A Sister Lost and then Found

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Happy Birthday, Mesky! I really wish that I could be there. I love you very much. Your little brother, Eby.

When I look at this picture and short message, I am completely in awe of God’s love for my children.

When we adopted Eby, we were told that he had an older sister. Nobody with our agency seemed to know what had become of her, and, of course, we were concerned for her safety and well being.  We later learned that when their mother died, the children were separated and ended up in different orphanages in Soddo, Ethiopia. Mesky was adopted by a family in Italy and Eby came to us. Both families knew that their child had a sibling, but neither knew what had become of the other child.

I wrote the story of how we found each other in this post, From Soddo to Italy to Idaho, if you would like to read more.

Eby is seven years younger than his sister, and not much of a communicator, but he wanted to send her a birthday greeting on her Facebook wall.  This morning she sent a lovely message back to him. I can’t wait to share it with him when he wakes up.

The Lord loves my Eby, and today that makes me smile and smile.

Lisa

 

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

14 Comments

  1. Dana Mallory Taylor
    October 17, 2013

    That is so amazing!! God's love is so wonderful. I'm glad Eby & Mesky are able to reconnect!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 17, 2013

      Thanks, Dana, me too.

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  2. blesseday
    October 17, 2013

    So happy for the children to not have lost one another forever. Sometimes it is amazing how small the world is, and this is one of those times when that is such a blessing straight from heaven. Much love to you all this beautiful morning!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 17, 2013

      I'm still amazed at how wonderful this is. Thanks for the kind words.

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  3. Karen NumberTwo Hannaford
    October 18, 2013

    How lovely that they found each other again. I think it's so sad when siblings get separated. It seems especially wrong when they have just lost a parent. No wonder so many of these kids have attachment problems. I suppose many of them go through even worse than this too.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 18, 2013

      Karen, it is sad when kids get separated and I know that it especially added to Mesky's trauma because she was so worried about her little brother. We are delighted that they have contact now.

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  4. Mamitaj
    October 17, 2013

    Smiling with you! 😀

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 17, 2013

      Such a great thing to have happy news to share!

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  5. Lisa H.
    October 17, 2013

    Oh, smiling here too! The tender love of Jesus there!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 17, 2013

      It's good to recount the gifts God gives us. Good to hear from you, friend.

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  6. DFNY
    October 17, 2013

    That is so wonderful. So glad they have a way to be in touch. Love the sign Eby made.

    Damaris

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 17, 2013

      I think so too! Thanks, Damaris.

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  7. Erika
    October 18, 2013

    I love this so precious. I just read the story too. What a sweet blessing for sure. 🙂

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 19, 2013

      God has been good to us. Thanks for the comment, Erika.

      Reply

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