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Today my friend brings home three children forever via adoption from foster care. “I am on the brink of a life change, I feel like I am saying goodbye to this season of my life…” she said, excited—anxious, nervous.

 

“And you won’t even remember what you used to do with your time prior,” we smiled at her, then laughed at the truth of it. But it’s not just the ways I spend my time that I see myself as changed when becoming a parent.

 

Yes, now I spend more time wiping paint off the art table, crumbs out of every-FOR-THE-LOVE-nook (Only when I know people are on their way over, though–true story) but when I am really honest, I can tell you that becoming a parent has changed me, my true self.  And I believe I have changed for the better.  It took some bending and breaking, but I have learned that this is my better self. I often refer to my youngest as ‘One of My Greatest Life Teachers,’ which is just a kind way of saying he was so very difficult (moms are good at that positive crap, because they are just so cute, right?).  Andrew and I are of the belief that life is better lived backwards, less is more, second is best, honoring another is more favorable, repaying good for evil is freeing, loving the unlovable–yet, belief, and putting that belief into daily action, well, those are two separate things, let me tell you. It’s our children who mobilized our beliefs, into daily, heart-changed action.  While I wait for my children to rise up and call me blessed, in the meantime, they have taught me to love.  Before I had children, I was certain love was an emotion, felt in reciprocation between me and a hot redhead.  It was my children who taught me that love is not an emotion.  It was becoming a parent that taught me to love in the face of rejection, tantrums, poor behavior, and to desire them and love them so, like no other human being not just despite, but in addition to– just can’t get enough of them.  It was them that allowed me to transcend reactionary responses, to live as a stronger, more peaceful, contemplative person–because of love.  It was my love for my children that held a mirror up to myself, because this mattered.  When their round glassy eyes looked up into mine, and I was mama, I saw my true self, and the parts I didn’t want in their mama; I saw someone who focused too much on busyness, honestly, to feel a false sense of worth.  It was my kids who showed areas in my heart of little patience, needed kindness and lacked nurturing.  It was them, their presence, that cause me to want to make it right.   My love for them, especially my youngest, bent and broke me, and now I know that is a holy place to be, a place of magic.  When I say they are my greatest teachers, I can say it with humble gratitude.  With joy and thankfulness.  Parenting changed me, it will continue to do so, but as I bend and reform, I know and see and feel it is into a better shape.

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  • Jantina Wennerstrom March 20, 2014, 9:29 am

    Wow! This is a tough question. I relate with so much of what you wrote. And seriously LOL’d at the positive crap statement. Amen!

    My foster and foster adopt kids changed me. Redefined what I thought I knew about unconditional love. Force(d) and force me to look inward at my temperament and my frustrations and set a better example for my kids to follow. My quest to gain skills that will help my family grow and heal and mature has brought me to find a community of bloggers and moms, bio/foster/adopt, that inspire me to dust myself off when I want to throw the towel in and instead find a new perspective. My kids have taught me to be flexible. When a behavior modification does not work, search for the root. Take nothing at face value. They have opened my heart’s eye to the hurt and good around me. It has shed light on some beautiful things that the old me would have glossed right over. They have taught me the importance of celebrating love, celebrating you, me, them, us. And perseverance. In good humor I joke that parenting is a marathon. I stand corrected. It’s an Ironman 😉

    • tinyteam March 20, 2014, 10:19 am

      YES!!!! Yes x 1000! Beautiful, true words, thank you.

  • Melissa M March 20, 2014, 10:36 am

    My kids have changed me by letting me know what it’s like to not wear makeup any more lol

    • tinyteam March 20, 2014, 12:30 pm

      My life

  • Melissa M March 20, 2014, 10:37 am
  • Julia March 20, 2014, 11:39 am

    My kids have changed me… Are changing me. Deeply. I see Jesus through the more than any other area of my life.

  • Jessica Gorrell March 20, 2014, 12:14 pm

    It’s my middle baby (previous oldest) that has been my teacher 🙂 We joke we might have been one and done if she wasn’t a twin!

