Remember That Day?
It's here!! My Birthday!! I actually like to celebrate the entire month with Birthday hikes, Birthday dates, Birthday coffee...any excuse to celebrate, I'll take it. When the big day actually arrives, I'm pretty fatigued from all of the celebrating and most of the world is confused as to when my birthday really is....because of all the excessive celebrating!
So, just to calcify again. IT'S TODAY!!
This year, I celebrate my birth a few hundred miles away from home doing a women's event in San Diego and watching a Padres baseball game... so it's not all bad! Such is the life when your ministry takes you on the road.
Birthdays are a mixed bag of emotions for me as an adopted child. I don't have those conversations with my Mom about the night I was born, how long she was in labor, what did I look like when I came into the world. I don't have those conversations with my Mom, because my mom wasn't there.
In fact, the day I was born, she had no clue that I even existed. I'm sure she was going about her usual day, taking care of the six other children she had, probably not imagining that a seventh would soon invade her life and more importantly her heart.
It wouldn't be until six weeks after my birth that my Mom and Dad would get an emergency phone call to take in a little baby girl that had not left the hospital yet, a little baby that didn't have the consistent love of a care-giver, but was looked after by nurses on rotation.
What was originally supposed to be a short-term foster care situation turned into 12 years of foster care. After those years passed, I stood before a judge and said "I want Paul and Joan Grotelueschen to be my parents" and I was officially adopted.
So on this April 22, my birthday, I sit and reflect on the fact that I may not be able to say "Hey, Mom, remember the day I was born?" but I have so much more, like remembering the fact that unbeknownst to my parents on this day, the Lord was stirring, preparing, and orchestrating the greatest gift and birthday present I could have ever asked for.... a Mom, a Dad, and six amazing siblings that would love me forever.
Happy Birthday to me!
4/22/2017 08:53:30 am
Wonderfully written. Hooray for you, your family and all of us!
4/24/2017 01:41:03 pm
Amen. Praise God for sure!
4/22/2017 09:26:05 am
I see why you were crying! 💕💕Happy Birthday sweet friend!
4/24/2017 01:41:34 pm
Thank you so much!
4/22/2017 11:14:50 am
Crying happy tears as I read this! Happy Birthday! I love that you celebrate Birthday Month! ❤
4/24/2017 01:42:09 pm
Thanks friend! Blessings to you!
4/22/2017 12:38:42 pm
Happy Birthday, sweet lady! Isn't it amazing how God aligns and moves the pieces of our lives together to complete a very beautiful masterpiece? Thank you for sharing your heart and both the grief and beauty behind adoption!
4/24/2017 01:40:22 pm
So true! So very true. Thanks Lori! See you soon!!
4/23/2017 06:48:14 am
Beautiful tribute, Mia, to your very special Mom! Loved the photo of your family! Happy, Happy Birthday!
4/24/2017 01:39:18 pm
Thanks so much Cathy! Many blessing to you!!
4/27/2017 01:02:31 pm
What beautiful words through your tears! Love your story - where you started and where you are today because of those wonderful parents God blessed your life with! - a blessing for sure! All was in God's PLAN for your life! ...those 12 years of growing you were being loved by your future family! PTL - the Victory and JOY is yours! Love that you celebrate during the entire month of April! Happy Birthday Friend - - Keep CELEBRATING, you have a few days left!! And, I too love your family picture! Birthday blessings to you, Mia! The joy is mine in knowing you!
5/30/2017 06:46:34 pm
Thanks sweet Adeline for your words! It was a wonderful celebration!
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A collection of writings from a life based on the truth that about midnight anything can happen.
As an imperfect servant of the Lord, I often feel I am fumbling my way through life, looking upward for guidance and outward to love. So, I write about it, to break up the noise in my head.