February 7, 2015 marked 2 years since we adopted, what where then, 12 year old and 10 year old sisters from Colombia, South America. I blogged about our entire journey leading up to the placement of these girls in our home but after much consideration I decided to refrain from sharing our story in such a public way. The reasons which led me to this decision were many, but my primary reason, to be quite honest, was fear.
What would people think? How would people feel? Those precious people, who with love and their own pocketbooks sent us to fetch these 2 girls, how would THEY feel if they knew the REAL story? Because let me tell you, the reality of our day to day life in no way matched up to the fantasy that even we had succumbed to. No matter how many adoption seminars you attend, how many books you read, how many people tell you not to, or even how many times you tell yourself not to, you still have expectations. Not only do you unintentionally develop expectations, of how you’ll bond and the beautiful family you’ll become, but you live a daily struggle to let go of them. You try, oh how you try, to let go of the expectations, and with each disappointment you ultimately do… just like each tear that falls from your eye and rolls down your cheek, you let go of each expectation, one by one.
Then there’s the pain… the pain that comes with adopting 2 (almost) teenagers is big enough, but to re-live the pain to tell our story, that was too much for me to bear. But as it turns out, bottling everything inside doesn’t feel so hot either.
For more than mere therapeutic reasons, what leads me to my decision to speak up 2 years later is, I want people to know the truth. With international adoption within Christian families on the rise, I feel that the truth is not only beneficial, it’s crucial. If only it were easier to speak the truth, maybe I would’ve said it sooner. And as hard as it is for me to say what’s true, it will be that much harder for you to receive it. I’m reminded of the scripture “This is a hard saying; who can hear it?” (John 6:60b) The truth can be perplexing and hard to receive. As we see in another scripture the truth is also “sharper than a two-edged sword,” (Hebrews 4:12). The truth can be divisive. My prayer is that as you read what I share, you will not turn a deaf ear, nor will you be offended, but rather you will accept it as an outpouring of my heart through a difficult experience. You may not agree with my story, but after all it is mine to tell.
Where do I begin? It would be difficult to say everything that I’d like to say in one sitting. Not only would it be emotionally taxing, but it would be more along the lines of a novel than a blog post. So, I’ve decided to just share… however it may come out, in whatever order it comes. I hope that it will be beneficial, but I cannot promise that it will be uplifting. But the Lord is able… “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,” (Ephesians 3:20) may He use what I share for the furtherance of His Kingdom and the edification of His saints.
Until next time…