Out of the Mouth of Babes
This is completely out of the mouth of babes. Please meet Grayce (16), Daniel (13), and Jude (11)…Grayce and Daniel were 6 and 2 1/2 when they moved in with us. We adopted them from the foster care system. Jude, we adopted at 4 and brought him home at 5 from Ethiopia. Hunter (3) is actually my great-nephew.
Grayce (RAD, PTSD, ADD, PMDD, FASD, and realizing her AWESOMENESS)
I think adoption is a neat thing. It gives kids hope. I moved in with my adoptive parents at the age of 6 and was legally adopted at the age of 9. Adoption can also be a scary thing, mainly for the kid. They may be used to a particular environment then suddenly they are in a new place with new people.
When I was adopted, it was scary at first. Even though I wasn’t with my biological mother, I was with another family that I was used to being around. There is no telling how long it will take a kid to adapt. I guess it depends on all that the kid has been through.
There are some Positive Things
But there are some positive things about adoption you get a family that wants you, who cares for you. After all, they CHOSE YOU out of tons of kids. You get all of your basic needs met and maybe some wants too.
The past may be hard to forget, but we can choose to make our future a better one. If I hadn’t been adopted, I would really be struggling. Living with a mom who didn’t really care what I did and would let me do anything I desired. I could be addicted to drugs and alcohol at a young age or pregnant like my birth mom. But luckily someone saw that I could be something more than what I had grown up to be an adopted me. They saw more in me than I did. And I can never repay them for it.
Adoption is a gift from God. Romans 8:15 says “For you did not receive a spirit of slavery, to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!”
Adoption can save lives.
Daniel (ADD, PTSD, RAD, FASD, Dyslexia, Low Functioning, Brain Damage, Developmental Delays, and AWESOME)
Dear readers, I’m going to tell you about my life. As a boy do not remember much of the past but if I was not adopted my mother could not take care of my need and health. I was always sick until my new mother and father got me and adopted me. I got a new mother who cared for me and a new father and brothers and sisters who loved me with every breath they had and taught me new things and how to love God. And though they love me more, the other family that did mean things to me and I’ve learned to forgive them but they still loved me the only way they could, and I loved them sure the life was rough and hard, but I had a new chapter to start.
Jude (Developmental Delays, Single-Sided Deafness, and always knew his tendency towards AWESOME)
I remember giving the people in Ethiopia candy. We would sit down in the living room and watch them make coffee. I was adopted when I was five years old. That was when I met my new family. Now, I have three brothers and three sisters, a mom and a dad. In Ethiopia, I have a mom, two brothers, and three sisters.
If I were never adopted, I wouldn’t have experienced playing and sports. Also, making new friends or seeing new places. I like it here. I can experience new things. Like how my brothers taught me new things. They also taught me how to play other games. As well as, how they helped me with stuff. I remember not liking the airplane’s water. There was also the time I remember puking in the van.
Hunter (Developmental Delays, Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome, and never knew he wasn’t AWESOME)
Me: Hunter, did you know you were adopted?
Me: What is your mama’s name?
Hunter: I don’t know.
Me: Do you love being adopted?
Me: Who sends you letters in the mail?
Hunter: Mama Paige.
Me: Who are your brothers and sisters?
Hunter: Karen, Bro-man
**Karen is our cat and Bro-man is Jude….he also has Victoria, Alyssa, Grayce, and Kaleigh. Brothers are Noah, Daniel, Jude, and Jack**
Me: Where do Kaleigh and Jackie live?
Hunter: In my room.
Me: Do you love MaMaw so much?
Me: What about PaPaw?
Me: Anything else you want to say?
Hunter: I am wearing Superman underwear.