Yes, you read that title right! Monday evening Brusselsprout was at work and the girls and I were eating dinner. One of the girls ( I will leave her nameless) out of the blue said, "Mom, how much did you pay for me?" I said, "We paid nothing for you but promised to love you and care for you! You are a gift from God!" I explained that we gave a donation to her orphanage to give back for the care, food and everything they gave her the first 8 months of her life. This will help them to care for another child. I also explained that the adoption process has fees and of course we pay to fly to China and stay in a hotel for two weeks but for her... we paid nothing.
I then asked her, "Why do you ask, honey?" She said, "One of my classmates asked me." That is when my heart broke! It broke that a classmate would ask her how much was paid for her. I apologized to her for the classmate's ignorance and she replied, "It's ok Mom, I wasn't offended."
I understand the curiosity and the honest ignorance of people that have not dealt with adoption. I also believe it is my job to help educate people on this topic due to the lack of understanding. None the less, my heart still broke, that my precious daughter was asked a question to me that seemed so cold.
I feel incredibly blessed to be parenting these six wonderful girls and cannot believe that God selected me, yes me, for this blessing that gives back to me so much each and every day!