“God, I think You made a mistake. I really do. I’m not the right mom for this.”
A mom who doesn’t have all of the answers. And at times, felt like she didn’t have any answers. A mom who has doubted herself and her worthiness to be a mom. A mom who has spent sleepless nights to give her son the security he desperately needed. A mom who has searched for answers and help for her son and found some. A mom who knows what it’s like to not be able to “fix” it. A mom who never gave up on her son.
In Born Broken: An Adoptive Journey, Kristin shares the story of her son, Alexander, who was brain damaged and diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. If you have adopted a child and are struggling to find answers for mystifying behaviors, are collecting diagnosis acronyms like a Scrabble champ, and yet the explanations you are getting are falling short of explaining what you see in your child, reading this book could give you a good picture of what FASD can look like and if that is a possibility for what is really going on with your child.
As I read Kristin and Alexander’s story in Born Broken, there was so much that completely resonated with me and brought me right back to specific moments in our story, even though my son’s disorder was Autism. Although our sons’ diagnosis are different, our mom journeys bear a striking resemblance to each other. In Born Broken, you will find another mom who understands, has “been there”, and who has shared the struggle, uncertainty, joys, triumphs, and heart breaks that comes with being a parent of a child with special needs.
“I had already experienced too much judgment to reach out for acceptance. I kept my mouth shut and didn’t tell a soul how empty I felt.”
Kristin is a mom who has come to the end of herself. She has given everything she had to the needs of her son and found that she wasn’t enough. But, in that she also found a God who gives strength and redeems us.
Kristin is a mom who gets it. She is the kind of mom and friend I love to listen to, learn from, and grow with and I think you will too.
Born Broken is the book for you if you want a simple read that is a story that feels like curling up on a couch with an afghan, a hot chocolate, and an understanding friend who has been there and expresses all the inner thoughts and doubts you’ve struggled with too. There may be a few tears involved, but they are the cathartic, cleansing kind because someone else understands.
We will be releasing a podcast with Kristin the first Monday of July, you won’t want to miss it!
Sarah McGuire is the Mom of two boys and co-founder of Hope Anew, a nonprofit that comes alongside the parents of children impacted by disability on a spiritual and emotional level. You can follow Hope Anew on Facebook here.
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