I cannot even count how many times I have been told how wonderful I am for changing my children’s lives and “taking them in”. Most adoptive parents would tell you just the opposite but would not expect you to understand. I can honestly say that my life has changed more than my 6 kids as a result of adoption.
I suffered 7 miscarriages in my quest to be a parent. We eventually decided that we wanted to be a parent more than we wanted to be pregnant. Adoption changed our PERSPECTIVE!
My children experienced a beginning of life that no child should have to experience. Yet, they are happy, humorous, intelligent, and full of life. I learned to approach life a little differently. My children have taught me about RESILIENCE.
I believe in being very open and honest about adoption with my children. Lies destroy families. The more we share about their stories, the more compassion they show for their birth families. A child’s willingness to love and give grace in spite of a person’s short comings is astounding. They have taught me true FORGIVENESS!
I teach my kids that their adoption is nothing to hide or be ashamed of. They have become very bold about our family and shameless in sharing their story. What I thought I was teaching them, they turned around and taught me. BOLDNESS!
My kids taught me about unconditional love as a choice. They love me when I am not having the best of days. I love them through their hard days. My children have taught me to LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY as a choice!
I cannot imagine my life without these 6 energetic, passionate and wonderful kids. They have given me the opportunity to learn so much about myself and grace from the perspective of a child. I am forever grateful for what they have brought into my life!
Mark 9:37 (KJV)
Karla Marie Williams
Wife to Tom
Mom of six
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member