Twenty one years ago, as we waited for our son, Colt, to come home to us from South Korea, I kept a journal. To look at it now, it was somewhat of a primitive journal, but a journal, neverthless. It is written in a stenographer's notebook.....just thoughts from a mother's perspective. Even though I didn't know if it would ever be anything he would be interested in when he was old enough, it helped me.
Here we are tweny one years later, and look how far technology has brought us! We didn't even own a computer back then.....now we have a grand total of five in our home! Although I'm still technically challenged, especially compared to my kids, I've come a long ways!
I've found a place that so graciously lets adoptive parents journal their adoption process online so that family and friends may follow along on the journey. It is a website called Journey to Me. They are passionate about adoption...for the children and the families as stated in their mission statement and beliefs and values:
"Helping Adopted Children Thrive"
Beliefs and Values
We are compassionate and committed to the unique journey of each adopted child.
We believe every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential.
We believe every child deserves a family.
We believe every adopted child experiences grief, loss and fear of attachment.
We are dedicated to providing a safe network of support for adoptive families.
We provide educational resources to those impacted by adoption.
We are the premier, comprehensive resource for issues facing the adopted child.
They offer the service of an online journal FREE for one year, and then offer the option of having it printed in book form. Isn't that really kind of them?
So why not just post these things on my blog? Well, I'm sort of a perfectionist when it comes to certain things (gasp!), and I liked the idea of having it all in one place (all neatly together in order) where it was easily accessible to all who would be interested in viewing it (and for me). Also, through many adoptive parents, I've heard that blogspot isn't always easily accessible while in China, and may even be blocked, or if it is accessible you have to post a particular way through a phone with access to the internet, etc... Well, I can't depend on me being able to have all that figured out, so I chose the safest way I could for being able to post while we are in China especially. I want you all to be able to share this journey, since you've been with us from day one. So even as we are there, our forever family day (when we get Luke), and the days that follow, my plans are to make a journal entry for everyday we are there! China is 14 hours ahead of us, so it should work out perfectly. As we've completed a day and posted it, you'll all be waking up and reading a new journal entry!
So today, I want to introduce you all to our new journal site which we called Our Journey to Luke.
At the bottom of our homepage is a table of contents of all the entries. We will add to this as time passes. I tried to catch all the posts up to date, since we didn't start this online journal from the very beginning of the process. You will recognize some of the posts as things having been written on my blog here, as well as many "new" things you probably haven't read or didn't know.
I am also posting the link to this site on my sidebar for future reference, so you can keep up with Our Journey to Luke.
So to our family and friends, we invite you to join us and share our joy as we record Our Journey to Luke.