And the Cycle Continues…..

Last night I had the delightful honor of being present for my niece’s graduation from high school. Given the fact that she lives about five states south of my home, that our school year is still in session and that my state testing scores need to be posted in the very, very near future, it was an honor the I don’t share lightly. After the short and very official ceremony, I was ambling about the grassy lawn of Lander University ‘people watching’ as kids, their friends and families, teachers and acquaintenances enjoyed the dying evening sun as they snapped pictures and just soaked in their in their last moments as a school family. I had taken a couple of minutes to admire a beautiful 10 month old child newly arrived from China…the daughter of my sister’s teaching partner. As we were headed back to the car someone else flagged us down from a parked car. A woman approached and asked if I was the ‘famous sister she had heard so much about.’ She was introduced as one of the high school teachers that had my neice and nephew as students in school. She proceeded to tell me a story that tugged at my heart strings and made my entire day….no week…um…maybe month.

She and her husband were parents of five children and had been going back and forth for a while about the ‘wisdom’ of initiating an adoption. One day in the last moments of a Science class, students were sharing pictures and my neice approached her to ask if she wanted to see a picture of her cousins and aunt. It was one of those ‘teacher moments’ she explained, when she had a six inch high stack of papers to go through quickly and would rather have not taken the time to look….but did. My niece handed her a photograph of her adopted Asian American cousins and went in their story…of how wonderful they were and how well their adoption experience had been for our family. And she said it was in that moment that she believed God had given her a sign that they should proceed with an internationl adoption. It has been three years. They are now the parents of seven – including two beautiful three year olds from Guatamala adopted at different times – and one more is on the way home from another South American country in another year. How wonderful that it was our adoption story that tipped this family in the direction of bringing even more into their loving circle. How wonderful for those three children that will grow up cared for and blessed and loved. You just never know when the hand of God is going to reach out and touch someone with your own life story……even if it’s five states away.

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