Thursday, January 5, 2012

I will be thankful

Last night i stayed up watching a documentary on orphanages in bulgaria.  It was terrible.  I knew there was abuse and mistreatment in these institutions, but this really brought it all home.  It's no secret that jared and i are considering adopting from another country, and the horror that these children have to endure is more than anyone should have to bear.

I'm not ashamed to admit that i cried while watching it.  The cold-hearted-ness of these adults and their behavior towards people with disabilities is unbelievable.  It's like a whole nother planet. 

So today, in light of my feelings towards this documentary, i will be thankful
I will be thankful when Luci cries in the middle of the night, b/c it means she knows someone will come for her
I will be thankful when my children complain about the food i give them, b/c it means they don't know hunger or starvation
I will be thankful when i need to put on extra clothes b/c of the weather, b/c it means i have extra clothes
I will be thankful that i live in a country where i'm not encouraged to give up a child with a disability at birth, b/c they aren't "really people"
I will be thankful when i have to clean the tub 3 times in one day thanks to presents the baby leaves, b/c it means i have water and the means to pay for it
But mostly, i will be thankful for my life and my children, friends included.

5 comments:

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ah_W9tS-8c&feature=related

    here is a link to the documentary if anyone is curious. Mom, do NOT click this link! I mean it!

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  2. This is beautiful! I am so proud of you ... You are a wonderful wife and mother to your family ... and such a terrific friend!

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  3. awww...thanks teri! I love you!

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  4. Just this week I heard about a "41 year old, mature, nice woman" who was giving up her child for adoption ... here in the U.S.A. ... because he has Downs Syndrome. Seriously. Made me sick to my stomach. And ... to top it off, she only would consider a family that lived in her state, because she wanted "visits" 3 times per year. Really?!?! You don't want to raise your child (when it appears to not be at all a poverty issue or anything), but you want to demand that you set "visits"? How exactly is this woman going to explain her relationship to her child when he gets older? oh yes ... she probably figures that since he is disabled that he won't understand ... or be hurt by this. Seriously makes my blood boil.

    Thankful that we live in a country that AT ONE TIME had respect for the disabled. Now, there is such a low incidence of Downs babies even born in the U.S. because 90% are KILLED before they are even born. Did you know that???

    Sorry for the rant ...

    Breaks my heart ...


    :) :) :)

    Ugh.

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  5. Laurel, I saw that same post about the kiddo available. Is it sad that the first thing i thought was at least she didn't get an abortion...didn't even occur to me that she probably didn't know ahead of time. Just kills me the abortion rate of these special kiddos!

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