When most people thing of adoption, they think of a family getting a teeny, tiny baby that was not part of their lives before. They think of birth parents handing an infant to two people and instantly a new family being born. But when I think of adoption, I think of something totally different. Because adoption has touched my life, not in the form of a newborn that grew outside of my body, but through a man who chose a little boy (and his mom) to be a part of his life.
You see, for the first four years that I was a mom, I parented alone. And while some of the most precious memories I have sprung from this time with my first sweet baby, deep down I could see from an early age how desperately he wanted that male relationship in his life. While he had my dad (who did an amazing job at helping to shape a young and impressionable boy) it wasn’t until he met the man he now calls Dad that I truly saw him feel complete.
You see, as I ventured back out into the dating world, I wasn’t sure what I would find. But what I did find was a man who not only wanted me in his life but who chose my son to be his own. At times I’ve questioned who he fell in love with first….him or me….because from the moment they met there was a bond between them that was truly amazing.
So it came as no surprise to me that not long after we were married, my husband made the decision to adopt our son. I knew it wasn’t something he took lightly. I knew it was a big deal. And I knew that it was perfectly right. Because as I stood in a court room in front of a judge and listened to my husband explain the reasons why he wanted to become a father in this way, the only thought that came to my mind was that this was what unconditional love looked like. This was what a father looked like. And this was what a man choosing to be a dad even when he didn’t have to looked like.
As many of you know, since that time we’ve gone on to have a second child. But that day in the court room when a judge signed our adoption request? Well, that was the first time that we really and truly were a family. As I look at my husband and my son now, I know without a doubt that adoption changes lives. It forms families. And sometimes in unexpected ways, it completes who we were always meant to be.
This year, as we celebrate National Adoption Day on November 21st, we’ll celebrate these bonds. We’ll celebrate the fact that sometimes you aren’t born to the parent who can truly change your life. We’ll champion the fact that there are times in life when someone gets lucky enough to choose the child they’ve always known needed to be theirs. And we’ll do all of that in a sweet way.
Because we’re not the only ones who realize that sometimes families become families in unique and amazing ways. Honey Maid has recognized and celebrated for some time that while the makeup and day-to-day lives of families has evolved, the importance of those wholesome family connections has remained the same. And just as this fundamental thought process makes the perfect foundation for amazing families, Honey Maid makes the perfect foundation for a delightful treat to celebrate National Adoption Day or really, any day spent as a complete family!
To make this simple family treat I started by placing Honey Maid graham crackers on an aluminum foil lined pan.
Then I simply brought one cup of butter and 1/2 cup of brown sugar to a boil and keep it boiling for four minutes, stirring it occasionally. Once the butter and brown sugar mixture was ready, I poured it over my Honey Maid Graham crackers and cooked them for eight minutes on 350 degrees. When they came out of the oven looking bubbly and delicious finishing them was as simple as pouring eight ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips on the top, spreading it out evenly as it melted and adding a cup of walnuts.
After letting this delicious treat cool for about two hours, I had the perfect way to celebrate a very special moment! And the fact that the ingredients pair so perfectly together is just another reminder that with a little time and a bit of creativity, unexpected things (and people) come together perfectly to form something amazing.
But just like these delicious treats, sometimes it takes adding in something special or even being willing to try something new in order to achieve the right fit – not only in baking but also in the American family. In the same way, Honey Maid has evolved during it’s 90 year heritage! The food that started as classic graham crackers has expanded to include Teddy Grahams, showing that sweetness can come in all different sizes. And the best part is that no matter what Honey Maid product you choose for your family, you can rest assured they are made with whole grains, real honey and without high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors, ensuring that they are a whole snack families can agree on for any occasion.
So this year, as we celebrate National Adoption Day, we’ll sweeten up our celebrations the wholesome way by enjoying Honey Maid products.
We hope you will celebrate with us…whether or not you personally have an adoption story. Start by checking out this Honey Maid video showing how all types of families can celebrate sweet moments. Then take a look at the families around you. While they may or may not look like yours, this adoption day celebrate with all of us who know that sometimes families are made in the most amazing ways!
Then tell me, how has adoption touched your life in a sweet way.