Everything You Ever Wanted Review

Everything You Ever Wanted

By Jillian Lauren

I didn’t know anything about Jillian Lauren before, I just love adoption memoirs. This novel should probably be required reading before adoption so you are prepared to handle the challenges. Jillian struggles with infertility and then she and her husband decide to adopt from Ethiopia. This is the story of adopting Tariku. 

She gets to meet his birth mother while overseas before she takes him home. This holds special meaning for her, as she herself was adopted. When she brings T home, she faces unexpected challenges. He pushes her away. He is aggressive toward her and toward other child, biting and hitting them. He gets kicked out of preschool. Jillian searches for answers, but they don’t come easily. Eventually, she learns about trauma and sensory processing disorder. Although T will always have his challenges, Jillian and her husband become powerful advocates for their child. 

This was an inspirational novel about the power of unconditional love and persistence.

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Chasing Kites Review

Chasing Kites: One Woman’s Unexpected Journey

Through Infertility, Adoption, and Foster Care

By Rachel McCracken

After years of struggling with infertility, Rachel and her husband adopt four older children at the same time from another country! They later adopt three additional children from the U.S. foster care system. This book is a mixture of memoir and advice. This was a fabulous memoir. It was everything I wanted it to be with the truth about emotions and struggles on this journey. Rachel is amazing and she shares such important lessons in this book. Here’s a favorite quote from page 17- “God uses those who choose to be used. It’s as simple as that. I have seen this play out time and time again. Exquisite joy can come from deep grief, but we must first choose to be refined, choose to be used, and choose to look up.”

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