Edie serves all departments at LifeLong Adoptions as our administrative assistant. Her hard work and dedication keep our office running smoothly and efficiently. Edie is the proud mother of two beautiful girls who made her life complete. After three failed in-vitro attempts, she traveled to China to adopt her daughter Audrey. After returning from China she was blessed one more time when she realized she was pregnant. Nine months later, she gave birth to her second daughter Ava. Edie understands the ups and downs that life can bring, and her genuine, caring nature makes her a wonderful part of our team.
Q&A with Edie
What do you do at LifeLong?
I'm an Administrative Assistant, which means that I get to create your file, print your profile, and pull profiles for expectant mothers to look through. I also prepare the initial information packets for prospective adoptive parents.
When did you join the LifeLong team?
My exciting start date was in September of 2017, although I had applied for a position with the company about 10 years before. Finally got the job!
What motivates you to get up and go to work?
We are a caring company making a difference in people's lives. I find that to be very rewarding. Creating families and giving support to expectant mothers that might not have the support they need.
What is your favorite inspirational, motivational, or positive-thinking quote?
I recently heard of four things to do when you wake up: 1. Deep breath. 2. Say something you are grateful for. 3. Have an intention for the day. 4. Actually feel your feet on the ground.
What's your personal connection to adoption?
I adopted my oldest daughter when I was 40. She has forever changed my life and I will always be grateful for the process of adoption.
What advice do you have for our waiting families?
Be patient, trust that there is a plan for you, and everything will fall together when it is supposed to.
Who inspires you and why?
My girls, Audrey and Ava, continue to inspire me. Also, the team I work with inspire me every day. They are loving, supportive, and beautiful souls.
When are you happiest?
I am the happiest when I am surrounded by my girls.
What is your favorite family tradition?
My mother's birthday is December 24th. When she was alive, we started a tradition of crab legs for her birthday and to celebrate Christmas. That tradition continues and my girls just love Christmas Eve. It's a time for them to be reminded of their grandmother.
What are you passionate about?
My girls, Audrey and Ava, and my job.
What was the last experience that made you a stronger person?
The coronavirus situation has provided many challenges.
What’s the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?
My greatest challenge was starting a family. At the age of 40 I still had no children.
What was something that happened to you that you thought was bad but it turned out to be for the best?
Getting divorced. I thought that would be difficult on the girls. It wasn't easy, but my ex and I put on a united front for them. Now they are strong, loving, and beautiful adults.
What’s your most memorable facepalm moment?
Finding the definition of "facepalm."
What do you like to do on your days off?
Spend time with my family and friends and clean my house.
Where is your favorite place to be?
The beach, any beach.
What is one thing you cannot resist?
What are you proudest of?
Audrey and Ava, my girls!
What books are at your bedside?
Diet Books (did I mention sweets?)
What music is on your most-played list?
I love alternative music.
What's your favorite TV show to binge-watch?
The Things We Do in the Shadows
What's your favorite movie quote?
"Are you talking to me?"