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A Home for the Holidays
by Tom – Dec. 2018
Let’s face it: the holidays can get weird when you’re in the middle of trying to start a family. Get-togethers, getting Christmas cards, going out in public, social media (good Lord, social media); any of these things can trigger a boatload of emotions that can be hard to control. After so many years of trying and failing to start a family of our own, you start to feel empty inside – especially during the holidays. It’s an ache that never really goes away.
This was the case for us over the past few years. Through our struggles with IVF and fertility treatments, family health concerns, and other challenges, the past few holidays haven’t been so jolly. Decorations maybe stayed in their tubs, trees went unlit, the joy of the season replaced by long nights staring out windows or at phones late into the night.
This year, however…this year felt different.
2018 was our first Christmas in our new house, and our first Christmas during our current adoption journey. The past year had many challenges for us involving selling our old home, helping my mom through a few health crises, working full time, and working with our adoption agency to “go live”. After clearing all of these hurdles, I’m feeling hopeful for 2019. Hopeful to start our family, hopeful to move into the next phase of our lives together. I’m feeling hopeful, for the first time in a long while.
December 2019 brought a lot of love, get togethers with family and friends, hosting mulitple gatherings at our new place, and a 12′ inflatable snowman with 8′ penguin sidekick. I couldn’t ask for anything more…well, maybe one thing more. I have faith that request will be fulfilled shortly.
I hope all of you had (and are having) a blessed, wonderful holiday season. Here’s to all good things in 2019.