… welcoming newness

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As a soon to be adoptive mama of twins girls, I’m looking forward to the many, many experiences we will share as we snuggle in the life of a family of 4 in one quick swoop!

We have quite a few hilarious stories from experiences with our nieces. Some we will tell without much push, only a couple others we’d prefer to laugh about to ourselves. I almost feel as if we’ve had a crash course in parenting because we’d have our nieces as much as we possibly could before they moved to Ft. Bennings, Ga and we continue to host them for a month or so during the summers.

When I tell you there are moments when I’ve felt that I’m ruining these kiddos because I lost it because they took forever eating or wasted food, or I was too tired to read another story, or because I didn’t give hugs after I disciplined like my husband did. (Hearing a little person say  “Uncle T loves me because he gave me hugs.. and you don’t” will break. your. heart.)  Then on the other side of the coin, I know I’m doing it all right. The evidence is in how we play and sing and laugh together. How the girls feel comfortable and loved enough to snuggle and climb in bed or on the couch with us whenever they want. How the little one feels free to say “You know I don’t drink white milk right?” and how the big one has diagnosed me with “no preggatosis” (which  means I can’t get pregnant, thank you Doc McStuffins!!!)  and text/call us incessantly. I love how they know and believe that the people they love with such fierceness love them back more than they could ever imagine.

For we loved them first.

I love how they accept us – the faults, the mistakes, the good times, and the spectacular memories.

Unfortunately, there are millions of children who have yet to feel such a love and safety in their entire lives. There are children whose understanding of love is warped and damaged and broken. Children who have never felt safe.

Just the same, there are children who are loved deeply, but who find themselves in less than ideal situations. Situations that have separated them from their loved ones which leaves them in a place of loneliness and experiencing a loss they don’t quite understand.

No matter what the situation or circumstance, these children need love. They need a safe place to rest, grow, and blossom. They need to be surrounded by people who aren’t afraid of them or their story, but who are willing to love them with a love that can change their minds about life.

They need the someone who can literally change the course of their life.

Before deciding to adopt privately, we were also considering fostering to adopt. And, I hope once we’re settled in and have time under our belt with the girls, we’ll revisit the idea of serving as a safe, loving place for children who need us. I love the idea of adoption. How we are literally loving another the exact same way Christ loved us. We were broken and headed for the ultimate worst when we were saved and brought into a new family; a family who believes in us, who supports us, and loves us to our best. The redemption that occurs in our lives spiritually and the redemption that can occur in a child’s physical life through adoption is real.

The adoptive community is the most beautifully eclectic, supportive, welcoming, and loving community I have ever been a part of. I  know that in some way, no matter the family or culture or even belief system – it revolves around love. Loving another the way you want to be loved and watching this once sad and hurting child thrive and blossom is the most encouraging and heart warming experience yet.

Maybe you’re wondering how you can also serve as a sweet spot in a kiddos life…. Maybe you haven’t been able to shake the idea of fostering to adopt or adopting. Could be that you have a desire but don’t quite know where to begin. If you fall in any of these categories, check out Ad Council‘s services. They’re a wonderful non-profit organization that serves our communities in some amazing ways.

I’m glad to that they’re serving as the liaison that will connect these children who need and desire a home to families willing to open themselves up to be everything any child would need…

An imperfect yet loving, caring, and selfless parent/caregiver. A supporter. Someone who won’t judge their story or circumstance they had no control over, and love them well.

Can you do that?
If so, connect with Ad Council to see where and how you and/or your family can help just one.

…  here’s to loving as we’ve been loved. Serving as we’ve been served. and, giving another the chance to have a life better than they ever could have imagined.

 

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  1. You’re adopting TWINS?! HOW awesome! I wink at God, because he knows that is what I want…twins. I feel like so many instagram adoptive mom friends have recently adopted twins…I see them and just wink at God! (came over from the C4C March page)

    • Hey Kara!! I recognized your name!!! Yes, we planned to adopt twins once they came in April; unfortunately they came at 26 weeks in Jan and didn’t make it! FORTUNATELY, God still has his eye on us and is still faithful and good. He’s working quite a few things out!!

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