Thursday, August 14, 2008

This kid


I wrote our adoption testimony tonight. The deadline for the Shoahannah's Hope yearbook is tomorrow. Of course I waited until the last minute to try and articulate our story. I wasn't sure how to condense it all into 3 paragraphs and 2 pictures. Writing it out refreshed my memory as to what a little miracle he is. I was reminded of how we know with absolute certainty that God called us to adopt from Korea. I fought it sometimes. Wasn't the need greater in China? Aren't the fees less in Africa? None of that changed the fact that our son was in Korea.
I wish I could write one of those great testimonies about how our child came home and fit right in and never had any problems. But I can't. I think that parenting him is the hardest thing I've ever been called to do. There is no guidebook. I'm his 4th mom. He was passed from birth mom to foster mom to other foster mom and then to me. He will be two in a few weeks. Insecurities abound in his little heart. Anger spews from him. Nightmares plague him. We pray for him and over him and with him. I know that God has something special for his life. I know because this whole adoption was God's doing. I can't wait to see what He has planned for Oliver Scott Burch. I know it's gonna be amazing.

11 comments:

Andrea said...

What a precious post Rachel...I hope you post your adoption testimony on your blog. I'd love to read it!

SkyWriting said...

How many times will posts about Ollie make me cry?! I cannot count the number of times I have held him and been so thankful that his mother made the decisions she did so that he could come live with us. I cannot get enough of this kid. Thanks for bringing him home.

m*b* said...

How sweet! This may be the hardest thing you have ever done, but you are a wonderful mom, Rachel. Ollie has captured both Bradley's heart and mine. We love you all and will be praying as you continue to obey God in your parenting.
mandy

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Anonymous said...

Our love for Oliver knows no bounds. He has brought such joy and fun to our family. When he says "Ga-ma" or "Papa" my heart melts. I can't imagine our family being complete without him. God has placed him in the right home, of that I am certain.
Grandma H.

Anonymous said...

I thought that was your adoption testimony, it was precious!

htuck

Meredith said...

I just though that you should know that I started crying like a baby as I read this post. Even though I've never met Oliver I do pray for him. Your family is such a blessing and a true picture of Gods grace and unfailing love.

Blessings,
Meredith

Linette said...

Oh Rachel..now you've got me crying too! I LOVE that picture of Oliver. I hope to be writing our adoption testimony for Shaohannah's Hope next year. :)
Thank you for sharing from you heart. Miss you guys!

Anonymous said...

Ater reading your Blog my heart goes out to you. May I suggest that you look into 'Attachment Therapy' Their are some very good thrapists and reading material out there That would be a benefit to you and your little one. I am a grandma (Halmoni) to an adopted boy and our family has use much of this material and have all greatly benefited from the wisdom.
God Bless

richmomma said...

Are you finding the help you need? There are so many resources out there for kids his age. Off the top of my head, check out www.a4everfamily.org or Nancy Thomas's Taming the Tiger program. We've BTDT and things are great now, but we did do a lot of intervention to get to this point.