For anyone out there who is still reading this hap-hazard, totally not-up-to-date blog, please listen up! There’s may just be a chance out there in the blog world to facilitate a miracle.
My brother Talmadge and his wife Anita are hoping to adopt a baby. They have one child who is four and have been unable to have other children. In order to grow their family they’re going to need a miracle.
I know I’m biased, but they are truly extraordinary people individually and together.
Talmadge is full of creativity and love and adventure. He is the perfect combination of strong and steady and gentle and humble. He is a deep soul, always striving to get to the core of what is good and right with such an open mind and heart. He is one of my favorite people to confide in and talk to. He will drop anything to help someone in need. He is an incredible uncle, always paying such close interest in my kids, getting them all psyched up to do good things (and race RC cars). And Tal is a dreamer. The kind of dreamer who knows how to make dreams materialize into reality and seems to bring those around him right along with him….achieving things and arriving at places most think impossible. Most of all, Tal is an incredible father. I love watching him with his daughter, so patient, so calm and collected, yet so involved and connected. He has the gift my dad and grandma have of really understanding what makes kids tick, knowing how to relate to them on their level and in their language.
Anita is one of the smartest women I know, yet she is incredibly REAL and grounded. She’s one of those people that everyone loves and trusts the minute they meet her. She is honest and trustworthy….really, I’d trust her with my life. She will always do the right thing. And she has the biggest heart imaginable. She is always looking out for the underdog, the disadvantaged, the marginalized. She asks all the right questions to get to the core of issues and problems and then she tackles them with courage and wisdom. She’s a lover of nature and mountains and cities and people (especially children). She is fiercely loyal. And above all, Anita is a deliberate and dedicated mother. She is incredibly nurturing and kind, playful and structured. Before becoming a mother Anita spent many years working in media sales for high end fashion companies. I love how she has now turned so much of her heart and soul and mind and energy (she has a lot of all of those) to motherhood…to nurture the heart and soul and mind of her daughter. She does it with such intention and love. (And she’s so humble and understated that she’ll hate reading this paragraph about herself, and think it’s totally over the top though it’s all true.)
And together they make a super dynamic duo. Different enough to stretch each other, similar enough in their world views to have a solid and sure marriage full of real love.
And, last, did you see my last post? Tal and Anita’s life in Switzerland is really magnificent. They live in the heart of the Alps, in a perfect little town close enough to Zurich to feel cultured, but far enough away to feel free. It’s just the most amazing place for a child to grow up. So full of fresh air and beauty, crystal water, space, freedom, adventure, cows, chickens….and (did I mention) the sounds in my last post? Soft cow bells and Alp horns lull you to sleep at night. I want to ship all my kids over to live with them for a summer. I am certain they’d come back with stronger bodies and more vibrant souls.
So. If you know anyone who is pregnant and considering adoption, please direct them towards considering Tal and Anita as adoptive parents.
I love what my little sis said on her blog about adoption:
while i don’t have a lot of personal experience with all the politics and complexities of the adoption process, and while i acknowledge that adoption doesn’t always work out in an ideal way for every child/family, i strongly believe in the extreme beauty of the concept of adoption. i can’t think of a stronger love than the kind it takes to give life to a perfect baby through childbirth and then give a more abundant life to that perfect child through adoption. but perhaps a kind of love that comes close is the kind that graphs a non-biological child into a family and seals right over any crevice of dissimilar genes. from both sides, it’s truly miraculous.
We’re hoping and praying to see this kind of miraculous wonder happen for Tal and Anita. Their family is full of goodness and bursting with love and beauty ready to embrace another child.
Here’s their information.
You can learn more about Tal and Anita on their adoption profile.
You can contact them with any leads by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.