A Heart for Adoption

Adoption is an amazing, wonderful, beautiful process. It is a blessing, tainted by pain and bound in love. It is not just a good idea, it is a dream for many and a hope for others. It is never easy… some families wait, and wait, and wait some more before their child joins them. Others wait, and wait, and wait some more before they receive the love they have been hoping for from their child.

An adoptive family has to be ready to give unconditional love, and receive the love they are offered from their  children in whatever form it may come. Adoptive parents have to choose, over and over again, to love and to not be offended when they feel unappreciated or experience sadness because they share the heart of their child with another mom and dad. Adoptive parents must be willing to talk with their children about their sadness and allow them to feel their feelings. Adoptive parents must realize the gift of life and sharing a child with another family.

Adoptive parents love life. They desire to be a part of something bigger and more incredible than they can imagine. They may never completely understand all the complicated emotions, and facets of adoption, but they are willing to put themselves out there anyway.  There are many challenges, and those challenges cannot become their focus. They are ready to face challenges and remain positive – focused on the blessing of life, of being a parent, of giving the best they can give to another. Adoptive parents know they are not perfect, and they try to be the best they can be.  Their desire is to bless children, and to be blessed and changed by the experience that adoption brings. It is an amazing journey. A journey full of love, laughter, beauty, sacrifice, pain, grief and immense joy.

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About jaw123456

I am a forty-something year old woman with a thousand interests. I am married to an incredible man who holds my heart. Living wholesome lives and training our children to lead lives that are worthy of the calling that God has for them is our hearts desire. Some of my interests include faith, family, adoption, homeschooling, whole and wholesome foods, cooking, sewing and living simply.
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10 Responses to A Heart for Adoption

  1. Heather says:

    Thank you Jessica for sharing such a beautiful picture of family with us. I love you!

  2. Emily says:

    this is wonderful … such insight. love you friend!

  3. 5kidswdisabilities says:

    Great comments on adoption! I agree completely.
    Lindsey Petersen
    http://5kidswdisabilities.wordpress.com

  4. Leanne says:

    Love this! Waiting for the day God (and my husband) say , “Go!” Wanna know what’s funny? We moved in next door to a lovely Christian couple who run a ministry to orphans… God is good – all the time! Love and miss you!

    • jaw123456 says:

      Leanne! You have such a heart for adoption and you both have such a heart for God….it will happen. Missing you, too!

  5. tana says:

    I hear You! Being a foster/legal guardian was amazingly tough. U want to be just what the kids want and need and instead they want and long for the bio family and it was very hard to not get hurt feelings. But also realize they did not ask or want things to be the way they were or understand it all. To love them and try to be there for them is what u strive for but don’t always do as good as u wished. God is the only way….LOL

    • jaw123456 says:

      Aloha Tana! All we do is our best and allow God to move in the lives of the children He calls us to care for. And although there are moments of hard work and occassional discouragements, I see how God has orchestrated everything! The blessings outweigh the hardships. Thank you for stopping in and leaving a comment 🙂

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