Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Favorite Things, Part II

Back in 2000, my husband and I had been trying to have a child for a couple of years. We went through a few unpleasant and somewhat invasive procedures. We could have gone farther down the unpleasant procedures path, but decided against it.

Biological Clock, 14 x 11" framed

While adoption had always been in the backs (and sometimes fronts) of our minds, we weren't quite sure if we were doing the right thing by not going along with these procedures. Were we wrong to not exhaust all possibilities of having a biological child? Luckily, we came across a mean little specialist who really turned us off regarding additional procedures. Really. It was a fortunate thing.

Biological Clock II, 18 x 14" framed

We then gathered information about adopting from China. Two years of filling out forms, sending money here and there (and sometimes, it seems, down the toilet), and experiencing moments of extreme doubt spread out before us. Our referral came with a photo of our child and all of that bad stuff just went out of the window (or down the toilet, with some of that money). I no longer had to hear the ticking of that damn biological clock.

Biological Clock III, 14 x 11" framed

Our daughter will be eight in February. We know every second that we did the right thing.



These pieces now hang together in our home. Here they will stay. They will not show up on Etsy.

My daughter came upon a wishing tree at a local Christmas tree festival. Slips of paper and ties were provided to write down a wish and tie it to the tree. My daughter's wish was for a baby brother or sister. Santa's not bringing that gift, kiddo!

9 comments:

red-handed said...

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Martys Fiber Musings said...

I love the Hambric family photo on your sidebar. I agree, your decision was the right one...if the big, beautiful smiles is an indicator!

paula said...

smiling....

lori vliegen said...

i love reading stories like this......and i can see why it's part of your "favorite things"! here's to your sweet family, kim!! :))

Chris said...

I really love these collages. Of course you can never part with them.

ArtPropelled said...

Kim these are the most amazing collages. Really beautiful and with so much meaning and emotion within. Thanks so much for sharing your touching story. It must have been quite a rocky road up until the moment your beautiful daughter arrived safely home.

Mnmom said...

Wonderful! I love your art.
We too struggled to get pregnant, but were lucky and hit success after two IVF procedures.

But in the meantime, we had started the adoption ball rolling. We reminded ourselves our goal was to be parents and make a family. And that the kids for that family could come from anywhere.

jason said...

those are beautiful!

layers said...

I don't think I have ever seen the theme-- biological clock-- but you have connected it to such a personal story-- and therefore the work takes on more meaning to us viewers-- and I bet your little girl is a real cutie.