The holidays can be such a whirlwind of GREAT BIG emotions for adoptive families. If you are waiting for your child to come home, it can be a time tinged with sadness and a feeling of incompleteness. For families newly home, it can be the time you’ve been looking forward to, for what seemed like ages, but also incredibly overwhelming as you try to navigate the new waters around you. For families who have been home longer, holidays may start to have a more “normal” (whatever that is) feel, but there may be new struggles or new waters to navigate.
Overall, there is a feeling of joy to celebrate Christ with your precious children. Furthermore, we are excited that our children, who had once been without a family, have so much family to love them. Nevertheless, the holidays can be overwhelming on a good day for anybody. Hang in there, moms. Hang in there, dads. Use the following blogs to give you some tips on how to make the best decisions for your family. Above all, remember that gratefulness for God’s provision and the fulfillment of God’s promise to send Christ is the reason for celebrating the holidays; if our children know that, they’ve understood the most important part of the season.
For waiting families:
Waiting can be so very challenging. Check out these tips for using this difficult time in a way to nourish your heart.
For families at home, especially newly home families:
Begin to prepare your families and friends for how things may be a little different this year (and in the future).
Encourage your heart with some thoughts from our post-adoption team for newly adoptive families.
Consider these tips as you prepare your children for the holidays.
In the midst of the hustle and bustle, sometimes we need to take a break and make sure that our children aren’t overwhelmed and know that we love them. Be intentional to have some downtime, where you purposefully show your child how much you love them.