I honestly can't believe how many emails we've received from adoptive parents that saw our story on WCCO or through a post on Facebook. We received so much encouragement from them...families shared their struggles and poured their hearts out in these emails, I received links to their blogs and photos of their families. Some even commented that they don't share some of this information with their friends. I decided that adoptive parents are kindred spirits, they root for one another, support one another and have a special bond. I am hopeful and feel very blessed that someday I will get to officially join the adoptive parent club.
I have several friend (some new and some that I have known for years) that have adopted and they've been amazing resources to me. I've called some at the height of stress and they always calm my nerves, listen and understand.
I've also been fortunate to be in contact with some women that are patiently waiting to grow their families through adoption. I spent quite a bit of time chatting online with one the other night, it was so great to connect and share our stories....it made me feel so normal. (If that is even possible!!) :)
Tonight I read through and responded to a few of the adoptive parents that recently emailed us. I feel uplifted and hopeful.
A few comments that really stood out:
The only time adoption does not work is when you give up. Never give up as you just do not know when you will find your child.
To say we're overjoyed at what God has given us -- the opportunity to experience a birth and pregnancy AND adoption -- doesn't begin to describe our emotions.
I hope this offers even more support and bursts open your heart with joy and anticipation at what God has in store for you and your family.
I'm thankful for these connections.