Thursday, March 21, 2013
Years ago, we sat in the car listening to a Christian radio talk show named Focus on the Family. I still can tell you the parking place we drove into and the time of the day...it was sunny. My heartstrings were tugged by every word the guest speaker spoke. She was calling Christians to consider adopting just one child. If Christians all over the world adopted one child, then the orphanages wouldn't be necessary, nor the foster homes. My youngest of four was riding with me on the day's errands. I had no idea that she was intently listening, too. She jumped up as I turn the car off to announce, "Mommy, it is time we go get my baby sister!"
I couldn't help but want to agree with her. Surely, adoption was in our future plans. At this same time, another friend's heart was being tugged to adopt from China. She already had four girls and she began to share her desire to adopt. I also heard from another friend who had just adopted a child. Adoption was being accepted throughout the Christian community in a whole new way. My generation was witnessing a change.
God never had adoption plans for our family. Instead, we grew with two more biological sons. However, my knees have bowed often as other friends adopted from all over the world. Adoption had been placed in our hearts.
The friend with the four girls never adopted either. Again, adoption was placed in the hearts of her children, also. Her daughter has now adopted two boys from Africa.
That bouncing daughter who had announced, "well, let's just go get me a sister" was the instrument God used to bring adoption options into our world.
Sunday, our son and daughter-in-law had their dreams and parenting prayers answered as they brought home their 2 year-old-son. All the legal items are still waiting to be done as the family gets to know each other. That daughter whose heart was open to adoption at a young age is now an Aunt....I am a first-time grandmother. Praise God that all those years ago He knew that it wouldn't be me that adopted, but one of my children. I just love that Benjamin sees adoption as normal also. His class of twelve includes two children adopted from Africa. God's word that was heralded through the guest speaker on Focus on the Family in the early 90's has become a reality that I witness daily, as the Body of Christ opens its arms to those who need a family.
As soon as I am given permission, I will post a picture of the happy family!! In the mean time, just know he is the most precious little man around and this grandmommy loves him.
I am TRANSITIONING...yes, my word for the year...to another part-time job. I now have three part/part time jobs. On Monday, I started teaching 1st grade for a two-day school. Benjamin now has his mother as his teacher five full days a week....and I no longer have free time!
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