And Why

Recently, in the post Why Not, I wrote about some fears and considerations we had that gave us reasons not to pursue adopting Justin.  All of our reasons came up short when we thought about that sweet boy, alone in his orphanage and his bleak future if no one came for him.  We concluded that despite potential hardships, bringing him home would be worth it.

But, let’s not forget the other side-it won’t all be hardship!  We are not looking to bring a diagnosis into our family, or a surgery, or  lessons in speech and occupational therapies.

We’re bringing a little boy into our family-what a joy!  

I mean, from my Catholic, Every-Person-Is-Made-In-The-Image-And-Likeness-Of-God, pro-life perspective, that is an objectively joyful event.  A lot of the time we get caught up in all the difficulties, the fears, the challenges, and the inconveniences that an adoption like this might (or even, most likely will) bring.  But that is not the whole story and we do an injustice if we don’t talk about the good things that we anticipate.

Just like any child, we can’t wait to tickle, cuddle, play with, talk to and read with Justin.  Give him fun baths, sing him silly made up songs, feed him tasty food and teach him new things.  Lots of these will be firsts for him despite his age.

As a child with special needs, there is even more that we get to look forward to.  We’ll get to take extra joy and excitement in the little accomplishments that for a typical child would be easy, but for him, might come only after lots of effort.  Making sounds, saying words, feeding himself, crawling, walking, running.  After orphanage life, we very well may rejoice when he cries to let us know he needs something, makes eye contact, or wants to be held (or maybe, is just happy being held.)

I think we are going to learn many valuable lessons, like not taking little things for granted, embracing each day as it comes, and seeing the goodness and blessing in the small things.  I think we’ll learn how to love more selflessly and be more patient (both of which we could stand to get better at.)  I think we’ll become more comfortable with people who have special needs, or anyone who is different from us.

I think that, for Ben, this is going to be so positive.  Of course there will be adjusting, as with the arrival of any new sibling, and maybe more than usual at first because of Justin’s medical and personal needs, but Ben and Justin will be great for one another.  I’m excited for Ben to have a brother to pal around with. I’m glad that Ben will grow up with a brother who has Down Syndrome and learn to be comfortable and sensitive to those with special needs at a young age.  I think he will learn love, patience, and compassion, just like the rest of us will.  I think any negativity that Ben comes up against regarding Justin will build strength of character and help him find his voice to speak up for those who are different.  I think he’ll learn in a special way how God’s image and likeness are innate in every person.

We hope to be a blessing for Justin, but we know for sure he’ll be a blessing for us.


8 thoughts on “And Why

  1. Allyouwhohope

    I can’t believe I didn’t comment on your last post because it’s been on my mind ever since reading it. I even read it aloud to, and then discussed it, with my husband. And we came to the conclusion that all those fears we have are born from selfishness and are always outweighed by giving a child a chance at life. So what I should’ve commented was: You’re my idol.

    And then this post, I can barely read it without getting so excited that I have to stop, because I wish we could do it but it’s just not the right time. Although that brings me back to the “why nots”, and I know there’s nothing that can’t be overcome. But traveling for that long, and the expenses of course.. there’s just no way it could possibly work for us right now.

    So that’s why you’re my idol. Because while I can’t get past some of the “why nots”, you don’t let anything get in the way of saying “yes” to God. I wish I was that courageous.

  2. Ryan & Meg Post author

    K, that is very nice of you to say. Though I’m a little uncomfortable-I hope these posts don’t come across as though I’m looking for accolades. I’m really just trying to share some of our thoughts while discerning this big and unexpected thing we’re doing. I know that while we were praying about this I found reflective posts like these from families that have done similar things to be helpful.

    And as far as you adopting-I think as long as you are open (and I know you are!), God will let you know if you should pursue it. Prudence is an important virtue when it comes to adoption. But while there may be legitimate reasons not to adopt right now, don’t the cost of the adoption be one of them. You’d have lots of support from friends (and strangers), along with grants and other opportunities.

  3. Allyouwhohope

    Thanks, M! And I just wanted to add that that’s what I think is the best part about what comes through in your posts (and always has) – that not only are you not looking for accolades, but that you don’t even realize how amazing you are. There’s such a sense of humility. It’s really beautiful. Okay, I’ll stop complimenting you and making you even more uncomfortable, haha ;) And please know that your posts are very helpful for those of us who are thinking about it. Even if it’s just to inspire us to pray and donate.

  4. Ryan & Meg Post author

    Well, you’ve inspired me for a long time now, so I hope you realize that! I am just disappointed I didn’t know you when I lived in DC…then G and I could have road tripped down to see you and L!

  5. leilaatlittlecatholicbubble

    Jumping into the middle of this love fest to say that this is a beautiful post, and you are both my idols, ha ha! And, I agree with Meg… don’t worry so much about finances, K, as your blog readers and friends will fundraise like crazy for you. ;)

  6. Allyouwhohope

    :) We’ll be thinking about it. Of course, it’s not just money. I know as much as anyone how that comes through when God wants you to do something. We came up with a boatload of money in just a couple of days last time! For now, I’m just excited to follow Meg’s journey :)

  7. Carla

    So excited for you and that you little guy will have a family! We’re just beginning the process of adopting a special needs child too. It’s quite a ride!

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