INTRODUCTION to my Life-Story Book (titled “Coffee Talk with Chelle”)

I was adopted at 13 days old, raised by two high school teacher parents, and reunited with entire biological family at 24 years old. This sums up my life in a nutshell, but there is so much more within. In 2008, I lost six family members within six months, including my adoptive parents and had two broken arms in 2008. This taught me many life lessons, and looking back now, I realize I had six guardian angels and two wings to help me fly through that tumultuous time. I have come full circle in so many ways. From an adoptee to a reunited adoptee, Grief Recovery student to GR Teacher, chatterbox to Talk Show Host, college student to graduate , daughter to motherhood thru foster care, selfish to selfless (volunteer) and so much more. I hope you will join me on this journey including the ups and downs as you read thru the various chapters of my life. And more than anything else, my wish is for you to obtain a sense of HOPE. That to me, is the best feeling and gift in the world {other than the present (now) being a present (gift)}. Hope keeps us going…gives us something to hold onto no matter how difficult something may seem. I will warn you now that not every bit of this story is all pretty as there is some nitty gritty, but we will get thru it together and at the end, I think you will find out what the saying, “Everything happens for a reason” really means.

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My (2010) Year in Review

2010 began with a rocky start as my mother-in-law (Lupe) died in January and lost my Uncle Bill in February;  Lupe had a seizure due to epilepsy causing her to fall, hit her head, and go brain dead; she is the first person I know of now that has donated organs.  One week after her funeral, I registered myself as an organ donor.  I even hosted a two hour, two part special on my talk show (Coffee Talk with Chelle) about Epilepsy and Organ Donations (interviewed Communications Director from LifeGift of Texas).  Uncle Bill initially was told he had two years to live when the doctor informed him he had prostate cancer, but somehow that two years timeframe ended up only being two weeks. 

I volunteered and taught Grief Recovery classes to Dallas-Fort Worth community for the second year; every person and his or her story touched my life.  I’m so proud of all of my students as it took alot of courage for them to open up to others and to do their homework assisgnements, but in the end, it helped every one of them. 

 It was bittersweet for me attending the annual Christmas memorial candlelight dinner this year, as my husband (David) and I lit a candle in honor and memory of Lupe.  Also, I visited with my former Grief Recovery students from these past couple of years.  I am taking a break from teaching the classes as I focus on becoming a Foster Care (and) Adoptive Mom eventually, hopefully. 

My husband and I attended the classes all day every Saturday during the month of October.  We have the Health Inspection appointment on Monday, Dec 27th and then we only lack the Home Study before we begin having child(ren) come into our home.  We pray every day for it all to work out and for us to a blessing to these child(ren).   We also continuously pray for a few close family members who have been seriously ill as well, including our 4 year old niece (aka our goddaughter) who’s been in and out of the hospital for these last few months of 2010 due to pneumonia and kidney infection; also my biological Mom who was diagnosed with Breast Cancer (stage 3) at the end of October; she is currently on Round 3 chemo of 8, which will be followed by masectomy and radiation later on.  I joke alot with her since “laughter is the best medicine.”  I’m so thankful I’m able to help her out and drive to her to chemo, doctor appointments, and so on – just appreciate the 12 years we’ve been reunited and also each day we have together right now.  And then my biological father is not doing well, either as he’s having heart issues, and will be having major surgery on Jan 13th.  Trying to be strong for everyone. 

Speaking of adoption, I was thrilled to have met two Adoptee Celebrities in 2010, including both country singer Rodney Atkins and musician, Michael Franti (and Spearhead).  I handed Mr. Atkins a letter I had written him about my adoption story and thanking him for all he has done, as he has been the National Adoption Spokesperson a couple of times.  And then I had the honor of introducing Mr. Franti and his band on stage at House of Blues in Dallas back on Sept 30th.  

And speaking of artists, I also made a life dream come true of not only meeting Mr. Atkins and Mr. Franti, but also Brandon Hilton, who I have nicknamed “Beautifully Handsome.”  I had interviewed him in June (on Coffee Talk with Chelle) and then met him in Dallas on his birthday in July (our birthdays are only one week apart).  I even bought him a “Birthday Cake” shot.  And before he left town again to film a movie (which he is doing currently), I had the privilege of seeing him perform live two consecutive nights.  Hope I see him again in the near future, as he’s such a joy to be around. 

I’m so thankful for all my talk show guests and listeners.  Hosting “Coffee Talk with Chelle” has been an amazing experience for me thus far as I’ve interviewed people of various backgrounds, including Book Authors, such as Eva Miller about Adoption, Letricia Hendrix about Depression, and Robert Shaines, a veteran about his experience serving our country and forming a friendship with his prisoner.  Also have had Fashion Designer and Actor Joshy Lofty on my show and been fortunate enough to have become friends with him as well.  Enjoyed interviewing Rodenberry Dive Team’s Director Greg Martin, “Sounds Like a Revolution” documentary filmmaker Summer Love, Entrepreneur and PUP (personal utility pouch) Inventor, Jean Newell and fabric aerialist Kyla Duffy (“Up for Pups” show) many other inspiring people this year! 

