Here are some recent conversations with our preschoolers.
P to Me: Hello, Buddy (laughs)...You're not buddy, you're Alaina.
Me: I'm Mommy! :)
P: No, you're Alaina. (more laughing)
Me: Well, I'm Alaina and Mommy.
P: Yeah. (big smile)
P: Why is Ty in bed with you?
Me: He just wanted to cuddle this morning just like you sometimes need cuddles.
P: Yes, always.
Me: :) (I hugged him close)
Calvin and I were discussing our upcoming Gotcha/Adoption Day.
Me: This Saturday is adoption day. What do you think we should do?
C: (Ignores my question :)) Kazakhstan? (not quite so clear but suprisingly understandable).
Me: Yes, when Mommy and Daddy went to Kazakhstan and brought you home.
C: Yeah. THANK YOU, Mommy. (very dramatic w/screech included)
My heart swelled with joy. Adoption is an open, ongoing conversation in our home and while I know the boys don't fully understand, they often express happiness, gratitude and excitement whenver we discuss their story. :) It is our goal for them to always know they can discuss the beautiful way they entered our family and ask any questions. We know it's just another way families are built - not second best - just different and we want them to always understand that! Man, I love all of my boys! :)