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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


I have to admit, that my own blog title has been bothering me for quite sometime.  "Voiceless Orphans".  I almost feel the need to apologize when I give the web address to friends.  "Well," I think to myself, "I made the blog title a long time ago.... before I knew Zac.... before I knew Melia.  Afterall, no child of MINE is an orphan.  A voiceless orphan..... hmpf!

It practically sounds politically incorrect.  Voiceless children, maybe.  That sounds a bit better.  Ryan's children.  That's more like it.  That's what they really are:  MY KIDS.  It's that simple.  They're just ..... my kids.

But sometime recently it hit me:  I realized that MY KIDS were indeed once ... orphans.

It makes me sick.  I don't want to believe it.  I'd rather quickly dismiss it.  It truly brings me conflict.... and confusion.

Friends, there are many orphans out there.  Waiting to be adopted.  The second a person chooses to adopt, these thousands, no.... these MILLIONS of children are immediately touched and transformed into a miracle.  They become someone's KID.

Less than 2 weeks ago, Melia was a distant image in my mind and a photograph on my wall.  Today, she is a miracle and most importantly she is MY DAUGHTER.

I am so thankful for the gift of adoption and want to shout it out to the world that adoption is a beautiful thing.

Thank you for listening to my thoughts.


Anonymous said...

Ryan and Katie --

She is a beautiful child in a beautiful family -- thanks for the photo journal of her homecoming...a wonderful "conclusion" and also "new beginning" for all of you. Love to all six of you... Nannie and Poppie

Darcie Zauha said...

Awesome!!! Additional pics and some video from our camera will be coming your way on Sunday night! Did the video turn out?

Becky and Keith said...

Congratulations on the addition of your daughter! I have read your blog for a long time now! I was wondering if you might consider doing a blog post (in all of your spare time, HA!) about some of your favorite things in Guangzhou (restaurants, places you visited via the metro (and how you got there), favorite parks, etc...). We will be there for 2 weeks in the beginning of March with my 6 year old son for the adoption of my 3 1/2 year old. We love to explore and some of the places you found were gorgeous! Congratulations, again!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on you beautiful little girl!!!
You don't know me, but long story short I found your blog through a post that Katie made on her blog about praying for Evan Sharp. I have also been a patient of your wife a few times at her office. On one occasion I broke down in tears about my failure to have a family and Katie asked me if I had ever considered adoption. She showed me a picture of the three older kids and I immediately told her that I wanted to adopt a little boy from Russia. Then Katie told me that it's near impossible to adopt from there now. Anyway I've been following your journey just recently and I must tell you that its sure got me to dreaming.
Congratulations again! This video had me bawling like a baby for many reasons, I'm sure.