    • tinyteam March 20, 2014, 12:31 pm

      Haha, that made me lol

  • Jezel Bow March 20, 2014, 12:30 pm

    I have learned more from Rachel in the last couple of years about love, grace, patience, how God sees us, and the simple pureness of a child’s heart. It’s like God is working thru her to teach me daily, moment by moment of how He wants me to be in every way possible. It’s beautiful, challenging, convicting, and it’s stretching me.

  • Heidi March 20, 2014, 12:37 pm

    I have learned the real value of family. It doesn’t matter what we do as long as we have each other to do it with! Doesn’t matter how much money we have or the house we live in but that we have each other to get through it all. The hugs and kisses my boys give me every day make the rest of the world and the craziness fade away!!

  • Sierra Sympson March 20, 2014, 12:39 pm

    Motherhood has taught me to lighten up more and give it all to God. Also, to enjoy each stage of our little ones life because they grow so fast!!

  • Haley Childers March 20, 2014, 1:34 pm

    We do not have any biological children, but we have fostered a handful of children the past couple of months. Life goes from 0 to 100 when you receive the placement calls and take in a new child. Despite what you may have planned that day, week or month everything gets dropped for those babies, and your life instantly changes with a matter of a few hours. You have to have complete trust & faith that God has control over the situation. Foster care is hard, yet so rewarding! Its a complete act of selflessness & love for the babies & children that come into our home. They may only be with us for a season, but are in our hearts forever!

  • Elena March 20, 2014, 1:36 pm

    having kids made me more patient

  • Elena March 20, 2014, 1:37 pm
  • Mami2jcn March 20, 2014, 2:34 pm

    Having children has made me appreciate the small moments. Before I had kids, I seemed to be in a rush all the time and anxious to move onto the next thing. Now I wish I could freeze time.

  • Mami2jcn March 20, 2014, 2:35 pm

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/446761997745795072

  • Cortney Seay March 20, 2014, 2:40 pm

    Gosh, this is a hard question because there is so much to say! I reallllly appreciate what you wrote and can relate to all of it!
    God has used my kiddos to help me slow down (to put down the phone, the computer, the broom, to get rid of the excess stuff in our lives so there is less to clean and more time for my cuties), to focus on their hearts, our relationship, rather than being task-oriented. He’s teaching me patience, tenderness, gentleness, and compassion. We brought home two kiddos with special needs from Ukraine four months ago (You guys were the first to give to our FSP! Thank you!!! :)), and they have made SO much progress, but I can still find myself wanting faster progress. And my kids keep teaching me to be patient and to focus on the most important step of nurturing our bond with each other. The skills will come in time. They will know how to play with toys one day. They’ll have better fine motor skills and gross motor skills one day. But today is not that day. The baby steps we have to take have pushed me to celebrate every little thing.
    My kids have opened my eyes to the broader world and taught me that I want to give my life away (similar to you :)). They have opened my eyes to the plight of orphans around the world, and changed my life course. I want to adopt more kids with special needs. We find ourselves supporting more adoptions than ever, praying for orphans and their families more than ever, crying over orphans and their loss more than ever. Our focus is so much more on the “least of these.” A few years ago, I would have never even considered bringing home children with special needs, and now I don’t mind that my children may need my care for the rest of their lives. What else is my life for if not to give away? To lose in order to find it?
    They have also taught me to be brave. (They are such brave little ones.) To step out and do the uncomfortable. To be their advocate, even when it’s scary and means disappointing others. To work for and hope and pray for miracles, even when the doctors and “professionals” say something different.

    • tinyteam March 21, 2014, 11:18 pm

      Yes! I loved reading this and I feel everything you are saying! Even though adoption is hard, it is such a gift because it centers you, right?

      Do you guys have a blog? I would so love to see your kids!

      xoxo,
      Amy

  • Emily Mercuri March 20, 2014, 2:58 pm

    I feel that more than anything having Icarus has taught me how hard the phrase “giving everything over to God” really is in practice. Giving all of myself is hard but daily giving over the life of my precious little one is more difficult than anything I could have imagined. Being a mom has amplified so many things about me: my love, my joy, my grace but also my hurt, my fear, my guilt. It has blessed me with this whole new identity that I could have never really imagined before having a child. My love for Icarus is fierce and sometimes borderline obsessive and it is a daily challenge to remember that he does not truly belong to me but to our Savior.

