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Adoption


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Adoption, and especially special need's adoption, is a subject I have much to say about and have rambled about frequently.  Not only are we still surprised by the amount of questions we get regarding our adoptions, but we welcome the curiosity.  Adoption has been a spiritual journey that has changed us forever.  We are the lucky ones.  First and foremost, I do not advocate that all families adopt.  Aside from being one of the biggest blessings and joys we've had, adoption is also one of the most difficult and painful paths we've ever walked.  Many have said it before me... international adoption ain't for sissies!  The Lord mandates that everyone should help provide for orphans, but certainly adoption is only one of many ways to do this. 


But for those who are curious...

---here is some of the stuff I wish I knew when we were just starting our adoption journey.  If I could only share one post with folks considering adoption, this would be the one I'd hope they'd read.

----this is another beginning, another adoption starting to unfold.  And here is the announcement of our newest addition, Mimi, who came home in March of 2012.  

----this is a post regarding The Starfish Flinger and daring to adopt.

----this and this are the orphanages our children lived in before they came to our family.  Even the best of orphanages are just that... orphanages.  And I hope that we never forget that they are very real places that do exist.

----these three posts are about our personal experiences adopting special need's kiddos, Jude with bilateral club feetTess, a preemie with speech and multiple developmental delays and a lot of unknowns, and our newest daughter, Mimi, who was identified with developmental delays from an unknown cause.

----here is some info regarding the 147 million orphans in the world.  Nope, that's not a typo.  There really are 147 million orphans right now.

----If you are considering adoption or are in process, please read this post and this post about the reality of grief in children who are adopted.  This is hard stuff to read and learn about, but it can be very real to children that are adopted into even the most loving, educated, and wonderful families.  

----this is a recap of the day T&J were placed in our arms, and a video that recaps the day we received Mimi.

----this post was written when things were hard.  It's a confessional of sorts.

----of course there is our whole trip to the absolutely magnificent country of VietNam, Tess and Jude's homeland.  And our China trip to be united with Mimi... although it's not quite finished yet.
  
----and in the end, this is not how it ends, or rather how much of the process ends, and we find victory in surrender.  


Above, our little ones,
home,
together,
forever.
Someone toss me the tissue box.  

Questions?  Shoot!

6 comments:

  1. This is beautiful. I would love to adopt from Vietnam but saw they are closed. :(

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  2. i am glad that they have a home n such loving n supportive parents n siblings. i really respect all the hardwork you've done 4 their well being. great work fellow mom

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  3. came accross your blog while serching recipes on pintrest. We are also an adoptive family. We adopted number 13 this week and #14in a couple of months. We adopt from foster care and have also adopted several special needs children. Great to hear about others on the same journey.












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  4. I gave across your blog through Kim from Little by Little. My husband and I (well me) went through fertility treatments for years and found success with twins. We've talked about adopting so I am so happy to find your site. What I can't find in your posts I will certainly ask. thank you for such a wonderful and true account of your journey.

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    1. Kerry- Ask away! Ask anything. I'm an open book. Knowledge is power. And CONGRATS on your babies!
      nancy

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  5. God Bless your beautiful family, it so nice to see such happy faces. I would like to adopt too, still at the early stages of saving money ( http://myreccuringdream.blogspot.com/ ) but slowly I will manage I'm from Malta Europe and at the moment singles can adopt from Russia and Cambodia but Vietnam will open soon for us. My dream is that by the time Vietnam opens I will be hopefully able to start the adoption process. Thanks for your blog make waiting more bearable.

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