Wednesday, March 10, 2010

wanted

Tomorrow is my adoption day.  When I was just a wee baby, only two weeks old, I was adopted.  My mom and dad, have always told me how special the day was when they got the call that there was a baby girl needing their love. Mom tells me she was coming in the door from teaching and the phone was ringing.  She dropped her books on the ground and snatched up the phone.  The voice on the other side said, "We've got your baby girl ready for you to take home."  There's not a time when I can remember not knowing I was adopted.  It's who I am.   I've always felt special because of being adopted.  I guess I could have gotten stuck on the fact that somewhere, someone didn't or couldn't or wouldn't keep me...but thanks to the grace of God, I've always felt chosen and wanted. 
I'm so grateful that my biological mom made the hard choice to allow someone else to raise me and care for me.  Her unselfishness (that's my way of looking at it) allowed me to grow up in a home where I heard the wondeful news about Christ and His love for me.  I asked Him into my heart when I was a bitty girl and He's been walking with me all the way, guiding my journey through this life.  When I think about it, I've actually been adopted twice.  Once by my adoptive parents mom and dad and once by my Savior.   I am so thankful for my mom and dad; they've blessed me beyond measure.  I was grafted into a wonderful family.  And in a different way, I'm thankful for the parents that made the tough choice to let me go.  But mostly, I'm thankful for my Savior who knows me better than I know myself and yet loves me unconditionally. 

O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.
You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.
Psalm 139
Happy Adoption day Mom and Dad...this day is yours as much as it is mine!  I love you both so much.

37 comments:

From All Stitched Up said...

What a wonderful story. You are truly blessed. Can you just imagine how excited your Mom was to get that phone call. Check out Posie gets Cozy blog. She is waiting for a baby and the joy and anticipation will warm you heart

Coach said...

I can say Amen to that becasue if you had not been adopted I would not have the most remarkable, amazing, and extraordinary wife. I am not good with words but I do know I am blessed with the best wife in the world. Thank you Lord and THANK YOU for being my wife! I do LOVE YOU and I am soooo thankful that you are my wife. Happy Adoption day, I LOVE YOU!!!

Kristyn Knits said...

amazing love...shown by your birth parents, your mom and dad, and of course your heavenly Father.
blessed...that's what you were and now blessed is what all of we are for knowing you.
have an adoption day filled with love and blessings.
love you!

Tiffani said...

Beautifully written! Praise God for it all!

nanaofnc said...

How blessed you are! Psalm 139 has always been my favorite verse too. xo,

Gloria said...

What a great reminder of God's beautiful Word, I love the Psalms!
Happy Adoption Day to you! How blessed you are that you were raised by parents who loved the Lord!
From everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children. Psalm 103:17 :)

knittinbrit_in_wi said...

Congratulations on celebrating your Adoption Day. What a beautiful outlook you have on your adoption. There is a song I love by artist, Michael McLean called From Gods Arms to My Arms to Yours. I believe that our Heavenly Father does have a plan for us and there are no accidents. You are where he wanted you to be. He just used a different avenue to get you where you were needed and wanted.

Anonymous said...

I love you mom. I'm glad you're adopted becuase I love you just the way you are!

maggie #22

Christina said...

Beautiful story! Thank you for sharing and reminding me of the beauty of God's adoption of me.

Denise said...

How beautiful, you're making me fill up, I can SO feel the love in this post. Now I just saw 'Coach's comment and need a tissue :) God Bless you and Happy Adoption Day.
Hugs
Denise

Green Acres in the City said...

What an amazing story. Oh happy day to all of you. You fill my heart with happiness and I love the Psalms. Blessings to you my dear sweet friend!

The WoodLand School said...

What a beautiful post ... and a what a lovely connection you have made. Thank you for sharing!

Rachel said...

Lisa, your post brought tears to my eyes. Such a beautiful story about a beautiful, wonderful woman! You were most definitely created for a purpose and a reason, and you are truly one of the most talented, creative, and kind-hearted people I know. Happy adoption day.

Rachel

larissa said...

Beautiful story of how you came to be with your mom and dad but I can barely write because i just read your sweet husband's comment and tears are streaming onto my computer. I am overwhelmed by all the love in your words. You and your parents are so blessed to have been brought together this way. Love that you titled this post 'wanted' - sounds like so many wanted you to live a happy and blessed life. Thank you for sharing this. Happy Adoption day to you friend!

Stephanie said...

What a sweet story, Happy Adoption day to you and your family. So much warmth and love in this post, you have really been blessed with such a loving family.

