Twas the Night Before Christmas--for the Parentless.. ...
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the land
there are parentless children, with no toys in hand
No stockings to be hung by the chimney with care
no hopes for a family soon to be there
Their beds are not snug--but cold and quite bare
there are no goodnight kisses--no one to care
While we in our homes, laughing in delight
all settle down for a Merry Christmas Eve night
When in someones' heart--there arises a clatter
there are children in need--who's lives really DO matter!
Away to the computer please go in a flash
to see the sweet face with whom YOU could be matched!
While a child you see--their beautiful face all aglow
could this be MY child--could I already know??
When in the dreams of the orphan--what always appears
is a family to love them, to care and hold dear
As you stare at that child--your heart beats real quick--
for you know in your heart that sweet face will stick
More dreams sweet children have--to call parents by name-
come mama! come daddy! come family to claim!
To the ends of the earth--your heart seems to call
now child--I'm coming--I wish for you ALL!
So on a plane to your child--over rooftops you flew
to hold this dear soul--a wish did come true
And then in a twinkling-I saw through the door
this child of my heart-that was waiting no more
As I got my camera and was turning around-
into my arms did he come with a bound!
He was dressed in many layers from his head to his foot
and into my heart his life was just put
there was no round face--no plump little belly
just sad little eyes, and legs shaking like jelly
In a swirl of a pen, and a stamp and a seal
my world became brighter--like I could suddenly feel!
We spoke not a word--they weren't needed at all
and I knew in this moment where I got this call
God laid his hands on my heart--and to the occasion I rose
and He could do it for you--this question He'll pose.....
It won't be a shout--no not even a whistle
it won't be real clear--but faint like a whisper
Can you make room in your heart--if you try with your might?
And make a difference for one--help them see the light?
I can see you exclaim as you hold your child tight--
Thank you Lord for this gift--you got it EXACTLY right!
Someone posted this recently on RR chat and I wanted to keep a copy of it to remind me how I worried for Marina and the others especially through the holidays. I could never see how in the world my life would continue with the way it has already transpired, but here I am, adding warrior for the smallest of orphans to my resume. We are awaiting our fingerprint appointment and the courteous approval of DSS concerning our homestudy.
We stopped by our facilitator's house in Florida on the way home and really enjoyed seeing her sweet family...actually seeing what I would have expected as chaos and craziness was over run by love and peace that flowed between the children and their mom. It just worked so sweetly. 3 SN kiddos and an infant and a 6 year old little boy who was just precious. It was inspiring and precious and personally I would have spent the day laying on the floor sharing much of my time with Emma who was totally content to enjoy the music within her toy as it was laid against her head. Something about her is so beautiful in a way I cannot explain. Then there is Princess Brianna with her magic shoes and little wand and flowing blond hair. The stop was a good one and in two hours gave me the visual that replaces the imaginary when we are emailing and chatting on Yuku on Monday nights.
I cannot believe we were swimming in the ocean last week in Florida and it is sooo incredibly freezing here today. I am up early, coffee brewing, and I need to go set my work schedule for the day, but I sure do NOT want to go out that front door this morning:) Praying that all good mail comes this week. I would love for us to submit our paperwork to Ukraine the day it opens in February 1. Would welcome a prayer or two to join to ours. Cathy
PS found another photo of Marina that does not have someone's arm in the way, it is blurry but cute:)