Words that Give Life

I met the author of this poem, Anna Plemons, last summer. The poem was inspired by her desire to give her Ethiopian son a “birth story” of his own. With her permission, I am sharing it with all of you.

The Day You Were Born

In the earthen quiet of the tokule

God looked down in anticipation


His beautiful creation


Knit together

Every hair known

Every day ordained


The quiet broken

By the sound of effort

And then a cry


As air filled your lungs

For the first time

And heaven cheered

Trumpets and dancing

Thanks and praises

For fingers


Dignified chin raised to the sky

Beautiful son of Sidama

Heavenly Father


Then furrows His brow

Knowing you will journey so young

Knowing He made you ready

Gave you the gifts you would need

Strong spirit

Sensitive heart

Keen mind

And set a guard over your life

First father sees your spirit

Names you Asregidew

First mother

A quiet gasp of love



Snuggles you close

To sleep your first sleep

The day you were born

Across the stars

A tugging in my heart

For a child

A spiritual seed


And growing

A course set


Towards each other

Through the brokenness of this world

To a birth of love

A second chance

A fusing of hearts

An introduction of souls

A grafting of the tree

By the master gardener

The healing touch

Of the great physician

and praises

For a son.

A. Plemons

Beautiful words for all of us; thank you Anna.


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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. this is us
    March 27, 2009

    Oh – that is beautiful!

  2. Staci
    March 27, 2009

    What a lovely poem. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Angela
    March 27, 2009

    Honestly, that gave me chills. Loved it. Thank you…

  4. Andrea H.
    March 27, 2009

    Wow, thanks for sharing that beautiful poem. Is that your handsome son in the picture?

  5. darci
    March 28, 2009

    I am in tears. It ‘s beautiful. thanks from me, too, for sharing that..

  6. Adoption Ministry of YWAM Ethiopia
    March 29, 2009

    A beautiful expression of love! I hope you don’t mind that I’ve put a link to your blog on ours. We are a fairly new adoption ministry in Ethiopia and I’d love for our adoptive parents to read about other’s journeys.
    Adoption Ministry of YWAM – Ethiopia

  7. the ewings
    March 30, 2009

    How beautiful!

  8. erika's funny farm
    April 2, 2009



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