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.



Anonymous said...

We waited to be matched with LDSFS for 2 years before we felt like it was time to go with another agency. It was the best thing we ever did, it brought us our son and then 14 month later our daughter. LDSFS was a great start for us but ultimately not where our children's birthmoms would find us.

Anonymous said...


I'm LDS and a single Mom. I have two adopted daughters from China. They are the two most blessd moments of my life. Domestically wasn't really an option for me and I would have not gone any other way. The wait is longer now, because of the Hague Treaty, but it is well worth the wait. Good Luck and Best Wishes with your decision.

Warmest Regards,

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