Talking With Family

4 Oct

It has been a little over a year since we decided to pursue the adoption of our HIV daughter.  We researched everything and had pretty much decided to adopt our daughter.  The last hurdle we had to face was telling our family.  I remember how scared we felt about telling them.  We were really getting attached to the little face we kept looking at, but we felt like we would not be able to move forward without the support of our family.

Every family is so different but this is how we decided to have “the talk” with our family.  We had our “talks” on the phone because everyone lives about an hour or more away.  We decided it would be easier for us to talk with everyone on the phone instead of driving all over the place.  I did not want anyone to say things that they would later regret.   So I asked family members to please listen and  not to say anything until I was finished talking.  So we told them about what we were considering, a HIV adoption.  We talked through all the concerns we knew they would have and told them about all that we have learned about HIV.

We were so blessed to have the support of our family to move forward with our adoption.  I think some were surprised, but everyone supported us especially when we share our precious pictures.  I think my favorite reaction was from one of my sisters who said she knew how long it took for us to buy a new couch so she knew we came to this decision with much prayer and consideration and we could expect nothing but support from her.

A year later everyone loves our daughter without reservations.  I am sure all would say she belongs in our family.

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