Hands and house

Hands and house

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Searing Loss...

    It all started in the car. Georgia was chattering away as the trees whizzed past outside. "I spy with my yittle brown eye...a shoe!" Yes, she does not quite have the art of it down but loves to say that over and over :) Next Parker piped up, "Mama, if I was born in your tummy, why are my eyes a different color?"
Me: "You did grow in my tummy and your eyes are a mixture of Daddy and Mama and your eyes are blueish green, a little of both of us..."
Parker: "Georgia and Ravenna have brown eyes don't they Mama?"
Me: "Yes, just like their birth Mamas and Daddies, beautiful deep brown eyes."
Parker: "But you are their real Mama right?"
Me: "You bet I am forever and ever!"

there was a pause and then from the back of the car, eyes filled with tears,

 Ravenna said, "My birthmom is my real Mama."
Me (deep breathe and praying for wisdom) "You are right both of us are very real."
Ravenna: "But my birthmom is my REAL mom...you are just my new mom."
Again with the deep breathing...Me: "Honey I love you so much and your birthmom and I are both a part of your story and you get to choose what you call us. I'm happy to be your new mom, you are such a gift in my life."

Then up pops Georgia, "I spy with my yittle brown eye...my shirt!" and soon all three were playing eye spy and giggling. But for the rest of the day she called me "Mother" instead of Mama. It took everything in me to not start up the conversation again, to defend myself, to explain why I should be her real mama...but truthfully I am her mama but so is her birthmom, both intertwined, both just as important and I don't get to choose. It is important that I do not choose, but that I walk alongside and allow her to go where she needs to go. I love her more than I need to be first in her life...but that doesn't mean that it is not hard.

Later that night, tucking her under all the pink softness of her blankies I saw deep pools of grief in her eyes...
Ravenna: "Mama...will I ever see her?"
Me (also in tears): "With all my heart I hope so."
For awhile she just rested her head on my chest and let the tears fall then...
" Mama, is she safe?"
Me: "I know that we can pray for her safety and God is with her just like he was with you while you waited for us to come."
Ravenna through deep sobs: "what did you pray for?"
Me: " I would go in your room and pray every day, holding your stuffed animals and praying that God would hold you in safe arms, that he would whisper in your ears that you were loved and that you were so precious and wanted, that he would make the time go quickly until we could be together..."
Then she rolled onto my chest, wrapped her legs around me and bawled and bawled, hot tears soaking my clothes.
"I just want to see her...I want my birthmama...I want my birthmama...I want my birthmama."
Until she just lay there cuddled as close as she could possibly get, laying curled on every inch of me, my lips pressed into her silken dark hair...silently praying and whispering how very much I love her, how beyond precious she is to me...how I will love her forever. All the while Georgia, on the other bed is saying "Nenna and Mama stick together like paper and glue, like paper and glue Nenna Mama always!"....and finally she let go and curled up to be tucked in and whispered, "I love you" as I gave her one final kiss.

....And then I curled up in Doug's arms and wept, sort of because it hurt to be the "new" mama but mainly for the hurt in my little girl, for the searing pain that I cannot take away, for the fact that she is 7 and should have no deeper care than what kind of ice cream to get or what playground to play at. Because I would give anything to meet her birthmom too. Because I cannot promise that we will ever find her, I cannot promise that the pain will ever go away...because I just love her so much. My tender, deep, searching little girl.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted

and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18


Tina said...

Oh. My. Goodness. The Lord has made you a very special mama. Praying for you and yours tonight.

Susan A said...

I'm sorry for the pain.

Beauty comes from ashes.. I don't know why, but this just popped in my head. I know that if we trust Him, He can make good come out of sadness and loss, He can restore.

Stephanie said...

Shannon...how real. How raw. What a sweet and tender girl you've got. Would you be willing to let us feature this post on "We Are Grafted In" (www.wearegraftedin.com)? I'm not sure if we've used any of your posts before. If we haven't, we'd just need a brief bio and a picture to use when it is reposted. Just let me know your thoughts!
Stephanie (smurphy @ juno DOT com)
co-administrator of WAGI

Miller Moments said...

Poor sweet girl! And poor Mama Shannon too.

Girly Girl Mommy said...

Shannon, What an amazing mama you are. Your words to your hurting daughter were just perfectly beautiful. I'd like to think I could be so composed. Can't imagine your pain for your little girl- my heart was aching just reading. Praying.

Sharon Ankerich said...

You are a precious mama loving her precious children with all the love God can give. That is what you focus on sweet friend~ focus on Jesus and the amazing adoption He gave us when He brought us into His family. He is the author of adoption and to Him be the glory for the love your children have. You are right, the rawness of it all will always be there but the greatest of everything is LOVE and love will bless you all forever!!!
In His Love,

Holly said...

oh this made me cry. I feel for you and for your daughter. Adoption is hard but so rewarding. So hard having questions and no answers. God please work for good and for Your glory in Ravenna's life story!


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