Carly…all I can say what a privledge it is to raise her. She is such a cross of her mom and dad. She is feisty like her dad, her mom did not have a feisty bone in her body (maybe only when Carl made her mad:). She laughs just like her mom! I feel like Cathy is in the next room when I hear her laughing. I feel like Carl is in the next room when she is watching football, though she is not as loud as he was haha! She is very intentional like her mom. Even though I did not raise her I can envision who she will become.
John David is a carbon copy of his dad like Julianne is of me. He acts, looks and sounds just like his dad. He is a thinker like his dad and a doer…but he is like his mama as well. Like Julianne he has a very strong careful and rule follower gene from me. He is quiet, oh so quiet….not a bit like his dad or myself…we are a bit obnoxious with our words. I am not finished raising him yet but can see already who he will be.
I did not intend to write all these words when I started writing about Madeline’s TENTH family day…
but it got me processing why I can’t envision Madeline and Janie as grown women. I don’t know their birth parents, breaks my heart to know that as Madeline smiles a certain way, moves in a graceful way..who would she have reminded her mother of….her father of?
Adoption is hard… not knowing who you came from is even harder
the only solace I have in these thoughts is that God knew before the world began exactly who Madeline is, for He knit her in her mother’s womb…He knows who she will become as she grows into a young woman even if she is never to learn who she came from. I am able to tell her though that our Lord will never leave her or forsake her. I want her to become the person God intends her to be just as I want this for my other children. I may not have a vision in my minds eye of who she will look or act like but I do trust in my God and his faithfulness in placing her in our family. God’s call to adopt Madeline and Janie was oh so loud! Thankfully God knit each of us in unique ways yet allows us to see our genetics throughout generations. My prayer is that both Madeline and Janie’s birth parent’s can have a peace in their hearts knowing their girls are thriving and well loved.
Well after so so many words and thoughts I will leave you with a few grown up pics of Madeline on her Family Day on November 5th.
oh how I love this girl of mine, she is a gift!
Psalm 127:3 Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him