I generally try to live my life in such a way that I am not overly occupied with what others may think about me and the decisions that I make. "Try" being the key word of course.
Usually it's enough for me that I know who I am. I know what I am doing (most of the time, that is.;) and I know what I believe.
I guess what I feel today, as I write this, is a need to clarify, to express how my husband and I feel about our adoption. This need may stem from several comments that I have gotten in the past, (which I have since removed because I don't want to dwell on things like that.:), concerning adoption and how some people seem to view adopted children.
I just want to clarify that my husband and I are joyfully awaiting our child...though he or she will be a child of the heart and not the body.
This is not a second rate child we will be taking into our hearts, lives, and home and this is not a last resort decision. We are not ashamed to be doing this, we are honored and privileged to be trusted with this precious small life and thrilled at all the possibility that we never expected to be offered. We are blessed. This is what we are choosing to do. And honestly? We're pretty excited about it all.
To continue on that positive note, there have also been so many people who have shown love and support and interest in this and in us. My mom who has given me small gifts for small children already with a smile and hopeful words, my sister in law, who put her love and time into creating an adoption scrapbook for my husband and I and many, many more people who have shown their excitement and joy for us and prayed for us and have shared in our happiness so far! Thank you, it all means more than we are able to express.