Archive for January, 2009

Beautiful Words

I wanted to post a few of my favorite adoption poems and quotes. I’m still (yes, nearly two years later:) ) working on Lily’s lifebook, so I’m always searching for the right words to include. Here are some of my favorites:

We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life.But those who make their journey home across time & miles,growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among usby God’s very own hands.— Kristi Larson

I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.—1 Samuel 1:27

Not flesh of my flesh,Nor bone of my bone,But still, miraculously my own.Never forget for a single minute,You didn’t grow under my heart, But in it.- Fleur Conkling Heyliger

Our children are not ours because they share our genes…they are ours because we have had the audacity to envision them. That, at the end of the day…or long sleepless night, is how love really works.— Unknown

LEGACY OF AN ADOPTED CHILD
Once there were two women who never knew each other. One you do not remember, the other you call Mother
Two different lives shaped to make you one. One became your guiding star, the other became your sun
The first one gave you life, and the second taught you to live it. The first gave you a need for love, the second was there to give it
One gave you a nationality, the other gave you a name. One gave you a talent, the other gave you aim
One gave you emotions, the other calmed your fears. One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried you tears
One made an adoption plan, that was all that she could do. The other prayed for a child, and God led her straight to you. Now, which of these two women, Are you the product of? Both, my darling, Both, Just two different types of love.—-
Unknown

Did I miss some of your favorites? I’m always in the market for new ones, so feel free to share! 🙂

Adoption Books for Kids

As Lily gets older (She’ll be two soon! Where in the world has the time gone?), we’re starting to talk more and more to her about adoption. One of our favorite ways to talk to her about it right now is through some of the books we read to her. I thought I’d put together a list here of some of the books we read:

Little Miss Spider by David Kirk (I love the last line, “For Finding your mother there is one certain test. You must look for the creature who loves you the best.” There is a cartoon now, too, based on the books.)

A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza (Great for all adoptions but excellent for transracial adoptions. The ongoing theme is that a family doesn’t have to all look the same.)

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born by Jamie Lee Curtis (The first adoption book we ever read and probably my favorite. It’s definitely geared toward domestic adoption. I love that it tells the story simply with great pictures and lets the child know how special she is and shows the incredible excitement the parents felt in their journey to get to her.)

Over the Moon by Karen Katz (I love all of her books. This is one is more geared toward international adoption, but can work for all adoptions. )

If you have other favorites, leave them in the comments section. I’d love to be able to add to our library and to hear about books you love!