Imagine you’re a freshman in college, still new in your sobriety. You walk into a Minneapolis coffee shop to meet a friend and encounter a struggling stranger who hands you her seven-month-old daughter to care for. You then return to your dorm with the infant where, with the help and support of family, friends, and dorm-mates, you become a mother.
It may sound like the plot of a sequel to Grand Canyon or Three Men and a Baby, but this exact thing happened 12 years ago to our long-time office manager, Jennifer, when she met and fell in love with her now-adopted daughter, Tiva.
The beautiful story of her journey as an adoptive mother was featured in the December 2014 issue of Parents Magazine in an article by Louisa Kamps. This four-page editorial takes the reader from Jennifer’s first happenstance encounter with Tiva, through the legal and financial struggles of being a young single mother and college student, and to their happy life now, which includes Jennifer’s husband Ron and their three-month-old son Mason.
“’In one sense, I knew it was crazy. But Tiva was so cute. And I think I knew intuitively that she was in need,’ Jennifer says. ‘I wasn’t analyzing then. There was a lot of adrenaline flowing. Day by day I didn’t know what was going to happen. Still my bonding with Tiva happened pretty quickly, even if I wanted to deny it to myself a little bit.’”
In treatment and early recovery, we are told unexpected good things often happen along the way. Jennifer and Tiva’s experience is truly a miraculous and wondrous event that was only made possible because of Jennifer’s commitment to her recovery.
This touching and honest story illustrates the power of love, family, community, and hope. All of us at Aureus are thrilled to see the Knutson-Winslow family recognized!