For each Wednesday of this month I’d love to share with you the ten things I wanted to tell you (from a recently IG challenge I did). Today I want to share three things with you. I hope to LEARN ABOUT YOU!
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I grew up the oldest of four children. My brother and I were closest in age, and my sisters are 9 & 7 years younger than me. I was the bossy oldest child and no surprise I went into teaching, getting a degree in elementary education and literacy.
As a child I loved to read and read almost all of the books in the children’s section of our town’s small library. Or at least felt like I did. I wrote stories too. One time I wrote a story about the life of a stamp from the time it was licked and then mailed. My childhood was spent reading, playing in our woods, and riding bikes. Every summer my mom always babysat. One time we had nine children at our house. We played outside a lot. (Now I know why.) One of our favorite games was time machine. We pretended our swing set was a time machine, powered by our swinging. We would swing as high as we could and end up in a different time period. Usually involving Indians. We loved playing Wild a Wild West. I always wanted to be a momma. It was my childhood dream. Although I was homeschooled from Kindergarten through 12th grade, I had a rich childhood filled with field trips, friendships, and lots of time to pursue my passions.
Someone who has influenced me is…my mama. Her legacy wasn’t one written about in books. Her life wasn’t lived outside of WV. In fact, she moved to her town when she was in 3rd grade and never ever left. And her life was spent in a quiet kind of faithfulness. Delma Anna was her name. And faithfulness wasn’t something I noticed about her until she was gone. She didn’t talk about her self. And that’s why she has influenced me. She loved a lot of people unconditionally. Mama spent her years going to the same church and when she no longer could go, she cried. She spent a quiet life. Away from fame or being known. But she was so incredibly faithful to her Jesus. Her faith in Him and a God who loved her until the end gives me a hope and a legacy to live up to. I can’t tell you all she is to me. Only it has taken years (if not longer) to put away the grief of her passing. I love her so much. Today I was thinking about her all day. And out of the blue my Emmalia asked about her. And we talked about how they could meet in heaven one day. Amen.
A thing that changed my worldview was….adoption. No surprise there. And it has changed me in every single aspect that is my life. It has shaped my view of God, of what family really means, and how to walk into the deep part of faith (not knowing if you will come out alive). My God is bigger. And smaller. More powerful and more personal. And way more faithful than I ever imagined. Family is not blood. It is love. And it is a choosing love – not an ooy-gooy feeling. God asked us to adopt. And we thought we would change a child’s life. Only we changed our own lives. And are forever grateful to be on this journey.