Before Hope arrived, some would ask if we had a theme picked out for our nursery. To be honest, it was one thing I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around. We were so busy doing other things, such as paperwork and making profiles, etc. that putting together the nursery was at the bottom of the list. I also am so not a girl when it comes to that. Decorating is so not my thing and I didn’t really care too much about it. The only thing I knew is that I would want it to have some significance as this baby was going to be a miracle and a special gift.

The Saturday before we met Hope (and still waiting to hear if we would be chosen by this family), we were at Babies R Us picking up a car seat and stroller, just in case we would be on our way to meet this sweet baby. While walking around, we saw some bedding that had butterflies on it and Adam asked “What about butterflies for the nursery?” It was then I knew that it was perfect. About a year ago, when we switched over to the domestic adoption program, I haphazardly started looking up birth mother blogs to read about adoption from their perspective. It was the best thing I could have done as I read about their experiences. It helped me to pray for the woman Adam and I would be matched with. While I was clicking through blog after blog, I came across one particular blog of a woman who had made an adoption plan for her daughter. The love this mother had for her daughter just radiated through her writing. I also felt her pain as she made the hardest decision of her life. She described her daughter as a butterfly; this baby she loved so much that she knew she had to let her fly away to begin a new life. It didn’t mean she loved her less, but I believe it means she loved her deeply.

And so it is with Hope. Tami and Joe’s beautiful butterfly who flew into our lives by only God’s grace and by His miracle. I also think of how it represents the story God is writing in each of our lives. Each season is used to allow us to grow. Sometimes we feel so secluded and confined, not knowing how God could ever make anything beautiful out of our cocooned life. But then it happens. It is time. Time for God to show His glory…beauty that only He can show through our lives. Time for us to burst through for a new beginning. Like a dear friend said in an e-mail while we were on our way to pick up Hope, “The stories God writes are always beautiful.” (Thank you, Wendy Emberly:)

For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
Isaiah 43:19

2 thoughts on “Butterflies

  1. Hope is truly a butterfly. God held her in a cocoon just waiting for you and Adam to come into her life. He then opened that cocoon and gave Hope life and the freedom to be with the parents that He had chosen just for her.

    Love you Colleen and I think back to the many, many prayers and times that we have all spent just waiting for this butterfly named Hope.


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