Adoption is a challenging journey. (You can read our family legacy story here.) An adoptive family experiences many joys and sorrows. Here are some things I celebrate as an adoptive parent:
- The day we brought each of our children home
- Hearing, “I love you!”
- Holding adoption orders in my hand and knowing these are legally our children
- Hearing, “Your daughter has your eyes.”
- Watching our twins, who were never supposed to walk, talk, or feed themselves, run with carefree abandon and gulp down ever increasing amounts of food.
- Hearing, “You’re the best cook in the whole world!”
- Coming home and being met at the door with hugs, smiles, and “You’re home!”
- Walking into a room and seeing all of my children reading by themselves.
- Hearing, “Your son knows his Bible well.”
Like any parent, I also have fears, hopes, and dreams for my children.
- Our children floundering with their identity.
- Not having the answers or ability to meet our children’s unique needs.
- People being distracted or distressed by our children’s special needs and refusing to take the time to get to know who they really are as people.
- The future, wondering if our children have the skills and ability to be independent.
- People taking advantage of our children.
- What will happen to our children when we are no longer able to care for them?
- Our children will find security and significance in a personal relationship with God.
- Our children will lead lives that are privately happy and publicly useful.
- Our children will know that we love them no matter what.
- Our children will persevere through the difficulties they face.
- Our children will have the support and encouragement they need.
- Others will treat our children with respect.
- That our children will be able to set goals that are meaningful to them and achieve them.
- That others will be able to look beyond our children’s special needs and see the special gifts they bring to the world.
- That our children will be able to have healthy relationships with their birth families.
- That our community and the larger world will make a place for our children where they are accepted, nurtured, and productive.
- That there will always be a safe place for our children.
Adoptive and foster parents need support and encouragement. I’m thankful for:
- Extended family members who love and accept our children
- Teachers who go the extra mile to include our children
- Specialists who listen and give helpful advice
- A church family who celebrates our children’s unique gifts and abilities
- Friends who pray for me and listen when I just need to vent
What are your fears, hopes, and dreams for your children? Are they similar to or different than mine?
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Ruth L. Snyder and her husband, Kendall, have five adopted children ages six to seventeen. Besides looking after her family, Ruth enjoys teaching Music for Young Children and writing. She currently serves as the editor for In the Loop, a quarterly newsletter for foster, adoptive, and kinship families in northeastern Alberta, Canada. (Read more of their adoption journey: Our Family Legacy Story.)
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