Each year my school aged children have an opportunity to share about themselves during “All About Me” week. They share fun facts and favorite things with their classmates, some of whom heard the same things the previous year. January is my All About Me week here at Joyful Journey as Adoption Talk link up begins again. I enjoy getting to know other adoptive families through blogging and I hope this gives you a glimpse of me.
I am a mom to 6 children. Yes, I never thought I would be parenting 6 either. Not sure if we are done adopting yet, but for now my plate is pretty full. I feel content. All our adoptions are international, Kofi and Joy are siblings who were adopted from Ghana in 2012, Eve was adopted in 2013 and Josie joined our family from China just 4 months ago. The decision to adopt was pretty easy, we had room and there were kids who needed families. Navigating the programs and countries was harder, but we have learned a lot along the way.
We are a “special needs family”, a term that I don’t mind, because it’s a quick way to say we spend a lot of time in doctor’s offices and therapies. Eve has a rare genetic condition that causes seizures, movement disorder and swallowing difficulties. She continues to lose skills and then works really hard to gain them back. Her determination and love of life are teaching me so much these days. Josie has a cancerous tumor in her spinal cord and few smaller tumors have spread to other parts of her spine and possibly her brain. We are in the learning stage of her cancer and may begin treatments soon. She is paralyzed from the waist down which does not slow her down one bit.
Life as a multicultural/racial family has its challenges and at times I write about those experiences. I write about adoption regularly, you can find those posts here. If you parent children with medical needs/special needs, you can find a lot of encouragement or understanding here. I post a daily glimpse to my daily life on a new Instagram page if you’d like to follow along. Writing is my way of processing feelings as well as sharing anything helpful I have learned along the way. My hope is that no one feels alone in their parenting journey, because there is a good chance someone else is experiencing the same thing.
I am excited to kick off a new year of Adoption Talk with my co-hosts. What’s new is that we will be linking up once a month and there is an optional topic, or you can link up anything adoption related as well. Here is next month’s topic if you want to consider it:
Navigating open adoption or thoughts/feelings about open adoption.
Recommended books (adult or kid) for adoption.
Now on to the Adoption Talk Linkup! Feel free to link up and introduce yourself.
New to linking up? We’d love to have you join us, here’s how.