Welcome to the first week of National Adoption Month! — Celebrating Adoption!
In case you missed it, here is a reminder of this month’s National Adoption Month plans:
Week 1: Celebrating Adoption!
Week 2: Affording Your Adoption – gain helpful tips and resources
Week 3: Post-Adoption Services – explore Holt’s expanding range of services
Week 4: Re-cap and Reflection
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In honor of our first week, we bring to you a special adoption video.
Beth Anne and Chris Schwamberger brought their son, Holden, home from India last year. They knew adopting a boy with lower limb paralysis would be challenging, but their love, and Holden’s perseverance and heart, made them a strong family of three!
This Video is a must see!
Happy 3rd Birthday, Holden! from Beth Schwamberger on Vimeo.
The Schwamberger family’s story gives us reason to CELEBRATE!
An excerpt from Beth Anne Schwamberger’s blog:
Holden is smart. Guys, he is seriously so smart. He has an adorable sense of humor, and he will talk your ear off once he gets to know you. He is creative — always coming up with a new way to play a game, or a new way to get himself around in this world. He is joyful. I have seen so many things roll off of this child’s shoulders without him even giving it a thought. (Yes, we’re still working on joyful sharing, but this is kind of the first time he’s ever had anything to share…) He is kind and compassionate. When he sees someone cry, whether in real life or a TV cartoon, he makes a sad face and says, “it’s ok.” He loves to give messy yogurt-face kisses and belt out, “You are so beautiful……to meeeeeeeeeee!” He is determined. When he falls off his scooter or hurts himself playing, he is right back up 90% of the time, saying “try again” through tears.
Honestly, I could go on and on.
The message here is: I know parents who would give anything for a child who could talk to them.
I know parents who would give anything for a child who could live.
We are blessed, and Holden is blessed.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.
12 Lord Almighty,
blessed is the one who trusts in you.
~ Psalm 84
We are far from having a blameless walk, yet still, we are blessed.
Let me make one thing clear, in talking about Holden’s disability: the sorrow I feel is not for me.
I don’t feel sadness in Chris and I not having a “typical child”. We chose Holden. Out of all the children in the world, we wanted him. We wanted him more than we wanted a biological child, and we still do. He was our first choice. Period. We think he is exquisite and perfect.
Did you know that many boys with varying degrees of special needs are waiting for families right now! They all deserve a closer look. Visit our waiting child photolisting today! Or join one of our webinars. On November 25th, Holt’s China team will conduct a webinar featuring 50 children, mostly boys, who are waiting for families. Join the webinar and meet them!