It was about this time three years ago that my wife Mandy and I started the adoption process to adopt our first child, Lydia. Although my wife dislikes being in front of a camera, I did what I always do – I filmed our journey into the making of a family and created a documentary film. (We own a creative agency that specializes in video, so it is literally what I always do).
We invite you to watch our Making of a Family.
Disclaimer: We want to caution viewers who are about to travel and might have romantic notions of family day and time spent in China for the adoption. For most children and their families, time in China is very hard. There is very little video footage of our time in China because for many days, all we could do was take a deep breath and comfort Lydia.
We were doing our best to try to help Lydia feel safe, deal with orphanage behaviors, self-soothing, food issues, sensory overload, grief and loss, and her fear of us. Her entire world had drastically changed. We moved at her pace and put our camera away for days.