  • Rebekah March 20, 2014, 3:04 pm

    Having a child (and some on the way!) has taught me that I can be happiest when my life isn’t all about me. My priorities have changed, and I relate more to a family lifestyle. I realize what unconditional love is- I would love my children with all my heart even if they could never show me that love in return. And some of them may not. But in the same way, I realize that as an adopted child of God, I could never come close to giving Him the love and mercy that he showers me with daily. And yet He loves me and accepts me anyway.

  • heather March 20, 2014, 3:14 pm

    Having kids does change you for the better you remember what it was like to be a kid to believe in santa again.

  • Jessica To March 20, 2014, 3:53 pm

    Having my son has made me enjoy the small things in life more. He gets joy out of the littlest things!

  • Anne March 20, 2014, 5:15 pm

    My son taught me selflessness. I hated being a mother for the first few months, which is painful to admit. I think it was largely in part to my misunderstanding of what it is to be a parent. I thought this tiny human would magically fit into our family and norms. But it wasn’t like that at all. He completely changed my concept of fulfillment, contentment, excitement and love. Once he broke me of my expectations, my heart filled with joy and love that shows no boundaries. He teaches me patience and kindness everyday. I am truly a better person for it.

  • Sonia March 20, 2014, 7:02 pm

    My babies have changed me in a million different ways. I immediately learned a love I have never experienced before. Unconditional, fierce. Priorities changed. They come first, always. I get to be a kid along side them one minute, jumping on a trampoline or dressing up to go trick or treating, and the next minute must guide, teach, discipline. So many roles I play all in one day. I get the honor of watching them grow, change, evolve into people… people who might make big or small differences to others. I cherish my time with them and hope they can feel every moment how much I love them. They have changed everything about me and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Lauren E. March 21, 2014, 8:21 am

    My daughter has made me feel true deep love. Become more patient and responsible, but also see beauty again in small things.

  • K D March 21, 2014, 9:35 am

    My life is so much better since becoming a mother eighteen years ago. There are so many joys in rediscovering your childhood, overcoming your fears to enable your child to have what is best for them, building a family, and watching your child grow into a responsible young adult. A child alos really gives you eyes into what others are like and opens the door to having relationships with so many people.

  • Cynthia C March 21, 2014, 1:33 pm

    Kids grow up so fast, they really teach you to appreciate the moment. I have learned to take mental “photographs” and cherish the details of their lives. I am more patient and caring since having children.

  • Cynthia C March 21, 2014, 1:34 pm
  • Natalie March 21, 2014, 2:16 pm

    My niece and nephew have taught me to appreciate the people in my life and recognize the importance of relationships. They also have taught me to make a conscious effort to be happy and pleasure the little things in life. They have taught me not to take life too seriously and don’t sweat the small stuff.

  • Margaret Smith March 21, 2014, 2:39 pm

    Having kids as taught me to be more responsible and patient. Thanks so much.

  • Margaret Smith March 21, 2014, 2:44 pm
  • RONDA March 21, 2014, 4:07 pm

    Only afterward my cildren were grown do I believe I am a good mother

  • Kiara March 21, 2014, 7:41 pm

    Made me be more patient.
    austma7@aol.com

  • Amy @ The Nifty Foodie March 21, 2014, 8:55 pm

    I don’t have a kid, but I have a dog who is my “kid”. 🙂 She’s taught me to be happier, in general. I love how dogs are always happy!

  • Jessica March 21, 2014, 10:09 pm

    My kids teach me how blesses I truly am.

  • Anastasia March 22, 2014, 2:40 am

    My kids have taught me better critical thinking as well as making me better at compromising 🙂   I need both in order to watch out for my kids best interests, as well as balancing freedom with good choices 🙂 

  • Anastasia March 22, 2014, 2:41 am
  • One Frugal Girl March 22, 2014, 6:59 am
  • One Frugal Girl March 22, 2014, 7:03 am

    That your heart can fill with more love than you could ever imagine.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  • Thomas Gibson March 22, 2014, 9:42 am

    My daughter has taught me how to love others and to take things simple.

