“Whew! Open adoption is hard. Are you sure we’re ready to do it again?” It had only been a year since Russell and Jammie adopted a baby boy. Their adoption was an “open adoption,” which means that they still had contact with their son’s biological family. Since they had already gone through the process once before, the emotional aspects of building another open adoption relationship would be much easier, right? Wrong!
The biological parents had separated during the pregnancy, but they began spending a lot of time together once the baby was born. Would they rekindle their relationship? If they do, how would that affect their plan to place this baby girl for adoption? And most importantly, where would that leave Russell and Jammie? This true and inspiring story is such a roller coaster ride of emotions that you would think it was fiction.
About the Author
Russell has always been a family man at heart. He and Jammie have adopted two beautiful children, Ira and Hazel, and have embraced their role as parents through open adoption. Both are actively engaged in the adoption community by communicating through social media, taking part in discussion panels, and writing songs about adoption. Russell was born on Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C. Along with his five siblings, he and his military family moved around a lot, living in eight different houses by the time he left for college at age 17. Although his family moved away from Fallon, Nevada, just a few months after he moved out, he still considers that little oasis in the desert to be his childhood hometown. Even after leaving home, Russell always stayed close to his family. He shared an apartment with each of his three brothers at different times during his college career. They formed a band together back in the 1990s and still perform on a regular basis under the name of The Invisible Swordsmen. After nearly a decade of college and changing his major a few times, Russell received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He later graduated from Ameritech College where he learned the trade of being a dental lab technician. Along with writing both fiction and non-fiction, Russell owns and operates Elkins Dental Lab located in Meridian, Idaho.