Warning: Picture-heavy post ahead. It has been nearly a month since I’ve posted. I’ve gotta make up for lost time somehow.
I can hardly believe that this coming Monday we will have been home in the US, as a family of three, for four weeks. In some respects, it seems like we just got home yesterday, but at other times, it seems like we’ve always been together. We are still figuring out a schedule that works for all of us. We definitely haven’t yet settled into the new rhythm of our life, but we’re getting there. Grief still rules our daily life in many ways. (For a good description of how grief and pain manifest themselves in the life of an adoptive family, read this article.) But we’re also finding joyous ways to grow together, to love together, to be happy together. Life is certainly not easy for us right now, but it definitely is good.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5 (NIV)
The last four weeks in photos:
If you are considering adoption of an older child, I encourage you to go for it. I’m not saying that you should go into this process expecting rainbows and unicorns, for nothing could be further from the reality you will face. You have to know what you’re getting into, and what you’re getting into isn’t easy stuff. But all the same, I hope and pray you will take that leap and pursue that child that God is telling you is yours. Oh yes, there will be moments of intense pain, not just for your child but for you as well. There will be boulders in your road, not just bumps, for the word “bumps” doesn’t even begin to cover it. You will have moments when the potholes in your path just seem too deep to allow passage. But you can pass. You can make it. You will find ways around and through every trial. And when you overcome that hurdle, when you reach that peak, the joys and the laughs and the smiles are only made more incredible by the pain that was overcome to get there.
It is worth it. I promise you: it is worth it.