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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Maybe We're Crazy?

Chris and I have applied to do something that several people have not been in favor of.  I've heard a lot of interesting comments about it, such as "I don't think that's a good idea." or "Why would you want to do that?" or "I don't think you should do that." 

What is this terrible decision we're considering?  And have discussed off and on for several years?  Adopting a child.  It's never been a secret that we would have loved to have more children.  I was pregnant two years ago and had a miscarriage, which was difficult for us.  After that, we took medical steps to ensure I would not get pregnant again.  I have had three c-sections, which is a lot.  And while my doctor said I could have a fourth if I wanted to, we don't want another baby.  That, however, doesn't mean we don't want another child. 

We have been working with the people at Reece's Rainbow to begin the process of adopting a little girl.  We have one specifically in mind, but I am not going to discuss that child on my blog at this point in the process.  Suffice it to say that she is under five years old, and she has Down Syndrome

It seems that everyone has an opinion on this topic, which really sort of has surprised me.  It's mostly surprised me because people have been overwhelmingly negative about it, with few exceptions.  I think, and I can only assume, the people we've told want to make sure we *know* what we're getting ourselves into.  And while I appreciate that, I would like to think that Chris and I would be good parents for this child.  It goes without saying that we have had extensive discussions about it, and we feel ready for the challenges we would face.  Certainly nothing is set in stone, but we are excited about the possibilities!

11 comments:

Nicole said...

Kim, I am so happy for you guys. That little girl would be blessed to have you guys as parents, and your 3 boys as bother's. What a selfless act on your part. Good luck and keep us posted.

Anne said...

Good for you! I know several people who have adopted kids with special needs. My mom's cousin just adopted a baby with Down's, as well. I thank God for families like you who welcome these children with open arms. A lot of people won't understand, but it's not their lifetime responsibility, either. Go for it!

Amy said...

Congrats to you! One of my best friends has a DS little boy who is an absolute joy! I commend your decision and think you two would be fabulous parents!

Kelly said...

Kim, you guys are doing a wonderful thing! I can't think of a better family for this little girl to join! Please keep us posted!

Karen said...

I think it is a wonderful thing to adopt! I will pray that you two will make the best decision for your family :)

Briana said...

I'm not sure why anyone would have negative comments for you about your decision. I think it's wonderful that you would open your hearts to a child who needs a family. And one with special needs is all the more special!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

I think it's wonderful! Good luck!

chandra said...

Awww, Can't think of better parents for a little girl that needs a home...and 3 three brothers that will love her. Adoption is a big step and people who love you will share their doubts, but I bet when push comes to shove and you show them how fantastic that little girl is, they will love her as much as you do. Seriously, can't think of better people to adopt a little girl who needs a little extra love. <3

chandra said...

Awww, I can't think of better people to adopt a little girl who needs a little extra love. Added bonus...three brothers to show her the ways of the world and love her with abandon!!! So excited for the SIX of you! <3

Kay said...

How exciting!! I'm so happy you visited my blog and I'm looking forward to following your adoption process.

SoccerMomKnits said...

You are not crazy!!! Good luck. I will be sending good thoughts your way!!