Circle Minutes

Gathering in person for our bi-monthly circle is one of our favorite parts of AHAVA! Here we will highlight our circle discussions and pose some questions for you to consider. We’d love to share and learn with you, so post your answers in the comment fields below the minutes.


Lessons Learned from Nephi
We compared our personal adoption experiences to the lessons Nephi learns (in the Book of Mormon) on his journey back to Jerusalem to obtain the Brass Plates. It is healing to testify of the lessons we’ve learned. To one degree or another we all question whey we had to go through the adoption process, why we were prompted to do something which didn’t turn out the way we thought it would, or heartbroken by the things we were inspired to do. The journey itself is where we learn to trust God and ourselves, and commit to faith.

Here are some questions for you to consider:

1. What lessons have you learned from your adoption journey? How has this experience changed you?
2. How have you seen God’s hand playing out in the details of your life and adoption journey?


Dealing with a Diagnosis
I loved the acknowledgement and empowerment created when we verbalize our own surprise at some of the challenges our adopted children may face. Statistically, we are stacked with RADS, ADHD, ODD, OCD ,Anxiety, Depression, Autism, SPD, SID, Bi-Polar, and Digestion Issues. The coolest part about a group like this is the collective resources tried, tested, and succeeding. Not can we relate to the emotions and experiences facing a diagnosis and thus another loss (according to Dr. Kubler-Ross book “On Death and Dying”) but we also share tips, tools and resources discovered through our personal explorations of finding help for our children.

Here are some questions for you to consider:

1. How have you felt about your child’s diagnosis experience?
2. What resources and tools helped you learn and support your child’s needs?

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