Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Poem For Our New Child

The fact that this is the second posting today is a great analogy for just how long this week has been. Waiting for Robin to return from Vietnam and hoping for a referral/match soon makes the week seem long.

We're getting new carpet upstairs next week so I am cleaning out the walk-in closet. I just found the enclosed poem and thought it timely to post it. Even though we won't be adopting a baby, adopting an older child internationally is a lot like adopting a baby in terms of how we will parent and attach with our new child.

Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which it dwells is worthy all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ's name, I will make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to your mother's heart, welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, how wondrously blest!

Elizabeth Prentiss: Stepping Heavenward

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