I wrote about what adoption means to me personally here. Today I wanted to share what it means to me in our job. Jason and I work with a local agency as well as with Christian Adoption Consultants. It is more than a job to us because of our perssonal story of adopting 9 children it is a passion. We live out adoption in our home daily as well as guide many families through the process of adoption every year.
What is that like? It is amazing! This small sample of amazing children and families is what fills our facebook feeds. When the rest of the world goes crazy this seems like home to us. It is a place where we feel God has called us to use our various gifts to share and help others.
We know what it means to do a home study, write a home study for others, and what that is like for our clients. We know what it means to look over a situation, pray for the birth family, work with birth families as they place children in the arms of a family asking God to bless them all. We know what it means to check your email a million times a day waiting to be matched wanting desperately for it to be your turn!
That is why we feel so very blessed to work with adoptions from all sides. From the side of the birth family, adoptive family, and being able to see God at work through it all! It literally is miracle after miracle. Miracles of healing and hope as the birth mother receives validation from the adoptive family that she is worthy and encouragement that her child will be loved and cherished. That the child now has extra people who love them not less.
Seeing the adoptive family thankful that such a gift would even be entrusted to them. To see their family grow and include the birth family and a new gift of life. To see the overwhelming joy in their hearts as they bring that child home.
What does adoption mean to me? It is the expansion of love through the bravery of birth mothers saying yes to life, and adoptive families saying yes to them in return.