Monday, April 28, 2008

You Know You're An Adoptive Parent When...

1. The fact that there are 143 million children without a parent to
kiss them goodnight has made you lose sleep.
2. You realize DNA has nothing to do with love and family.
3. You can't watch Adoption Stories on TLC without sobbing.
4. The fact that, if 7% of Christians adopted 1 child there would be
no orphans in the world, is convicting to you.
5. You spend free time surfing blogs about families who have
experienced the blessing of adoption.
6. It drives you crazy when people ask you about adopted child's
'real' parents.
7. You have ever been 'pregnant' with your adoptive child longer than
it takes an elephant to give birth. (2 years!)
8. You had no idea how you would afford to adopt but stepped out in
faith anyway, knowing where God calls you He will provide.
9. You have ever taken an airplane ride half-way around the world
with a child you just met.
10. You believe God's heart is for adoption.
11. You realize that welcoming a child into your heart and family is
one of the most important legacies you could ever leave on this
12. You know what the word 'Dossier' means, and you can actually
pronounce it!
13. You have welcomed a social worker into the most private parts of
your life.
14. 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.

-Author unknown

Can't all of us adoptive partents relate? I know I can. Thanks Julie for sharing this with me.

Sophie left and Sage right spontaneously trying out their lip gloss, check out those kissy lips :)


Kelli said...

I have not adoped so those were some really good thoughts, thanks for sharing. I would love to adopt, but have no idea how you made it through that process. Timelines, paperwork it all causes me so much stress. Great job, wonderful family pictures and stories, thanks for sharing. I am learning so much, so I hope to never make some of those mistakes. hehe

Danny & Lindsay said...

how sweet. i hesitate to admit I've never heard of the word "dossier" . . . you guys rock.

Dianne said...

For those who don't know, dossier is the mounds and mounds of paperwork you complete for your adoption. There's not much better then having it signed and sealed with a kiss and on the way to China, or elsewhere. The only thing better in the process is the actual TA- Travel Approval.

mrs.mer said...

Thanks for putting this on your blog, that is beautiful. I have those thoughts but since I have not adopted yet I had no idea what dossier ment, thanks for the definition. Your girls are so sweet.