I must preface this story by first saying that our family talks a lot about adoption and foster care. Words like biological parent, forever families, DSS, social workers, and visitations are just a few of the words that come up in normal family conversations around here. We use words like "tummy mummies" to describe birth-parents, and "heart mommies"to describe adoptive parents. Shane and I feel that it's important for our kids to understand all about foster care and adoption, and we pray that the Lord will develop in each of them a heart for both.
I was in the kitchen one afternoon, putting our dinner together, when Ri came running into the room.
Ri: "Mom, do you remember when you picked me up off the side of the road one night and brought me into your forever family?"
Me: "Honey, mommy and daddy did NOT find you on the side of the road. God put you in my tummy and you were born into our family."
Ri: "No mom...I know you found me on the road!"
Me: "Ri, honey, we did not find you on the road!! You were born into our family. Remember when Hud was inside my tummy and it got really big? Well, that was what it was like when you were inside my belly too. "
Ri: "Ah man!!! How come Sophie gets to be your heart baby and I have to just be a tummy baby?!?! It's not fair!"