My son crawled wearily into bed, barely pulling the covers around him. “I don’t know why I’m so tired,” he said as he closed his eyes. “Probably because you had a full day of school followed by wrestling practice.” “Mm-hmm,” he whispered.
I looked at this beautiful boy, on the brink of being a teen, and breathed in, my eyes filling with tears. I love being his mom.
Adoption is complicated. We step into brokenness with hearts longing to bring wholeness to our children. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
I thought I had what it would take to parent my children; I was wrong.
Thankfully, I know the One who does have what it takes, in fact, He has it all. I turn to God again and again as I parent my kids and He pours out peace and grace. I spend a lot more time praying and trusting now than I did when I was young.
Adoption and foster care reveal our own brokenness in unexpected ways. Our own sinful hearts are examined and found wanting, which is ultimately good news because we find ourselves once again in need of Jesus.
So much loss, and love, and sorrow, and joy.
I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
I’ve been a little quiet here because I’m putting final touches on my manuscript which is due in May. Can you believe it?
You can keep up with the book progress by joining my inner circle of readers who get a short and sweet email from me each week. Even when I’m not blogging regularly, I’m keeping up with my people.
I’m also producing podcast episodes with Melissa, my co-founder at The Adoption Connection. We just recorded one today about unexpected losses and grief in foster care and adoption.
Lastly, there’s still time to join my book group as we read, Faith, Hope, & Connection: A 30-Day Devotional for Adoptive and Foster Parents.
Follow these steps to join me:
1. Order the book on Amazon. You can even get it on Kindle and have it today.
2. Join my Facebook group, The Adoption Connection.
3. Join the discussions if you like. Invite your spouse or a friend to read it too.
Much love, my friend. Thank you for reading and walking with me all these years.