When Liam had surgery for his cleft lip in November 2011, I wrote him a letter that I posted on my blog, sharing my feelings at that time. I wanted to do the same for Tucker last night, but I just couldn't figure out what I wanted to say. Now that his surgery is behind us, my mind and heart are full, and I'm ready to write. Here it goes.
|Registering with Snoopy|
|Snuggles in his hospital gear|
|Sack of potatoes in my arms|
|After surgery - in the arms of his daddy|
Every child deserves a family to care for them.
Because you and Liam are the same age, we were asked several times if we started the adoption process and then became pregnant with Liam, giving us two children the same age. It is a good question, but it also made me think even more about how our culture views adoption. When will our mainstream culture begin considering adoption NOT ONLY in the context of ...
"What will adoption do for me and my family?"
"What will adoption do for these children?"
Tuck, sometimes I worry that I write too much, that I share too many intimate details about your life. We try to protect pieces of your story, like why you had surgery today, but at the same time, we know God is using your life to soften the hearts of people around us. We have had confirmation of that time and time again, and I hope as you grow up, you will understand the impact your life has had on not only our family but also the world around you. You were created for a purpose, and we are blessed to be your family. I thank God that you are home with us, that you had access to incredible care, and that we can make sure your recovery is as smooth as possible. Your bravery and ability to trust us after only 15 weeks together inspires me. I can't wait to take advantage of the extra cuddles we share while you heal. Love you, buddy!