Giving thanks for the blessings of parenthood

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 08:35 AM

November is known for being the month we celebrate Thanksgiving, taking the time to stop and be grateful for all the blessings we have. It’s also National Adoption Month. For my family, the two go hand in hand.

Adoption is the way our family  – Misty, Landon and me – came to be. It happened in November with our son’s birth, a mere five days after Thanksgiving in 2007. So, to say that we are thankful during November would be an understatement. The month and all it offers – a time of Thanksgiving, and a period focused on adoption and the creation of families – is very special to us.

Of course that does not mean we should not be thankful each and every day, nor does it mean that we only should place an emphasis on the adoptive process during November. Quite the contrary, in fact. Let’s give thanks each and every day. And let’s not forget that there are children – those already here and some on their way – who need homes every day, not just during a month designated as a time to place emphasis on adoption.

I’m reminded of a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that combines the act of giving thanks and the process of creating a family through the concept of adoption. It’s one that fits children in need of a home and the parents who seek an opportunity to provide one. The words of the song go like this:

 

“I know you’ve heard the stories

“But they all sound too good to be true

“You’ve heard about a place called home

“But there doesn’t seem to be one for you

“So one more night you cry yourself to sleep

“And drift off to a distant dream.

 

“Where love takes you in and everything changes

“A miracle starts with the beat of a heart

“When love takes you home and says you belong here

“The loneliness ends and a new life begins

“When love takes you in.

 

“And somewhere while you’re sleeping

“Someone else is dreaming too

“Counting down the days until

“They hold you close and say I love you

“And like the rain that falls into the sea

“In a moment what has been is lost in what will be.

 

“When love takes you in everything changes

“A miracle starts with the beat of a heart

“And this love will never let you go

“There is nothing that could ever cause this love to lose its hold.

 

“When love takes you in everything changes

“A miracle starts with the beat of a heart

“When love takes you home and says you belong here

“The loneliness ends and a new life begins

“When love takes you in it takes you in for good

“When love takes you in.”

 

Those words aptly sum up adoption. The joining of a child with his/her parents is a miracle that is based on love. It’s a matter of hopes and dreams being fulfilled by God, the creator and sustainer of life, the deliverer of dreams. He makes them come true. He knew long ago how Misty and I would become parents and the exact child who would be our son. I’m thankful that the process of adoption is available to us. It filled a void in our life and gave us a chance to raise the son God intended us to have from the very beginning.

It seems hard to believe that almost five years ago we were bringing 8 pounds, 11 ounces of all boy home from the hospital. I still remember it as if it were just yesterday.

Now, in two days, Landon will be turning 5. He’s grown so much in such a short period of time, and I know that if we blink he’ll be 16 and driving, 18 and graduating from high school, 22 and leaving college, and 24 with a wedding to plan.

For now, though, he’s still our little man, the son God blessed us with. We love him tremendously and are truly thankful to be his parents.

 

 

Nathan Key is editor of the News-Topic. He can be reached at 828-758-7381, ext. 313, or by email at nathankey@newstopic.net.