I debated back and forth if I was going to leave work today to go to church. My case load was light and I could have gotten out early and enjoyed some time at home with DH. I had forgotten my lunch so I called to ask DH if he would meet me at church and bring my lunch. So it was settled I'd go.
During the joys and concerns a grandparent had written that they were joyful to have their adopted grandchild with them that day. I didn't think much of it. Then about thirty minutes in I noticed a small note at the bottom of the order of worship which stated:
"The flowers today are in celebration of this congregation's adoption-expanded families, in gratitude to birthparents who made adoption plans, and in honor of children waiting for forever families."
Then as the offering plate went around a little boy caught my eye- I knew him! He was the baby that one of the couples in our support group had adopted- he was with Grandma!
Todays service reminded me how integrated adoption is a part of our church community. Its everywhere. LIkely the flowers were because of adoption awareness month but I look around and spot family after family which has grown because of adoption. My child will not be different because of the way s/he joined our family.