Adoption is such a journey.
Twists and turns. Highs and lows. Joy and sorrow.
Sometimes both in one day.
And sometimes both in one hour.
She continues to blossom and is such a joy to parent.
Laughing big, hearty, fearless belly laughs.
Feeling safe enough to not only be happy, but to be sad sometimes, too.
And sassy. And silly. And somber.
And on and on.
Our sweet girl takes a few steps back.
And when I find her asleep by herself, on a chair or even sometimes on the floor, my heart just breaks.
I am reminded that this was probably how she fell asleep for the first 20 months of her life.
Alone. On her own.
So I grab her up and snuggle her close to me, brush the dark hair out of her still-closed eyes, and say a prayer of thanksgiving that our sweet Poppy will never, ever be alone again.
There are millions of orphans world-wide who are falling asleep all alone tonight. If you have it on your heart to adopt but have questions about the process – especially about the China program – feel free to contact me. My email is linked from the right sidebar.