I met my daughter on July 26, 2014 when she was 13 years old.
I didn’t know at the time she would be my daughter but God had other plans.
She was staying with our brother and sister-in-law as part of a program through Bethany Christian Services, an adoption agency that our family has used several times. Anyway, Samantha was staying with them, and it was through them that we met the sweet young girl who would become our daughter.
She was quiet and a little shy. Understandable considering that our family is LOUD, like really loud. I’m sure we were a little overwhelming. Sam ended up staying with Nick and Jen several times and each time we all grew a little closer to her and her to us. It was almost like there were invisible threads attaching us to her and her to us until we realized she belonged in our family.
Sometimes we have children that are born in our hearts. Those are a different a kind of special, not more special, just different.
My first experience with adoption came when Nick and Jen, the same ones from above, adopted their first son from South Korea in 2004. They chose to have him escorted here to America, he was 9 months old. So, the whole family, at that time 17 people strong, plus some close friends traveled to Memphis to await his arrival. I will never ever forget the feeling I experienced at I watched him being placed into his mother’s waiting arms. I can’t explain it. It’s almost like watching a miracle take place right before my eyes. They, Nick and Jen, would again add to our ever-growing family with another son, Gateon, whom they adopted from Hong Kong in 2009. Lastly, if you have been following me for a minute then you might remember that this past summer they adopted once again. This time a sweet little boy named Jude who has had all our hearts with his big smile since he was six months old. Just in case you are wondering that gives them 5 kiddos total, two natural born daughters, and 3 sons through adoption.
I love this about our family.
That we are a family that supports adoption.
It’s one of the many reasons I SERIOUSLY ADORE my in-laws, they have willingly opened their hearts and arms to the 4 grandchildren given to them through adoption. If you’re trying to do the math there are now a grand total of 14 grandchildren bringing the total number to 22. I can’t even tell you how much fun it is at Christmas!
Samantha would come to live with us on November 14, 2014 and her adoption would be final on September 14, 2014
When we choose to adopt Samantha, I just thought about all the things we could give her and how much I wanted to make an impact on her life. Little did I know that I would gain so much more, that she would make such an impact on my life.
Raising children is hard work…right Mamas. Raising adopted children isn’t harder but it is just a different kind of hard. Yet, the rewards it gives are unlike anything I have ever experienced. Unlike anything that ever dreamed of when we made the choice to adopt. I would NEVER be the woman I am today had Samantha not come into my life.
One of the things I am always surprised by is how much she is JUST…LIKE…ME. I mean if she had my genes she couldn’t be anymore Kirstie McCormick. I always say that is a gift God gives those who adopt and proof that she was always meant to belong to me.
If you are reading this and you feel a tug in your heart or maybe you see a commercial about adoption or maybe you will watch that television special they always have featuring kids who need adopted…and you wonder if you should adopt…don’t just say “no”…don’t just ignore it…act on it, investigate it…be open to it.
I promise you will NEVER regret it.