Celebrating Birth Mothers

As Mother’s Day rolls around, I’m always struck with emotion and thanksgiving knowing that I am a mother because of two women whom I will never know, who carried and gave birth to my daughters. We don’t know the story behind their circumstances but we know that our girls were loved and given a chance at life because of their mothers’ sacrificial love. Wherever you are, mamas..  thank you. 

Legacy of an Adopted Child

Once there were two women,

Who never knew each other.

One you do not remember,

The other you call Mother.

Two different lives,

Shaped to make you one.

One became your guiding star,

The other became your sun.

The first one gave you life,

And the second taught you to live it.

The first gave you a need for love,

The second was there to give it.

One gave you a nationality,

The other gave you a name.

One gave you a talent,

The other gave you aim.

One gave you emotions,

The other calmed your fears.

One saw your first sweet smile,

The other dried your tears.

One sought for you a home that she could not provide,

The other prayed for a child and her hope was not denied.

And now you ask me through your tears,

The age old question, unanswered through the years.

Heredity or environment,

Which are you a product of?

Neither my darling, Neither;

Just two different kinds of love.

Healed + Set Free

But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good….”   Gen.  50:20

13116027_286888128309316_3159025803932929869_oThere is nothing more dangerous than a child of God, healed and set free from the oppression of darkness that Satan intended for their destruction. The Lord has come to my rescue. There is no anger in me. There is no depression or anxiety. There is peace in my bones. I am a new creation. My heart is overflowing with gratitude and is fully alive in Him. My eyes have been renewed and are filled with love. I can see so clearly where I had been so misled and misguided, having believed in the lies of the enemy and having partnered with hopelessness. I can now see visions of my future, my family’s future, and the lives of so many advancing of the Kingdom of the God.

For anyone walking in the valley, understand that the Lord will use this time to strengthen your frame. While you are in the darkness, He has not left – even if He feels far away. Even when we are faithless, He is faithful. Satan is scared, terrified of what you will accomplish in this life for Jesus. Even when we feel like darkness is winning over us, Christ is fighting our battles for us. He has the victory, friends. Let us be still in Him and silence the lies of the enemy. Thank you, Jesus. You make all things new!

Isaiah 54:1-3

“Sing, O barren one, who did not bear;
    break forth into singing and cry aloud,
    you who have not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate one will be more
    than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord.
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
    and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen your cords
    and strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left,
    and your offspring will possess the nations
    and will people the desolate cities.

Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

  • Today is World Down Syndrome Day! It is a day of celebration for a people who are the greatest joy-bringers I know, and they feel, think, and hurt just like you and me. They are widely misunderstood and undervalued, so today’s celebration is a great way to bring awareness. We are learning so much from our friends who have DS and of course from Ruthie! Many people with DS grow up to go to college and have careers.. but for the ones who don’t – their lives are just as important! Take today to teach your children or your community about people with Down Syndrome. They can do everything you can, it may just look different.:) [feel free to share!] #wdsd2016 #downsyndromeawareness #howdoyouseeme #shouttheirworth #theluckyfewhttps://vimeo.com/159729319

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