When we decided on pursuing adoption, we knew that the process could sometimes take quite a bit of time. We had known all our lives that when the time was right, we wanted to be dads. For us, a year ago the time seemed right. We had established ourselves in a wonderful family-centered community, had stable and rewarding jobs, and a group of wonderful friends and supportive families. So, we began the adoption process.
In the meantime, we had a home with a couple of spare bedrooms, a desire to learn more about world cultures and lots of love to give. Growing up, we both had wonderful experiences with exchange students and we thought, why not host a teen who wanted to experience the world?
Some thought we had lost our mind. We weren’t parents and who in their right mind starts parenting with a teenager? But, we thought this would be a wonderful opportunity for a student to learn about a new country and for us to learn a bit about parenting. So, away we went.
Meet Gard, our exchange son from Norway. In a few days, we will place him on a flight back home after nine months together. Needless to say, there will be some ugly crying. We’ve already warned him. This last year together has been one of the most rewarding of our lives. As with any relationship, we had our ups and downs, but even in the challenging moments, we couldn’t love him any more. Not only did we gain a son, but our experience hosting reinforced our desire to start a family of our own through adoption.
Thanks Gard for making us first-time dads look good. We’re so lucky to have you in our lives and we can’t wait to see what is next for you. Oh, and please remember to Skype us every now and then.
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We are leaving for Norway 7/20…which one of you wants to squeeze into our suitcase??