years ago this August I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Mckenzie. Two days later she was placed with her adoptive family. Adoption, and the process it entails, is very near and dear to my heart. It has been a blessing to me, and has shaped my life in ways that I will always be grateful for. I have so much to be thankful for from my experience with it, and because of that, I love to share my story. I have done many speaking engagements for different agencies over the years. I enjoy talking about what a beautiful and wonderful experience this was for me in the hope that it will help someone else.

We found Mckenzie’s family through LDS Family Services. There are so many there who devote so much of their lives to this process of bringing birth parents and adoptive parents together, and I'm grateful for their help and assistance.

About a year and a half ago I was asked to work on a project with the LDS church and LDS Family Services. They had finally received the go ahead to update the website I feel so privileged to have been able to be a part of this miracle. There are so many who worked tirelessly on this project and let me tell you...there are perma-grins that it is finally live.
The site it beautiful, there are so many great resources for birth parents, adoptive couples and anyone just interested in adoption.

One of the greatest things about the new site is that it is real people telling real stories. What you see on the website are not actors, but experiences shared from real birth parents and real adoptive families. I know cause I'm on it. :) You might have to search a little to find me, but here's a hint: What are my options…single parenting…the choice I made.




Traci said...

that was soo neat! i think that is so awesome to hear that you were able to help with the website. your click was great and you looked great too!
gave me chills! glad you have gotten so much out of your situation too- positive things. i love that you have this so dear to you and do speaking engagements!
you rock- as always!!!

Mike said...

wow, amazing... way to reach out to others. wish you guys were down here!

Preds Girl said...

That is incredible, Y-Vonne! I think adoption is absolutely about love, on all levels. :-) Thanks for sharing!

dana liston said...

Yvonne, Russell and I just watched your video-it was awesome. I am glad that you got to work on such a neat project! Russell says "watch out Hollywood".

Tia said...

Great job Yvonne. You are such a great role model.

Becky said...

Thanks for sharing :) I love itsaboutlove.

Janet said...

i kept getting error messages but i finally found you! Good job! What a wonderful project! Thanks for sharing the website!

pamelasue said...

That was wonderful. I checked the site out yesterday when I got the original email but I didn't see you. I followed your instructions today and watched the video! Beautiful. The site is beautiful, also. I spent quite a bit of time on it. That is so neat that you are a part of something so wonderful.

Evie B. said...

Amazing! I love that you were a part of that. I'll be looking through the site tonight at work.


Jocie said...

What an incredible thing to be apart of---that is so cool! Adoption is near and dear to my family also and it means alot tht people spend so much time to make that experience possible.

Hartless in Utah said...


Your story & life is one that reflects on the statement that my mother always preaches to me:
"Out of every adversity comes an equal or greater oppurtunity it never fails." Thanks for sharing.

James Yvonne and Elise said...

This is Jim. The really cool thing? She was 8 months pregnant with Elise at the time this video was made. Kinda that whole "life coming around full circle" idea going on. Oh, and the other cool thing is that I got to go to the filming with her and eat lots of good food in the green room... Let's hear it for the church's food budget!

Brandi said...

That is so neat!! There are so many good people out there that are not able to have children!! What a gift.. :) Thanks for sharing.. :)

Alicia said...

Wow Yvonne, I had no idea about any of this! What an amazing journey, and what a neat thing to be apart of now. I really enjoyed your post and your video - congratulations on finishing the website!