Thursday, May 8, 2008

A Special Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen years ago today I was awakened by the phone ringing. As soon as I heard the phone ring, I knew who it was. A wonderful young girl whom I had come to know and love over the last couple of months was calling me. It was time.

We spent the rest of that day in a hospital room awaiting the arrival of a child who would change our lives. Today that child is thirteen.

It was an amazing day on so many levels. One I never thought I would experience. When we first decided to have a child, we had all sorts of expectations. Five years of infertility changed most of those dreams. When we accepted that adoption might be the way to a family, we then set up dreams to fit that scenario. God must have laughed heartily at us as we decided how it should be.
This adoption broke every guideline we set. And I wouldn't have had it any other way.

We have been having birthdays for this boy for the past thirteen years, but for some reason this one seems different. I have been weepy all week as I think about him and how big he is getting. As he crosses over into the teenage years, I can't believe the time has flown so quickly.

I am thankful to God, of course, but also to that young girl who so many years ago was obedient to the urgings of her Lord. I told her then I didn't know why she was chosen to carry my child, but I truly felt that was the case. This child was mine before I ever laid eyes on him. Before I held him in my arms. Before I kissed his sweet face. Thankfully, she felt the same way. I am comforted in knowing that she still does to this day.

He is my sweetie boy, but don't tell him I told you. He's thirteen now and that is not a cool thing to say.

Happy Birthday, Bubba. We all love you so.

(Can you see the imp in him? And that dimple! Man, he can break your heart. )


Razor Family Farms said...

What an amazing post! I am in tears. Really. I am sitting here in my ratty pjs with tears streaming down my face and dripping on my keyboard.


Blessings to you, new friend.

Happy birthday, Bubba.


Gray Matters said...

What a wonderful tribute to all who made this birthday possible.

Anonymous said...

Children are such a vivid measure of time passing and our growing older! Please give Bubba our wishes for a very happy 13th birthday (special indeed!) and many happy returns!


Evan said...

Hey KID, happy birthday! Remember what it's like to be a boy! All too soon you'll be all grown up and you'll have a bunch of responsibilities and stuff. Growing up is fun, but being a boy is great (and you can't go back)!

Good looking kid!

Evan :)

Mandy said...

Great post! Happy belated birthday to him! Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Happy birthday, Bubba! Hope it was a great one!