Although we promise not to list every book that we read about adoption or Ethiopia, we had to mention one of the recent books that we have finished. "Ashes to Africa", a memoir from an adoptive couple that touched our hearts. Although the beginning of our adoption stories are the same we completely identify with some of their adoption desires, process and experiences. That deep connection they felt to Africa and their child before even meeting him, the amazement and gratitude of the adoption community, and taking that leap of faith in an unpredictable journey. Throughout this blog we have talked about our affinity with the Ethiopian culture and our eagerness to absorb as many facets of this incredible culture as we possibly can. However we don't know if we have mentioned the adoptive community enough. We feel so thankful to live in a diverse community with a very large adoption network. The memoir talks about establishing instant, deep and lifelong friendships within the adoption community. Not only is this an amazing support network for the parents but also to the children, having regular play dates and planning cultural activities. These families understand your heart and your desires. We feel so lucky to have met and become friends with some incredible adoptive families and we look forward to meeting more.
During this process we find ourselves looking at YouTube adoption videos and blog surfing:
Here is Amy and Josh's Blog, the authors of Ashes to Africa if you are interested in learning more about their story!
“Adoption is not about finding children for families, it's about finding families for children”
~ Joyce Maguire Pavao