Monday, October 18, 2010

Fang the Pig

When we traveled to meet all the great kids in the Hope’s Journey 2 program last spring, we brought with us a children’s coloring book about a little pig named Fang. In the story, little Fang has a wide pink nose, big pointy ears, a curly tail, but no Mommy or Daddy. Her one true wish is to be adopted. One day, the farmer tells her that they have a family for her. Her new Mommy and Daddy are sheep! As she travels with her new parents to their home on the far side of the great forest, she uses her individual skills to help them travel safely – her wide nose to sniff out yummy food, her big ears to avoid danger and her curly tail to bounce on the back of her dad when crossing a river. When the family finally arrives at their new home, Fang spends the rest of her happy life being loved for all of her unique strengths and talents.
We developed the coloring book as a way to start a discussion with the kids at the orphanage about the initial experience of being adopted. However, I think it also represents the true desire of each of the children--to have a Mommy and Daddy and to be loved for who they are.  What I've also heard from families who have come home with children from the Hope Journey programs is that this indeed seems to be true! The greatest wish of every one of these  families and children is to be a part of a loving, nurturing family. Whether parent or child, they want to experience that unconditional love that develops between parents and children.

Any child, biological or adopted can have special needs. Those that thrive are recognized as individuals with strengths and talents, not just special needs.

And while I am thrilled that we have been able to find families for 11 out of 35 of these kids, we need more families before we have to send the remaining files back to China. If you have been considering adopting a child from our Hope’s Journey 2 program, please call or e-mail me today before time runs out. If you know of someone who might be thinking about adopting, have them call or e-mail me today. I can't rest soundly until we make the wishes of these children come true! You don't have to be a perfect parent to adopt--you just have to be willing to go the extra mile!

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