The Not So Empty Nest

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When my husband and I decided to host a teenage girl from Colombia, we had no intention of adopting again. We already had two adopted sons and a biological son, but I missed the youthful energy and excitement that used to fill our home. I also missed attending sporting events and making quesadillas with our boys while we talked about their day. I wondered what it would be like to have a daughter.


In our mid-50s, we still had a lot of love, time, and energy to give, but my husband thought he liked being an empty-nester. I suspected something was missing, but he said he liked the spontaneity of going on weekend trips (which we rarely did).

Anyway, he said yes to hosting, thinking that I would go on excursions, bake, and do crafts with our host teen, while he would just work a lot. But on our second weekend of hosting, my husband looked at me and said, “This is the happiest I’ve been in a long time.” I felt the same way.

“This is the happiest I’ve been in a long time.”

We privately discussed how well she fit in with us and our extended family and how the little bio had described her so well: “Looking for an adventurous family with a silly side.”

We knew she belonged in our family, and the thought of her going from being an orphan to having two parents and three big brothers made us all so happy.

We decided to adopt her, and she is now a cherished member of our family. We love her very much, and we are so grateful to have her in our lives.

“We love her very much, and we are so grateful to have her in our lives.”


Author: Erin Lightle

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