Last Thursday morning we did a repeat of the previous three, showers, getting dressed, getting the kids dressed, going to breakfast, solving the current biggest sibling fight (who gets to sit next to Darcy while we eat), and still making it downstairs to meet Savor with time to spare.  We were off to the silk museum where I'm sure we disappointed our host by only buying a few throw pillows for the couch even though we took our sweet time browsing the clothing sections.

My "fashionista"

After all, browsing clothing is tons of fun with SIX little hands grabbing hangers to hold things in front of themselves or try them on! 

And then we went to view Darcy's finding spot. Part of me didn't want to photograph my little girl there in a place where her life changed so drastically (for the first time) nearly three years ago, but part of me was compelled to do it.  And as I looked through the lens of my camera and saw how tiny, innocent, and vulnerable she looked my heart broke for her yet again. 

Because how much smaller was she that day?  Was she cold that morning?  How long did she cry before she was noticed?  And what about the person who left her there?  Do they still wonder what became of that sweet baby?  What led to my precious girl becoming "a foundling?"

It hurts to use that word, as it sounds so negative, so callous.  But it is a part of Darcy's story.  As it is a part of Kylie and Caleb's and thousands of other children across the globe as well.  I suppose that this side of heaven I'll never fully know the set of circumstances that brought my children to be in the care of local orphanages. 

The good news is that their stories don't end there.  "Foundling" never defined them, it just described them for a time.  Now words like, "treasured daughter,"  "beloved son," "cherished niece," "esteemed nephew," "dear grand-daughter," "adored grandson,"  "admired big sister," "prized middle brother," and "precious little sister" are words that describe my children.  They are now part of a family, a family who loves them "to the moon and back." 

And folks, did you know that the primary definition of family (according to Miriam Webster online) DOES NOT use the qualifier of common ancestry?  It doesn't. The first definition of family is: "a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head"  I rather like that! 

So today as we come home, we will celebrate.  We will rejoice that God called ~ and just as important that we followed the call ~ us into this journey for a third time.  We cherish the resilience of our beautiful, brilliant (the orphanage staff named her such) girl.  And we will celebrate that she is forever a part of our family.  A family that God pieced together in His handiwork.  And it doesn't get much better than that.


TanyaLea said...

I doesn't get much better than that!! :)

PTL that Darcy's main identity will always be founded in Christ anyway...just as our identies are! PTL that we have all been adopted in Christ!

Darcy is beautiful and you are so blessed to have her as your daughter, and she is blessed to have all of that's what I call FAMILY! <><

Love and Hugs,
~ Tanya

Laurie said...

Honestly felt, perfectly said.

Renee said...

I can not wait to meet the newest memeber of your family.

Anonymous said...

Preach it sister!
Aunt Cici

Nancy said...

I'm reading "China Ghosts" and your post sounded so much like the author's thoughts. Praying for a safe and smooth trip home!

Lisa said...

Praising the God who formed your family before time began...through tear filled eyes. May god grant you a very safe and peaceful journey HOME!

Shannon said...

Celebrating with you...FAMLY...and rejoicing in God's glorious design!! WOW!! Can't wait to see you ..TONIGHT!!! Praying as you travel!!

Larry and Carol said...

AMEN!! XO's AC and UL

Melissa said...

Well said!!! Praying for safe travels back home as a family of FIVE!!!!

Unknown said...

I'm so glad our families are not defined by blood or color! Praising God that he allows us to be a part of His wonderful plan!
Blessing to your family as you travel.