Elizabeth is only 14 months old and her file was prepared when she was only 10 months old. At that time she was pulling herself on her tummy in an army crawl. Her caregivers describe her as a sweet, happy baby.
It is Monday morning. While the nation at large is waking up, loathe to begin another work week, those of us connected with the China adoption community wake up a little early and grab our phones or laptops to check social media sites.
Toliver is only 1, still a baby, and could be home soon after his second birthday! How amazing is that!?
See our new look? We are pretty excited about it! But don't worry, we are still Gladney's Superkids and that part won't change. What will change is that we will be reaching more people and a broader audience. Which means the sweet children we advocate for will have even more people seeing them, sharing their posts, and becoming advocates for them. We call that winning!
Now that I’ve had time to recover from the jet lag, and get somewhat caught up on work, I look back on my two weeks in China and Taiwan and am truly grateful for the experience. I learned so much!
When I was eleven months old, my sister and I were adopted from the Jiangxi province of China. My parents were only expecting to adopt one child at that time, and boy, were they surprised when they received pictures of two baby girls. According to my parents, and the packet of papers they received from the orphanage, my sister and I had been found together on the street at one day old, on April 1, 1999. From there, we were brought to the orphanage and soon after, brought into a foster home. Once we arrived in the United States, it was discovered through DNA tests that my sister and I were only three percent related. We had the same birthday, were the same age, and were together since they day we were born, but we weren’t twins like everyone had thought. Nothing else was known about who our birth parents were, where we were born, what time, and how we ended up together.
Read the latest information about Gladney's China and Taiwan's adoption program in the Fall 2018 Gladney Newsletter.
|The crew on my birthday|
As I was putting my son to bed one night recently he asked me something to the effect, “Daddy why did you adopt me?” If you have an adoption story you have likely heard or will hear this question many times. I have answered this question before but this time I gave it a different thought. See we had also just come off our third adoption and I kind of sensed the question is really more about why did you do this or need to do this?
So I told my son as honestly as I could that we did not need to adopt him or his sisters to his surprise. As I explained, because when you need something it is more of an act of instinct, or survival so the satisfaction in the act is limited. No, when I thought about his question, I smiled and told him, “Buddy, I wanted you!” I chased after you with all the love of my heart for you and your sisters. All the long nights of paperwork, and worry. All the driving around and chasing the next authentication or deadline, was not something I needed to do but I wanted to do.
I wanted and chased after all my children as one who loves with reckless abandonment until that day when I had my children in my arms and peace settled into the deepest part of my soul. That moment happened a year ago last Father’s day, after a long trip to bring home my precious daughter, we just happened to have Father’s day weekend as our first weekend home. As we sat around the table having lunch, an overwhelming feeling hit me and turned to my wife and said, “This is right, this is what we were meant to be as a family”.
My little ones, my loves, you completed me that Father’s Day and every Father’s Day for all time.
- Written by a 3x Gladney dad, Dwight Richmond