Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Sad, Sweet and Healthy

This morning I overheard this:
Libby to Gracie: Do you miss your Ethiopian mom and dad? 
Gracie: yeah.
Recognizing this was most likely something that Libby was struggling with but had diverted to Gracie I asked Libby: "Do you miss your Chinese mom and dad?"
Libby in her little-girl-scared-to-tell-the-truth-voice: No! I love you, mommy.
To which I replied, "Well, I know that, but it's ok if you wonder about your Chinese mom and dad. That is very normal. Do you miss them?"
Libby, still afraid to reveal her deepest thoughts replied: "sort of."

Such are the conversations in an adoptive family. Sad, but sweet. And most importantly, healthy. When I shared this with Billy he asked how a 5 year old could be aware of that kind of thing. Its because we talk about her story and we pray for her biological family so she has words for it. Little ones are more aware of their emotions than we think. If we give them words for it, there is healing. Now she knows I'm not scared or threatened by talking about her feelings for her biological family. And one day, she'll open up completely. For today, this is enough. Makes me cry. Makes my heart ache for her, for the unknown biological family. But it also makes me happy that we were given a glimpse into Libby's heart/world. Trust, light, good. 

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Legacy Bracelets!

I want one!! And I want to buy them for my mom, my sister, my in-laws, my grandma, my best friends! They are that awesome, uh...the people and the bracelets! You can find out more about the bracelets by visiting my sister-in-law's blog where she is doing a one week giveaway of this beautiful bracelet: Or you can check Legacy Bracelets out on Facebook. They have a page there you can "like".

That's all...just thought it was worth your time to know about Legacy Bracelets and the giveaway this week.... And I'm trying to win one:)


I Have No Worries. A Devotion for the Adoption Journey

You can read the entire post for this devotional here, where I'm trying to post a new devotion each month (but I skipped October, sorry!) If you're short on time, here's the cliff notes. It was all inspired by a chapter in a book called "The Jesus Storybook Bible":
A song I'm working on says:
This is my song declaring I believe
The King of kings, He cares for me
I have no worries
I have no worries
This is my song to sing when everything
Is crashing in on this belief
The One who made me
Will meet my every need
This is my song.
(c) 2011 Poetic Present Songs
Maybe you need to remember this today, too. Maybe your adoption journey feels like it will never end. Maybe your emotions for your child-to-be are so heavy you can’t move. Maybe your sense of timing cannot fathom how God’s timing can be right. Maybe your prayers for your child don’t even have words anymore because the journey is just that hard. Maybe you are getting ready to travel to your child’s country and your head is spinning with packing lists and before-travel jitters. Maybe you are about to meet your child’s birthparents and you wonder if you’ll have the right things to say, the right questions to ask. Maybe you are waiting for your first child and you are scared to become a parent. Maybe you owe money for the next step of adoption and you have no idea where the money will come from. The list of maybe’s goes on.
While the list of things you could possibly be worrying over never ends, one thing remains true, faithful. Jesus. Your Maker loves you. Your child’s Maker loves him/her. And the story is already written for you both. The only thing missing is a heart ready to sing in the midst of earthly trials, “I have no worries because My Maker loves me and will meet all my needs.” Declare it today. Remind yourself. You have no worries. This is your worship song of trust today.
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