One night in the land of rolling hills, hot sun and mosquito nets, a tiny bundle all wrapped up in blankets was carefully placed in front of a bright blue door. … Far away, on the other side of the world, a mommy was dreaming of a baby … growing in her heart, not in her belly.”
So begins “Mommy’s Heart Went POP!” a book released this Mother’s Day to explain international adoption to children.
Adoptive mother Christina Kyllonen, of Elizabethtown, wrote the book so that adopted children would “understand that they were actively pursued and incredibly longed for,” she said in a press release. Co-author and adoptive father Peter Greer, of Lancaster, added that few books exist about families formed through international adoption.
Illustrated by Lancastrian Jeff Brown in rich colors and realistic images, the book’s 26 pages show a mother anticipating the day the family will get a call to board a plane to claim the child whose well-being is constantly on her mind as she waits. Four seasons pass, a baby shower is held, a nursery readied. Sensitively drawn pictures and words convey the concern, the yearning and, finally, the joy of a heart filled to bursting with love for the new family member.
In the afterword the authors say, “Both of our families had our hearts ‘pop’ when we decided to walk through our own blue doors. We welcomed our adopted children into our arms and into our hearts. … But as we walked away from the orphanage, we couldn’t walk away from the many children who were still waiting for their families.” The book also lists numerous adoption resources.
Kyllonen is a co-founder of 4-more, a nonprofit organization partnering with Rwandan communities on health and sanitation and providing adoption support through the Ruby Myles Fund.
Greer is president of Hope International, a Christ-centered anti-poverty organization. The book is available on Amazon.com, iTunes and pop-theadoptionbook.com for $19.99. Proceeds go to the Ruby Myles Fund.