  • Erika March 22, 2014, 10:49 am

    They have shown me how beautiful it is to be selfless.

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  • mickeyfan March 22, 2014, 1:02 pm

    When I had kids, I learned what unconditional love is. I learned that even 30 years later, you still worry. And I learned the best thing about having kids is GRANDkids!

  • Sarah Hirsch March 22, 2014, 1:08 pm

    my kids have changed me for the better because i try to be a good example and role model for them, so i am more aware of doing the right things at the right times.

  • Tari Lawson March 22, 2014, 1:51 pm

    Having kids has encouraged me to try new things.

  • Susan Smith March 22, 2014, 2:22 pm

    Having children has made me less selfish, have more patience, be more loving and more responsible.

  • Susan Smith March 22, 2014, 2:26 pm
  • paige chandler March 22, 2014, 3:03 pm

    They have given me patience, understanding, and the ability to unconditional love.

  • Kelly pappas March 22, 2014, 3:12 pm

    Love this post. Love you!

    My kiddos have taught me so much- one of the most obvious being that they are the ones who showed me my true passion and calling in God’s global community via maternal health and care. They helped me see how true it is that God’s grace and patience with me is so overwhelmingly constant. I can only imagine how many times I’ve looked exactly like a toddler in God’s eyes!!

  • Denise S March 22, 2014, 4:20 pm

    Its made me more responsible and concerned about the future of the country.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  • Stephanie V. March 22, 2014, 8:09 pm

    more patience and look at things through children’s eyes – simple joys

    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  • RICHARD HICKS March 22, 2014, 9:44 pm

    They have taught me to have lots of patience and given me new perspective on life.

  • RICHARD HICKS March 22, 2014, 9:44 pm
  • HilLesha O'Nan March 23, 2014, 12:16 am

    My children taught me selflessness and unconditional love. 🙂

  • Lisa Brown March 23, 2014, 5:33 am

    Having children has taught me patience, which was a big problem for me. You cannot be impatient with children at all, and with my new-found patience, it has made other areas of my life better, especially relationships with others. I find the care of children rewarding and watching them grow and change is wonderful.

  • Lisa Brown March 23, 2014, 5:35 am
  • BusyWorkingMama March 23, 2014, 8:36 am

    I can see the happiness, wonder and beauty in the world through my daughter’s eyes. It is amazing the little things you appreciate with a child in your life.

  • Tamar March 23, 2014, 8:55 am

    Yes, they’ve given me a newfound appreciation for life.
    I was pretty depressed until I met my husband and then had my children. I am so happy with them.

  • janna johnson March 23, 2014, 10:53 am

    I don’t have my own kids but the kids at my job remind me that people are resilient in the face of life.

  • Shannon March 24, 2014, 7:04 am

    I’m so much more patient, and less judgemental of others!

  • Shannon March 24, 2014, 7:06 am
  • DESIREE H March 24, 2014, 7:41 pm

    We tried for a year to have a baby, and then finally found out we were having twins. They have changed our lives for the better. My husband and I have gotten closer to God because of the things we went through trying to get pregnant and my son being in the Nicu (5 weeks early).
    We do not drink anymore, we are more patient, we both appreciate the little things in life more, and we just dedicate our lives and time to our kids. They are such a blessing and truly are the GREATEST gift!!
    Thank you!!
    faithrains2387 (At) Yahoo.com

  • DESIREE H March 24, 2014, 7:43 pm
  • Rebecca Graham March 24, 2014, 11:38 pm

    They have taught me that everything in life does not have to be perfect all the time.

