Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Together

Our first two sons were born in a quiet room with one camera clicking black and white film. Alex held me, my parents and sister talked me through the pain, and then that soft bundle made his appearance and our worlds all changed as we forgot the hours of agony that brought us to that moment and all we knew was wonder and awe at the miracle of new life, a son, our family growing...

But this time, there was a group of strangers in our delivery room.

Actually, we had met them just hours before. Names were exchanged in a hotel lobby, small talk about jobs and families. And then there we were, crowded close, whispering directions on how to use camcorders and cameras. The hours of pain and waiting were coming to a crescendo, though there would be a much different healing process for us all with delivery this way. And then...there he was. A nanny held him out to us, and when that soft bundle entered our arms, we were all alone in that group, tears streaming, in wonder and awe at the miracle of this new life, a son, our family growing...

:: meeting Moses ::

The next few days would turn all of our lives upside down as we traveled to a rural village in Ethiopia. Crowded into vans, we bumped over six hours of red dirt roads, sharing our stories and snacks from home. We arrived to faces that would etch into our hearts forever and then witnessed some of the most intimate moments in our adoption journeys. We shared mosquito nets that night and wept together as we drove back to the city, weary and humbled and blessed.

We met in Africa, strangers. We said our good-byes to precious souls that we will always know as friends. We left them in a smokey airport, our new son held close, suitcase heavy with packed memories, hearts so full and breaking too...

Several families from that group were able to reunite this month, and it was a privilege to share days together that centered around playing at the beach and reading stories on a couch crowded with brothers and sisters whose lives connected to each other on the other side of the world. The days were full and sweet and crazy, and we said our good-byes with children waving through van windows, knowing we would see each other again. God is gracious.

:: God's grace in these faces today ::

2 comments:

Mark and Sarah said...

Crying :-) Love you.

Laura said...

beautiful friend...you've done it again...captured an experience with your words and your camera lens..love your gifting and your heart.