Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Adoption in the Clothing Aisle
Yesterday I went to a local huge Thrift store in hopes of finding some good summer clothes for my kiddos. As I was going through t-shirt after t-shirt in the boys section, looking for the good navy blue and red ones that my twins wear, I ran into a lady who was also looking for a few good t-shirts as well.
I made a comment about the t-shirts and she made a comment and pretty soon we were chatting up a storm. She mentioned to me that she had adopted two girls from China.
Upon hearing the word "adopted" I just lit up. "My husband and I are thinking about adopting as well." I went on to explain a little of our situation. I hadn't thought about adoption seriously until I began thinking of the earthquake in Japan and all of the children who would need a family. Japan is very hard to adopt through but China is a lot easier. As this woman put it: "China has it all streamlined." The process takes longer- six months to a year- so the children are usually a little older than a newborn, but since I have had my birth children, I began to wonder.
Is this an option for me? Do I want to adopt a child from China and all that that entails? I'm not sure. But a little, tiny seed has been planted in my heart- just like adoption was- and it is beginning to grow.
And I want to ask all of you out there- how badly do you want to adopt? Are you willing to go through other agencies besides LDS family services if it would get you a baby sooner? I know that as we keep all of our options open whether it be using different agencies or even going international that the Lord will bless us.
I pray that those of you are certified to adopt find your children soon and those of us who aren't certified yet to keep trying and pushing forward.