Adoptive Families Blog

Willing To Wait

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 4, 2012

Seventy miles south of their home, a young girl wept. She had recently found a relationship with Jesus Christ and refused to endure a third abortion. A life half lived; full of abuse and neglect had been her portion. An uncertain future loomed ahead and the girl cried out to the Lord. In His goodness, He showed her Isaiah 43:1, “I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are mine.”

Meanwhile, the Dixon family had completed their home study a year before. They had decorated a lovely nursery that continued to sit empty. The years of fertility treatments had taken their emotional toll on the couple. It would have been easy to slip into anger and resentment.

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Topics: Open Adoption, Christian Adoption, Faith, Waiting to Adopt, Adopting a Baby

Music Soothes the Soul

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 1, 2012

Music is capable of bringing joy and soothing the weary soul. As a parent, I have found that Rafi gets my kids excited, while classical music calms them down. Rock music can cause angst in the atmosphere and Christian hymns create a peaceful mood. Music has a profound impact on our emotions and our spiritual wellness.

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Topics: Parenting, Family, General, Faith, Waiting to Adopt

Making Your Halloween a Safe One

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 30, 2012

No matter how you personally feel about Halloween, it is here to stay. Some schools have parades. Kids talk on the playground about costumes, candy and celebrations. There are Halloween themed shows on television and decorations on neighbor’s lawns.

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Topics: Parenting, Family, General, Holidays, Faith

Secret Good Deeds

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 25, 2012

I did a favor yesterday,

A kindly little deed…

And then I called to all the world

To stop and look and heed.

They stopped and looked and flattered me

In words I could not trust,

And when the world had gone away

My good deed turned to dust.

Anonymous

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Topics: Adoption, Parenting, Family, General, Faith, Waiting to Adopt

Adoption Encouragement: When your focus seems fuzzy

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 31, 2012

For many of the adoptive parents we've assisted through the years, the WAIT is the hardest step along a path to adoption. Sometimes the timing is the only thing standing between their desire to adopt and the moment they meet their future child.
If you're waiting to adopt, or anticipating the wait as you plow through the first stages of preparing to adopt, stay focused on your goal ahead--your future family. You will be a blessing to a child, a birth parent, and maybe countless others along your journey. Share your story-in-progress, as you feel comfortable. BE ENCOURAGED knowing that every day you're waiting to adopt, is a day you move closer to realizing adoption success.
To "wait," according to Merriam's Dictionary, is:
  • to be ready and available
  • to look forward expectantly
  • to remain stationary in readiness or expectation
  • to stay in place in expectation of
Notice the descriptions "be ready," "look forward," "expectation." These are ACTIVE words. When the wait discourages you, focus on how you are actively waiting. You're not idle in this time. Do everything you can to be "ready" to adopt, then wait in eager "expectation" for the result of your plans.
Download ENCOURAGEMENT today: "Your mindset about this time will play a great role in how you walk through this journey and what you accomplish during these days. " ~Mardie Caldwell, founder of Lifetime Adoption and adoptive mom
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Topics: Adoption, Adoption Questions, Christian Adoption, Adoption Tips, Adoption Book, Faith, Adopting a Baby

Becoming Parents in God’s Timing

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 23, 2012

How long, Yahweh, shall I cry
and you will not hear? (Habakkuk 1:1)

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Topics: Christian Adoption, Newborn Adoption, Faith, Adopting a Baby

5 Ways to Stay Encouraged While You Wait to Adopt

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on March 5, 2012

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Topics: Adoption Questions, Adoption Tips, Faith, Waiting to Adopt, Adopting a Baby

Are all birthmothers like Juno?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 23, 2008

With the movie Juno riding toward the Academy Awards, it bears reminding all of us that while the movie portrayed one adoption story, each story is different.

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Topics: Adoption, Faith

It's That Time of Year...

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on December 19, 2007

This time of year, couples often realize that they are ready to begin the adoption process. In fact, the busiest time of year for adoption professionals are January, February, and March!

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Topics: Adoption, Adoption Tips, Adoption Professionals, Faith

The Power of Prayer

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on February 27, 2007

For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20

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Topics: Faith