What I Heard was Hope

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On Tuesday night Dimples went to the Toby Mac concert with three other girls and some staff members. The family of one of the children has connections with Toby Mac and was able to get them tickets. It was a big event for her and she was excited to tell me all about it in our Skype session.

She said, “Mom, it only costs $35 a month to sponsor a child  so they can have enough food and everything. I think we should do it.” Teasingly, I said, “You know, I used to sponsor a child. Her picture was on our refrigerator and she was so cute. Her name was Dimples.” We laughed. She went on to tell me dreams and plans for how she would like to raise money to help feed the children at her orphanage and take care of children in need.

The words spilled out of her, one idea after another. What I heard was hope. There was a time when Dimples could not imagine the future, and certainly not a future filled with hope. Yesterday she had a sense that nearly anything was possible. She also believed that she could bring about change for those who suffer.

I looked at my daughter, the smile on her face as she talked,  and I remembered a day at the UW Adoption Medicine Clinic many years ago. I told the doctor, “I don’t think we can possibly go on, but I know the Lord is going to do something amazing in this child’s life, and I don’t want to miss it.”

Yesterday I had a glimpse of amazing – amazing healing, amazing hope, amazing love.

I’m holding on to that today.

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.

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  1. Andrea
    February 20, 2014

    Praying some day to see the same… THIS post though makes me so happy for your momma heart!!!

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  2. Mary
    February 20, 2014

    I've never met you, Lisa. I've never met Dimples. But that doesn't matter. I'm still in tears this morning, tears of hope and gratitude to the Lord. Thank you for sharing the journey. It is always hard to share when one doesn't know the ending. So you have been very brave.

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  3. Luann Yarrow Doman
    February 20, 2014

    Chills and tears. I can't wait to see how Dimples' story unfolds. God is so good.

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  4. Alyssa
    February 20, 2014

    Rejoicing with you!!!

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  5. Carmen
    February 20, 2014

    Yay! Thank you Lord!

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  6. Lisa McNamara
    February 20, 2014

    There's always hope…..so glad she is seeing a glimpse of that! I'm looking forward to seeing you at Refresh next week!

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  7. AmyE
    February 20, 2014

    Beautiful! love this … "I know the Lord is going to do something amazing in this child’s life, and I don’t want to miss it." That's what I need to stay focused for this long road.

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  8. Michelle
    February 20, 2014

    Love this post. Makes my heart smile and tears related to “I don’t think we can possibly go on, but I know the Lord is going to do something amazing in this child’s life, and I don’t want to miss it.”

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  9. Susan
    February 20, 2014

    Happy tears!!! 🙂

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  10. Laura
    February 20, 2014

    Such uplifting news!

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  11. blesseday
    February 20, 2014

    Happy tears here too! God is faithful.

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  12. Elizabeth
    February 20, 2014

    SUCH GREAT NEWS 🙂 Praise the LORD!!!! :-)))

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  13. Emily
    February 20, 2014

    Rejoicing with you!

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  14. Kathrin
    February 20, 2014

    Oh Lisa that is wonderful!

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  15. Emily g
    February 20, 2014

    YAY

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  16. Emily B
    February 20, 2014

    I'm COVERED in goosebumps!!! Made my day!

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  17. Lisa Qualls
    February 20, 2014

    Thank you for all of your wonderful comments. It means so much to me to know that I am not walking this road alone. You are cheering us on. I love hearing from you!

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  18. Rebecca
    February 20, 2014

    What a joy, to see hope again!

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  19. lisa
    February 20, 2014

    thrilled!!

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  20. adventisthomemaker
    February 20, 2014

    Awwwww. That's so touching and I'm so happy to hear such hope!!

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  21. Jen T.
    February 20, 2014

    What a BLESSING! And an encouragement to so many others for whom that glimpse of hope still feels like a dream. Thank you for sharing this precious moment!

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  22. Juli
    February 20, 2014

    You are amazing!!! I absolutely loved what you said at the doctor's office, "I don’t think we can possibly go on, but I know the Lord is going to do something amazing in this child’s life, and I don’t want to miss it.”
    You are inspiring. I can feel the love of our Savior coming from you!

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  23. Margaret
    February 20, 2014

    Thank you for sharing the hope! I am so happy for you and Dimples!

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  24. Katy
    February 21, 2014

    🙂

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  25. Ellen
    February 21, 2014

    beautiful.

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  26. dorothy b
    February 22, 2014

    Love this! Praying hope over your entire family!

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  27. Cindy Mc
    February 23, 2014

    So very lovely. I know God is smiling today. What a beautiful testimony.

    Love to you and your family!
    Cindy Mc

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  28. Sadee
    February 24, 2014

    Chills!!!

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  29. Angela
    February 26, 2014

    So happy to read this post!! Neat for you to recognize hope in her!! What an uplifting thing for you and your family!!

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