Change is inevitable. While I’m not a fan of change, it happens whether I’m ready or not. As an adult I have a lot of power in choosing how I respond to change… but children… they have no concept and very little control over their response.
Today we are feeling the affects of the time change. Our girls have not been on board with this seemingly minor change. I will admit, this used to be one of my favorite things… fall back… an extra hour of sleep, signaling my favorite time of year, so much to love… until there are children in your home. Dear Jesus, the time change is clearly not Biblical so we must do away with it!
But there have been more changes around our home and it is taking me some time to process how it makes me feel. We are 12 weeks in with the twins and one month with baby girl. We had a rhythm (until that time change thing took place!) and we’re getting somewhat used to the flow of life these days. But something shifted…
They call me mommy.
Somewhere in the past 5 days a shift took place. These girls have spent the past 11 months in a world of change and uncertainty. Despite the challenges we’ve had, I have sensed a settledness in the girls in the past week. A shift in their security. In the midst of that came a question, “can I call you mommy?” Take a deep breath. It pierces your heart.
We began our journey into fostering with no intentions of adoption. As you know, the goal of fostering is almost always reunification. Our heart is to come along-side of families, love them and provide a safe place for these children that are often victims of circumstances, that they may know that they are worth loving. But I wasn’t trying to replace a mommy..
However, I have realized in our limited experience, every child is longing for security, safety and belonging. As humans, we are created with a need for belonging, community, love and intimacy. I cannot imagine being a little girl and separated from my mom and dad. They were such a critical piece in my life. I always knew I was loved, safe and belonged. But so often the actions of these children are deeper cries of “am I loved, am I safe, and where do I belong?”.
So how did I answer her question? You can call me mommy if you want to. I know I am not her mommy, nor am I trying to replace her mommy. But if calling me mommy helps to bring a deeper sense of security and knowing of my love, then by all means, bring.it.on. If your knowing you are loved helps point you to the loving heavenly Father that brought you here, then I am all in.
Sometimes they say it just to see if I will answer. It’s like a pop quiz! Mommy! – yes dear?! Ok, nothing. Sometimes mommy is called in the night, when darkness has fallen and uncertainty lurks. Sometimes mommy is screamed in frustration because I won’t give just one more piece of halloween candy. And sometimes mommy is cried for their real mom. And sometimes I cringe…because I know there will be pain… there will be loss… and again I am faced with the risk of loving deeply.
I cried because choosing to love something means accepting the inevitability of pain, disappointment & loss, along with all of the god-awful feelings that come with it. – Alex McDaniel
Friends, pray with us; pray for us; love with us. But know, there will be pain. So much of this path is uncertain. All I can be certain of is that in God’s infinite love He has carefully crafted a plan to provide good things for us. He loves these girls much more than I ever could. AND… He doesn’t need sleep. 🙂 So He can love them much better than I can.
Even though I know a day will come when my heart will likely be broken, I pray I look back knowing I loved well, I fought hard and these girls have tasted an everlasting love. #lovedoes