I knew that everyone would have different reactions to adoption, but I didn't realize I would already be running into the negative reactions. I felt a little deflated after sharing our good news today. I guess I was expecting everyone to be nothing but excited for us. We are not going into this process with our eyes closed. I know first-hand about the struggles that people face during adoption...my parents faced some of those before finding me. Joel and I fully expect feelings of anxiety, frustration and fear. We don't need to be warned of difficulties that we might face. Joel and I have faced the most difficult thing I think anyone could go through... the unexpected and tragic loss of our first child. We survived it and I honestly believe that as individuals and as a couple, we are stronger for it. If we can survive that, we can certainly survive something that, in the end, will bring us so much joy and love.
That being said, it is the end result that we're focusing on and whatever lies ahead of us getting there is just another building block to stregnthen our family.