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No One Ever Said This

“I can’t wait to be paper pregnant for nine years!” — said no adoptive parent ever. But the process of waiting may just be a very important part of the journey.

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Joy: enduring the night

Joy is greatest when it follows the toughest trials. For a decade I prayed and cried over this verse: “Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5. I asked God when the night would be over and the morning come.

Grand: In the eye of the beholder

My daughter took this self-portrait a few years ago. She definitely takes unique photos. What is extra stunning about this particular photo is that my daughter lost her right eye to cancer as an infant, so for her, a self-portrait focuses in on the eye she sees with. Here are three more pictures from her perspective…

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Screaming Inside

There are some things that an adopted child goes through at some point of the journey regardless of the adoption age. Dealing with a child’s grief and loss. “He held her tightly against himself . . . with her flailing and screaming. Any child would have …

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Exactly the Right One

“Of all the things Melissa had said, the thing that stood out most was to stop asking if this little girl was the right girl for our family and start asking if we could be the right family for this little girl.” God knew before she was born that we were the right family.

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Whirlpools and Waves: The Paper Pregnancy

Are you in the midst of whirlpools and waves? Sometimes a paper pregnancy can be as overwhelming as the sea.

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Sea–and the emotions it brings to mind.

I know that during our long journey …there were most definitely times of feeling caught in a whirlpool or undertow. Ever feel like you are drowning and might not be able to come up for air?