By guest author, Michelle Cuthrell. Before we adopted a child with medical special needs, hospital stays were a scary foreign concept to me. I’d only ever stayed overnight in one to deliver our first two children, and I’d never held the hands of a child who’d undergone surgery. And then we brought home the little … [Read more…]
By guest author, Michelle Cuthrell Three and a half years ago, my husband and I fell in love with an 18-month-old boy from China. He was precious. He was perfect. And he had medical special needs. Having two biological children of our own at the time, we had no prior experience with caring for children … [Read more…]
Today it is my pleasure to host guest poster Sheila Temple. Sheila posted for us about adopting older special needs children as part of our 31 Days series, and today she’s back talking more about the adoptive special needs parent life. _____ Several Februarys ago I was the mother of two, blonde, blue eyed boys that … [Read more…]
These are 4 things that I did not know before adopting Zhang Zhou, Wang Xue, Ji Rong or Zeng Shu. Our children were adopted at 3, 12, 6 and 12 respectively, from 2001 to 2006. If I had known, it would not have changed the adoption process; I may have been better prepared for the new normal that was coming our way.
But even in the face of all MY special needs, God chose me. He accepted me. He adopted ME. And here, HIS precious children around the world who had “needs” like all of us do but that many of us fear were looking for someone to do the same. Orphans around the world needed a parent to love them with the heart, eyes and mind of God Himself, using the exact same example that He already provided, drawing on the strength He always promised to give.
And the thought struck me – who better to adopt than the adopted?
For hours, my heart and mind raced in chaos. I grappled with this idea that the same God who had adopted ME might not just be calling perfect parents and patient families to adopt some of His most precious and special children; He might be calling me – in my selfish, comfortable, flawed and imperfect state. He could be calling us.