  • Jessie C. March 25, 2014, 8:14 pm

    They taught me the meaning of unconditional love.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  • Jessie C. March 25, 2014, 8:15 pm

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/448658671715614720

  • Heather S March 25, 2014, 9:44 pm

    My kiddos have taught me to not take myself or life too seriously 🙂

  • Heather S March 25, 2014, 9:45 pm
  • Nadine L March 27, 2014, 8:43 am

    Having my daughter made me a more patient person. I was always pretty patient, but with her I learned to make sure I slowed down and enjoy every moment and wait for things, most everything is worth the wait

  • Nadine L March 27, 2014, 8:44 am
  • Mary A March 27, 2014, 11:01 pm

    I learned that love is unending and unconditional.

  • joni March 28, 2014, 12:09 am

    Beside keeping me active, I became a responsible person.

  • joni March 28, 2014, 12:16 am
  • rachel March 28, 2014, 10:29 am

    That worrying accomplishes nothing…prayer does so much more!

  • kjasus March 29, 2014, 3:43 pm

    my son has changed me into someone who can love with a love i didn’t think i had!

  • Ashley H March 29, 2014, 5:39 pm

    She taught me patience and unconditional love.

  • Stephanie Galbraith March 29, 2014, 10:53 pm

    My kids taught me patience.

  • kjasus March 30, 2014, 4:30 am
  • Barbara M March 30, 2014, 11:09 am

    Having the kids helped to learn to trust my own judgment and to be a better listener.
    thank you

  • Barbara M March 30, 2014, 11:09 am
  • Debbie B March 30, 2014, 2:51 pm

    I learned that even if everything isn’t perfect – hey its ok!

  • Debbie B March 30, 2014, 2:52 pm
  • sandra March 31, 2014, 11:27 am

    i’m able to relate to others better

  • D Schmidt April 1, 2014, 12:14 pm

    Having children changed me in so many ways, I definitely became less selfish but more importantly I realized I had to take better care of myself because I was responsible for more than just my happiness in life.

  • D Schmidt April 1, 2014, 12:16 pm
  • Tina M April 1, 2014, 6:57 pm

    they made me a better person ,stronger and more patience

  • Tina M April 1, 2014, 6:57 pm
  • courtney b April 2, 2014, 11:24 am

    having children has really taught me to love. Its also taught me the true meaning of life.

  • courtney b April 2, 2014, 11:25 am
  • amy pugmire April 2, 2014, 3:51 pm

    They have changed me for the better in every way. I think about others more often. I am no longer selfish. I am constantly trying to make them smile and be happy

  • amy pugmire April 2, 2014, 3:51 pm
  • joseph gersch April 3, 2014, 2:50 pm

    my daughter taught me the importance of becoming a good role model

  • Cori Westphal April 6, 2014, 6:35 pm

    My kids have taught me great time management skills!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  • Cori Westphal April 6, 2014, 6:45 pm
  • mysweetiepiepie April 7, 2014, 3:41 pm

    I’ve learned a lot about patience and the power of laughter.

  • Wanda McHenry April 7, 2014, 10:36 pm

    I only have a furbaby, I was unfortunate and couldn’t carry. But, she is our joy and she brings so much love and happiness to our life.

  • Wanda McHenry April 7, 2014, 10:38 pm
  • Kerry April 8, 2014, 4:45 pm

    My kids have taught me selflessness and a deeper love than I’ve ever known!

  • Kerry April 8, 2014, 5:13 pm
  • tara pittman April 8, 2014, 9:50 pm

    Kids add so much more meaning to life and help you to grow up

  • tara pittman April 8, 2014, 9:57 pm
  • Ashley April 10, 2014, 4:40 am

    My kids have brought out my playful/creative side!
    Addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

  • Gianna April 10, 2014, 12:42 pm

    They’ve made me a more giving person.

  • maria cantu April 10, 2014, 3:16 pm

    to put others needs first

  • Vee April 11, 2014, 6:58 am

    He’s helped me step outside my own perspective.

  • cw April 11, 2014, 6:26 pm

    My daughter has helped me live in the now and see the world through a child’s eyes and laugh more…honestly

  • Misty Lunceford April 11, 2014, 6:55 pm

    They have showed me how to pause and enjoy the little things in life!

