Every since last Thursday when I was on the radio, it has renewed my passion. I have many passions in life, but particularly, my passion for writing and sharing our adoption story. I strongly feel that coming up on 6 years ago when I became pregnant and made the choice of adoption with God’s leading the way, that in turn He gave me the gift of writing. In fact, I started blogging when I was pregnant with Anna. It was not much of a blog/journal, it was filled with exclamation points that had no reason to be there, a ton of “LOL’s”, lots of complaining about pregnancy symptoms, and in general just youthful in content and grammar (I was 16, after all). However, after Anna’s birth I obviously dealt with a lot of emotions and God revealed Himself to me more, and so my writing became more seasoned and meaningful. By the time Anna had turned one, I knew in the dept of my soul that God wanted me to use our story and use my writing to proclaim who God truly is and show that adoption can be such a blessing.
I wrote my story out in many places, mostly online but also academically and many of my papers were chosen to share with students. Seriously, just every research paper I’ve done in college has related back to adoption in some way. One amazingly inspirational English teacher I had at Appalachian State commented on one of my papers, “Content is always the most important and yours is always so compelling when you write on this subject! You really should consider writing about your experiences for publication!” (Between his encouragement and my Dad’s, that is why I became an English major).
People have told me I should write a book for years, and trust me, I want to. I have plans in my head but it’s scary to commit the time when I have no idea where to begin, or who to take my writing to. I need a magic formula, do you have one? But, the comment last week from the radio host confirmed to me again that I need to do this. Not just to sell books, not just to get my name out there, not for my glory but for God’s. And also to preserve my feelings and thoughts in paper, in hopes that it encourages others and one day it will give Anna a deeper understanding of my time with her and how much I love her.
I don’t know when I’ll start writing, I mean really writing. I always assumed I would wait until I graduated because then I would have more free time, right? I’ve learned that with Motherhood there is no such thing as free time, whether you are in school or work or stay at home. So I need to stop making excuses and let God lead the way, eh?
Seriously though, if you have a magic writing formula to follow or just a good resource about how to go about this, please do share!