By: Kylen Mills
They say it's the most selfless decision a woman can make; giving up her own flesh and blood to a loving family.
Saturday folks gathered at the Women's Choice Center to celebrate National Adoption Month. For birth moms and adoptive parents alike, the decision is life changing.
"It was hard, you know, it was very very hard," said Brittany Kipp, who gave her son up for adoption.
Kipp was just starting high school when she found out that she was pregnant "I was scared I was scared down to the bone.
You know it was just one of those things where I was 14, I didn't know what to do," said Kipp.
Kipp says right away she considered adoption.
"I'm young, I can't, there's no way I can take care of a child right now, so that was just the best decision," said Kipp.
Kipp says once she gave birth, it wasn't easy to say goodbye, but knowing her son is with a happy, loving family; makes it all worth it.
"Get through the heartache, the pain but eventually, you know, I came to realize this is a beautiful thing, this is what was meant to be," said Kipp.
That emotion is equally strong for adoptive parents starting their new journey.
"I remember the first day I brought him home, I remember the first day we got a picture of him, I remember lots of firsts, he changed my life for the best," said adoptive Mom Luana Stoltenberg.
Stoltenberg and her husband adopted a 2 year old boy from India. She says there aren't enough ways to say thank you to his mother, and others like her, who make the ultimate sacrifice.
"If I could meet his birth Mom just to tell her how much I appreciate her for what she did that's so unselfish. What she gave me, there's no other gift like it, to be able to experience being a Mom," said Stoltenberg.
Stoltenberg's son is now 25 and is serving in the United States military. Kipp's son is now 5 and now has a younger brother.