Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Birth Announcement of Sorts

There is a famous phrase that gets passed around in the adoption lingo world that I never really loved before.  In all it's variations, the quote basically says, 'you weren't grown in my body, but grew in my heart'.  I don't know why it was maybe my least favorite quote pertaining to adoption before.  Until I saw my little girl.  And all of a sudden--I get it!  
I'd never experienced anything like it.  An instant mama bear instinct to love and protect and cherish this child!
As such, I insisted on doing a birth announcement of sorts to declare our new addition that we will restlessly pursue until she is in our home, physically growing in front of our eyes, instead of just growing in our hearts.

Not flesh of my flesh, 
nor bone of my bone,
but still miraculously my own.
Never forget,
not for a minute,
you weren’t born under my heart but in it.


  1. I was so happy to read your comment and hear you were committed to this sweet little angel! She is a doll! As is your Lilly! You are just beginning what is going to be the most amazing expereince of your life! And every minute is worth it in the end! Who was it that we both knew that connected you to us?

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words! Our connection is through a former coworker named Sarah. Kris had passed along the links to both your blog and RR for us back in January.
    I just had to say a quick thank you! It has been so great to get to know you and your family through your blog! You have such an adorable, loving family and Mia is very lucky to have the parents and sisters that she does. I just wanted to let you know that you've definitely inspired us in our journey and not only have you changed Mia's life, but also ours and Melissa's! <3

  3. Carli! I am so excited for you guys! It makes me so happy to see you guys have an answer and a direction. Keep us all updated! LOVE YOU ALL!!!

  4. Oh this does my heart good!! You have no idea how happy I am seeing someone claim Melissa as THEIR daughter! Eikes!! Thank you for your comment on my blog. You are so sweet to think of me. I really am so happy that I was able to be a small part of Melissa's story by being her warrior and praying for her. Gosh I love adoption. I'm praying that Melissa will be in your arms quickly and that God would protect her from any harm while she waits these last few months. <3
    Love from Canada! Joanna
    p.s. You are going to have 2 of the cutest daughters ever! Goodness!! How are you so blessed???

  5. Joanna,
    You have been and always will be a part of her story! We can't wait to tell her about your role in finding her a family. You will always have a special place in all of our hearts!
    "God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld His love from me!" Psalm 66:19-20
    We so appreciate how much you've given your heart and prayers to her. He was listening to you, sweetheart!
    Please keep praying for her and us as well! We're wishing your family the best as you get ready to bring home that sweet little Jordyn G! :)


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