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We are Adopting….or at the very least beginning the process

Before Nate and I were married, before we had even met, we both had the desire deep in our hearts to adopt.

The first time it came up was almost 8 years ago on March 2, 2006, our first date.  I’m sure it’s not a common first date topic, or at least with any date I had been on, but a giggling baby down the aisle from us only drew our attention that way.  I remember smiling (who can’t!) at how much noise it was making, so joyful was the sound.  While I couldn’t tell you the conversation word for word or even a decent paraphrase, I do know two things came up:  bi-racial babies and adoption.  I recall Nate asking what I thought of bi-racial babies, which struck me as a bit odd.  I can honestly tell you what my response was because it has never changed,  they are beautiful just like any other baby.  And somehow this led to talk about adoption.

And nearly 8 years later we are beginning the process.  This has been something I have dreamed about a million times, and while I can’t speak for Nate, I assume it’s the same.  I have thought about it so many times.  I have wondered about it so often.  Who will it be?  How old will they be?  And lately, how many?  Would it be just one or possibly two?  Am I ready?  Oh I ask this question a million times, wondering can I take on this responsibility for one, perhaps two more children.  Will I succeed or will I fail?  (But as parents, don’t we sometimes wonder this.)  And then I think about the mother who has to give them up for me.  My heart breaks for her in a way I never imagined it could because she is losing something so precious.  I wonder who she is, what is she doing right now, and why is her child coming to us.  I pray for her and this child because they will have a long, hard road ahead of them.  And my heart breaks for her because this will be painful and there will be suffering.  I cannot hold her and tell her I will love her child.  Even if I could, it would not ease her pain.  I am a mother.  I could not imagine letting go of my child.  And in a sense, I am asking that of her.

I guess now would be a good time to explain that Nate and I are adopting an older child (or sibling group) through the foster care system.  We plan on using an adoption agency, even though it’s very possible to just go through the system itself.  After orientation, we are seeing that we will need someone to help us navigate the waters bit.

I’m a little nervous because there is so much unknown, but so excited as well.  I can’t wait to meet them!

We want to invite you to join us on this journey.  It’s going to be an adventure!

xoxo

Amberly

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Just a quick post.

I thought you might enjoy seeing this.  A post coming soon, we are just trying to soak up some family time while N is home.  Love you all.  xoxo

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