cornflake dreams.: a modern family.

10.04.2012

a modern family.


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i've got a bad case of baby fever lately. i blame it on pinterst and endless adorable photos of babies, nurseries and itty bitty shoes. this past weekend h and i got into another discussion about timelines and family planning. i would love to experience pregnancy someday and all that goes with it - the bump, the cravings, nesting, childbirth and breast-feeding... but i also think it would be an equally rewarding experience to adopt a child. h and i have always had an interest in adoption and it has always been a part of our family planning discussions. i have an aunt who adopted her four children and they are a remarkable and loving family. i have seen the benefits of adoption first hand through her and i also realize that it isn't always an easy (or fast) process. 

in our hypothetical baby-makin plans we have talked about having two children the old fashion way and then adopting our third. this weekend h had a profound idea - why don't we just adopt first? i don't know why it never occurred to me before and the idea has me excited to learn more about adoption - particularly interracial adoption. as an interracial couple, our other children will be racially diverse and after a little research i learned that an overwhelming number of minority children waiting for a family. whatever we decide to do in the future, i am looking forward to having a family and i am excited to see how things turn out. 

i'd love to hear your thoughts about adoption. would you consider it? what about  interracial adoption? 
xo, 
jillian

21 comments:

  1. Ah, I love this! Jurgen and I are both open to adoption too {and interracial adoption at that!}. In the very limited discussions we've had about children we've also mentioned two biological and then adopting another.

    So excited for you guys regardless of what you decide!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  2. one of my fav blogs is the anderson crew. They are an interacial couple (asian and caucasian) with five children of their own and recently adopted a daughter from africa. You should check out there blog. She talks all about their process of adoption from beginning to now.

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  3. You know it's funny, I never thought I would want to adopt because I always knew I wanted to (attempt) to bear children on my own, and I worried that having our own kids + adopting would possibly leave the adopted child feeling left out. I also worry about the birth parents wanting to take the child back one day.

    But the more and more I think about it, the more I think it would be something I would love to do. I am passionately pro-adopting animals, and while it's not the same thing, it's along the same lines. There are SO many kids just waiting to be taken home!

    I will be interested to follow along if y'all decide to adopt!

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  4. i love this post so much! james' eldest sister is adopted and his dad and stepmom adopted 2 girls from the ukraine just over 2 years ago! i think it's wonderful and we are definitely considering the same. we've also talked about fostering children once we're empty nesters. there are so many children already on this earth that need a loving home.. i think it's amazing if you can do it. and i'm dying over these cute baby photos!
    xo

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  5. I love that you're thinking of adopting first. What an experience! Keep up posted!

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  6. I used to volunteer at different orphanages in other countries, and now I think the only way I want to have children is through adoption. I love when I hear other people considering it too!

    Like your commenter above, I also read The Anderson Crew blog and love it - you should definitely check it out!

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  7. I love the idea of adopting first. It always seems like a last resort kinda thing, for when people can't get pregnant, or can't have kids anymore, but it'd be so cool to have a big brother/sister that was adopted.

    I'm into the idea of adopting, but it's so expensive! and my husband isn't, really. I'm not sure exactly why, but every time I mention it, he's just like "ehhh". so who knows. but if you guys want to, good for you!

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  8. What a wonderful and inspiring post. I admire people who choose to adopt, but I'm not sure whether that will be something my husband and I consider. But we've been talking a lot about starting a family soon, so I hear you on the baby fever! I even posted about it last week :)

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  9. I think it's an absolutely wonderful idea. If Luke and I decide that we want children, I would love to look into adoption options.

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  10. Best wishes to you whatever you decide! My hubs & I are open to adoption but we would like to have a baby first.

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  11. I think this is a great idea! So many children need to be adopted. I am adopted and am one of the lucky ones that got a great family. My brother and sister were also adopted (not blood related). If you have any questions coming from someone who is adopted, drop me an email. Good luck with your journey!

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  12. oh, you just warmed my heart & gave me chills all at the same time :) adoption is amazing!!! my aunt & uncle were unable to have their own, so adopted all three of their children - 2 girls from korea {kaitlyn & olivia} & 1 boy {ryan} from the us. their first was a girl from korea & then the boy...they thought that was all they wanted until they got a call from the adoption agency in korea {7 years after they had adopted their first} and were asked if they would want to adopt kaitlyn's full blood sister...how could they say no??!!! so, olivia became part of their family just like that :) bottom line, i just think you can't go wrong with adopting...there are so many children in need of a loving family. i can't wait to hear what you guys decide to do :) XO Brynn

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  13. We have definitely talked about adopting in the future simply because, if we can provide a home and, more importantly, love for a child who's here already and doesn't have those things, why wouldn't we do it? Interracial, international, domestic - all options are on the table for us. :)

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  14. I think adoption is such a wonderful thing, a good friend of mine just adopted a baby boy. I think the process can be long and sometimes frustrating, but the reward at the end is definitely worth it. I think it's such a selfless thing to do really. So excited for you! Babies Now! Haha. J/K. Sort of

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  15. Love that you posted about adoption! I definitely would love to adopt one day! Your pics and the comments above are so inspiring! xo

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  16. What a great post! I would totally be into adoption, but my husband is iffy about it (of course he is! He doesn't have to push it out . . . ;) ). I cannot wait to hear about your journey though!
    xoxo,
    Leigh
    P.S. A oversize cowl will be on its way to you tomorrow!
    :) :)

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  17. I've always thought about adopting but I know I want to go through the miracle of carrying a child. I think either one or two biological and then adopt.

    -Michelle {LiveLoudly}

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  18. it would be amazing to know you have given life and opportunities to a baby who may not have had them otherwise. if we weren't able to get pregnant i would definitely adopt!

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  19. Loved the post! Me and my husband talk a lot about adoption and whenever we visit a new country, talk about what it would be like to adopt from there. I think it's a great opportunity for both family and child.

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  20. Awww such cute pictures :) and wow that is so exciting you guys are thinking about adoption!!! I am so excited for you and wish you the best in the process! I don't know much about it but I think it's such a beautiful thing to give someone a loving family when they weren't naturally blessed with one :)

    xoxo, Nicole Rene
    Simply Savannah

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  21. I love this idea! I think interracial is fantastic too.

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