I sat on the porch and chatted with my friend who is twenty-two weeks pregnant with her second child. She told me all the details women love to hear from pregnant friends. Sleeping (lots or not at all), cravings (sweet treats or salty snacks), when she feels precious baby kicks (at night or all day).
“The other day I was trying to remember if I felt all of this when I was pregnant with Jackson,” she said.
Then we both burst out laughing because she hadnʼt carried her first child in her womb; Jackson is adopted. He is so much a part of her it seems he must have been born of her own body.
Some children are born into our families from our wombs and others are carried in our hearts for years before we hold them in our arms. Either way, the miracle is one of overwhelming grace. God trusts us with His children despite our inadequacies, weaknesses, and selfishness.
Once they are ours, it seems like they have always been there. It is nearly impossible to imagine life without our children. It all just seems so “meant to be”. The love we share forever weaves our hearts and lives together.
When I think of Brett and Melissaʼs babies in Ethiopia, I wonder if they know that their destinies are meant to be woven into a precious American family. I pray for the hands that feed and care for those sweet children as they wait for their forever home.
In my mind I can see the moment Brett and Melissa will walk on a plane and bring them home, promising to love them for real and for true for all their lives. I think of the day that Kiley, Ethan, and Landon will reach out their arms and hug their sister and their brother. Five little lives meant to learn friendship, sharing, and life together.
Our church family will be forever different with these two new loves running down the halls. How many children will find new friends because Brett and Melissa brought their children home? For all my husband and I know, one of our children could be about to meet a lifelong friend or a future spouse when those sweet Ethiopian feet walk into our lives.
Someday, we will not be able to imagine the Millican family without two more faces in it. Until that day, we all will carry hope in our hearts that God will bring them home very, very soon.
After all, itʼs meant to be.