Friday, August 21, 2009

Jim Caviezel: How Being a Dad has Changed his Life

In an interview, Caviezel reveals his feelings about his children:
You and your wife Kerri have become adoptive parents to an orphaned boy, Bo, and girl, LeLe, from China. How has becoming a father affected you and your faith?

I don’t even know who I was before (laughs). Dennis Quaid told me a long time ago when he had his son Jack, 'You’ll have emotions in you that you didn’t even know existed before you had a child.' I now know what that feels like. Even though they’re adopted, it’s as strong as any instinct. That’s what blew me away. I always thought if I adopted that I wouldn’t have the same feeling [as I would] if they were genetically my own children. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Exactly. Clara and I often say about the girls that the fact their adopted both never enters our mind and is constantly there. We couldn't love them any more or differently if they were ours biologically and we thank their birthmothers every day for their loving decision to entrust us with the daughters' care. And it helps, immensely, that the rest of the family - grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins - all feel the same way. We're living proof of God's boundless love.

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