I love spending time with Tina and two of her amazing answers to prayer. After Katie Kat disappeared one fine day, Tina prayed and prayed for her return–even when her “sensible” grandma’s prayers had changed to petitions for either a quick passing or a good home somewhere for the beloved pet. Then one day, months after Katie Kat’s disappearance, Tina’s mom spotted a little gray cat in the window of a house down the street and brought her well cared for kitty back home.
Both Tina and her mom yearned for another child to share their home–a brother or sister for Tina. Then May‘s birth sister, just over a year old, came up for adoption. Cared for by the same loving foster mom who taught May that the world is a safe and happy place for children, Eliana is a joyful, easygoing child. She takes great pleasure in snuggling with her mom, climbing just about anything, playing peek-a-boo, and “working” in her little kitchen.
To tell the truth, I hadn’t thought of 1 1/2-year-olds making plans until I went into Eliana’s room after her nap and found her sitting up, blanket positioned over her face. She’d heard me coming, and was ready to play peek-a-boo with Grandma.
What does the future hold for this beloved child? We don’t know, of course, but knowing that she’s an answer to prayer gives us comfort and hope.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
Tommy chooses–and pays for–a bouquet of tulips for Tricia. Lisa picks up a case of toiletries sure to please their honored guest. She and Tommy clean up his bedroom, where Tricia will be sleeping. Perhaps Tommy’s giant panda wonders what’s going on.
May’s bedroom, pretty in pink, is ready. This room, however, has not been prepared for a guest. Two-year-old May is coming to live with her forever family.
We are so thankful for Tricia, May’s foster mom. She began visiting May in the hospital when the little girl was a premie, and the two developed a strong bond. Now May, utterly secure in the love of Tricia and her family, is settling in very nicely with her new mom and dad, and big brother Tommy.
Welcome home, little one!
8:06 a.m. Tommy calls me with a secret.
“I’m going to use gross stuff to play a prank on Mom,” he says. He’s going to bring her a cup of coffee in bed, lovingly seasoned with barbecue sauce. I worry that the color might tip her off, but he says she’ll be drinking it in the dark.
Tommy’s home is a fun place for a kid to grow up.
And soon, we’re hoping, he won’t be the only kid there. The week Lisa and George got married (this is Lisa’s second marriage), we visited little May at the agency. Sixteen months old, bright, confident and utterly charming, May marched right into our hearts and planted herself there. Hope blooms as Lisa and George jump through the adoption hoops and the rest of us try to be patient.
We hear a lot about nasty foster homes–but May’s is a credit to all concerned. When contacted by the agency soon after May was born, Tricia began visiting her in the hospital–several hours a day, seven days a week. When May’s medical issues were stabilized, she went to live with Tricia.
Over 100 people attended her first birthday party (her uncle was celebrating his birthday as well), and Princess May held court until 11:00 p.m.
I wouldn’t call her spoiled, but I would say that she knows she’s loved and that she’s secure. We hope for the hoop-jumping to go as quickly as possible, believing that will give May the shortest and easiest time of adjustment.
After all, seven-year-old Tommy has his “Big Brother” T-shirt . . . surely the family is ready now.