The following comes from my Advent devotional, Redeeming Advent. Buy it here! Advent, for our family, is a season full of traditions. I'd love to say that it was a time for increased spiritual growth, as I lead our young family in meaningful Bible reflections every morning - but, in reality, I … [Read more...] about ADOPTION AND ADVENT: COMING HOME
Here are some articles and resources to support you as you consider adoption and move through the process.
The time is getting closer - we are preparing to adopt! Later this month, we will meet and bring home our little boys for the first time. This season has got me thinking back to when our birth children were born, and the differences between bringing home a newborn and bringing home an adopted … [Read more...] about 7 WAYS ADOPTION IS DIFFERENT FROM BRINGING HOME A NEWBORN
We are preparing to adopt. People keep asking me "Are you excited?" or pre-empting with "I bet you're excited!". Usually, for a quiet life, I respond with a simple "Yes, I'm excited!", and that ends an otherwise awkward conversation. Apologies if you're one of the friends I've fobbed off in … [Read more...] about WHY I’M NOT AS EXCITED ABOUT ADOPTION AS YOU MIGHT IMAGINE
Think adoption is a 'niche' issue? Think again. Adoption is for me, as I've felt the nudge, made the call, navigated the process. Adoption is for me as I redecorate, order curtains and choose furniture. Adoption is for me as I cock my head to one side, screw up my face, and try to work out just how … [Read more...] about ADOPTION IS FOR EVERYONE
It is a phrase that my husband and I are becoming all too familiar with. "This child requires a family who can accept the uncertainties surrounding his future." Any child who has been placed for adoption has an uncertain future - and this is truer the younger they are. Of course, none of … [Read more...] about ADOPTION: ACCEPTING UNCERTAINTY
So that's it, we've done it. Apparently. We've crossed the most important hurdle in this very bizarre process. Our status has shifted from 'prospective adopter' to 'approved adopter'. "Does it feel like the burden's been lifted?" asks one friend. Hmmm. I know what she means. And yes, in one sense … [Read more...] about ON BEING APPROVED FOR ADOPTION
It's something several people have asked as we've headed down the adoption path recently. "What do they think about your faith?" "Do they mind that you're Christians?" I guess they have in mind horror stories like this one, where a Christian couple were not approved as prospective adopters, … [Read more...] about IS FAITH A DISADVANTAGE IN THE ADOPTION PROCESS?
Although there was a time when I thought it was. Back in my idealistic youth, before we had kids, adoption was our Plan B. "If we can't have children, we'll..." and all that. Truth be told, I was bloody scared that we wouldn't be able to have children - because then we'd have to face the messy … [Read more...] about ADOPTION IS NOT PLAN ‘B’
I promised there'd be a couple of surprises here on the blog for 2015, so here's the first: I'm excited to share with you that Famille Desert are in the process of adoption! Whoop! It's something I'm buzzing to write more about in the future but, for now, let me take you back a few years and share … [Read more...] about HOW WE ARRIVED AT OUR DECISION TO ADOPT