Why Did You Adopt Older Children?

2 09 2008

Ramona and her husband, Bob, have three biological children and have adopted eight older children, several from disruptions. Check out their blog, Adoption 3:16, for further insights into dealing with the issues that arise from older child adoption.

This is a question often asked of parents who have adopted older children.  The answers will vary greatly, but I can attempt to answer regarding our own experience. 

After the birth of our third child, we were no longer physically able to have children through biological means.  The thought of adopting was a small seed in the back of our minds which was brought to the forefront occasionally, but not usually seriously considered.  One Sunday, God began to grow that seed, though, and our lives have not been the same since.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Heart Thoughts from a Mother

1 09 2008

Kathy Rosenow and her husband, Scott, are directors of a ministry called, The Shepherd’s Crook, that finds adoptive families for children with special needs. They have four biological children and have adopted 13 special needs children from all over the world.

It was just one of those days, and the shoes were the final straw for me. It was Sunday. We were moving through the typical Sunday rush of trying to get eighteen people out the door to church with clothes that matched and also fit the bodies wearing them, no signs of breakfast on faces, and diaper and cath bags all properly packed. I was, as usual for Sunday mornings, closed up in my room doing hair on each girl, one at a time. While moving through the routine of plugging in curling irons, digging through the hairbow box, and blow-drying my own hair, I had been pondering some topics from a recent discussion with Scott involving some language issues with Madlin that we felt might be related to her learning disabilities. Read the rest of this entry »