Blogging about our adoption story has given us the opportunity to meet some fantastic people, most of whom we haven’t yet met in person, but online. I’ve mentioned before that we joined Open Adoption Bloggers when we first started this blog, and we’ve met a lot of people that way. We’ve also spent a good deal of time…um…trolling around for other adoption blogs (hey, I’m sure we’ve been found the same way – that’s just how it goes). Through these means, we’ve encountered people who are much farther along in the adoption process, people who are approaching or have approached adoption in a completely different manner (maybe they’re adopting/have adopted through foster care or internationally, for example). Some folks are in the waiting stage, just like us, and some folks are still dreaming about how they will grow their family.
There’s one family in particular whose story we began following a few months ago. Their path to adoption started out very different from our own, though it seems quite similar to ours at the moment – they’re waiting too. And, like us, they are pursuing open adoption and have a lot of love for the as yet unknown birthmother and birthfather who will someday choose them. On several occasions we’ve reached out to each other to encourage each other along – it’s fairly easy to get down and out when you have no idea how long you’ll be waiting to become parents. It’s always helpful to get positive feedback when you’re pouring such a personal situation out into the wide-open world of blogging. It’s also good to find solidarity in what can sometimes seem such a solitary experience. A couple of days ago, Kristen posted something on their blog, Adoption Love, that I wanted to share here, as we feel the same way she and her husband Josh do about our children-to-be:
Thanks for sharing this Kristen. *A* and I are glad we “met” you guys and we wish you the best as you wait for your little one!