Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Deep Talks

I knew it would come - no matter how much you read about how to talk to your children about adoption, it doesn't make it any easier. The sad reality is always hovering there and it can be a tough thing. So here was our conversation yesterday:

Chloe: Mom, how many relatives do I have in my orphanage in China?
Me: Well, I don't think you have any relatives there since none of those children would be actually related to you.
Chloe: Oh, do you think there were 100 kids there with me?
Me: Yes, Chloe there were at least 100 other kids there with you.
Chloe: That is SO sad, Mom, all those kids and their first moms and dads can't take care of them.
Me: I agree, it is very sad. We don't know why every time, but I do agree, for some children, their moms and dads just can not take care of them, so they leave them at an orphanage hoping that someone else that can take care of them will find them.
Chloe: That's why you have me, right?
Me: Well, we aren't sure, but that could be the reason. You could be right.
Chloe: I know I'm right, Mom. My first Mom and Dad could not take care of me so they took me to the orphanage and they KNEW you'd find me.
Me: ******** (That was my stunned silence.) I love that idea, Chloe. And I am so glad that they allowed us to take you to live with us. God has a good plan!
Chloe: Me too, because they knew I'd need glasses and you'd have to buy them for me.
Me: Yes - I am glad we can buy you glasses and take care of you. We love having you for our daughter. But I'm also glad God gave you to us for another reason.
Chloe: Why is that?
Me: Because many people in China do not know about God and I am so glad God brought you here so you could learn about Him.
Chloe: (Imagine this, if you can, in her best almost-seven-year-old -adult -voice) Mom, I am SO glad I learned about God. I just CAN NOT imagine my life without Him.

She makes me smile......


Andy, Charity, Noah, Heath and Elijah said...

Oh wow - tears!!!!!! That is just precious. Thanks for sharing. Hope you guys are doing well.

To God be the Glory! said...

Thank you for blogging. What a blessing!

Teresa said...

Wow. Just...wow.

Marcia said...

Thanks for sharing !!We are thankful she is part of your family also.!

Dianne said...

Beautiful, What a blessing to teach our children about God. What a mature Chloe! Thanks for sharing such a sweet conversation.

hollym. said...

Sigh...this is what it's all about, Becky. So, so precious!:)

Lori Vander Molen said...

What a special conversation...thanks for sharing! You and Joe are handling everything with so much grace.

Carey said...

Wow. The faith of a child...

When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
~Deuteronomy 24:19

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