The little black ringlets of hair curling round her rosy cheeks and dark brown eyes captured my heart at first sight. It’s a moment I’ll never forget. As the tears came out of nowhere and my heart exploded, it was instantaneous. Somewhere in that place a Mama feels the deepest of emotions, I knew she was ours. God had shown me the little girl He’d hand-picked for us halfway across the world.
It was love.
A love that seemed surreal — but one I knew was a gift. I just wouldn’t understand the magnitude of that gift for many years to come.
Adoption and Attachment
Our adoption story wasn’t one of the easy ones. I don’t know that anyone has an “easy” story, but ours was riddled with unheard of obstacles, detours, and heartache.
I went into it believing I knew love. After all, I was married and a mother to two biological boys. I’d loved big and grieved much over the course of my life then followed up with lots of research and education on the topic of adoption.
As an elementary teacher, maybe I went into it with too much logic. Study, learn, experience — then conquer. Even with all my unknowns in life and the great big way in which God had rescued me, somehow, I thought …
“I’ve got this.”
But the truth is, when it came to love, there was a lot (and still is, I’m sure) I didn’t get. There was much I’d never even imagined.
Like, how joy and pain exist simultaneously. Or, how grief and love weave together forming a beautiful, intricate, yet complicated tapestry.When it came to loving well, there was a lot I didn't get. Adoption opened my eyes ... and my heart to more than I'd ever imagined #adoptionstories #adoptionandattachment @LetHerBeGreater Click To Tweet
Through adoption, my eyes were opened as my heart broke into a million pieces. Then I was humbled and in awe of the God of the Universe as He put the pieces back together — forming a masterpiece I, in my simple-minded humanity, could never have even fathomed.
Through it, He taught me much about loving well. Follow me over to Michelle Madrid Branch’s website to read 17 of those beyond the surface things about loving well. They aren’t just things to help an adoptive parent, either. They have helped me love through a different lens in life.Join me over at @LetHerBeGreater as I share 17 Things Adoption Taught Me About Loving Well #adoption #adoptionandattachment Click To Tweet
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Or maybe, God’s put something on your heart, but as you feel the tug and pull of Him calling you in one direction, the fear of surrender holds you back?
That’s the stuff I write about in my new book coming out on November 1, 2018 – Surrendered Hearts: An Adoption Story of Love, Loss, and Learning to Trust. It is our true story of adoption, but it’s about so much more. Trust is tough. Even trusting God. When we think we we’ve laid all down and given ourselves fully to Him, we find there’s another sliver of fear lurking somewhere within us. But, friends, when He calls – we won’t find peace until we follow.
If you haven’t signed up yet to receive updates, you can do so right HERE (or fill out the form below). Over the next 2 months I will be sharing pieces of our family’s story – the before, during, and after of international adoption. I’ll also be sharing resources and guest posts. And of course on launch week, there will be a party with giveaways! Subscribing will get you my occasional updates (I’m just not one of those that can even find the time or desire to keep knocking at your proverbial email door! ♥). It also gets you full access to my resource-filled Library of Hope! It has a ton of stuff in it to help you meet life’s challenges head on with the best tool we have – the hope of Christ!
Speaking of giveaways, though … Did you see who won last week’s book bundle giveaway?
This Week’s Featured #MomentsofHope Writer
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Praying that in this space, Jesus will speak to you and give you His hope. The kind of hope that takes you through any storm and lands you on the other side. The side of victory!