“Adoption. Years ago, this word did not have a lot of personal meaning. It was merely just a word in passing…letters on a page. Honestly, it brought about feelings of sympathy for children without “real” parents. How naive I had been…uninformed and oblivious to the unbelievable gift that adoption brings to so many. My, how my life has come full circle,” shared Nikki Racine.
Nikki Racine is the Director of Fund Development and Outreach at Adoption Associates, one of three charities the SHE Rocks Virtual Run benefits. She has held many titles in her life, from daughter, sister and wife, to attorney, race director and runner, but for her the one title that means the most is mom.
She RULES because:
High school sweethearts, Nikki and her husband had worked hard to become the professions of their childhood dreams, her husband a physician and her an attorney, always standing by each other’s side.
SHE rules because after years and years of struggling to have a child of their own, she decided she wasn’t going to give up on their next life dream. Instead Nikki and her husband decided to explore the world of adoption.
“On May 6, 2011, our lives changed forever. Our son, Amari Michael, entered this world. He is from only 45 minutes away from where we live today. His birth mother loved him so much that she knew she just couldn’t give him all that he needed. We are deeply grateful to her, and we honor her legacy and kept his given name. “Amari” means “a miracle from God.” He is our miracle.”
Today her title has expanded to include “Amari and Zane’s Mom.” Her second little miracle arrived home from Ethiopia on February 5, 2015.