(Today’s guest blogger is Regina Etter. Regina is wife to David and mother of six daughters. Two of her daughters are adopted. She is a great advocate for adoption and has a lot of great encouragement for those who have adopted or are considering doing so)
SOMETIMES ADOPTION IS…
- Expanding your world view to include your child’s first culture.
- Learning about rare medical conditions that will forever change your family.
- Holding a child as they cry over their past.
- Being rejected by the child you dearly love.
- Trauma relived again and again.
- Fear of abandonment, hunger, and pain.
- Learning to trust when everyone in your past has failed you.
- Overcoming obstacles caused by institutional living.
- Not being able to understand the inner workings of any relationship.
- Tears. More than you ever thought you could cry.
- Mourning over deep loss.
- Keeping your child safe from others.
ADOPTION IS HARD
Adoption is hard. But, adoption is more than loss and sorrow. It is more than giving a child a warm bed and food. When you adopt, all the benefits and privileges that come with being a member of your family are given to this child. It is the pouring out of love continually regardless of what is given in return. It is the beautiful story of hope being played out for others to see.
To me it is…
- A choice made to love someone who was once a stranger.
- Learning the language and character of family over and over again.
- A demonstration of God’s goodness and mercy.
- A chance to see God at work in tangible ways.
- The story of needs being met.
- A picture of God’s love.
- Faith at work.
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