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A post from my wife, Jenni Hypes…….

Mother’s Day… Wishing everyone a happy day tomorrow but in the midst of enjoying your day with family, please also tuck in the back of your mind that this holiday is a very tough one for a lot of your friends and maybe even your family members.

Think about your single friends that are still looking for prince charming. I didn’t get married until I was 28 and every church service where the moms were recognized reminded me that I still hadn’t found Mr. Right yet and wasn’t any closer to starting a family of my own.

Consider those around you that have had miscarriages and/or lost a child. This holiday is one more reminder of what could have been.

What about the families that are not able to have children and are mourning that loss? Please give them an extra hug.

Also, on a personal note, I ask that you consider your friends and family members that are on the adoption path. The stress of a “paper pregnancy” and always wondering when you’ll get that call is a lot to bear. Mother’s Day was one of those holidays during that time in my life that I would rather have stayed home “sick”. I knew my time would come, but it hadn’t yet… and my heart ached because of the unknown.

And on a final note, please love on those whose moms have either passed away or have maybe never even been a part of their lives. A child (no matter how old they may be) without a mother close by needs your love as well.

So with all that being said… enjoy your day tomorrow and please be sensitive to those around you. Be a blessing and be blessed!

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Adoption

My wife and I are the blessed parents of two wonderful children. My 19-year-old son is a young man of integrity and our 5-year-old daughter is a bundle of energy. Both are great sources of pride, joy and love. Both are also miracles. Let me explain.

I remember the day well that I got the phone call from my physician with the news I dreaded to hear; I was not able to have biological children. Only those who go through infertility understand the pain, loss and unfounded shame that plague you in that moment. While I was blessed with my son already at that point, there is still a loss for your future children.

At this point, someone is thinking “Wait! How can you have a son if you can’t have biological children?” You guessed it … adoption. I met my son when he was 7 months old and have enjoyed a father/son relationship with him ever since.

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It’s winter here as I write this and I can see the snowy effects in the trees outside the window as I type this blog. Whenever we get this weather, it reminds me of our time in Kazakstan when we went for a month 3 years ago to get our daughter, Emily. While it was a different culture, my wife and I find ourselves homesick from time to time for a place we only spent a month.

One of the things I found interesting while we were there was our trips to a couple of the local churches. There are two prominent options there when it comes to places of worship, Muslim temples and Russian Orthodox churches. Being a Christian, we opted to visit two of the churches during our time there and it was quite different than what I am used to.

The churches are generally one main, huge room that are a couple stories high and very wide. When I went through my pastoral studies, my worship teacher would say it was designed to portray the awe and wonder of God more than create an enviroment for feeling close to Him and each other. There are many, many religious artifacts scattered about that would take the whole day with a tour guide to understand the purpose, history, and symbolism of each. There are no chairs except for one row of wooden chairs in the back of the room for older guests. It is not the most welcoming place though it is breath taking.

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