Be strong! It is something many of us hear throughout the course of our lives. We hear it when we are children in some way, when we are teenagers going through the motions, when we are adults looking for jobs, mates, etc. We also hear it in good times and bad. We have so many people telling us to be strong, as we look to adopt. We also have to remember that this strength goes for the birthparents as well. They are the strong ones – probably stronger than us. They are choosing adoption. They are choosing what is in the best interest of their child. So when someone tells us to be strong, I thank them, but I also tell them to pray for all birth parents- that they be strong too. For it is their strength that will allow Bill and I to become parents.