  • Misty Lunceford April 11, 2014, 6:56 pm
  • Julie April 13, 2014, 12:38 pm

    I have changed for the better by putting others before myself and having more patient. Thanks for the giveaway

  • Lisa V. April 13, 2014, 4:50 pm

    Because I had my daughter at such a young age, I had to grow up quite quickly and become responsible adult and parent.

  • Seyma Shabbir April 13, 2014, 9:43 pm

    I have 2 sons, 4 and 6. They have taught me to be more patient. My older son is a bit reactive to situations so I have to remember to be calm. 🙂
    seyma_bennett@hotmail.com

  • Anna Pry April 14, 2014, 7:45 am

    they’re helping me be less selfish and more patient pryfamily5@gmail.com

  • Anna Pry April 14, 2014, 7:46 am
  • Erica C. April 14, 2014, 10:10 pm

    Made me realize it’s okay not to control everything.

  • Nicole Larsen April 15, 2014, 1:17 pm

    My kids have made me to constantly strive to be the best mom I can…I quit smoking 5 years ago for them…I’m always trying to set a positive example for them. I was an adventure seeker before them…now I’m much more cautious about EVERYTHING!

  • Nicole Larsen April 15, 2014, 1:20 pm
  • Douglas Houston April 15, 2014, 3:08 pm

    I tend to be a spur of the moment person but having kids changed that for good. You have to plan things out, you have to bring this, that and the other thing. When a kid has to pee, they mean Now not ten minutes from now.

  • Douglas Houston April 15, 2014, 3:11 pm
  • DanielM April 15, 2014, 4:22 pm

    don’t have kids but my niece is always fun

  • Shannon April 15, 2014, 7:54 pm

    My children taught me unconditional love. I totally learned to enjoy every moment!

  • Shannon April 15, 2014, 8:12 pm
  • Harmony B April 16, 2014, 1:37 am

    My kids made me realize what and who are important to have in my life and to appreciate every moment.

  • Sky Evans April 16, 2014, 6:56 pm

    They’ve taught me joy

  • MARIA simon April 16, 2014, 6:57 pm

    MY KIDS ARE MY SUNSHINE AND THEY TAUGHT ME TO SMILE EVERY DAY AND PRAY MORE 🙂

  • Sky Evans April 16, 2014, 7:00 pm
  • Francine Anchondo April 16, 2014, 8:19 pm

    My kids have taught me to appreciate the little things and patience.

  • Tabathia B April 16, 2014, 9:43 pm

    They have taught me unconditional love, patience and joy

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • Tabathia B April 16, 2014, 9:46 pm

    tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/456653337702572032

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • tracey byram April 17, 2014, 4:45 am

    My kids taught me patience and letting go to have fun.

  • Amanda Sakovitz April 17, 2014, 6:31 am

    They have taught me to be more patient.

  • Amanda Sakovitz April 17, 2014, 6:31 am
  • susan smoaks April 17, 2014, 6:49 am

    my kids have changed my life for the better by showing me how to enjoy the little things in life. life is too short to be mad, just smile and have a good time.

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  • Carolyn Daley April 17, 2014, 7:06 am

    I don’t have any children of my own, but I have learned a lot from my nephew. I have learned responsibility, patience, and understanding from my nephew.

  • Thomas Murphy April 17, 2014, 10:19 am

    My kids have made my alot more responsible and caring.

  • Thomas Murphy April 17, 2014, 10:21 am
  • Sherry Conrad April 17, 2014, 10:21 am

    I am much more aware of the effect I have – on my family and the world around me.

  • Sherry Conrad April 17, 2014, 10:22 am
  • thischickwins April 17, 2014, 11:50 am

    they’ve taught me to appreciate what other mothers are going through everyday

  • Jaime Cummings April 17, 2014, 1:26 pm

    Having children has made me appreciate the small moments.

  • CharityS April 17, 2014, 1:35 pm

    My son gives me a reason to want more out of life, and to always strive for better.

  • CharityS April 17, 2014, 1:36 pm
  • Mihaela Day April 17, 2014, 3:04 pm

    My kids taught me love, patience and responsibility

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