Adoption is a beautiful event, and building a family through
adoption is a loving and selfless act. But the decision to adopt
and the many stages that follow are often pock-marked with
tears, distress, anger, and disappointment. While We Wait, written
by a mother who struggled through the process herself, is a hope-filled
collection of reflections on the everyday, practical aspects of
adoption but also offers a spiritual grounding for frustrated and
stressed-out prospective parents. Topics addressed include:
- Adopting after Infertility
- The Unknown "Due Date"
- The Paperchase
- Rude Strangers
- Extended Family
- Living in the Present
Author Heidi Schlumpf adopted her first child internationally, but
While We Wait is an essential spiritual and practical resource for all
adopting parents, including men, singles, families with biological or
other adopted children, or those adopting domestically.
HEIDI SCHLUMPF has been a religion writer for 20 years and currently is an associate professor of communication at Aurora University outside of Chicago. She and her husband, Edmund, have a son from Vietnam. They are expecting a second child from China.