Our son turning five has definitely been interesting. Many of those interesting four year old behaviors have chilled and he's picked up many more mature characteristics. One thing he's been saying to us lately at bedtime or super sweet times is, "Mommy and Daddy, you are the greatest gift God has ever given to me", "you are the best gift I've ever been given", etc.
We just smile and say thank you, and tell him he's the best thing God ever gave us. I feel like this is a bit of a touchy spot as a parent through adoption. I never want my children to think that they were a gift, a consolation prize, or have some other crazy high expectation to live up to. Every life is a miracle not just because of adoption.
I know that my children's birth parents didn't GIFT us our children. They didn't choose adoption for us, for our benefit. Choosing adoption was all about their children. You see, we were really the gift for our children. They didn't choose us because we are the perfect parents, but we are what our children's mothers thought were the best thing for their children. It can be an overwhelming thought to think of it like that. Major pressure, right? It's major pressure and accountability for a good reason.
We are so thankful for being granted the privilege and responsibility of parenting these precious children!!
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