Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Brick Walls Of Adoption

The following You Tube speech is inspirational, especially the brick wall part.

I spent the last week putting together more paperwork for Vu's immigrant visa, shopping for gifts to take to Vietnam and finding an outfit to wear to the Giving and Receiving Ceremony. My sister, Nicole, says that completing an adoption is like having a part-time job! She's right! An adoption takes not only time, work and money, it takes tenacity and patience. You have to really, REALLY want to adopt a child. There are TONS of brick walls--both predictable obstacles and walls that pop up out of nowhere. And like the child's "Bear Hunting" song, there's no way around them, no way under them, no way through them, we have to go over them. It's tough.

And yet . . . and yet . . . . It makes me think about how all this mountain climbing and literally shedding sweat and tears prepares us infinitely more for our children than if we had it easy. By the time our children arrive home, we have dreamed of them for so long and pined for them so much, we are so amazingly prepared. More importantly, we are so much more thankful for their presence in our lives. We truly realize what an amazing gift and miracle they are.

Whether you are adopting or not, everyone has brick walls. Climb them.

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