Since entering the adoption realm in 2004, admittedly painfully unaware, I've done my share of reading.
My share of gleaning.
My share of asking.
Since then I have also been asked many questions about adoption by potential adoptive parents. And one question in particular has always stood out to me. Maybe because it was one of the first questions I asked myself at the very beginning of our own journey into adoption....
"How will our biological child(ren) feel about an adopted sibling?"
And the answer, at least in our experience, has been one of the biggest surprises in this journey.
And one of the biggest blessings.
Not to imply that adding a new child to any family isn't without challenges. But worrying about our biological children not 'accepting' an adopted child just wasn't necessary.
Okay, occasional jealousy over who got a few more M&Ms.
But really, just love.
My kids surprised me... their hearts were exponentially more open and accepting than I ever anticipated. In fact, they've completely embraced their new siblings as just that.
I bet your kids surprised you, too.