Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A Leap of Faith

We have been thinking about adoption for quite a while. (When I say we here, I actually mean me.) Specifically we have been thinking about adopting a child with Down syndrome. I can't explain why, but I have felt for a very long time that I would one day be the mother of a child with DS. They are beautiful people with a great deal to offer this world. I prayed about it for a long time, and occasionally it would come up in conversations between Jim and I. He has been reluctant, he usually is very wary of new and different things. I didn't beg, or push anything on him, I just kept praying. Life went on.

We are very busy with and fulfilled by the family that we have created together. We have 3 wonderful kids. It's not that anything is missing, or there is a hole to fill. It's the fact that we are a strong family with a lot to offer, and want to be the family that a child out there is waiting for. There are so many children out there waiting, especially those with special needs.

It 's not particularly fashionable to raise a child with special needs these days. We live in a world where everyone wants the best of everything, an upgrade. Raising kids has become a competitive sport. Your child must walk sooner, talk sooner, read sooner than your friends child. Parents and kids are under so much pressure to be perfect. So I'm pretty sure people will think we are crazy for even considering this.

I'm still not sure what exactly changed Jim's mind and made him want this as much as I do but, ...one day, he finally said YES!!!!

And so our journey begins. Follow along with us!

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