|Alli with Samantha, her placed daughter*|
First, please tell us a bit more about yourself (name, age, where you live, what led you to making an adoption plan, and anything else you feel comfortable sharing).
Hi! My name is Alli Rutland. I am 25 years old and from Utah. In 2005 I was 18 when I learned I was pregnant. My boyfriend and I had just broken up and I knew we weren’t meant to get married so I was led immediately to adoption.
When and why did you begin blogging?
I started blogging a few weeks after my daughter Ava was born in 2010. I was experiencing motherhood for the first time and with a very colicy baby I realized how difficult motherhood is. Even WITH a husband! I wanted to write honest posts about how I felt about my adoption now, as a married mother. I want people to KNOW that it WILL BE OK and adoption is often a beautiful option for everyone involved.
Tell us more about the title of your blog. Why did you choose it?
"I'll Be Loving You" is from a song I heard while I was pregnant. The full lyrics are “I’ll be loving you, love me.” Samantha is living her own life with her own family but I’ll always be loving her.
Has the response to your posts been mostly positive, mostly negative, or a mix of both?
I can’t think of any negative comments that have come through my blog. I have had a few mean ones in life though.
What post on your blog do you consider a “must read” for people visiting your blog for the first time? Or what post(s) from your blog is (or are) your favorite(s) and why?
I would suggest "You Will Be Okay." It talks about how being sad is normal, but life does go on and things do get better. It is so important to me that girls know that adoption IS an option and a good one!
Do you have any advice for someone thinking of starting their own blog?
Be honest, think of how others will read what you are writing and DO IT!
*Photo used with permission