12 Days of Christmas :: Blogs

Day 5 :: I am grateful for adoption blogs.

For the past 21 months I've been a borderline blog stalker on several adoption blogs. My Google dashboard should have really become my home page. I am profoundly grateful to have followed the journeys of those who've gone before us in the adoption process [especially Ethiopia] AND those who are walking in tandem with our journey.

I've been amazed at the bond that's formed with women I've never met from all corners of the country because of our shared excitement, anxiety, waiting, joy, and confusion. We "get" each other in a way that I've desperately needed. It's incredible to read another adoptive mommy's blog and think "I couldn't have said it better" or "that's unequivocally how I'm feeling right now" or "I've been in that exact place". I'm still amazed when another adoptive parent I've never met will comment on our blog [or Twitter] that they entirely resonate with what I've written. I'm crazy excited because I get to meet a couple of those women in Ethiopia next week that I've been blogging and email friends for over a year.

One of those friends, Laura, is also adoptive mommy 2 little boys and we got on the wait list on the exact same day [10/20/09] and they live just 45 minutes from my parents in another part of the country. I very well may burst into tears when I meet her because we've shared so much of our story together...just all via social media.

I don't know what adoptive parents did before blogs burst onto the scene. On this day of Christmas I'm so grateful for blog friends who've been traveling companions on this remarkable journey!


April L. Diaz

April has been a visionary activist her entire life. She has made it her mission to lead high performing teams and develop leaders in the margins of society while caring for our bodies, mind, and spirit. Secretly, she’s a mix of a total girly girl and a tomboy, and is still crazy about her high school sweetheart, Brian. Together, they co-parent 3 fabulous kiddos and live in Orange County, CA.