Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A few reasons I love my job....

This might sound funny, but I love my job at the maternity store. I love the platform it gives me to talk to women about the importance of the life inside of them....and that my adoption is just as important in God's eyes (and mine). I literally tell every single girl about our adoption....usually about Eliana and X. Some of them look at me funny....like "why in the world are you working here"....a few say "well, God bless you" or "that is such a good thing to do." I get to tell them that to me....this calling to adopt my child (or children) is just as strong of a desire as it is for them wanting to give birth. We haven't tried to have our own biological children....because God has given us this path. I love every minute....even the hardest parts. I love that at the end of this road is one (maybe) two of the most amazing little girls I have ever laid my eyes on. Thank you Lord for this gift. I don't want to take it for granted for one second.

Love you all,
Lindsey

P.S. An amazing woman came into the store today named Lena....we were talking about my story of adoption....and hers as well. Thank you Lena for your words of encouragement!! This godly woman stood in the middle of the store and just prayed over me. The Lord knew I needed that today!!!!

20 comments:

Valerie (Henry's mom) said...

Lindsey --

I still love reading your blog and pray hard that your little girl will be home soon. And today's post really made me happy to read -- my husband and I also never tried getting pregnant -- we felt adoption was what God wanted us to do from the get-go. It's rare in the adoption world even to meet people like that -- most already at least have a few "birth" kids, or they have had fertility issues, or the like, but few choose this path right off the bat. I'm happy to have that in common with you! :)

Kerri said...

I know what you mean. I work in women's health and much of my job is prenatal care. I love it. There's no one right path to motherhood - only the path that is right for each of us.
Thinking of you always and hoping Eliana is out of PGN very soon.
Kerri and Ruby

Ferrick said...

Your heavenly Father is always on top of it...that was Him that showed up in your store today. I love your heart and your spirit. Blessings, Susie

Kim said...

Glad that you love what you do, it makes the days waiting go that much quicker.

The Heinrichs said...

As a child, I always said I would adopt from China...I remember telling my Sunday School teacher when I was 5 if I had all the money in the world I would help the poor and homeless...and I remember her saying WOW I can see in your eyes that you mean it! But of course years later, I get married and we try to have our own child b/c there is no way at that time we could afford adoption but it just doesn't happen. We have a pretty fixable fertility issue and its not with me (had it been with me I would have prob corrected it right away and my luck 6 kiddos would be kicking me in the tummy fighting for space!). I think God did this so that we would follow that path to adoption. We talked so much about not wanting to bring a child into this world by unnatural means when there are so many children out there that need us as much as we need them. So here we are. One failed Kaz adoption, one very difficult Guatemala adoption in process and one Colombia adoption (or maybe domestic) in the works. I have to be truthful though, to me it would be so much easier emotionally and financially to fix our problem then it would be to follow another path to adoption but like you said God has give us this path and this gift to share our hearts with others that need us just as much as we need them...it is AMAZING!!!

Rachel said...

What a blessing you are to SO many people, Lindsey!

Bobbi said...

I think that it is great that you are so open with people.

I am glad God sent you a special angel today.

You are right, through good times and bad it is so worth it in the ehd.

Greg & Brandi said...

Lindsey (and Valerie),

My husband and I are in the same boat... we haven't tried having kids but instead feel that God has called us to adopt. I always think it is funny that people assume we are infertile. As though that is the ONLY reason anyone would want to adopt. I agree though, it's rare to meet people like us :)

I love checking in with this blog. I am praying for you, and other Guatemama's - for strength and peace. I know God has a special plan for you.

Madelyn's Mommy said...

I too cherish the fact that God allowed us to adopt. We did try to have a biological child but God had other plans.

I always tell people that adoption was God's first choice for us.

Andrea

Amanda said...

Lindsey,
It is so good to hear that God has blessed you with such a great job. And that He is using you to speak into these womens lives.
God is so good!!! I am also glad that God brought that woman into your store to minister to you right when you needed it!!!
I Love You Friend!!!

Anonymous said...

Lindsey:
I am a lurker from Orlando who has been blessed with 2 children through adoption. My 2 year old daughter is from Guatemala and my 5year old son who was adopted domestically at birth. Reading your blog entry today really hit home to me on how God places special people in the right place to minister to others. Another amazing maternity shop story… my son’s birthmom worked in a maternity shop while she was pregnant with my son. She freely shared with expectant mothers how she was carrying this baby, God’s gift, for 2 parents who were meant to be his mom and dad. As you can imagine, many would comment on her decision, but she said it was a most amazing opportunity to witness to others about how much God loves us and has a plan for our lives. Keep the faith and may God bless you as you embrace every second of this journey.
Ali (Mom to Ty and Mia – www.thewittmans.com)

Jami said...

Lindsey...you are a dear woman of God!

Love you!

GWEN OATSVALL said...

i love how transparent you are ... i love how adoption is always God's plan A for our life not plan B ... I love how God moves us to build our families in such a way that we are all changed and that the people around us get changed also ... I am praying for you ...

P.S. I know a sweet woman named Lena in the area that is pursuing another adoption ... wonder if it is the same person ...

Becca said...

Lindsey - I find my self writing the same thing that I always write when I come visit your blog...Praying for you!

Soon (in faith) it will change to PRAISING With You!

Peace and Hugs,
Becca

Bill and Melodie said...

So excited about our conversation last night. I am so ready!

Alleen said...

I keep checking back hoping to see good news. Keep the faith. We all are for you as well!

April said...

Thank you for the prayers today Lindsey, we miss our little girl everyday, but I know you understand how some days are harder than others..thanks for your prayers and we pray for you sweet baby girl as well..

Kim & Dave said...

What a blessing it is for you to have such a platform to SPEAK of adoption to others....

Thank you for being such a positive voice for something that is so special to the heart of God.

Continuing to pray for God;s perfect timing on Eliana's homecoming!

jajbs said...

You are a special woman, Lindsey! God has BIG plans for your family. I believe that God plants the seed in lots of people's lives when they are young and don't even know that issues like infertility exist or terms such as biological children exist. I know He did that for myself and my husband. We both had a STRONG desire to adopt as young children and then we faced secondary infertility. What is wild is that the only reason I choose to try to get pregnant the second time rather than adopt, was because of my lack of faith. I looked at the cost of adoption and "decided" that we could never afford it. God had to bring me down a path of brokenness before I was able to step out in faith and trust He would provide. and, boy, did He!!! I am SO thankful that He chose this path for us and that we surrendered and TRUSTED Him.

Anyway... didn't mean to write so much.... continue to trust and He will finish what He started... He sent someone to minister to you when you needed it most. That should bring you comfort... He sees right where you are and He will bring your children home! I am praying for you!

hang on....


love ya,
amanda

the Hansels said...

I don't think there's anything silly about loving your job at the maternity store, not only is there a bond that mothers share, bit as a mom, you are drawn to anything "motherhood"!