From the Joint Council on International Children's Services:
We Are The Truth – an adoption blogger day: To ensure the world knows about every successful adoption, on Thursday, April 15, 2010 blog about your adoption or the adoption of someone you know. It doesn’t matter if your adoption is with Russia, domestic or otherwise international. Let the world know your truth!
How to write just one blog post about our adoption? I don't think I can! My truth? My truth is I'm a woman of many words. My truth is I haven't posted on my blog in well over a month and I've got a lot of words stored in my brain. My truth is, also, that our adoption has totally changed our life and blessed us beyond measure... so much so that I can't even formulate just one blog post about it.
How could I capture it all?
...Like when we started our paperwork while on a camping trip Thanksgiving of 2007. To adopt a baby girl.
...And then how the "paper pregnancy" and home study felt like a trip to the gynecologist.
...Why we decided to adopt almost 12 years after completing the "perfect" boy/girl family we had always wanted.
...How we knew she (remember, we were going for a baby girl!) was in Ethiopia. And how God used a literal "sign" in China, Africa-shaped grapes and an Africa-shaped grease spot. Because He can do that if He wants.
...And how the baby girl we were adopting turned out to be a 9 year old boy.
...How he reacted when he was told he had a family... seven precious words.
...Finally passing court after 3 (or so) attempts, and finally revealing his photo and name.
...Our unspeakably amazing trip to Ethiopia as a family to bring home our precious boy. What memories!
...The transition to the "new normal" and things that worked for us, like establishing a routine, labeling the house, and, thank goodness for Netflix!
...Becoming a US Citizen.
...Having a new son who pulls his teeth with RC cars (and subsequently throws them on the roof!), and also inspires drumming in the kitchen sink.
...Honoring his Ethiopian parents.
...and showing my backside on television.
See? No way I could capture all of that in one post!
The truth is... we could've missed this. And I'm SO glad we didn't!!