Writing Challenge: Your Story Wanted

If you are in the adoption process or have adopted, or if you know someone who has adopted, they may be interested in submitting their story to my Nine Year Pregnancy blog. I am also interested in the stories of adult adoptees who have a story to share about waiting for a reunion or a…

Adoption in the News

I googled “adoption” a moment ago and clicked on “news.” It amazed me that after going through 15 Google pages looking for news articles on adopting a child, I came up with three (over the past week). Most of the rest were articles about pet adoptions. I love animals and do think they need homes, but…

Adopting a Future Olympian — Top 5

1. Reese Hoffa – American Shot Put champ adopted at age 4. View his homepage here. View an interview about being adopted. In this interview he shares his experience as well as words of wisdoms for families adopting older children and families adopting outside their race. Reese is competing in the 2012 Olympics. 2. Jordan…

Grafted

Review by Delana H. Stewart While internationally adopted children are grafted into a new family tree, many will desire to one day at least go visit their homelands. Some will desire to find living relatives. In her book “Are Those Kids Yours?” author Cheri Register goes beyond talking about international adoption and raising internationally adopted…

Learning from Disappointment

“When have you most wanted a miracle in your life and been disappointed? What did you learn from the experience?”   Philip Yancey asked these contemplative questions in my devotional reading today in Meet the Bible. They definitely provided me cause to pause. Three experiences in my life came to mind. 1)      My parents’ divorce.…

October Baby on the Way

I just watched the trailer for the upcoming movie “October Baby.” Actor Robert Amaya who was in the movie “Courageous” is in “October Baby.” If you care about crisis pregnancies, orphans, and adoption, this looks like a movie you will want to see. I know that I want to see it! Starring in this movie…

Everything You’ve Got

A friend of mine who also adopted an older child wrote me today about a recent meltdown with her child. She shared a song with me I had not heard before by Francesca Battistelli called “Worth It.” I’ve included some of the lyrics below (you can see all the lyrics on Francesca’s website. Several of…

Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child

Check out my full-length review in Adoption Today’s January 2012 issue! Parenting Your Internationally Adopted Child By: Patty Cogen — Review by Delana H. Stewart This is a fantastic book that I highly recommend to anyone considering international adoption.  Even those who have already adopted abroad would find this extremely helpful (even if you’ve had…

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Choosing to SEE

I am reading the book Choosing to SEE by Mary Beth Chapman, wife of award-winning singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman. After having written our adoption journey, Nine Year Pregnancy, I thought it would be nice to read the journeys of others. One of the things that really resonates with me about Mary Beth’s journey is the daily reality of clinging to God for direction, wisdom, and hope each step of the way.

First Christmas in America

Jade with her Grandparents December 2008 — her first Christmas in America. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” –Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) “God…

A Time to Cry

We all have them. The ancients wrote about them. A time to cry. A couple of months ago at a marriage conference I heard about the medical properties — health benefits — of crying and tears. As the parent of an older adopted child, I am learning quite a bit about the grieving process my…

Traces

This journey’s over And there is gladness in her heart. Though sadness flickers At the thought of faces, Traces of those who marked the way Those who were there to hold The broken pieces Those who cared, but won’t get to see the joy The tear-stained pillow cases The journals full of prayers The cries…

Cultural Flip-Flop

During the past 13 years, my family has been living and working in Asian countries. Our three biological sons grew up as the minority in the communities in which we lived. Now, they are in college learning how to be American, and sometimes they feel like they don’t fit in (even though their skin is…

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Death before Life

Years of persevering in prayer, waiting for God to answer, waiting for Him to fulfill a dream, I reached a point where the dream had to die. At that time, I sincerely thought that the dream died, the door closed forever, never to be opened again. But, the story did not end there; like a seed it fell into the ground dead, in order to…

NaAdMo was First

Everywhere you read, everywhere you blog you see it–NaNoWriMo. That is short for National Novel Writing Month. Since this is the first year that I have heard about it, I Googled it and found that it began in 1999, according to Wikipedia. Before NaNoWriMo, NaAdMo claimed November. What is NaAdMo? It is National Adoption Month.…

Hugging Porcupines

Sometimes people are like prickly porcupines. In hugging or helping them you may get hurt in the process. But, God loves us even when WE are the prickly porcupine. We need to love our spouses, children, siblings, parents, friends, neighbors even when they are prickly porcupines. Hugging prickly people brings healing. Have you hugged a…