Coming Home

The Journey from Heaven to Your Adopted Home

by Claire Pandaleon & Catherine Conley

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/13/2015

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 50
ISBN : 9781504327664

About the Book

“Where did I come from?”  

A universal question that most, if not all children 

ask at one point in their early lives.  

The answer to this universal question can be 

vastly more complex for adopted children.


This  story answers that question for one of those adopted children.  

The answer, in this story, is quite simple….

our intention was love…and our family was somehow incomplete without you – 

even though we didn’t know you…or did we?


Follow the story of one adopted girl from Heaven to Earth.  

This journey began in love and in the care of angels.  

And, it’s ending? Well, we’ll see. 

(There really is no ending to the story of love – is there?)


My husband, our son, daughter, and I live in the Chicago area.  

We are deeply grateful for the many gifts we have been given.

We strive in our flawed human way, to transcend and respond 

with love and gratitude, for that is our Source, 

our Soul which binds us to each other eternally.

– Catherine Conley

“My heart is full! Catherine Conley’s Coming Home helps us to recognize what our heart’s already know . . . Love is the guiding light and fabric of the Universe. Whether you’re a parent adopting a child or you’re a child who’s been 

adopted, reading Coming Home will feel like coming home.”

– Dr. Darren R. Weissman

Best Selling Author of 

The Power of Infinite Love & Gratitude

About the Author

My writing career began during my graduate studies at Loyola University’s Institute of Pastoral Studies in Chicago. I was introduced to the Hebrew writing tradition “midrash”. The translation of midrash varies from “to investigate”, “to study”, “searching out”, and “a story”. Essentially, a midrash is a story about a story. A midrash tells a story that gives more depth to the static and ageless transcripts of the broader Torah, Tripitaka, Qur’an, Sutras, Old and New Testaments, and Vedas. The midrash could also be a re-telling with contemporary characters, situations and settings. The first midrash I wrote was about the story of Jesus in the desert; alone, hungry, thirsty, and tired. He was about to begin a ministry that would change the world like nothing else in human history. My midrash attempted to answer the question; Why would he choose to go to a desert, a place of suffering and death to prepare? As a young graduate student living on a vibrant, dynamic urban campus his choice mystified me.


The midrash you are about to read is the re-telling of our daughter’s adoption story. In the early morning hours of September 18, 2003 she was left on a bridge in Shaoyang City in Hunan Province, China. She was naked except for the blue blanket that covered her. She was less than a day old. The unanswered questions are infinite. Who left her? Did anyone see? Did her mother give birth nearby? Was she the first child of her birth parents? Why? What could possibly lead a mother to abandon her child? Who was involved in the decision or the leaving, itself? 


For my husband and I, there was only one question to answer – what would we tell our daughter?


What we do know is that she was left to be found. The bridge is in a city with a population of 7 million. Beginning early in the morning the bridge is crowded with pedestrians. There is a school nearby. One story of the abandoned babies in China is that once the baby is left (on a bridge, at a train station, in a park) the family member who left the child blends into the nearby scene make sure the child is “found”. Another story is that often the family member leaving the child is the one to “discover” the child and ensure the child’s delivery to the police station or hospital.


From a western perspective there are few answers that are satisfactory. Buddhism teaches “Right View” which is to see and to understand things as they really are. To do this requires we transcend our judgment and consider the possibility that the birth parents leave their children out of profound love. 


The midrash you are about to read comes from our knowing that our daughter was our daughter long before we saw her for the first time. We know all things happen for a purpose. We know (and every physicist on earth knows) light is always stronger than dark. And our strongest knowing is that our first and greatest freedom is our freedom to choose – and this choosing begins before anything becomes manifest.


My husband, our son, daughter, and I live in the Chicago area. We are deeply grateful for the many gifts we have been given. We strive, in our flawed human way, to transcend and respond with love and gratitude, for that is our Source, our Soul which binds us to each other eternally.