Thursday, August 17, 2006

family building

"Just like a woman who gives birth forgets the pain due to the overwhelming joy when she holds the baby, an adoptive mom also experiences that same joy when she holds her child for the first time."

I found this quote from a member of a forum I read for folks interested in adoption (both adoptive parents and birth parents).

And how true it is. I was talking with a friend last night, and the topic came up about families. Later that night, Mike and I continued on with a similar conversation. Regardless of how you grow your family, there is a bit of uncomfortableness to get there. There is no easy way to do it. Those that get pregnant go through the ups and downs of physical pain through their pregnancy. Those that adopt face a roller coaster of emotions as they follow the hurry up and wait of adoptions. And those that become step parents go through the emotional ups and downs of becoming accepted, trusted, and part of the family.

The end result is the same. You become a family. That's the goal we all strive for, and in the end it's the best thing ever. Regardless of how you got there, you did, and that's the most important thing.

I can't wait until we are able to hold our little one for the first time, and experience that joy of holding our little one....

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