Maybe it feels familiar because I was adopted or perhaps because I work with so many adoptive families. Adoption has been and will always be a part of my story and because it was written into mine, it has also touched others in my family in unique ways. Now it will part of their story too, in a bigger than life, right now, this is happening, way. There is something about this 12 year old boy, this man child I have not carried in my body, nor have I kissed his newborn toes or changed his diaper, and yet am so acquainted with already, I forget I did not see his first steps, or hear his first words. For how many years did I carry him in my heart? There are things about this child I am so aware of because of our shared history. Yes, this path is familiar; I am just seeing it with from a different perspective.
While there are still many firsts: first younger brother, first time having a boy live in our somewhat new house, first time being a foster parent/adoptive parent, or first time my husband has had a son, it isn’t all new. Tim and I have worked countless hours with hurt kids from troubling situations. Our family has been trained and often looks for the opportunities to reach into the lives of others and have invited them into love and warmth and peace. There is a shared understanding about this child we are adopting and at some level we are ready. Although we are a little scared, a little nervous, we are most solid in our certainty that God has led our family to this boy and this is His idea, plan and path for us. And over all we are excited to step into this adventure.
We start a new chapter September 20, 2013 and our story will never be the same.