How to Use This Blog

A Wayfarer is a person who is traveling, a particular place, a circumstance, a stage of life, etc. Let's walk the road of adoption together. The journey is so much better with company!
Much of this information is useful for any adoption, but this blog is designed to be a
I hope this blog will be helpful to you in your adoption whether you are considering, waiting or home. I started this blog when we were adopting and found there was next to nothing on the web in any orderly manner. I set about to collect information for myself and then for others. Now, there are more sites for resources, but still not much that brings it all together. I hope this blog will serve as a sort of clearing house for Ethiopian Adoption Information. Please feel free to contribute your knowledge through commenting.
You can search by topic in three ways. 1. Go to the "key word" tabs on top and open pages of links in those topics. 2. Use the "labels list" in the side bar or 3. use the "search bar" above the labels list. You can also browse the blog by month and year in the Posts section or in any of the above as well. The sidebar links are to sites outside of this blog. While I feel they provide good information, I can not vouch for each site with an approval rating. Use your own discernment for each. If you have more to add to the topic, please add it in the comment section of that page or post.
And, please link to The Wayfarer Adoption Blog by putting my button on
your blog so others can use this resource too. Please link to this blog when ever you can and whenever you re-post things (or images) you have found here. Thanks!
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Welcome to the journey!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

sharing information and stories

Hi friends,
I got this from an online friend and she wants this shared everywhere. You can go to this blog and write your story. I like to share helpful information, as you see on my blog. You can share too on her blog if you would like to do so. Read below for details. As always if you have extra information you can share on any of my posts to make them better for others, PLEASE comment and leave more info for others reading here. Thanks!
Dear Friends,
As 2009 is coming to a close much quicker than I remember any year ending - my heart is very aware of the need for all who have been touched by adoption to share their stories.  To share what you learned from beginning to end - about your faith and how God grew you through this amazing experience.  How He provided the finances for your adoptions.  

Success stories that show God's faithfulness to provide.  His grace that is sufficient to meet your needs and how by it you were able to handle the challenges met once your child came home.  And is standing there with you each day.
These are just some of the ideas to get you thinking about how you can bless others even considering adoption:
Share what your wait was like - how you got through it.  Share how you chose your adoption agency and knew that God brought you to them so you could be matched with the child selected by God from before time even began.  Share your stories of how your child was not even ready for adoption until your dossier arrived in country.  Share what it was like upon meeting your child.  What was your time in country like and traveling home?  What is life like now with all the changes that have taken place to meet the needs of your child?  What resources have you found most helpful - books, DVD's, etc to prepare you for adoption?  What resources do you wish were available now that your child is home?
You don't have to share names.  You don't have to share dates.  You can do this all anonymously if you prefer. 
I pray you will join me in being a voice for the voiceless.  The more people hear the good, bad and even the ugly side of adoption in love and truth - the more people will be inspired to adopt.  The more families who can read our stories of success despite the years of challenges we have faced - from spiritual battles to emotional or physical the better we can stand side by side encouraging others facing the same things - sadly too many are doing it in secret and often alone!
Too many families (mom's mostly) feel like a failure when they have adopted - asked friends and family to help them raise money for an adoption only to come home and their world be turned upside down by the child they worked so hard to bring home.   For whatever reason they have not been supported and we as a body need to change that.  We can help them to stop believing the lies of this world and bring them the love they so desperately need to do the greatest job God could ever call any of us to do - parent the fatherless and too often forgotten.
Many of you have such beautiful success stories to share - especially those of you who have adopted toddlers and older children.  Please consider helping me to bring love where there is too much pain!
Happy New Year!  May God richly bless you and your families!
Jill Samter

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