Adoptive Families Blog

Successful Adoptive Parents Share How to Get Through the Holidays As You Wait

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 20, 2018

Typically, the holidays are a time for celebration and joyful moments. But when you're waiting to chosen by a birth mother, they might be a source of stress. Your loved ones may mean well, but ask questions or make remarks that feel hurtful or insensitive. If you dread the holidays, it can help to hear from those who have "been there, done that."

Last year during the Christmas season, we asked seasoned adoptive parents: What would you tell a hopeful adoptive parent as they go through this holiday season to encourage them while they wait? What worked for you in Christmases when you were waiting to grow your family? Or what do you wish you'd have done to help the season be lighter? Today, we’re sharing their answers with you!

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Topics: Holidays, Christmas, how to handle the adoption wait, adoption wait, adoption tip, Waiting to Adopt

Season's Blessings from Lifetime

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 22, 2017

When they saw the star, they were filled with joy.
-Matthew 2:10

On behalf of all of us at Lifetime, Merry Christmas! It’s a blessing to be able to help you as you travel the path to adoption.

We’re hopeful that 2018 reveals the next step toward realizing your heart’s greatest desire, parenthood. Lifetime continues to pray for you as you wait, and understand that the holidays can be difficult during this time.

If you haven't gotten a chance to, make sure to get Lifetime's tips for coping with the holidays while you're in your adoption wait. You can get these tips in this piece from a few weeks ago: "In the Adoption Wait? Get Our Holiday Survival Tips."

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Topics: Christmas, Holidays

In the Adoption Wait? Get Our Holiday Survival Tips

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 4, 2017

Family gatherings and Christmas traditions make this a fun, exciting time of year for most people. But for couples waiting for adoption, the holiday season might become a time of added pressure and disappointment. Loved ones mean well but ask questions or make remarks that feel hurtful or seem insensitive.

A common question from hopeful parents waiting for a child is: "How do we get through the holidays?" Keep reading to get Lifetime’s advice for adoptive parents waiting to adopt this holiday season!

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Topics: Christmas, Holidays, Waiting to Adopt, how to handle the adoption wait, adoption wait

We Wish You a Very Blessed Christmas!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 23, 2016

From all of us at Lifetime Adoption, a very Merry Christmas and Holiday Blessings to you! We are celebrating 30 years of creating families through adoption. Our favorite thing about this time of year is all the beautiful Christmas cards and updates we receive from Lifetime adoptive families! You can view the holiday greetings and photos we’ve received in this short video:

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Topics: Christmas, Christian Adoption, Lifetime Adoption, adoption wait, Waiting to Adopt

A Greater Inheritance: A Christmas Message for Adoptive Parents

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on December 22, 2016

Every Christmas a different aspect of the Christmas story stands out to me. This year, one part in the very beginning tugs on my heart and reminds me of the inheritance you’re already preparing for the child you will adopt.

I remember when I decided to adopt I had to accept that some things wouldn’t be handed down to my child. My mother’s eyes, my husband’s dimples, my grandmother’s cute little nose would not be inherited by the child we adopt. The dream of comparing family photos and figuring out who our baby most resembled was something I had to process as part of infertility, before I could fully embrace our adoption dream.

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Topics: adoption expert Mardie Caldwell, infertility to adoption,, Infant adoption, Christian Adoption, Christmas

All is Calm...All is Bright

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 25, 2016

We're enjoying these adorable Christmas photos from successful Lifetime adoptive couples year-round!

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Topics: Christian Adoption, Christmas, Lifetime Babies

Merry Christmas from Lifetime Adoption!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas from everyone at Lifetime Adoption!

God gave His greatest gift to use on that first Christmas Day and may the wonder of it always guide and light your way. During this season of giving, let us take time to slow down and enjoy the simple things. May this wonderful time of the year touch your heart in a special way. Wishing you much happiness this Christmas and throughout the New Year.

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Topics: Christmas

Experiencing the Holidays when Adopting

Posted by Mardie Caldwell on December 17, 2015

We know how we're "supposed" to feel at the holidays: full of joy and goodwill, sharing peace and love with everyone. But what if you don't feel happy, let alone joyful and jolly? 

Some of the hardest stages in life involve times of waiting. And being in the process of waiting to become parents during the holidays can create different or difficult feelings. Perhaps you feel out of touch with the normal holiday spirit. Or maybe you feel like this holiday season is just different from years past, and not in a good way.  Maybe you thought you would have a baby by the end of the year, or at least feel like you had made more progress.  All of these thoughts and feelings can bring a mindset that leads to feelings of isolation.

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, Mardie Caldwell, Waiting to Adopt, adoption wait, Christmas, adopt a baby

"We’re Grateful for All that Lifetime Has Done!"

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 15, 2015

The caring staff of Adoption Coordinators at Lifetime Adoption regularly receive emails from past Lifetime clients on how life is going after adoption. They email us updates, photos, and words of gratitude for the work we did to help them. So, we were thrilled to get this email from adoptive parents Casey and April:

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Topics: Domestic Adoption, Adoption Update, Christmas, family update

Seasons Greetings from Lifetime!

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 10, 2015

The entire staff at Lifetime Adoption would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! May Christmas blessings of peace and joy be yours in this season of your story, and in the New Year, may He give perspective and prosperity as you get closer to how He’ll answer your adoption prayer. Wishing you the joy and love of Jesus this Christmas and in the coming year.

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Topics: Christian Adoption, Christmas