this is my adoption soapbox post. are you ready? if you’re not then maybe you should just skip reading this one. really. i’ll understand.

one of my pet peeves by Christians is for them to get all on their high horse about how bad abortion is and then later say things like, “adoption just wasn’t for our family”.

pssh. give me a break.

if you’re a Christian, then you believe you’re adopted by GOD right? so actually…you’re all about adoption and didn’t even realize it. well looky there.

don’t misunderstand. i’m pro-life. i could have been aborted. my baby brother almost was. i don’t think abortion is ever a good option. it kills a tiny person and it damages the mother too. it’s just an ugly and sad thing.

i also think it’s an ugly and sad thing for society to try to force women to raise children they don’t want or can’t take care of properly. i think it’s an ugly and sad thing for children to be forced into foster care, group homes, and homelessness because they don’t have a family to nurture and protect them.

do i think every family is cut out to adopt? no. duh. but i think there are thousands and thousands of families that could open their hearts to adoption and won’t or don’t.

speaking to all the Jesus followers here – God adopted you. he has called you his own, right? he loves you and has sacrificed his Son for you. so would it really be impossible for you to love a child you didn’t make the same as one you did? you have so much love to give.

ok. that’s all. if you made it this far thanks for listening to my little rant.

Galatians 4:4-6

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

want to get involved in adoption? check out these resources as a jumping off point:
Show Hope {started by steven curtis chapman, this organization is all about loving the fatherless. plenty of info on ways you can help without bringing a child home AND tons of info and aid if you want to adopt. go now.}
Holt International {the adoption agency my parents used. they work with china, mongolia, south korea, thailand, philippines, vietman, haiti, uganda, ethiopia, and india.}
nc department of health and human services {we adopted joey through county social services. at the end of 2009, there were 424,000 kids in foster care. another statistic says over 20,000 kids age out of foster care a year (without a forever family). conclusion – a lot of kids in foster care need forever homes.}