We can be family and not look the same

December 3, 2009 Andrea 11 Comments

The other night we were preparing to visit friends of ours that adopted from Ethiopia (a sibling set of four children that includes twins!)

As I was reviewing the names of their children with my 5-year old LeighAnna, she said that she remembered playing with the oldest (bio) daughter. I reminded LeighAnna that now there were two older girls to play with and that they were sisters even though they looked different… just like we look different as mother and daughter.

My daughter’s absolute understanding of this was made known in her following statement:

“Oh Mom, I know we can be family and not look the same. Lydia and I are sisters and we don’t look anything alike… because she has short hair and I have long hair!”

There isn’t a strand of DNA among us that is the same.

We are four completely different individuals, but we are one family.

This is marriage.

This is adoption.

11 responses to “We can be family and not look the same”

  1. Stefanie says:

    I LOVE this, Andrea… So true!
    And that LeighAnna is one smart cookie 😉

  2. Tara Anderson says:

    …and it is very beautiful! 🙂

  3. Love Letters To China says:

    Well said!

  4. RACHEL says:

    I love this! Wisdom from a child. 🙂

  5. Chris says:

    Very smart little girl….
    I though you had to be over 30 to adopt from China, you guys look 25! Keep it up!

  6. Kristi says:

    I love this summary of family!

  7. Donna says:


    Our Blog: Double Happiness!

  8. Mom2Isabel says:

    Love your summary at the end.
    BTW. you and your husband look about 19! Yet I know you have to be in your 30s to have adopted the girls form China.

  9. Andrea says:

    I promise you that we are closer to 40 than we look. But thank you for the compliment! My 30th birthday present was being DTC with our oldest.

  10. The Ferrill's says:

    Love this post!
    Thank you for sharing! Your family is adorable…and YOUNG!!!! 😉
    (Just had to throw that in there! 😉

  11. Tracey says:

    That is just awesome!

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