Choose to Think About Adoption

Adopting Intentionally – Day 1

For 31 Days we are blogging about Adopting Intentionally. You can find an overview and links to daily posts here.  


The Family That Nobody WantedI first thought about adoption when I was six or seven and read the book The Family that Nobody Wanted with my mother.  I was mesmerized by the story of a family being formed through adoption.  I felt deep excitement for all of those siblings as they were welcomed into one family from different ethnic backgrounds and life circumstances.  The story stayed with me.

I next remember thinking about adoption when I was eight and nine.  I reveled in the rags to riches story and music of Annie singing with emotion behind the couch in my living room.  And my heart broke and soared watching a movie called The Orphan Train (that is now on YouTube).  Stories of children who did not have parents were absolutely heart breaking to me.

As a camp counselor in college we worked with children from a local orphanage, and all I wanted to do was adopt them all. And when I would see stories of Adoption on TV I felt like I had to watch it and at the very same time as if I needed to turn away, my heart felt so tethered to other’s stories.

I did wonder if I was meant to adopt.

There are stories of adoption all around us, children who have been adopted have stories, parents who adopt have stories, siblings, grand-parents, birth families all have stories.  It is a thread woven into our communities.  It can be visible and it can just as easily be invisible.

Have you seen the thread?  Have you thought about it?

I invite you to a month of talking about it. 

I challenge us to think about it, consider it.

And for some of you . . . I invite you to perhaps take a step forward and perhaps adopt intentionally.



9 thoughts on “Choose to Think About Adoption

  1. Love this! We have 3 kids by birth and thought we were done. Just recently, my husband and I have both felt led separately to think about adopting. I’m so interested in what you will be writing about.

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  2. Liza, you have a beautiful 31 day series started here and I can’t wait to read all your posts in October. “The Family Nobody Wanted” was a powerful influence for me as well, I can’t help but believe it opened my heart to adoption. Bless you and your family.


  3. I also was deeply impacted by that book. I loved it and have thought often of adoption because of it. I’m looking forward to reading more about your journeys.


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