Delana’s World Adoption Poetry & Prose

Adoption Poetry:

Heart Tears

Tummy Mommy

I Choose You

Adoption Posts:

Into the Mind of a Child with RAD

I recently read the book Detached: Surviving Reactive Attachment Disorder by Jessie Hogsett. It is a personal story of his growing up birth to five in a home of abuse and neglect. Separated from his sister in foster care, his foster parents later adopted him and began to raise him. Jessie suffered […]March 22, 2013 | Categories: Adoption, Book Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , | 8 Comments » | Edit


While internationally adopted children are grafted into a new family tree, many will desire to one day at least go visit their homelands. Some will desire to find living relatives.

In her book “Are Those Kids Yours?” author Cheri Register goes beyond talking about international adoption and raising internationally adopted children…

July 12, 2012

A Time to Cry

We all have them. The ancients wrote about them. A time to cry. A couple of months ago at a marriage conference I heard about the medical properties — health benefits — of crying and tears. As the parent of an older adopted child, I am learning quite a bit about the grieving process my […]

December 14, 2011

Keeping You Company

Our daughter was 6-year’s-old when we adopted her into our family. During her first year with us, she struggled with being in any room of the house by herself. Even if I just needed to go get clothes out of the dryer, she would leave what she was doing and follow me. That year, we […]

December 12, 2011
Cultural Flip-Flop

During the past 13 years, my family has been living and working in Asian countries. Our three biological sons grew up as the minority in the communities in which we lived. Now, they are in college learning how to be American, and sometimes they feel like they don’t fit in (even though their skin is […]

November 12, 2011

Parenting the Internationally Adopted Child

Parenting the Internationally Adopted Child By: Patty Cogen — Review by Delana S This is a fantastic book that I highly recommend to anyone considering international adoption.  Even those who have already adopted abroad would find this extremely helpful (even if you’ve had your child for 10 years already).  It is a great resource from […]

Death before Life

[An excerpt from my upcoming book, Nine Year Pregnancy.] Years of persevering in prayer, waiting for God to answer, waiting for Him to fulfill a dream, I reached a point where the dream had to die. At that time, I sincerely thought that the dream died, the door closed forever, never to be opened again. […]

NaAdMo was First

Everywhere you read, everywhere you blog you see it–NaNoWriMo. That is short for National Novel Writing Month. Since this is the first year that I have heard about it, I Googled it and found that it began in 1999, according to Wikipedia. Before NaNoWriMo, NaAdMo claimed November. What is NaAdMo? It is National Adoption Month. […]

October 28, 2011 |

Dare to Desire

One of the books that helped me tremendously on our decade-long journey of adoption was The Journey of Desire by John Eldredge. Here is one of my favorite quotes from that book: “We all know the dilemma of desire, how awful it feels to open our hearts to joy, only to have grief come in. […]

October 10, 2011

Adoption Attachment

Attaching Depends On Parents’ Tough and tender love, Incredible persistence, Ongoing commitment, Never-ending support. –Delana S See also–

October 8, 2011 |

A Season of Waiting

If you have been struggling with unanswered prayer or have been waiting a really long time for God to answer your prayer, then this is for you. If you have been waiting a long time for God to bring a spouse into your life or if you have been waiting on God to open your […]

October 6, 2011

My Hosea Story

Rejection and Love. Crucifixion and forgiveness. Shame and covering. Orphans and adoption. Today, I was praying for a friend of mine who recently adopted a child who is beyond toddler years. Like me, she adopted a complete package—a child who had already had likes and dislikes, a child who was the product of someone else’s […]

April 5, 2011 |

Everyone Needs Compassion

Yesterday, I woke up with the words on my mind to the song “Mighty to Save” by Hillsong. It is the song that begins, “Everyone needs compassion, love that’s never failing, let mercy fall on me.” Then, as God would have it, I sat down for my morning Bible reading (continuing in Romans). Yesterday’s selection […]

January 19, 2011 |

Breakthrough Prayer by Cymbala (Two Days of Christmas)

Breakthrough Prayer by Jim Cymbala, author of Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, explains principles that transform lives. It reminds us of God’s desire to connect with us and bless us through the answering of prayer. God wants His followers to stand out “like a light in a day dominated by fear and depression.” This book points […]

December 23, 2010

Journey of Desire by John Eldredge

Around the year 2001, someone recommended that I read the book The Journey of Desire by John Eldredge. Five years prior to that time, I had dreamed of a little girl that we were supposed to adopt. We had spent years seeking God, praying fervently, watching, waiting, and even walking through what we thought were […]

December 22, 2010 |


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