Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Kindred Spirits

It is almost 1 a.m., and I am sitting here surfing adoption blogs.

It is really addicting.  I mean, really.

As I write this, I can picture my dad somewhere reading it.  He is shaking his head and thinking about how the next time he talks to me, he is going to have to tell me to start going to bed earlier.  Sorry, Dad--I can't help it.  

Did you know that there are a lot of very awesome people who are hoping to adopt?  Through the insane miracle of the Internet, I have come in contact with so many inspiring people who are in the process of adopting or who have already adopted.

These women have become my friends.  As we've swapped blog comments and emails, they have strengthened me and given me hope.  Who knew that I have so many kindred spirits who have trodden the adoption path before me or who are trodding it now with me?

First, I found Lacey, who adopted her adorable little baby girl Emme just 4-5 months ago.  (She only had two weeks notice!  Best surprise in the world!)

Then, I found Amy, who is currently waiting to adopt, like we are.  I stumbled upon her adoption blog, and we started exchanging emails, and we really connected.  It's nice to have someone who is right there with me.

Then, I found Andrea, who actually went to the same church that I did growing up.  I always looked up to her and admired her beauty and her singing voice.  She and her husband are hoping to adopt as well.

Then, I found Kenna, who just adopted her beyond precious little boy Harley when he was about 13 months old.  (It's an incredible story.)

Then, I found Whitney, who is also currently trying to adopt (and who, at this point, is just a Friend Crush, but she and her husband seem to be beyond fun and cool).

I love how adoption binds women together.  I love the adoption community.  I love reading the stories of how other couples finally found their babies.

Before I hit the sack, I just have to say...adoption is really amazing.



  1. Funny story, went to college with Kenna. She was in my ward my freshman year! Saw your button on her blog and smiled. Such a small world! We are praying for you both! Hope all is well:)

  2. Adoption is AMAZING!!! Can't wait to hear all about your story! :)

  3. I'm glad we found each other. I'm putting a link of yours too if that's ok. I'm trying to start a new blog more focused on adoption and infertility so when that's up and running I'll give you the link.

  4. i remember you camille! small world, eesh!

    and yes, the adoption world is amazing, and it has such support. you can always find some one who will listen and probably knows a bit of what you are feeling.

  5. Awww, I feel the same way about you Rachel. Adoption really IS amazing. So are the internets which astonish me. Can you imagine going through this process without a space to blog and research others who are going through the same things and connect with them? Scary.

  6. So last night I stayed up until after 1 to read about some of your lifelines! Only someone who really shares this experience can really understand and I'm grateful you have each other. I'll be cheering for all of you!

  7. Aw, Rachel, you are so nice! I am so grateful for the network of people who we have been able to connect with who are going through the same things we are! It's amazing to read people's stories and learn from their faith. You guys are so awesome. Consider the friend crush mutual. :)

  8. Rachel - I just tried to add your button, but it doesn't take you to your profile, it takes you to a log in screen. Your button also takes you to the log in screen. Once you fix it, let me know and I will put it on my blog. Also, I have a friend here in Lehi who just adopted a baby. At first they were just using LDS Family Services and then a friend of hers found an agency here called Act of Love, which is how they ended up getting their baby. Maybe it would be worth looking into. Or if you have questions, let me know. It was so amazing hearing about their miracle. I can't wait to hear about yours.

  9. I found your blog from blog-hopping on adoption blogs! Congrats on the baby boy!!!


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