For Those Adoptive Mama's (Or Those Contemplating)

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Re : For Those Adoptive Mama's (Or Those Contemplating)

Postby josiah1112 » Tue Aug 12, 2008 09:17 pm

This was awesome!!Thanks for sharing .I will have to share it with a few adoptive play groups that I am a part of.It is so true.On Saturday one of our groups met for lunch and the swapping of stories and the appreciation we have for our children and their journey to us is so magical.

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Re : For Those Adoptive Mama's (Or Those Contemplating)

Postby browncow » Tue Aug 12, 2008 01:44 pm

My Daddy was one of those folks who, when asked which of his kids were adopted, said, "oh, I forget, doesn't matter anyway; they're all mine!"

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Re : For Those Adoptive Mama's (Or Those Contemplating)

Postby myrnski » Mon Aug 11, 2008 09:17 pm

Thank you Amanda. This is really wonderful, and a great way to put everything into perspective. I hope one day I can either fly again, or soon decide to take the boat. Thanks soooo much.

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Re : For Those Adoptive Mama's (Or Those Contemplating)

Postby jana m » Mon Aug 11, 2008 06:18 pm

I loved this, Amanda! As you know, we are still contemplating adoption, but I have to agree with Niki too. It really made me think about my infertility journey!

Thanks for sharing this. I'm going to send it to my DH.

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Re : For Those Adoptive Mama's (Or Those Contemplating)

Postby biogal » Mon Aug 11, 2008 04:16 pm

Amanda, thank you for sharing that. While I read it I was thinking about my journey through IF and felt it was a great analogy for that too!

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Re : For Those Adoptive Mama's (Or Those Contemplating)

Postby summerw77 » Mon Aug 11, 2008 03:59 pm

That is so very true. Thanx for sharing.

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For Those Adoptive Mama's (Or Those Contemplating)

Postby amanda » Mon Aug 11, 2008 03:20 pm

I found this today on another board and thought it was so true that I would share it here. For a lot of us this speaks on many levels, those that have adopted, those that have had a difficult or completely unbelieveable pregnancy. Of course, this is a take off on the My Trip To Holland *but* I thought it was good so I thought I would share:

A Different Trip to the Same Place

Deciding to have a baby is like planning a trip to Australia: You’ve heard that it is a wonderful place.

You’ve read many guidebooks and feel certain that you’re ready to go. Everyone you know has traveled there by plane. They say it can be a turbulent flight with occasional rough landings, but you can look forward to being pampered on the trip.

So you go to the airport and ask the ticket agent for a ticket to Australia. All around you excited people are boarding planes for Australia. It seems there is no seat for you; you’ll have to wait for the next flight. Impatient, but anticipating a wonderful trip, you wait…and wait…and wait.

Flights to Australia continue to come and go. People say silly things like “Relax, you’ll get on a flight soon.” Other people actually get on a plane and then cancel their trip, to which you cry, “It’s not fair!”

After a long time, the ticket agent tells you, “I’m sorry, we’re not going to be able to get you on a plane to Australia. Perhaps you should think about going by boat.”

“By boat!” you say. “Going by boat will take a very long time and it costs a great deal of money. I really had my heart set on going by plane.” So you go home and think about not going to Australia at all. You wonder if Australia will be as beautiful if you approach it by sea rather than air. But you have long dreamed of this wonderful place for so long and finally you decide to travel by boat.

It is a long trip; many months over many rough seas. No one pampers you. You wonder if you will ever see Australia. Meanwhile, your friends have flown back and forth to Australia two or three more times, marveling about each trip.

Then one glorious day, the boat docks in Australia. It is more exquisite than you ever imagined and the beauty is magnified by your long days at sea. You have made many wonderful friends during your voyage and you find yourself comparing stories with others who also traveled by sea rather than by air.

People continue to fly to Australia as often as they like, but you are able to travel only once, perhaps twice. Some say things like, “Oh, be glad you didn’t fly...My flight was horrible...Traveling by sea is so easy.”

You will always wonder what it would have been like to fly to Australia. Still you know that God blessed you with a special appreciation for Australia and that the beauty of Australia is not in the way you got there, but in the place itself.

Enjoy your trip!!!

By Diane Armitage

On the adoption thread awhile back I wrote of knowing in my heart that my girls were MINE and that I never once regretted or doubted the way that they came to me - I think that this poem says it though alot better than I ever could. Please know that I am in no way saying that adoption is 'better' than anything - this was just a great poem I wanted to share.


I hope you guys enjoy!


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