In my open letter to waiting families, I talked about how important it is to make Christ known in every step of our adoption adventure. Here are 4 practical things every waiting family should do!
1. Research. Books, videos, articles, blogs, podcasts - there are a plethora of ways to get information these days! Choose your favorite way to learn, and get to it! Adoption trainings are necessary, but look for resources that allow you to learn from the experiences of others. Following along someone else's journey, while learning ways to cope with adoption related issues, provides experiential education. These are the things you will most likely remember when you need them most!
2. Develop your support system. Ask trusted friends and family if you can add them to an email list. Let these people know specific prayer targets, practical needs, and updates on your process. The journey does not end once your child is home. Rather, it is a life long display of the Father's love through the beautiful building of a family through adoption. You will need your people - find them, and invite them to join you on your adoption journey.
3. Make time for your people. Your spouse, kids, friends, extended family. Create memories and moments. Fill love tanks to overflowing. Once your child is home, inevitably, there will be a pull on your attention and time. Things will change, as they do any time another person is added to a family! There won't be less of you, but there will be less of your time available to those you love. Prioritize time to deeply connect. Be open about the way your life - and theirs! - is about to change, but don't allow the adoption adventure to consume every conversation. Remember that this time is a gift that allows you to strengthen your relationships with loved ones!
4. Be intentional with your time. It is so easy to get sucked into compulsively checking your phone or email. Or, if you're like me, checking photolistings! (I had a serious addiction to checking the listings several times a week! And not just AdoptUS, but individual states' and counties' lists, too!) The excitement and anticipation is natural - and even important! But there is much preparation of the heart - and home - to be accomplished during this waiting season. If you are consumed with searching and what (who!) is to come, you can miss the opportunities God's given you to prepare.
In Don't Waste Your Wait: Embracing the Journey of Bringing Your Child Home,
I discuss 8 ways you can actively engage in - and embrace! - the journey of bringing your child home!
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