Sadly, many adoptive blogs lately have implied that if your adoption story does not include lots of pain and grieving, tantrums, rebellion and ugliness, that you must be cherry-picking what you share. For certainly, everyone that adopts is on the front lines of a war. I take issue with this. I take issue with the suggestion that people who share the joys and the victories of adoption are being dishonest. Now, admittedly, there are things that we choose not to share. Mostly, to protect the privacy and dignity of our children.
Being in the ministry of adoption day in and day out, I know that all of those things that I listed above are real. For some, they are very, very real. But, thankfully, so are stories like ours. Please don't think that I want to, in ANY way, trivialize the struggles that any parent faces- adoptive child or bio. But, it is ok to celebrate the good. Ok, to share the joys that we experience with these children. So, tonight I want to share about our experiences in training our children, in particular, our newest children, in the ways of the Lord.