We have four boys, ages 9 months to 12 years, that came to us through open adoption. They are rambunctious, active, fun, hilarious and completely unique little people. There is not a single doubt in our minds or hearts that these 4 boys and their birth families are meant to be ours.
Our wait times varied, from 3 months to 2 years. We spent that time reading and researching anything we could about adoption and parenting, preparing for our baby. It was not easy, there were definitely tears, so many tears, as we waited for our phone call. Also hurt feelings and anger every time someone gave us unwanted advice and misguided help. We had heartbreak when a private placement plan fell apart, but we never lost our hope, well at least not for very long. We were very lucky to have the support of our families, and the amazing team at Adoption Options, who were just as invested in our journey as we were. Each time we were on the list was just as emotionally wrenching as the first time had been, but we knew that if we kept our minds open and trusted the process that it would pay off in the end. And it did.
Our family wasn’t made the way we expected, but it turned out better than we could have imagined.
Jeff & Mandy