Friday, February 17, 2006

My Life Story



I made Life Books for the kids for Christmas. It is their stories in very simple terms with pictures that tell how they came to be in our family.

Since Joshua is now reading, I thought it might be a great idea to have Joshua read his story to his 1st grade class. He has been very proud of his book.

Today he read it to his class and did a wonderful job. We also took the country flag, Ukrainian money, the newspaper article from Ukraine that is about him and a map.

The kids listened to the story and asked great questions.

I don't want adoption to ever be anything that is viewed as secretive. I figured if the kids always knew that Joshua was adopted then it would never be a big deal.

He received many compliments on his story and even had others share about people that they know that were adopted.

I highly encourage adoptive parents to share with the classmates. It was a very rewarding experience.

We are blessed to have a teacher that agreed to let us share our story since it did state that we had prayed for a child and God led us to Joshua because he was meant to be our son.

One child asked why different countries speak different languages. The teacher asked me to explain it to the students. I said, "From the Bible?" and she said "yes". I told the story of the Tower of Babel and how God developed the different languages.

I also met a prospective adoptive parent that is going through Dillon International www.dillonadopt.com to adopt from Vietnam.

What an awesome experience!

2 comments:

Sherrill said...

Kelley,

Wonderful story! Beautifully written!

Thinking you should write a book to be published, as your style is very readable & enjoyable.

Just curious - where is Joshua in school, Broken Arrow public?

Thanks for keeping us posted...Sherrill

Dawn said...

I'm so glad that you shared this! It's great that you can share Joshua's adoption story and how wonderful that you were able to share the story of the Tower of Babel at the same time!

God bless!
Dawn Smith
Dillon Forum