This was the day we first met you
Then to our surprise, two little ones became three
Like we had known you all along, we delighted in learning your names.
This is where Mommy rested
Lying still and sometimes uncollected
And held you so many long, uncertain days.
These are my hands that felt you move
And arms that ached to hold you
To cradle, comfort, and care for you, as I now can.
This is your Daddy
Who told (and still tells) the world your story
And shows you off with pride and joy.
These are your brothers
Who loved you differently than I expected, more than I imagined
Showing me how I underestimated Love at work in them.
There are more children, once frozen
Who now wait for us with Jesus
But while here, taught us that adoption is never easy and called us to more fully cherish you.
These are the songs I sang
Melodies that soothed my soul and gave way to praise, seek, and lament
Lyrics that may still resonate in your little ears.
This is the sunshine that brightens trees and flowers
The smell of spring and song of nature
Their Creator also created you in a far more wonderful way.
These are the Words we rested in
One day I hope they move you to faith
Draw you toward the One who has shown His power in you.
And these are those who prayed
Fervently they helped us carry you to Jesus
And though you may not know them, they know and love you.
It is our desire to tell our little ones about everyone who God moved in and in turn demonstrated so much love for our family by praying for them over the past many months. If you have been one of those people, please leave your name in the comments of this blog or you can simply "like" or comment on Facebook. I plan to write each name around this poem and frame it for our home. I hope it is a reminder to us all of the magnitude and span of grace in our story. If you are on the fence about whether or not to participate, please do! We want to know your name as part of the story God is writing in our lives.