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

You sure have a way of getting me choked up....That was a beautiful story. You go through life with such confidence and grace and we are all so lucky that you share so much with us.

Julia said...

I am crying..and that was beautiful.
My brother is adopted, my parents tell his story in much the same way.
I also love your beautiful words of faith and always, 139, how powerful.

Ann's blog said...

As one that is also adopted, I enjoyed reading your beautiful post. Your words are precious, heartfelt and so true. Thank you from my heart for sharing such an uplifting story. With kindness and friendship, Ann x

Imene said...

Such a beautiful story. So much love around you, you're right it's a unselfishness and love story

Tracy said...

"We've got your baby girl ready for you to take home."...Those have to be among the most beautiful words ever! Oh, Lisa, how very moving this post is...I'm sitting here crying, the happy tears that share in another's happiness. Your lifelong positive outlook on your family life and beginnings makes up a great part of who you are. And how blessed we are to be part of that. Wishing you a very sweet Adoption Day with your family. You Coach's post was sooo sweet... ((LOVE & HUGS))

Anonymous said...

awww Miss Lisa i am so glad you were adopted cuz if you werent i probably wouldnt have ever met you!! Your such a blessing in my life. I love you so much!! <3
Emily

Heather said...

This is a remarkable story, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. The choices that you have made in your state of mind in really a message to all of us about how we can see our lives, and the experiences within in.
Happy adoption day Lisa

firstinitialp said...

what a blessed day this is! and how blessed kristyn and i are that God brought you on such an amazing love journey to a place and time where your life intersected with ours. and what a beautiful offering to the true source of every good thing. and, not only was i truly moved by your story, but also by the comments from those kindred souls, who through adoption were also truly chosen. you have honored God and so many others, in sharing this.

and, way to go Coach! so true in both directions! we love you guys!

Kristie said...

What a wonderful and beautiful testimony that was!! Thank you so much for sharing it. I don't know if I have ever left a comment on your blog before but I enjoy reading it and visit often. I too am a child of Christ and praise Him for making me his own!! So we are sisters in a way. :) We have been trying to get pregnant for a little while now and have one precious little three year old daughter. But if it is God's will that we have no more I would be blessed to adopt. Thank you again and happy adoption day!

Andria said...

How very, very beautiful!

Mama Sewing said...

What a great story of love and acceptance. Your life seems to truly have been filled with blessings.

Gigi said...

What a lovely, lovely post!
I was adopted too, and I remember loving to hear my mom tell me (over & over b/c I asked her to
;-)) the story of the day she and my dad came to get me. I think, as a child, I thought I was misplaced, an accident, but as an adult, I realized my adoption was a blessed and specially guided journey to the home where I was needed, where I needed to be, and where I was enveloped in the unconditional love of an amazing, kind, beautiful, sweet mother.
Thank you for sharing such a personal part of your life!
Blessings,
G

~ Maria ~ said...

Isn't it wonderful to know that He knew exactly where He was going to place you?

What a beautiful story of unconditional love and sacrifice...thank you for sharing it,

Maria

Audra said...

Beautiful! What a loving story and my favorite psalm. Happy Adoption Day!!!!!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

This is a wonderful post; and I love the Scripture together with it. God bless you all in your family!

cathleen said...

((((((((((Lisa))))))))))))

Jessica said...

What lovely, lovely, lovely words on adoption. Hugs to you!

Celeste said...

Lovely post. To God be the glory!

Mary said...

I never knew that Lisa. Thanks for sharing your story. I wish more people were unselfish like your birth mother.

Lauri said...

Hi! I just found your blog through The Woodland School, and just had to comment on this post...I was adopted also, in 1966, when I was 6 weeks old. I feel the same way you do about being adopted. In fact, my mom and dad sent out the birth announcements that said: "I wasn't expected, I was selected!" That has always made it feel very special!

OH! Love the napking swap idea! If you ever do it again, let me know...of course, I plan on coming back to read your blog so hopefully I catch it in time!

jacobs said...

Precious Lisa,
I can honestly say since the day we brought you to our home, and I looked and looked at you saying(as I pointed at myself), I'm you mommy; I'm your mommy that at those moment I came to believe in love at first sight. God filled my heart with love for you and that love has grown mightly through the years.
My hearts'desire as always been for our children to love and serve the LORD; you have that; an ever deepening love for Him shown in your marriage, your parenting, your homeschooling, your Bible studies, and your generous giving of self to parents who can never seem to get enough of you!!!Yea

Kathryn D. Duke said...

what a special post...blessings!!