I am an adoptive mom and an adoption social worker and I highly recommend this book! I bought several copies to give to the families I work with as they walk through their adoption journeys. Reading Don't Waste Your Wait feels like having a long talk over coffee with Naomi in her living room. She gently shares her hard earned wisdom about dealing with all the emotions you will experience on the journey and how to make the most of your time in spite of them. Heeding Naomi's wise advise will help you grow as a person and in your relationship to God. It will also help you be the best adoptive/foster parents you can be once the wait it over!
C. Greenplate, Adoptive Mom and Adoption Social Worker
"I just finished it!! Seriously, well done!! You wrote really clearly and it was easy to read. Your heart is also so clearly all over the pages that even if you don't know you in real life, a reader would come away knowing you in a sense. There's so many parts I loved and screen shot to go back to. And as always I'm also challenged and encouraged since I'm in my own time of waiting.
I think you do a great job expressing the full spectrum of emotions that are experienced without an over emphasis on either the happy or hard. And that's hard to do. Some of my favorite parts are you talking about hope and how you have hope with its good, hope when it's hard, just hope all around. And also how opposite emotions are simultaneously experienced when we're following Gods leading. Happy and hard, profitable and painful."
C. Robinson, Foster Care Resource Parent
Seriously. So. Amazing. I love it! I love how real you are but everything points to Christ. You've clearly thought about each sentence. And I think it paints a realistic picture of matching. I can't wait until you write a book (about) once they come home.
A. Hicks, Adoption Social Worker
about the book.
When you are adopting, there can be an overwhelming tendency to waste your wait. To be so fixated on what – more accurately, who – is missing that you miss the moments God’s given you. Moments you can use intentionally. Moments He knows you need at the onset of the wildest, hardest, most beautiful adventure you will ever take.
In this book, you will discover ways you can make the most of every moment. Whether you are pursuing a domestic infant, international, or foster care adoption, this book will offer solidarity and hope for the journey!
Written by a mom of six, who has adopted twice through the foster care system, this book gives practical ways you can actively engage in - and embrace - the journey of bringing your child home! With honesty and humor, Naomi addresses both the beautiful and hard aspects of this important first piece of every adoption adventure - the wait.