November is National Adoption Month. Adoption is a journey God has called our family to and we are forever grateful for what this journey has done for our lives. It has blessed us beyond words.
But there is a "hard" side to this journey as well. This article was shared with me. It is so lonely to browse the blogs that do make adoption look so easy, pretty and heartwarming. I normally share those things too. This woman bravely tells the other side. We have and still do live this other side with one of ours. It is better, but it is still a day to day choice to try to love like Jesus does. I have spent the past 4 years feeling like the worst human being on the planet and the guilt can be crushing at times. I didn't know love could be so hard. Everything she says is REAL. Love is not always those squishy yummy feelings that melt your heart and make you want to scoop someone up and plant a million kisses on them while you hug them till they pop. Sometimes love is parenting in the trenches without those feel-good emotions. And those trenches can be lonely and overwhelming. She talks about not judging if you haven't visited those trenches. I wanted to find this woman and throw my arms around her and say thank you for understanding and thank you for speaking the truth. Please read this article if you have adopted, know someone who has adopted or is in the process of adopting. There may be a family in need of some understanding, prayer or just a hug that lets them know they are supported. http://onthebeautifuljourney.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-ugly-side-of-adoption.html?m=1