As a way of showing gratitude and giving back to my listeners, I’m currently hosting a contest, “Coming Out of Your Shell” which the winner will be announced New Year’s Day and will receive a Prize Package that consists of all types of goodies donated by my past guests and also an opportunity for an Interview!  In case you’re interested, it isn’t too late to enter the contest as deadline isn’t until Dec 31st!  So, submit a video or blog to me via CTalkWC@aol.com and share how you are or will be “Coming Out of Your Shell” now or in 2011 – basically, what are your New Year’s resolutions? 

Perhaps I’ll be sharing with you then mine, but for now I’ll just wrap this up by telling you all THANK YOU so much for your support!  Wishing you and yours Happy Holidays for the remainder of 2010 & Happy New Year in 2011!

Adoption Intuition?

I’m unsure if it’s called “Adoption Intuition” or something else, but couldn’t help but notice a trend with me over the past few years; somehow I come find out much later on after I have either learned about and/or met someone that he or she has by touched somehow by adoption (either an adoptee, biological parent, or adoptive parent); is this just me or wondering if this something that happens often with other adoption triad members?

When I first heard a hit song on the radio titled, “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti & Spearhead, I found the joy of life again in my heart after my parents died in 2008 as their names, “Mama and Papa” are included in the lyrics.   A few months later, I watched Dave Thomas’ “Home for the Holidays” and saw a man sharing his adoption story and then when he began to sing (another song), I thought I recognized his voice.  Imagine my amazement at this revelation that this same man who wrote and sang such a wonderful song that helped me cope with my great loss of my adoptive parents was a a (reunited) adoptee just like me!

I have always favored the comic strip, “LuAnn” for the longest time, but it wasn’t until only a few years or so ago that I learned the author Greg Evans and his wife were college sweethearts and gave up their daughter for adoption in their younger years.  I saw a t.v. special on the story and it featured them being reunited with her. 

Last, but not least, I met a sweet woman named Pam who helped make a life dream of mine to meet a monkey come true.  I met her and her monkey, Miki while they were entertaing the crowd with their popular show at Gaylord Hotel’s SummerFest a few years ago.  She and I spoke for a good while about my love for apes as I held Miki and played with him.  The next summer, I returend to visit with her again and this time around, she had a birthday party and brought all of her monkeys (including baby ones) – it was such an amazing time I will forget – but what made that day even more special is that it was then that I found out she was adopted, just like me!

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ADOPTION is my “Sound of Sunshine”

ADOPTION is my “Sound of Sunshine.” I was adopted at 13 days old and raised by two high school teachers who were also my loving parents; at age 24, I was reunited with my entire biological family and have been close with all of them ever since; then at age 33-34 in 2008, I lost both of my parents who adopted and raised me (Mama & Papa) and now I’m 36 and am looking forward to beginning the process of foster care and adoption with my husband soon. Feeling the warmth and absorbing the beauty of the sunshine always brings a smile to my face and also reminds me of what a blessing adoption has been in my life as I’ve come full circle as an adoptee, reunited adoptee, adoptee whose lost both of her adoptive parents, and now looks forward to becoming an adoptive parent (full circle – just like the sun as it being a circular shape).

{All credit goes to Michael Franti & Spearhead and their song, “Sound of Sunshine” – No copyright infringement intended, only hope, love and peace.}

Published in: Uncategorized on September 22, 2010 at 6:48 am  Leave a Comment  
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Open Letter for Michael Franti

May I please meet you, Mr. Franti?

I will be attending your concert at American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX on Tuesday, March 9th with my husband @ Section 324, Row G, Seats 9 & 10.

I have been reunited with my entire biological family for 11 years and lost 6 family members within six months in 2008, including both of my adoptive parents who raised me as well as an uncle I knew for a decade (he was my birth mom’s brother and he died on my birthday). I’ve had over 20 surgeries since 1999 (due to endometriosis causing complications/my birth mom had this female disease, also). And I had appendicitis in 2009 (I saw your appendix surgery videos; and so glad you’re OKAY now!)

Also I had a hysterectomy at age 29 due to severe endometriosis; however, I have always had peace in my heart about it as I want to adopt children and give back to what I was given – a wonderful life -thanks to my adoptive parents (RIP Mama & Papa).

I can not begin to thank you, your bandmates as well as all of your family enough as you all share you with us and your music has helped so many, including myself. I was able to smile and dance again after my parents died when I heard the lyrics include “Mama” and “Papa” in “Say Hey” song as that’s what I called my mother and father.

Love & Peace,
‘Chelle

P.S. I host an online talk show, Coffee Talk with Chelle @ http://www.blogtalkradio.com/CoffeeTalkWithChelle on Sunday nights, 8-10pm CT; please feel free to call in sometime and say HI @ 347-215-7225.

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