Somewhere along the line, adoption has become associated with the myth of ‘love at first sight.’ I surely cannot say that no one feels this, but I can say that not everyone does, and not everyone has to. Because the truth is, love is a thing that grows.
I spent most of my childhood caring for baby dolls as if they were the real deal and dreaming up lists of baby names I would someday use. Throw in an endless amount of negative pregnancy tests and dreams suddenly turn into something dangerous: disappointment.
During the weeks leading up to Elijah’s birth, I was terrified the adoption would fall through, and for good reason—we’d experienced several adoption heartbreaks before. I wanted to make something for the baby, but I was nervous to start in case we lost him.
In our wildest dreams we couldn’t have conjured up the twists and turns our life journey would take us through. While the loss of our firstborn scarred us in some lifelong ways, it was the catalyst for so many blessings.
Nia Vardalos (from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) has written a can’t-put-it-down book about her journey through adoption. You’ll love this podcast full of incredible stories and words of wisdom!
I wasn’t expecting this. If David and I had given birth to a child bearing our genes, there’s a good chance he or she would have been quiet, introverted, and prone to melancholy like us. Instead, we ended up with a giggling, bouncing, outgoing, joyful three-year-old.
With both wit and raw emotion, Nia Vardalos, writer and star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, opens up about her 10-year struggle with infertility and her journey to becoming a mother via adoption.
Mothering her eight children isn’t always easy for Sara Though some days are hard, Sara learned the most important thing is to never give up.
Everything in life has the potential to be beautiful. Some things just need a second glance, a chance to prove to us that the view might not be what we expected: It might be even better.
I love to write, and I have made that passion central to my experience as a mother. My writing is not only for my children; it is also for me. My #1 coping strategy during the challenges of life is writing.
In No Biking in the House Without a Helmet, Greene reflects on her journey to adoption, raising children (both biological and adoptive) and what it means to be a family.
When someone tells me that they are glad I got to experience having my “own” child, I don’t get it. All of my kids are my own, and the experience of adoption is as beautiful and rewarding as is the act of carrying a child and giving birth.