June 27, 2012 11:17 AM
Justin's birth parents visit - laughter and tearsWe were very fortunate to have another visit from Justin's birth parents - Mama Carol and Daddy Mark who are from Taiwan but currently living in Hong Kong. Justin got to see his two younger sisters, an aunt and uncle and cousin too!
This is a bittersweet love story - one I told in A Tale of Four Adoptions - of a mom and dad who gave birth to their first child while in the US on the husband's student visa and who saw firsthand the remarkable response we have in our country to people with disabilities (at least once they're out of the womb). Not only were Justin's medical issues - including several surgeries - handled with the best care, but he was treated with dignity.
They also experienced the support network for families with children with Down syndrome. Seeing how different things are for an individual like Justin here - where he would receive an education and have an opportunity to be a productive member of society - they made a sacrificial and loving decision to have him adopted into an American family and we are so blessed that after many interviews ours was the one they chose.
On Monday they went first to see him in summer school - they are so excited about him getting an education - and then here for a few hours.
Saying goodbye is always so hard. I wish they would come live next door and we could share our beautiful boy! God has truly knit our hearts together in a way we humans could never imagine possible.
Thanks for sharing this Barbara. What a beautiful gift that you all were able to stay connected and visit. I just got a letter from one of my kids' birthmothers yesterday and I know exactly what you mean about your hearts being knitted together.
Thanks for being a positive voice about the beauty of adoption.
Posted by: Melissa G | June 27, 2012 12:49 PM
Posted by: Barb | June 27, 2012 2:15 PM
This is just beautiful. I hope that other countries will have opportunities eventually for children like Justin by this kind of loving and wonderful example.
Posted by: Jan | June 27, 2012 6:55 PM
Oh, Barbara. This post and the pictures put a smile on my face and tears in my eyes at the same time.
Posted by: Katie | June 29, 2012 12:09 AM