It’s hard to explain the connection I feel with other adoptive families, particularly families with children from Taiwan. Maybe it’s the shared life experience: adoptive families understand the roller coaster of emotion and the agony of waiting for a referral or waiting for travel dates. I really don’t know how people adopted before the Internet and all of the online forums were created. The encouragement I have received from other adoptive families has been invaluable in our adoption journeys. Even though we are now home with our boys, I love to read blogs and follow other families’ journeys, celebrating the good news along the way and offering encouragement whenever I can.
This weekend, several Taiwan adoptive families will be gathering in Texas for the first of what I hope are several reunions. Many of the families only know each other through blogs, online groups or social networks. You may have seen the button in my sidebar for the reunion, called Taiwan R.O.C.ks. I’m sad we won’t be part of this inaugural gathering. It was too much for our family to take on with the homecoming of our youngest son just two months ago. I hope this year’s gathering is a success and we can be a part of future reunions.
Meanwhile, we had the opportunity this week to get together with another adoptive family visiting our area. We first met Judy and her family when we were waiting to travel for our first adoption in 2009. It was so fun to see all of our kids together – Judy took some beautiful photos of our children and I hope we will be able to get together many more times as our kids grow older.