Celebrating November

by Renee on November 1, 2010

Wow, how’d it get to be November already? My 3-month calendar on my computer desktop is showing January 2011–not quite sure I’m ready for that on the horizon, but time isn’t slowing down at all, that’s for sure.

For me, November brings a lot to celebrate. First off, I’m heading to the very first Beer Bloggers Conference in Boulder, Colorado later this week. That’s exciting and worth celebrating! Also, today I was the featured blogger on The Beer Wench’s website as she highlights some beer bloggers who are coming out for the conference, as well as on the Cleveland Hops blog! And of course we have Thanksgiving in the U.S. in November–one of my favorite holidays, if not my very favorite. What’s not to love about a day dedicated to eating, drinking, football and napping? And of course, being with family. And speaking of family, I have a big one.

I’ve mentioned that I haven’t known Jack McAuliffe and his family for longer than 10 years or so. And I’ve promised to tell you more about finding him. So here’s my first post along those lines.

November is Adoption Awareness Month, and I am a reunited adoptee.  I found my birthmother, Linda, the year I turned 30 and had my daughter, in 1994. I spent some time getting to know her, and of course I asked her about my birthfather. Linda and Jack had attended boarding school together, and she found herself pregnant at the end of her senior year. She left school after graduation without even telling anyone she was having a baby.

In those days it was pretty common for pregnant teenaged girls to end up in a home for unwed mothers, and that’s what happened to Linda. At the end of her confinement, I was born in Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., and providence has guided my life ever since. I was adopted by my parents, Bob and Mary Ann Mills. (This composite is of me back in the 80s, and Jack and Linda’s high school yearbook photos.)

When I found the McAuliffes, through a posting on a McAuliffe geneaology website, Jack didn’t even know I existed. And yet he and his family have been very welcoming of me from the very first. And my adoptive mom, Mary Ann, has been very supportive of my reunion, and for that I’m forever grateful. (My adoptive dad, Bob Mills, died in 1988 at the age of 52. I think he and Jack would have had a lot in common, actually. I miss him every day.)   

Yes, this is still a condensed version of my story. Last November I did an interview with WDOK radio’s Jim McIntyre during Adoption Awareness Month, it runs about 20 minutes, and you can listen to it here: http://wdok.radio.com/2010/08/22/find-your-birth-parents/ . It fills in a few more details, but stay tuned to my blog for more as we get to know each other better over a beer or two. I welcome your comments and questions.

I’m thankful for many things this November: my family–birth, adoptive, and in-laws; my friends; the life I’ve been given; and yes–beer, for raising a toast to all.

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Lisa November 2, 2010 at 9:33 am

How funny – I’m also adopted and my birthmother is named Linda, too – is it a beer geek thing?


Renee November 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Ha! Maybe it is!


Linda November 5, 2010 at 7:09 am

Awesome post, Renee! Thanks for sharing … never get enough of your story! Maybe Oprah will do some “follow up” stories during her last season?! 🙂

(My name is Linda and I am an ADOPTIVE mom! lol.)


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