Saturday, January 31, 2009

You know what else is cool?

When a person looks at a child and realizes, at that moment, that they love them and desire more than anything to provide the nurturing parent that child deserves.

It's not that anyone complained about what I wrote yesterday, but I have several friends who have had their lives blessed by adoption and I wanted to acknowledge that family is not all about how one looks.

It's about being there when there are other things you could be doing. It's about giving hugs and kind words when needed. It's about fighting for one another like no one else would or could. It's about respect and admitting when you're wrong. It's about telling the truth when it needs to be told. It's about learning and growing, together.

That's family.


And in case you didn't know, there's a waiting list in the U.S. to adopt kids with Ds. There are also opportunities to adopt internationally or support families who are, such as the Garcias and the Shafers.