You know the feeling. God had just opened your eyes to adoption, you were brimming with excitement, and couldn’t wait to shout it from the mountain tops. Your excitement was contagious. You couldn’t wait to get started, couldn’t wait to find your child, couldn’t wait to dive right in. You wanted to share your news with everyone. You were eager to get the word out.
You know the feeling. Days or weeks into your wait for a match or your search for your child you become overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with the sheer number of precious children in need of a family or foster family. Children of all ages and races all over the world or right in your state stare back at you from photo listings. Your eyes have been opened to the huge need for families and the need to get the word out.
You know the feeling. Somewhere in the adoption process, you hear of or see or even meet a child who captures your heart. And while you know this child is not meant for your family, you can sense God nudging you to get involved, to share his picture, to share her profile, You know you need to advocate, to get the word out.
You know the feeling. You feel dazed and in a fog. You are missing what used to be and feel overwhelmed by what is. Whether the attachment process going well or is in need of serious intervention, adjusting to a new family member is as taxing as it is wonderful. Keeping it all in just isn’t working anymore. You recognize the need for understanding and encouragement. It’s time to share what’s on your heart. It’s time to let some trusted people know how it’s really going, and so you get the word out.
You know the feeling. You have found a resource, a book, a blog, a retreat, a seminar, a workshop, a community that has helped you and your family so much. Your struggle has eased, or maybe it still lingers but you don’t feel so alone. You have some answers, some strategies, some hope. You know there are others who could benefit from this same encouragement, and so you get the word out.
If you’ve been a reader of We Are Grafted In for any amount of time, you know that it is our goal to provide a sense of community so you don’t feel alone in what you are going through. Joys and struggles – and encouragement – are meant to be shared. We strive to feature posts from other bloggers about adoption, foster care, and orphan care that will encourage, inspire and challenge you. We are passionate about getting the word out so you, our readers, can not only learn and grow, but can also connect with each other.
As we gear up for a new season of new content we hope that you will join us in getting the word out:
- Do you know friends who could benefit from reading We Are Grafted In? Please share our blog with them. Invite them to like our Facebook page.
- Have you come across a blog post that has spoken to your heart? That has challenged your thinking? That has put words to what you couldn’t articulate about adoption, foster care, or orphan care? Get the word out about it by submitting it to WAGI for consideration. We’d love to hear from you. (Send them via PM through our Facebook page or email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Thank you for being a faithful reader of WAGI and for helping us get the word out. You are a valued part of this community!