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May 11, 2017

On Mother’s Day, Without Being a Mother

Every May, the store shelves are filled with greeting cards, potted flowers, and heart-shaped jewelry. The holiday that so many relish in is also the holiday that many women dread:  Mother’s Day.  Mother’s Day is simply one of the hardest times of year for those who are considering or waiting to adopt. Truly, being reminded that you have a mother’s heart, yet you aren’t yet a mother, can be excruciating. You feel as if you are surrounded by those basking in the glory of motherhood while you are an outsider. You yearn to be part of the... Read more…

February 14, 2017

Ten Adoption Themed Children’s Picture Books, Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

As a mom-by-adoption to four children, we have tons of adoption picture books in our home. They open the door to conversation, encouraging our children to ask questions, and help them to navigate through their feelings.  Valentine’s Day presents the perfect opportunity to add to your child’s library. Here are ten wonderful picture books featuring adoption and love themes:  1:  Read more…

February 13, 2017

Adoption Is About Love

Flowers, candy, cards, and other heartfelt expressions are just a few of the many ways couples across the U.S. are celebrating Valentine’s Day this month. Love is no doubt one of the most powerful emotions we experience. That’s why it’s no surprise that love is strongly and abundantly present in adoption. The reason: the bond between a parent and a child, whether biological or not, is a connection like no other. Let’s take a look at all the ways that love comes into play throughout the adoption process. Unselfish When an expectant mother learns... Read more…

January 6, 2017

Savoring Holiday Cards And Adoption Journeys

Every January I celebrate the arrival of the New Year by opening my holiday cards. Most cascade in between Thanksgiving and Christmas and go directly into a big envelope where I store them until January 2. Then they are opened in one big blaze of celebration. Although the cards resemble each other in most ways — cute kids and cheerful greetings — the “back stories” vary widely. In opening them together, I get to celebrate all the ways in which people find their way to parenthood. Some seem to walk over hot coals, and others have smooth sailing.... Read more…

January 2, 2017

A Wish For Those Hoping For Adoption In 2017

A new year. A fresh start. A chance to make your life happier and more fulfilling. For many people, the beginning of 2017 brings resolutions to lose weight, land a better job, live a healthier lifestyle, and more. If you’re hoping to adopt, your biggest wish is likely to become a parent to a precious child. I know from experience that the persistent ache in your heart never goes away until your child is finally home with you. The wait is often long, emotional, and unpredictable, but it doesn’t have to be unbearable. The keys: hope and a positive outlook.... Read more…

December 29, 2016

Top 5 Adoption Blogs Of 2016

At Adoptimist, we are not only blessed with a wonderful community of families hoping to adopt, we are blessed with a talented community of writers and professionals who contribute to our Adoption Blog. They share their experiences, offer inspiration, and helpful advice to the adoption community. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank each blog contributor for their amazing work. And as 2016 comes to a close we thought we’d take a look back at some of the blogs our readers enjoyed... Read more…

December 22, 2016

Navigating Your Open Adoption During The Holidays

When we were waiting to adopt our first child ten years ago, we swiftly checked the “semi open” adoption box. We figured this was a safe and easy option, a compromise between closed and open. However, the day we went to court to gain custody of our first child, the cracked door swung open: We came face-to-face with our child’s biological mother in the waiting room of the court house.  Suddenly there was a face to a name, feelings to a stack of paperwork. Immediately there was an undeniable connection, Read more…

December 21, 2016

Holiday Survival Tips For Waiting Adoptive Parents

It’s time to deck the halls and spread some holiday cheer. Or is it? This time of year while many people are busy celebrating, others are feeling down. If you’re childless or waiting to become a parent through adoption, the holiday season can be especially difficult. Every family gathering or festive party can be a painful reminder of your empty home and the missing piece of your heart. If you’ve experienced a Read more…

December 20, 2016

A Holiday Adoption Message Of Hope

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him?” Luke 11: 9-13 Looking back on my childhood Christmases,... Read more…