One way adoptive families start to bond with their children is by sending care packages - little gifts that say, "We're thinking about you, we care about you, and we want to make you smile."
We sent our first package in the mail today. It included a St. Louis Cardinals t-shirt, Hot Wheels, a Yo-Yo Ball, a family photo album, gummy bears, new crayons, and is sprinkled with little rubber frogs. Our house is full of frogs and toads - rubber toy frogs and swimming pet frogs inside; bright green tree frogs and lumpy toads of all sizes outside. Hopefully our little guy will find them as entertaining as his big brother and sister.
Typically, you send your care package to another adoptive family that is getting ready to travel to meet or bring home their child(ren) and they hand-deliver it for you. The package needs to be small enough to fit in a plastic storage bag, since traveling families need to find room in their already stuffed luggage. We are thankful that the Rogers family from Wyoming have agreed to deliver our package for us when they travel later this month. We hope we packed a smile.