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Joys, Challenges and Issues - continued

By Cathy and Chas Long

Our Three Greatest Joys

Witnessing Their Love of Being Educated. The children have learned so much and it seems that the more they know, the more they want to know. Their teachers are so surprised at how respectful they are to their educators. The children will sat [sic] and watch the history channel with dad and ask a lot of questions, then watch the science fiction channel and want to know about fictional characters. We've read to them from the very start and they always listened in earnest. They are so curious about their whole world!

Listening to their never-ending questions and answering their questions has been a gift. It's like looking at the world again, but this time through different eyes. As we explained and answered their many questions, the children would ask more or different questions. We learned a lot about ourselves as we explained our thoughts, beliefs, and how the world worked. Our older children were charmed by their new siblings and greatly fascinated by their perspective.

Simply enjoying each unique individual and watching them grow. We have been given a unique opportunity to get to know these incredibly resilient children. They were all physically delayed due to poor nutrition, and emotionally undeveloped. We have watched immature kids grow into intelligent, self-possessed young adults. It has been a joy to witness their personalities bloom and their individuality come forth. Their journey has proved what a strong, intelligent group of young people we have added to our family.

..........Cathy and Chase Long are bio parents to six children, and adoptive parents to six children from Russia, four of whom are bio sibs and the fifth was in the same orphanage.


The materials for this course have been reprinted with permission from the book Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox Building Connections, edited by Jean MacLeod and Sheena Macrae Copyright 2006 EMK Press, all rights reserved. The complete 520 page book covering all aspects of becoming and being an adoptive family is available at Amazon.com.


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