November 4, 2022
The day has finally arrived. Adoptees in Arms is live and visible for the world to see.
This journey has been both amazing and scary! It has taken me decades to get to this space, but today’s launch…well I’ve pushed the date back so many times that I was determined to make it happen today–“published over perfect” has been my driving force.
I learned that I was adopted when I was in elementary school. I was often teased on the playground, on the bus, and even at church, but I didn’t learn the truth until I found my adoption papers in the family trunk.
Finding the envelope caused my innocence to be rerouted. I suddenly became aware of something I was not supposed to know.
In the days of playground chants and taunts, I didn’t believe the words spoken by my childhood playmates were true.
On that night as I held the official papers in my hands, I learned the words that had been the greatest source of my pain,“they are not your real parents”, were true.
I was in emotional pain while my parents made it clear to me that I was loved, desired, prayed for, and wanted.
Looking back, that night was the beginning of me seeing and understanding the power of my words.
It was also the night that I shut down.
I didn’t want to talk about anything related to adoption because I felt that I would hurt my parents.
I was united with my family of origin and I remained silent because I didn’t want my truth to cause shame for others.
I became the guardian and protector of my story until I realized an important fact–
This is my story and I have the power to speak it.
In this space, I choose to tell my story.
In this space I choose to share my experience and the impact of inviting Christ into my adoption story.
In this space I will celebrate and collaborate with other adoptees as we lift our voices and declare that true healing and wholeness can only be found in Jesus Christ.
This is my story and I am grateful for the opportunity to link arms with you and other adoptees on this journey.
We are ADOPTEES IN ARMS and you are welcome here!
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