Editor: Lauren is a big-sister to two IAC alumni. In this post she describes her experience with adoption and shares her plan to give back: a fundraiser for IAC at her jewelry boutique.
I wasn’t adopted, but my two siblings were. I was 11 when my brother Dylan was born, and was so excited to finally have a little brother to play with. Because I was so much older, it made playing together very fun. Whether it was making roads with his Thomas the Tank Engine train set, guessing games on Blue’s Clues or dressing him up and pretending he was my own, there was no doubt in my mind that he was always meant to be my little brother. Now as a 17 year-old almost adult, Dylan is so unique, artistic and humorous. Some might say he was born with these traits, but I like to think he grew up influenced by me.
My sister Alexis was born when I was 20 years old. She came as more of a surprise to me, because I wasn’t really sure about how I felt adopting another sibling. Up until the day she was born, I still wasn’t sure, until after I saw her for the first time. Once she came into the room and we all held her, I knew she was ours. As only 4lbs 14oz, she was the tiniest baby I had ever seen. I was overcome with joy to have a little sister. From the moment I held her, she has been a spark of happiness in all of our lives. She has taught me patience, understanding and gratitude.
The best part about being the oldest, is how much they look up to me. I know I have a strong influence on the two of them, and try to lead by example. I follow my dreams, and care about my family very much. While the three of us are far apart in age, we have learned independence and self-determination. Our family is unique, blended, and centered around unconditional love for one another.
The Independent Adoption Center has done a lot for our family, and so I am looking forward to giving back to them. I will be forever grateful to the IAC for giving our family two wonderful children. As a Merchandiser for Chloe and Isabel, a direct-selling jewelry company, I plan to donate 10% of the total sales that I make this month to the IAC. Please join me in supporting my business and the IAC by making a purchase by clicking here.