Hearts Open to Children
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. In his address to adoptive families in September 2000, Saint John Paul II stated: “To adopt a child is a great work of love. When it is done, much is given, but much is also received. It is a true exchange of gifts.”
Adopting children, regarding and treating them as one’s own children, means recognizing that the relationship between parents and children is not measured only by genetic standards. Procreative love is first and foremost a gift of self. There is a form of "procreation" which occurs through acceptance, concern, and devotion. The resulting relationship is so intimate and enduring that it is in no way inferior to one based on a biological connection. When this is also juridically protected, as it is in adoption, in a family united by the stable bond of marriage, it assures the child that peaceful atmosphere and that paternal and maternal love which he needs for his full human development.
American Life League understands the importance adoption plays in our society and culture. It is the fulfillment of the divine plan impacting countless lives, building the culture of life. In observance of National Adoption Awareness Month, we share the joy of 16 Instagram users who opened their homes and families to children in need of one.
Warning… Today I will most likely be over posting and sharing stories you've probably heard a million times!! (#sorrynotsorry ????) Such an amazing day to celebrate… #worldadoptionday AND Emile's Gotcha Day! This precious picture will always be in my heart!! A brother and sister meeting their new sister for the very first time!! What an amazing way they learned God DOES answer our prayers!! The love in this moment was unbelievable! There was no adjusting, no tears and no awkwardness… Just pure joy!!! Their hearts already knew each other!! #onlygod #fostercareadoption #adoptionrocks #answeredprayers #gotchaday #bestfriends #siblinglove
November is known as the month of thankfulness, and today, my heart is full of thanksgiving. Today, 15 years ago, I officially became the daughter of two of the biggest, most phenomenal people and blessings in my whole entire life: my parents. The Lord has been so, so good to me–more than I deserve, and I do not think I will ever be able to fully express my gratitude towards my parents and The Lord for giving me the gift of an abundant life. #gotchaday #adoptionmonth
Well it's officially official, I now have another little sister! ????Lexie Belle Shoemaker???? She is sassy, strong-willed, caring, loving, sweet, girly, energetic, sporty, and beautiful and has made our family complete even when I didn't know it wasn't yet! I truly don't know what I would do without her! Lexie, thanks for stealing my heart three years ago!???? Little did I know, we were your forever home and I couldn't be more excited! I cannot wait to watch you turn into an amazing young lady! Just know that I will ALWAYS be here for you whenever you need me! You are so loved, baby girl!❤️ #itsofficial #nationaladoptionmonth #gotchaday
Happy Gotcha Day to my beautiful baby girl! One year ago we walked into the courthouse with the biggest crowd the judge had ever seen and you became part of the legacy that is my family! After 9 plus years of wanting children you were our miracle baby, our gift from heaven and you were so worth the wait. You are mommy and daddy's world and you will forever be our little princess. #gotchaday #missenault #fostertoadopt #adoption
24 years ago today was the day my my Mom and Dad walked into that motel room on Shallowford Road in Chattanooga to meet a little two day old baby with a full head of red hair for the first time. I could not have been blessed with more supportive and giving parents. I am so thankful for them. As we say in our family, it was the "happiest day." #GotchaDay #HappiestDay
I didn't realize it going into this adventure, but a year ago today would change my life forever! Watching Taylor Ji-Ho be welcomed into his forever family was a day I will remember for the rest of my life. I had watched adoption stories on TV and had seen how difficult the first couple weeks could be. This real life story was something of the movies!! Taylor was running, laughing and playing with his new brother within 10 minutes of the family gaining custody! Their relationship is so special..these boys absolutely adored each other from hour one!! This sweet boy has grabbed my heart and I felt as if my heart grew the first time I held him! Love you, Taylor Ji-Ho!! Happy Gotcha Day!!! #SouthKorea #Seoul #Adoption #GotchaDay #Blessed #LifeChanging