Held to Her Chest

I often think about the great needs in this world and wonder how we will ever fill them; will our efforts ever make a difference? Sometimes those vague questions become very real. What would it be like to save a baby’s life – to hold a cold, abandoned boy to your chest and sing over him?

A little over a year ago I met Julie at the Refresh Conference. She and her family were preparing to move to Soddo, Ethiopia where her husband was going to work as a physician at Soddo Christian Hospital. That hospital is dear to us because Eby and Little Man were both cared for there, and when we traveled to visit Soddo, we were invited to stay in a guest house on the hospital grounds.

Last night, in one last moment of procrastination, I clicked on my blog reader and a few new posts popped up. This one, written by Julie, grabbed my heart. Yesterday morning Julie’s husband called her to the hospital to hold an abandoned newborn baby, skin-to-skin on her chest in an effort to warm his cold body. She didn’t know if she would be holding life or death in her hands, and against her heart.

Don’t miss reading this very moving story today.

Here is my Soddo boy, eight years old yesterday. To think there was a time when he was a sick baby in Soddo brings tears to my eyes.  Eby – my own Soddo miracle.

[He] redeems my life from the pit and crowns me with love and compassion. Ps. 103:4


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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.


  1. Paula Miles Spears
    May 1, 2013

    I've been to Soddo… looking forward to reading your friend's post. And happy birthday to your sweet little guy! Cute cake. 🙂

  2. Donna
    May 1, 2013

    What a beautiful story! And a good reminder for me today!

  3. Emily
    May 1, 2013

    Oh, man.
    I love that great big eight-year-old boy of yours.

  4. Sharon
    May 19, 2013

    Love SoddoCH. We visited there last year-amazing work they are doing.


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