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I owe you nothing
I give to you
You owe me nothing
You give to me
Owing brings forth
and when it's paid
and it is never done
it is always held close to the heart
-- Eun Mi on IAT
Copyright © Eun Mi, All Rights Reserved
|We go through what
we go through to help
others go through what we went through.
longest journey of any
person is the journey inward.
-- Emily Perl Kingsley
-- April Lanning
|I'm only one.
But still, I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still, I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
-- Edward Everett Hale
comes from the heart,
but the adoption process comes from the
You should follow your heart, but be sure you also follow the law.
-- Irina O'Rear
are a child of
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
-- Max Ehrmann - Desiderata
witness a miracle every
time a child enters into life.
But those who make their journey home across time & miles,
growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,
are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us
by God's very own hands.
--- Kristi Larson
|Pray, hope and don't worry.
doesn't help at all.
Our Merciful Lord will listen to your prayer.
--- Saint Padre Pio
know God won't give
me anything I can't handle.
I just wish he didn't trust me so much
--- Mother Teresa
world is round, and
the place which may seem like the end,
may also be the beginning.
--- Ivy Baker Priest
not measured by the number of breaths you take,
but by the moments that take your breath away.
shall be called by a new name,
embraced by a fresh pair of arms,
but I shall come and go,
the eternal me.
--- Rabindranath Tagore
children are not
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you... More
--- Kahlil Gibran
telling God how big
your storm is -
Instead tell your storm how big your GOD is.
made me known
to friends whom I knew not.
Thou hast given me seats in homes not my own.
Thou hast brought the distant near and made a brother of the stranger.
IN THE WIND (The
Waiting Child's Lullabye)
I hold you in my heart and touch you in my dreams.
You are here each day with me, at least that's how it seems.
I know you wonder where we are... what's taking us so long.
But remember child, I love you so and God will keep you strong.
Now go outside and feel the breeze and let it touch your skin...
Because tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.
May God hold you in His hand until I can be with you.
I promise you, my darling, I'm doing all that I can do.
Very soon, you'll have a family for real, not just pretend.
But for tonight, just as always, I blow you kisses in the wind.
May God wrap you in His arms and hold you very tight.
And let the angels bring the kisses that I send to you each night.
--- © Pamela Durkota, written for Josh
I didn't come out of my mother.
I don't have my father's green eyes.
No one in my family looks like me.
People are always surprised.
I think we're a happier family
Than if we were all kings and queens.
We're so lucky we all found each other.
That's what being adopted means.
--- “Luck” by Pamela Espeland and Marilyn Nelson (Waniek), from The Cat Walked Through the Casserole (Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 1981); © Pamela Espeland and Marilyn Nelson. Used with permission.
does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight
of the shore for a long time.
is the test to
find whether your mission on earth is finished:
If you're alive, it isn't.
--- Richard Bach
rather regret the
things that I have done, than the things that I have not done.
took the road less
traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
--- Robert Frost
years from now
you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
--- Mark Twain
thread connects those who are
destined to meet,
regardless of time, place, or circumstance.
The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.
--- An ancient Chinese belief
not follow where
the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson
don't stop playing
because we grow older,
We grow older because we stop playing.
--- Nana (age 103)
great hopes and
dare to go all out for them.
Have great dreams and dare to live them.
Have tremendous expectations and believe in them.
--- Norman Vincent Peale
in the end, it's not
the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
--- Abraham Lincoln
to God, but
continue to row toward shore.
--- Russian Proverb
you live all the
days of your life.
--- Jonathan Swift
If you do not change
direction, you may end up where you are heading.
and it will be given
to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds;
and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
--- Matthew 7:7-8
I was hungry and
you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in, .....
The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth,
whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me'.
--- Matthew 25:35,40
prayed for this
child, and the LORD has granted me what I
asked of him.
---1 Samuel 1:27
sets the lonely
--- Psalm 68:6
Religion that God our
Father Accepts as pure and faultless is this:
afraid, for I
am with you;
I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, `Give them up!' and to the south, `Do not hold them back.'
Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth--
--- Isaiah 43: 5-6
cold water to a weary soul, is good news from a distant land.
--- Proverbs 25:25
whoever welcomes a
little child like this in my name welcomes me.
--- Matthew 18:5
|The Adopted Child|
How Could You Know?As you lay sleeping far away as still as you could be...
