Julie Barr Hudgens
I was adopted as an infant by my parents. Though I've been curious about my biological family, I've never felt like I was missing anything. My parents are my parents, my family is my family, it doesn't matter that we don't share DNA. After I got married, just as we were beginning to discuss having children, we found out that I had MS. Between the fear of passing on the disease and the problems it could cause to my body, we quickly decided against getting pregnant. Darin's son is adopted from Korea and I am adopted, so adoption was a natural thing for us. Now we have two daughters adopted from Taiwan and it feels like it's all come full circle for me. I don't share DNA with my kids, but I do share a story and a different kind of bond that comes from being chosen. DNA doesn't matter. Love makes a family.