Adoption Awareness Month

This newborn session has a little story behind it that I thought was perfect to share since November is National Adoption Awareness month.  After we adopted our girls, we kept our foster license with our adoption agency for cradle care.  Sometimes when a baby that is going to be adopted is born the adoptive family isn’t legally approved to take them yet.   So, cradle care is a temporary home until that is possible.  We had never gotten a call for that until last Friday.  Our adoption agency called and asked if we could take a newborn little girl that would be discharged on Saturday.  All the reasons we could say no crossed our mind like, it’s wedding season, holiday season, and I’m not going to lie, we love getting a full nights sleep!:-) But, we said yes and a few hours later this little 6 lb beauty was sleeping soundly in our home.  I literally could not help myself, and took a break from what I should be doing to do a little newborn session of her, I even caught a little grin!  She has the sweetest adoptive parents that come to see her every day in between doing everything the need to get their home study done so they can take her home.  Same as when we were foster parents people say “wow, I could never do that, or it would be so hard to see her leave”.  David and I have always struggled with how to respond to this because I promise you, we are not gifted with special powers or anything different from anyone else.  The other day we figured out what to say. It’s quite simple really. 

It’s not about us.  

That’s all. It’s about the child and the need at hand and if we are willing to say yes and meet that need. That’s what being a foster and adoptive parent is all about. It’s hard and messy sometimes but it takes normal people to say yes and there are no super powers needed but love and selflessness. You’ll gain more than you will ever put in and love more deeply then you ever thought possible.