When I think of adoptive parents, I don't think of myself. I don't know what I thought adoptive parents were like, but I guess I didn't think they were people just like me. But they are. Because I am one of them.
But sometimes I forget I am an adoptive mom. I'm just a mom. Of a boy. Who I love like crazy.
I still find it hard to believe that he is adopted because he seems like he is our biological child in every way possible (so many people say Samuel looks like Ryan!).
I am so thankful the Lord has given me such love for Samuel that it makes no difference to me that he is adopted.
But I do want Samuel to know the story of his birth so I created an "All About Me" album for him. It tells the story of the phone call that told us about his birth, meeting his birth mom, meeting him for the first time, bringing him home and his gotcha day.
It is based on an idea I read about from Creative Memories. They recently published an Idea Book called Ten Questions. It provides 10 questions to help people tell their stories. One section is about adoption. It lists questions such as what was my birth family like? Why did you decide to adopt? What did you think the first time you saw me? How did you pick my name?
The moment I started reading this section, I knew I wanted to create this album for Samuel.
I want him to know his birth story. I want him to be proud of his story. I created digital layouts with pictures and journaling that answer these 10 questions, printed them and put them in an 8 x 8 album (I hope to post some of the layouts I've created).
As Samuel gets older, I plan to read him the story of "Samuel Lee May" just like I would read any other book. It's an amazing, miraculous, wonderful story that I look forward to reading over and over and over again.