Saturday, November 17, 2007

Celebrate Adoption!

November is National Adoption Month!


Today is National Adoption Day!

Some of you may be surprised to hear this, but we get quite a lot of anti-adoption 'stuff' thrown at us via this blog. Pretty regularly we get anonymous comments (funny how the horribly hurtful comments are always anonymous, huh?) from anti-adoption folks (before starting this blog, I didn't even know there were such people-- let alone so many of them out there). They say some nasty, nasty stuff. I refuse to even acknowledge it by repeating any of it here. I always just delete their comments before anyone ever sees them. But it is sad, really. Adoptive families -- in all sorts of subtle and overt ways -- get lots and lots of yucky stuff directed their way. And as with most things in life... we tend to hear a lot more negative than positive. Rarely do people take the time to send the nice messages (subtle and overt) -- so much more often it is the mean junk that gets sent and received (subtly and overtly). National Adoption Month and National Adoption Day are meant to be times to celebrate adoption and all the good that adoption so often is (and can be). Adoption is something that Braydon and I feel really strongly about, obviously! If you are reading this, and you've been considering adoption, please do not hesitate to come to us and chat. We're huge advocates but not 'pushers.' Leave a comment here with your email address and we'll be happy to be in touch (if you'd like, just note "private" in the comment and we will not publish it on the blog). We celebrate and support adoption. If you've thought about adoption... think about acting on it.


Marcy "meg" said...

I am so sorry that you get negative comments... that is just horrible. But, I am so glad you look past them and continue to blog and let us share a part of your life!

Anonymous said...

My partner and I are in the adoption process right now. We have been reading your blog for a few months and have learned so much from you. Thanks for that! We love seeing pics of the kids and reading all of your funny stories as well. We are getting ready to start our own blog and have gotten some great ideas from you. Thanks for sharing your lives with us.

Tricia Vanderkooy said...

Keep up the great work. Adoption is fabulous, and there are LOTS of us readers out here who think so!!

Kristi said...

I am so sorry anyone has ever left a negative comment. Don't you wonder what in the world is going on with someone that they take the time to criticize or negatively comment on someone else's family?

I think the way you are handling it is so much more mature than how I've seen others handle it on their blogs. It also bothers me when others post the comment and then write some long rant about it. I think it's much better to never give any "anonymous" one second of time on your blog.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog and the boys! I'm glad you guys don't let 'other' people get in the way of your blog. I'd be lost without reading it!!
L,S, & Z

Scarlett_333 said...

I'm sorry you hear so many negative comments. Because of bloggers like you, and many others, I know for sure that once I graduate University, get a job, and get married, adoption is definitely going to be in my life.

Malia'sMama said...

As one adoptive parent, to 2 others, Happy Adoption Day! I cannot imagine life without my baby, and I know it is the same for you! I haven't had a negative comment (um, yet? :) and can't imagine what anyone would have to say about your amazing boys/family along those lines, either. I love watching ti gason yo grow and hope you will always let us peak in! :)
Kenbe fò!!

Jen said...

Thank you for writing so honestly about your adoption experiences...I really really appreciate it. I have learned a lot from you!

Mayhem said...

It surprises me that you would get nasty comments. I mean, I believe you, obviously, but I'm struggling to see what about your adoption or your views as adoptive parents would be offensive.

Whatever the reason, I'm sorry that you've had to deal with that. I think just deleting the negative comments is probably the best way to deal with it.

Happy Adoption Day!