Sunday, March 6, 2011

Deep Thoughts

So, in between moving, unpacking, regular life and getting Cares started here, my mind and heart have been full. We are still in the process of completing the formal adoption application. Lots of stuff to think about. It's both exciting and intimidating at the same time. Periodically, I actually sit down to write out some of my answers to these questions:

  • What significant events or experiences have shaped your personality? (haha, where do I start?!)
  • What would you like to change about yourself? (again, where do I start?)
  • How do you plan to discipline your children? What are some important characteristics of good discipline? What do you want to teach in discipline? (and about 10 other questions on discipline)
  • What kind of student were you? (not sure what this has to do with things, but okay...)
  • Why do you want to adopt?
  • What do you expect will change about you and your life when you become a parent?
  • How do you think your life will be different by adopting a child as opposed to having a biological child?
  • What about you makes you a good wife?
  • What could your spouse do to be a better husband? (yikes.)
  • Please describe your house and its surroundings (draw a sketch of your home and the layout of each room). (seriously?)
  • How do you believe your neighbors and your community will react to your adopting? (well, I'm pretty sure the person across the hall will... huh?)
What do you think?
Needless to say, some are more deep than others. I wonder what a different place the world would be if each person had to think through (and explain their answers to a social worker) and have their responses 'approved' before becoming a parent. I am maybe halfway done with the application and am already at 15 pages typed out in Word.

Thankful for the opportunity to think and pray through these things as part of the process. It's providing for moments of joyful anticipation as well as some anxiousness along the way.

Our goal is to be done with this whole thing by the end of March. :)

(image found here)


  1. I agree - what a different world we would have if every parent had to look at themselves that way. I'll be praying for you!
    Love, Carra

  2. Wow, Tricia, didn't know y'all were looking into adoption. What an amazing thing to do! Best wishes to you both!