Thursday, May 9, 2013

Waiting to Adopt

Are you waiting to adopt a child domestically or internationally?

Kids excitedly wait for their birthday.  Tweens anticipate High School and High Schoolers can't wait until graduation!  College age kids look forward to careers and marriage.  Married couples can't wait to have children.  Parents can't wait for peace and quiet!  It never ends.... we wait.  We get.  Then, we wait on something else.

However, if you are an adoptive family - you know waiting to adopt a child is a TOTALLY different wait than ANYTHING you have ever experienced.

And, I'm sure that you would agree, that it is a feeling not many can relate to.  It seriously feels like part of your heart is missing.  That's the only words I know to use.  Waiting to adopt a child causes you to feel like you are CONSTANTLY missing out on something.  We struggled with fertility issues early in our marriage - I cried often and my heart hurt.  I would see other women who were expecting and I would "miss" not being pregnant - even though I had never been pregnant!  While waiting to adopt, we "miss" a child that we may have never even seen.

The adoption process takes "waiting: and "missing" to an entirely new level.  My sister-in-law, Jeannie, is pictured here with her son Sheldon.  She has left him in Haiti and is now waiting.....

This picture says what waiting to adopt feels like.

It is heart wrenching knowing your child is in another country waiting for a family.  It is heart wrenching knowing that in your domestic adoption the birth mother still has a few more days to change her mind.  Waiting to adopt brings lots of tears.  Lots of questions.  And, far to often few answers as to when the waiting will end.

You are probably waiting on something too.  Maybe it's not adoption.  But, whatever it is, I'm sure your heart hurts also. A good friend encouraged me this week with this verse found in Isaiah 40:31, "but those who hope in the Lord they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

While waiting to adopt --- or whatever it is that you are waiting on, why not blog your journey?  Share the ups and downs with others who might be EXACTLY where you are at during your process.  And, if you are going to blog, why not GET PAID while you are doing it?!? I know, first hand, how COSTLY adoption can be. CLICK HERE NOW to find out more.

If you have questions about fundraising for your adoption/blogging email me

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