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.
not for a minute,
you weren’t born under my heart but in it.