Thursday, March 20, 2008

You Know You Are An Adoptive Parent

I saw this on my friend Melissa's blog....... Melissa's blog is here and she is waiting for her beautiful daughter Lily.... I love this because it touches on so many different aspects of what we are feeling about adoption and our daughter Sophia...

You know You're An Adoptive Parent When....
The fact that there are 143 million children without a parent to kiss them goodnight has made you lose sleep.

You realize DNA has nothing to do with love and family.

You can't watch Adoption Stories on TLC without sobbing. ( I have never been able to watch this without crying!)

The fact that, if 7% of Christians adopted 1 child there would be no orphans in the world, is convicting to you.

You spend free time surfing blogs about families who have experienced the blessing of adoption.(Yup, I spend a little to much time reading blogs)

It drives you crazy when people ask you about adopted child's 'real' parents. (or when they refer to my bio children as my "real kids")

You have ever been 'pregnant' with your adoptive child longer than it takes an elephant to give birth. (2 years!) (By the time this wait is over I think I may look like an elephant!)

You had no idea how you would afford to adopt but stepped out in faith anyway, knowing where God calls you He will provide.

You have ever taken an airplane ride half-way around the world with a child you just met.

You believe God's heart is for adoption.

You realize that welcoming a child into your heart and family is one of the most important legacies you could ever leave on this earth.

You know what the word 'Dossier' means, and you can actually pronounce it!

You have welcomed a social worker into the most private parts of your life. (It absolutely amazes me the things a social worker needs to know!)

You shudder when people say your child is so lucky that you adopted them, knowing full well you are the blessed one to have him or her in your life. (Our child will not be lucky. There is nothing "lucky" about being abandoned and then given to a family and taken to live on the other side of the world. We will all be blessed to have each other. )-

Author unknown I saw this on the starfish website and it all resonated with me. Check out the Starfish Foster Home blog, it is a great story!


Tamara said...

There are many things on that list that ring true for me. My girls are as much "mine" as Logan is and I certainly don't love them any differently.
You don't look like an elephant- you are glowing with the look every expectant Mom gets when she is waiting for the stork (or in Florida - the flamingo) to come and deliver her baby.

The "they are so lucky" or "you have such a good heart" comments drive me batty. I am the lucky one-my kids (all 3 of them) crack me up- and bring me more joy than I can imagine.

Can't wait to see your bundle of love - keeping fingers crossed for early referrals.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Yep, I can agree with 'You know you are an adoptive parent'... well, not one yet but soon I hope... have a great easter...

Cheri said...

I LOVE this post...SO TRUE!!!!

I might have to copy it and put it onto my blog soon!!

Mike and Cheryl said...

So many of these things ring true to was kind or eery,there were so many of them...
I hope you won't mind if I post these as well??
Cheryl and Mike Morrison
Moncton, N.B.