Since I can remember I have felt called to adopt. Even as a little girl I knew that one day I would adopt a child. When I was dating my (now) husband I mentioned it and as soon as the words left my mouth I thought, "He better agree or I'll be crushed." He said something like, "Yeah, cool!" I was so relieved. Every now and then I bring it up and we talk a little bit about it. We know that this particular moment in time is not ideal for us to begin the adoption process, but one day it will happen. I can't wait... :)
I know many people won't agree with me but I believe that life begins at conception; that all life is beautiful. This statement is not a matter of opinion, but rather a scientific fact. A child's DNA and sex is determined at the moment of conception. They are small, but they are there, they are human, they are worth more than you can imagine. Now, you can probably guess from those previous sentences that I am pro-life. Yes, I am one of those radical, crazy, insane psychos who believe that life has meaning and that it is wrong to discard (to put it lightly) our smallest, innocent member of society, or anyone for that matter.
I've been that girl standing outside of Planned Parenthood praying for those inside. I've been the person to smile at and encourage the scared looking women walking into the clinic. I've been that pregnancy center volunteer running pregnancy tests for scared girls, counseling them, crying with them, hugging them, collecting supplies and diapers and clothes for them to take home. I've see the pain in their eyes. From the very first time I stood praying outside of my local Planned Parenthood it has been my dream to stop a woman and tell her that I will adopt her child if she truly doesn't think she can be a mother. It hit me like a ton of bricks that first time I was there crying on the sidewalk. Now that I have my own daughter I am even more determined. But, having my own daughter it does make going to pray at Planned Parenthood a little more of a challenge, especially with it being in a bad neighborhood. I'm just not prepared to take her there. While I've never been threatened while praying there, I'd rather not tempt the ghetto fates. (Is that a thing?)
Anyway, what I can do is adopt. I always thought, "Oh my goodness it is so expensive to adopt. How will we ever be able to do it?" Then I saw this:
In that one post by Mrs. Johnson I felt such relief. I also felt as though she took words straight from my heart and plastered it online. I strongly feel that many more people are called to adopt than actually do. Even if you aren't pro-life adoption is such a wonderful gift you can give to a child. These children in the foster system are a lot of times so damaged. They have been moved from home to home to home, from couple to couple to couple, split from their siblings, abused, neglected, unloved...you name it. It's such a sad system. Think about it - how can you not want to help a child stuck in the midst of that kind of life?
I also want to say something about special needs children. Did you know that 90% of unborn babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted? We are missing NINETY PERCENT of our beautiful friends. You guys...how is this not plastered all over the news? How is this not illegal. Just watch this video if you aren't convinced:
I understand that adoption is not for everyone. I do understand that. But I do beg you to pray about this. I urge you to think about it. Bring it up to your spouse. There are so many babies and children and even teens who need a forever family. I can't imagine my Charlotte being thrown around in the Foster Care System. Cannot imagine it. It absolutely breaks my heart that so many kids are treated so poorly. These children matter. They are beautiful little souls. They are worth so much...
I could honestly go on for days about statistics, how beautiful life is, how passionate I am about adoption, how badly these kids need a loving home...the whole nine yards, people. But let me just leave you with this:
Have the conversation.
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My name is Hannah and I'm a lucky wife to Tom, and mama bear to two sweet girls - Charlotte & Rosalie. Coffee, lipstick, sunshine, and dresses are some of my favorite things! I love to blog about God, motherhood, "wifeyhood", food, health and much more.
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