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Wednesday, July 6, 2005

A Heritage


Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

~ Psalm 127:3-5



The last couple of weeks have been so “twilight zone”, I don’t even know where to begin; except to say that I have three of the most amazing children in the world, and a husband that is beyond comparison.

Funny how I always knew, and repeated it often, my kids are so awesome; intelligent, beautiful, compassionate, loving, godly, wise, mature, etc. But seeing these qualities through the eyes of another, I am even more amazed and thankful.

Sarah, almost 18, recently made contact with her biological father and his family. It has been fifteen years. Though we knew she was ready, and that this was a necessary and even good thing, we did not know what emotional turmoil and stress this reunion would cause for our family.

Outside of the Jerry Springer show, who gives instructions on how these events should proceed, and what should be expected.We have been so overwhelmed, it’s like we’re coming out of a daze. Emotions have been running high with anticipation, worry; even a little anxiety. Tempers have been shorter, tears have been more frequent, and a sense of “clingy-ness” and a desire to hug hard and often has pervaded all five of us.

The good thing is everyone involved in this reunion process is amicable, and even generous. No blame casting, no bad attitude, no resentment or anger has been exhibited. We are all desiring the time for Sarah, Jotham and Jericho to get to know the people from the past who have been absent for so long. Everyone is responding with a great deal of love and excitement.

And then there’s Dad. Larry is the amazing husband and father who for fifteen years, has daily made these children his own. Who has labored and loved, laughed and cried, disciplined and educated and alongside myself, has helped shape these three incredible children into the near-adult, wonderful people that they are today.

Imagine, now, after all this time being the father who is willing to share them. Larry is truly a man with a generous heart and spirit. This whole process has not been easy for him, or for me, for that matter. But he has been generous, patient, and open. When it would have been easier to close off his heart, and withdraw, wounded; he stayed and experienced this whole process with heart-breaking unselfishness, because these are, after all, his children.

Well, after a hundred or so emails, a handful of IM sessions and phone calls, the big reunion happened, this weekend. Biological father, his wife, half brother, grandmother and a host of cousins met with our family on two different days at McDonalds and at the zoo. Larry was there, through it all, at the kids’ request. Everyone got a chance to get to know everyone a little bit better, and have some fun.

And so, a new chapter in our lives has begun, one that includes a whole host of people who want to get to know our kids, and share their love with them. And though we do not know everything that will come in this chapter, we know the chapters that have been written up to now have been obviously orchestrated by God’s loving and generous hand. He will write this chapter for their and our ultimate good. He is that way with us.His love is indescribable.
So we attempt to move on with our days, in as normal a manner as possible, leaning heavily on each other and on God for wisdom and peace. He has seen the unknown, and will not release us out of His hand as he guides us through it. We are, after all, His beloved children; and His plan is beyond our comprehension, but promised for our good. We trust Him. His mercy is PROFOUND

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