The Ties That Bind

There is an invisible thread that binds families created through adoption, call it shared experience, experience of the path less travelled, knowing something extraordinary, but some how families created through adoption are often drawn too each other.

This is true for my family, while adoption is often seen as uncommon, it is very common amongst my close circle of friends with at least 6 of my friends parenting one or more adopted children. The closest emotional bonds I’ve formed are with my friend Charné, who’s adoption story inspired us to adopt and Lisa-Marie, who in turn was inspired by our story, adopted. All 3 of us used the same Social Worker and even though we’re spread all over the country, there is an invisible tie that binds us together.

So how very special that we all landed up in Cape Town this December and we managed to organize a picnic with our amazing social worker. It was a very special day, seeing our girls interacting and playing together, Emma-Lynn is 2 months older than Ava and Isabella is 6 months younger than Ava, so there is a very close and very special tie that binds.




But was truly heart warming was watching our precious girls interacting with their honorary Auntie. When I looked at the expression on Wilna’s face while she held all 3 girls for a photo, I was struck by the love that was radiating off of her. While I have no doubt her  job passion must be emotionally taxing and exhausting at times, I can see that it brings her huge amounts of joy.

Its one of the days of our holiday that really stuck out for me, so much love, so much joy and so much thankfulness.
Wilna & Moms



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  • Reply Arnell

    Tears! Tears of Joy! Well written, thanks Sharon. Truly a blessing. x

    January 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Tash

    What a beautiful story and stunning photos!

    January 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply Sian

    Ah, that is so special.

    January 7, 2013 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply NickiD

    Gorgeous pics! And what an amazing day it must have been x

    January 7, 2013 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Jeanette

    Oh wow what a special picnic!

    January 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Julia

    Beautiful and so very special. xx

    January 7, 2013 at 4:16 pm
  • Reply Laura

    How very special!!! I thought it was a granny when I saw the pic on FB for the first time 🙂

    January 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    So gorgeous and such beautiful pictures – to treasure and remember forever! What a wonderful post Sharon. And its very true – adoption does bind and connect!

    January 7, 2013 at 6:40 pm
  • Reply Andrea

    Just beautiful x

    January 7, 2013 at 6:41 pm
  • Reply Charlie's Bird

    What a special day! Love the piccies of those 3 little ladies having a ball!

    January 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Robyn

    SO special! xx

    January 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm
  • Reply tzipieastwest

    tears streaming down my cheeks. such beautiful girls !! All 3 (7) of them !! Life is Great …. sophie

    January 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Lisa-Marie

    Lovely post!! And what a special day it was. I was amazed by how our 3 special little girls bonded! 🙂
    We should make this gathering a regular occurence!

    January 10, 2013 at 5:41 am
  • Reply Lynne

    aawwww…. yes, there is a unknown tie that binds all of us… how lovely to see tannie Wilna with all of you! She is truly an amazing woman. I would think that she too, is an angel on this road/journey of each of us. So grateful for her and our daughters & sons and adoption! xx

    January 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm
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