Inspirational Songs and Poems 3

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THE IMAGES OF MOTHER:

  4 years of age ~ My Mommy can do anything!
  8 years of age ~ My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!
12 years of age ~ My Mother doesn't really know quite everything.
14 years of age ~ Naturally, Mother doesn't know that, either
16 years of age ~ Mother? She's hopelessly old-fashioned.
18 years of age ~ That old woman? She's way out of date!
25 years of age ~ Well, she might know a little bit about it
35 years of age ~ Before we decide, let's get Mom's opinion.
45 years of age ~ Wonder what Mom would have thought about it?
65 years of age ~ Wish I could talk it over with Mom.


BEING A MOTHER

A few months ago, when I was picking up the children at school, another mother I knew well rushed up to me. Emily was fuming with indignation.

"Do you know what you and I are?" she demanded. Before I could answer, and I didn't really have one handy, she blurted out the reason for her question.

It seemed she had just returned from renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk's office. Asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation, Emily had hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.

What I mean is," explained the recorder, "Do you have a job, or are you just a .....?"

"Of course I have a job," snapped Emily. "I'm a mother."

"We don't list 'mother' as an occupation...'housewife' covers it," said the recorder emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall. The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed of a high-sounding title like Official Interrogator or Town Registrar.

"And what is your occupation?" she probed.

What made me say it, I do not know. The words simply popped out. "I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations."

The clerk paused, ball point pen frozen in midair, and looked up as though she had not heard right.

I repeated the title slowly, emphasizing the most significant words. Then I stared with wonder as my pompous pronouncement was written in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

"Might I ask," said the clerk with new interest, "just what you do in your field?"

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply, "I have a continuing program of research (what mother doesn't) in the laboratory and in the field (normally I would have said indoors and out).

I'm working for my Masters (the whole family) and already have four credits (all daughters). Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities (any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day (24 hours more like it). But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are in satisfaction rather than just money."

There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.

As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab assistants - ages 13, 7, and 3. Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model (6 months) in the child-development program, testing out a new vocal pattern. I felt triumphant! I had scored a beat on bureaucracy! And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than "just another mother."

Motherhood --- what a glorious career. Especially when there's a title on the door.


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The Accidental Adoption

Have you ever noticed that you hear all the time about "accidental" pregnancies, but never about couples who experience "accidental" adoptions?

Can you imagine:

Honey, sit down. I have some news for you.

What is it?

Well, I don't know how to say this, so I'll just come out with it. I went out to the mailbox today and ... well, we got an I-171H.

A what?!? An I-171H? As in, we're going to have a(nother) baby?!?

It looks that way.

But how? We've been so careful! I put away all the blank I-600A forms. Didn't you hide our homestudy update?

Of course I did. But don't forget, there was that one night...

What night? (pauses) Ohhh, that night. But it was only once. We were just messing around. I didn't print clearly. I didn't even use ink! (pauses again) But it was kind of fun.

(giggles)

It was, wasn't it? I'll never forget how cute you looked getting your fingerprints.

So now we've got our I-171H, eh? But that doesn't always mean you'll adopt, does it? I mean, shouldn't you see the agency or something, make sure everything's okay?

I already did.

And?

I'm five documents along.

Five documents! And they're all notarized, certified and authenticated okay?

Just great. There was one small scare when the agency couldn't see the Notary's middle initial, but it showed up just fine under the magnifying glass.

Thank God. And you, honey? Are you feeling okay?

I'm feeling fine. As long as I know you're happy about this.

Happy? I'm thrilled! It's always a shock at first when something like this happens, but of course I'm happy.


Written on the wall of the Semey orphanage

Let Mama hear me,
Let Mama come,
Let Mama find me,
You see, there can't be
Any lost children in this world!


Bible verses

Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south 'Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth.
Isaiah 43:5,6

I prayed for this child and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.
Samuel 1:27


100 years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, what sort of house I lived in or what kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."


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Before I Was a Mom

Before I was a Mom
I made and ate hot meals.
I had unstained clothing.
I had quiet conversations on the phone.

Before I was a Mom
I slept as late as I wanted
And never worried about how late I got into bed.
I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.

Before I was a Mom
I cleaned my house each day.
I never tripped over toys
Or forgot words to a lullaby

Before I was a Mom
I didn't worry whether or not
My plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom
I had never been puked on
Pooped on
Spit on
Chewed on
Peed on
I had complete control of my mind
My thoughts
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom
I never held down a screaming child
So that doctors could do tests
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
Watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put it down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
When I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
Could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
Could make me feel so important.

Before I was a Mom
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
Every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth
The joy
The love
The heartache
The wonderment
Or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much.

Before I was a Mom.


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To Sarah

A year ago today, I did not know your name.
A year ago today, while I knew you were out there, I had never seen your face, smelled your hair, or heard your laughter. I missed so much of your life. I'm sorry.
A year ago today, I didn't even know when you had been born or where you lived.
A year ago today, you didn't know you had a mom, dad and sister searching for you.
Today, we celebrate your birthday.
Today, you marvel at the sweetness of cake.
Today, you ask again and again if the toy is really yours.
Today, I promise I will not miss anymore birthdays.
Today, you have a mom, dad and sister who love you very much.
Happy Birthday, Sarah

by Lynn Stevens Head, October 24, 2001. Reprinted with permission


Daughters of China Tim Chauvin - Daughters of China
by Tim Chauvin [external link], on his Winds of Change CD.
Available from CD Baby [external link], which also has audio clips. Tim and his wife adopted two daughters from China and live in Nacogdoches, Texas. All royalties from the use of the song are donated to support China adoptions and foster care for the children while they wait to come home. From the lyric notes that he sent me: "The lyrics of this song were written in November 2001 in the White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou, PRC. We were watching our new daughter, Marit, take a nap. I grabbed a piece of hotel stationary and wrote what would, nearly unedited, become this song. The music came later, in of all places, an airport concourse as I was waiting for a flight."

There's an unseen tie that binds them,
A red thread that will not break.
They are woven in a tapestry
It took five thousand years to make.

Their eyes are wide with wonder
Tiny hands reach out to touch
The faces of the families
Who have wanted them so much.

The daughters of China, they fly across the seas,
Off to unseen places and possibilities.
They are gifts to those who cherish them
By those who just could not.
Acts of hope and faith and love
That we never will forget.

They were given up for reasons
That most will never know.
Now they're daughters to the families
Who have come to take them home.

And someday they'll too be mothers
And have children and a home.
Thread by thread they will tie the knots
To weave new tapestries all their own.

The daughters of China, they fly across the seas,
Off to unseen places and possibilities.
They are gifts to those who cherish them
By those who just could not.
Acts of hope and faith and love
That we never will forget.

Copyright © Tim Chauvin (BMI) All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

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