I learn so much from every story. I think it's important to be open to learning because the "hard" part of adoption isn't over. Adoption is hard, period. And always will be.
Like when Joci asks why other kids her age don't have birth moms.
Or when she has to do an assignment in school about genealogy.
When she asks why her birth family placed her for adoption.
When despite all the answers I can give her - and her birth parents can give her - she feels rejected and unwanted on some level.
But there's a lot of love and a lot of healing that can soften these hard parts.
I find strenght in the examples of others. Know who my favorite example is?
Joseph, the earthly, adoptive father of Jesus Christ. The man God trusted to raise His only child.
Have you ever thought of him that way?
I hadn't until recently, and it brings on new meaning for me in Joseph's role. After the accounts of the holy birth in the Bible, we don't hear much about Joseph. But by reading between the lines, it becomes obvious that the was a caring, patient, adoring father.
The picture above is a painting called Joseph the Guardian by Kendra Burton. She has some beautiful things to say about her journey of creating this painting. If you're interested, read about it here.