Today we are joined by husband, John Grace. His wife, host Ashley Mitchell, is a Birth Mother and an active national advocate on adoption reform and education. Through the past 9 years of building a life together, part of their journey has included throwing an open adoption relationship into the mix.
John talks about his support and love for his wife, her passion, and being a protector in an industry that is not always kind.
He is a balance to his wife's passion.
He talks openly about how "normal" it is that adoption is a part of his wife and that he has to accept all of it. We do not compartmentalize those that we love. It is all or nothing in this relationship. John shares his thoughts on the open adoption visits that he is able to be a part of with his wife and kids. Even with the concerns of emotional trials he still believes that they are always worth the time and energy and effort to show up. More often than not, they are good, even if they are challenging.
FROM THE HOST:
It was such an honor to have my husband on the set with me today. He has been such an amazing support and I know that I am very blessed. He shows up in every way. He is home with the kids when I travel, he helps me write and process my thoughts, he hops on live with our community of women, he shares on social media and he knows when I just need a hug. He is level headed and calm, he is rational and steady. He is the most consistent thing in my life of emotional ups and downs. He has such a wide range of adoption experience in his own life and he is so matter of fact in his stance, in his support and in his boundaries. To have him be such a huge part of my open adoption relationship with Derek and his family is MORE than I could have ever dreamed and I am so blessed. They have welcomed him like he has just always been a part of it and I can't imagine it any other way.