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Friday, January 16, 2009
When it comes to the talk that every parent must eventually have with his or her adopted child, two options present themselves. One is to obscure the facts, to dull the whens and hows and whys in hopes of avoiding any unsettling turns along memory lane. The other option, facilitated beautifully in Zoe Francesca’s My Family, My Journey: A Baby Book for Adoptive Families (Chronicle Books), is to celebrate the uniqueness of the adoptive experience by chronicling, not cloaking in secrecy, the milestones of the adoptive journey. From the “pre-family” days before a match was made, to the moment of choosing and of being chosen, to the many birthdays and benchmarks that follow, this cherished journal honors the special joys of adoption for parent and child alike. With areas for pictures, notes, lists, and items that can be gathered and kept in the enclosed envelope, it is a baby book in every way. At the same time, however, it is a reminder of the hidden treasures that lay waiting to be discovered in this process that is unlike any other in the world, the soul-blessing rewards that can only be known by an adoptive mother or father who has found his or her destiny delivered, tenderly as if by angel hands, in the incomparable form of a child. To order a personal copy of My Family, My Journey, visit Chronicle Books. Memories like these, after all, deserve a place as special as the people who make them.