“Adoption is wonderful and beautiful and the greatest blessing I have ever experienced. Adoption is also difficult and painful. Adoption is a beautiful picture of redemption. It is the Gospel in my living room. And sometimes, it’s just hard.
As a parent, it’s hard not to know when your daughter took her first steps or what her first word was or what she looked like in kindergarten. It’s hard not to know where she slept and whose shoulder she cried on and what the scar on her eyebrow is from. It’s hard to know that for ten years yours was not the shoulder she cried on and you were not the mommy she hugged.
As a child, it’s hard to remember your biological parents’ death, no matter how much you love your new mom. It’s hard to have your mom be a different color than you because inevitably people are going to ask why. It’s hard that your mom wasn’t there for all the times you had no dinner and all the times you were sick and all the times you needed help with your homework. It’s hard when you have to make up a birthday. It’s hard when you can’t understand the concept of being a family forever yet, because your first family wasn’t forever.
Adoption is a redemptive response to tragedy that happens in this broken world. And every single day, it is worth it, because adoption is God’s heart.” (72)
Kisses from Katie, by Katie Davis (emphasis mine)
P.S. I would recommend this Thanksgiving post one of my fellow bloggers posted recently, it is beautiful.