How could you know the joy today this photo brings to me?
A few short weeks and you'll be mine, and "I" will soon be "We".
How could you know the love I feel? It's something you can't see.
So have sweet dreams, my precious babe. Sleep well and tenderly.
Some say that you're the lucky one. How could you know it's me?
--- Kris Laughlin
|The Gift of
I didn't give you the gift of life,
But in my heart I know.
The love I feel is deep and real,
As if it had been so.
For us to have each other
Is like a dream come true!
No, I didn't give you
The gift of life,
Life gave me the gift of you.
There's one certain test.
You must look for the creature
Who loves you the best.
--- David Kirk (Little Miss Spider)
Child: Any child who
is not artificial.
Real Parent: Any parent who is not imaginary.
Your Own Child: Any child who is not someone else's child.
Adopted Child: A natural child, with a real parent, who is all my own.
--- Rita Laws, PhD
children are not
ours because they share our genes...
they are ours because we have had the audacity to envision them.
That, at the end of the day...or long sleepless night,
is how love really works.
|Not flesh of my flesh,
Nor bone of my bone,
But still miraculously my own.
Never forget for a single minute,
You didn't grow under my heart - but in it
--- Fleur Conkling Heylinger
child deserves a
home of his own.
--- Harry Holt
|Motherhood & Birth-Motherhood|
You recently printed a letter from "Marylou in Houston" about the pain
of placing a child for adoption. When I went through this experience, I
wrote a poem. You have my permission to print it if you think it will
help others to understand the roller-coaster emotions a birth mother
goes through making this decision.
Dear Lisa: I certainly do think it will help. Abby
ON THE WINGS OF A
this the dream
that I had before I became a mom?
That was like a black and white movie----shadowy, dreamlike, without details.
The life we live is a rainbow of details,
and a richer, more vibrant reality than anything I ever dreamed.
--- Beth M Waggenspack
Of all the rights of
women, the greatest is to be a mother.
LEGACY OF AN ADOPTED CHILD
Once there were two
women who never knew each other
Two different lives
shaped to make you one
The first one gave you
life, and the second taught you to live it
One gave you a
nationality, the other gave you a name
One gave you emotions,
the other calmed your fears
One made an adoption
plan, that was all that she could do
we wait for the
moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never
--- Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev
journey of a
thousand miles must begin with a single step.
does not mean
going back to the way things were before,
but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God
--- Ram Dass
you can do, or
dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
a long time it
had seemed to me that life was about
to begin - real life.
But here was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first,
some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid.
Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that this was my life.
This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness.
Happiness Is the way.
--- Fr. Alfred D Souza
to thee, Oh
Lord, for all creation,
Give us thankful hearts that we may see,
All the gifts we share and every blessing,
All things, come of thee
--- John Rutter, Look at the World
not through the door,
then through the window!
--- Russian proverb
will study and get
ready and some day my chance will come.
--- Abraham Lincoln
The man whispered, "God, speak to me" and a Chickadee sang.
But, the man did not hear.
So the man yelled "God, speak to me!" And, the thunder rolled across the sky.
But, the man did not listen.
The man looked around and said, "God let me see you." And a star shined brightly.
But the man did not notice.
And, the man shouted, "God show me a miracle!" And, a life was born.
But, the man did not know.
So, the man cried out in despair, "Touch me God, and let me know you are here!"
Whereupon, God reached down and touched the man.
But, the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.
Don't miss out on a blessing because it isn't packaged the way that you expect.
are safe inside
their harbor. But, is that what ships are for ?
--- Thom Bishop, Wake up and dream
moves in a
His wonders to perform.
--- William Cowper
or do not, there is
is not a matter
of chance, it is a matter of choice;
it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
--- William J. Bryan
asked God, "How much
time do I have before I die?"
He replied, "Enough to make a difference"................
absolutely that nothing great in the world
has been accomplished without passion.
--- G. W. F. Hegel
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The Paradoxical Commandments
all-time favorite quote)
First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up, because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.
--- Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945
Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better,
to paint a picture or write a letter,
bake a cake or plant a seed,
ponder the difference between want and need?
Dust if you must, but there's not much time,
with rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
music to hear and books to read,
friends to cherish and life to lead.
Dust if you must, but the world's out there
With the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come around again.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
old age will come and it's not kind.
And when you go, and go you must,
You, yourself, will make more dust.