Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day…

We had a great couple days in my hometown, visiting my parents and even attending the service at my home church this morning (a real treat, since I work at our church in Wilmington and only get four Sundays off per year!).  We got to spend some quality time with our nephews and little cousins; celebrate Trey’s birthday; treat my mom to a few gifts and having all of us together; and even hear my brother-in-law play the trumpet at church (“God of the Marching Centuries,” a classic hymn that is very special to my family).

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It’s really amazing to see how families grow and change over the years.  The picture above is a snapshot of where we are at this particular point in time.  Together we stay true to our roots, we remain close even through expanded geographies, we stand on the firm foundation that was laid for us, we experience life together — and what our family “looks like” has the freedom to change and evolve within that context.  Boyfriends become husbands.  A sister becomes a mother.  Parents become grandparents.

Today is Mother’s Day.

I can’t help but to think about next year… what we might look like then… possibly….

The in-between is a strange place to be.  The not-yet, not-quite… even the not-for-certain.  We feel so loved and undeniably grateful when people say “Congratulations!”  But then, after, we aren’t sure… Is it for our decision to adopt?  Is it for being in the process?  When you’re not yet to the point of being eligible for a referral of a child, it is both parts exciting and like holding your breath… waiting to know if you can call yourself a mom-to-be and how to accept the response in which there’s no other way to expect a response…

And then, when you’re not sure if you can really celebrate, or where you fall among the more typical “expectancies”… you get your very first Mother’s Day card… and you realize it’s the dream of any other would-be parent that we rejoice in together… upheld by your closest support system of people in your life, and all beneath the sovereign will of the One from whom “every family in heaven and on earth derives its name” (Ephesians 3:15)…

Thank you to my thoughtful sister.

Thankful for my thoughtful sister.

{I would just like to say HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the moms out there: especially MY mom, my sister, my grandmother, and my mother-in-law!!!  Also to all the “about-to-be-mamas” (a few friends and co-workers who are pregnant, woo-hoo!); to one “just-became-a-mama” (Lindsay, who so graciously took on the role a couple weeks ago on her wedding day, when she said vows not only to her new husband but also to his two young children); and to all the “not-yet-mamas” who are waiting to adopt… whose children are growing in their hearts but not yet in their lives…  Our God is the Great Redeemer, and there are so many beautiful ways He creates a family…  Much love to all of you!!!}

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