Thursday, September 2, 2010


 What does it mean to be (un)adopted?

To be (un)adopted means that I am lonely, even in an orphanage filled with children. To be (un)adopted means I have no future, even though I am pretty sure I will get out of bed tomorrow, next week, or next month. To be (un)adopted means I am left behind, as I see dozens of families coming to get the other children. Does my life matter to anyone?  (an excerpt taken from Lifelines website today. PLEASE click on the link and read the rest.) 

This very thought was made even more real to me today as Lia and I were driving and passed an apartment complex which obviously reminded her of her orphanage in China.  She pointed and excitedly said, "My friend!"  She was insistent that her friend was there.  She told me that her friend "went bye bye."  When I asked if she went with her mommy and daddy, thinking that maybe she had been adopted, she said, "No mommy daddy."  Tears stung my eyes as I saw the hurt in hers.  I felt so priveleged that God had given us the opportunity to give her a gift that countless children all over the world will never know. 

I don't know what she was thinking about her friend, but I do know that she knows exactly what it means to get to go home to a mommy and daddy and be loved with an unconditional love.  Something many of her other friends are still waiting for. 

Today, her physical heart is healing beautifully, thanks to the amazing work of Dr. Tam and his wonderful team. However,  it is moments such as these that show that her emotional heart is still grieving.
He is an amazingly brilliant AND loving doctor! Love this photo!

As she has gained more language recently, she has begun talking about her home in China. Her prayers bring a tear to my eyes most nights as she prays for her friends that don't have a mommy and daddy while we read, I Love You Like Crazy Cakes and talk about how we will always love her and never leave her.

A couple of blogs really caught my attention today that I hope you will take the opportunity to click on and read.  One was a post at Building the Blocks and one at Where Learning Flows.  Each of these blogs show such a heart for the orphans of the world and a desire to live out His commandments in James 1:27.  I know that we are not all called to adopt, but we are all called to pray and love and care.  Won't you pray for the least of these today?  After all, if you remember, you were also adopted:

...he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ,
in accordance with his pleasure and will—Ephesians 1:5

One last pose before my camera got broken.
This is what happens when sisters play!


The Spicer Family said...

Suzette, you're just so sweet! I know what caught your eye, though, and it surely wasn't my writing but all those beautiful faces! ;-) Speaking of which, I don't know how it's possible but Lia is growing more beautiful picture by picture. She is radiant!! What a difference a loving family makes!!

I think it is amazing that she already understands she needs to pray for her friends back in China. I love that you guys have taught her, in word and deed, that it is God who saves by calling His faithful children to obedience. Praise the Lord!!

Tiffany said...

I saw this on another blog, thought of you...

"By adopting a child and helping them reach their potential, they help us reach ours. An adopted child is not an unwanted child; to the contrary. They are a child who was searched for, prayed for, cried for, begged for; received by arms that ached, making empty hearts full. Love is meant to be shared." - Author unknown