Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Phone Call From the Teacher

And it's only the second week of school.

A little bit about me: When my phone beeps with a new voice mail and I hear my son's teacher on the other end asking me to call her back it makes my insides flip flop, it makes me nervous and sweaty and it makes my mom brain fire on all cylinders.

What did he do?
Why didn't he tell me?
I should have seen this coming.
I should have met with her already and prepped her for some things,
like he will likely come out of the bathroom with his pants unzipped and unbuttoned.
And I should have assured her we are working on this.
Tirelessly.
And I should have reviewed with him 20 more times the rules of the classroom.
And reminded him not to pee all over the toilet seat
And oh good gracious what am I going to do now?
And
And
And
And...
And I may have a teensy habit of overreacting. 

Yep.
This is what a voicemail from the teacher does to me these days.
I. Am. Awesome.

So I take a breath.
And call her back.

And here is what I hear:

Best Teacher Ever: "I was interviewing Joshua today for a project and I was asking him things like, "What do you want to be when you grow up" "What's your favorite thing to do?"
And then I asked him, "If you could meet anyone who would it be"

to which she received this reply: 

Joshua: "I want to meet Jesus." "I want to meet Jesus in Heaven."

Best Teacher Ever: "What do you want to say to Jesus?"
....get your kleenex



Joshua: "I want to tell Him thank you for saving my life." 



And let the tears fall.

Bless her heart.
She.....who also loves Jesus by the way......struggled to keep it together in front of my sweet boy and his fellow classmates.

A boy who, at this time last year, was lying in an orphanage blue and dying never even having heard the name of the Lord.
Never having hope.
Never knowing love.
Never having life. 

Who is now proclaiming that out of everyone he could meet, he wants to meet HIM and thank HIM for saving his life.

Glory.
Glory.
Glory.

Redemption is such a beautiful thing. 



Two words people:

Ugly.
Cry.

You are the helper of the fatherless. LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, That the man of the earth may oppress no more.
Psalms 10:14,17-18

42 comments:

  1. Oh my. Glad I haven't put my mascara in yet. To him it is so simple. So sweet.

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  2. Sonia,
    That is what it's all about. All the work and the sleepless nights, wondering if we are doing "ok" as parents... This is the answer we all are looking for. This is a gift from God and an assurance of His power and His faithfulness and that, yes, you are doing a good job. You are doing exactly what you were called to do... In spite of the zipper and toilet seat issues:)
    Blessings,
    Rebecca

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  3. Blessed be the name of Jesus....and sweet Joshua

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  4. All because your son replied, "US!", and you said, "Yes." So grateful to God that He has given you this amazing blessing.
    Loves...
    post script (as you like to say) I'm leaving for lunch with friends in 5 minutes and now have to re-do my eye makeup. Thanks, friend:\

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  5. Yeah Ugly cry over here too! THank you so much for sharing today.

    All our dstricts prefixes are 234 - I want to cry or run when that comes up on my phone!

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  6. Love this post....and yes, ugly cry here as well.

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  7. Thank your for sharing. The story. And the UGLY cry. Glory be to God!

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  8. Praise the Lord, you and John are doing such a wonderful job as parents!

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  9. Tears over here too. What a sweet sweet boy!

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  10. If there was every anything worthy of a beautiful ugly cry, this is it!

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  11. Well, maybe that sweet teacher held it together, but none of us are! I can't imagine hearing a more sweet thing from a child.

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  12. Love it! We should all have such childlike faith. He really gets it.

    Hugs,
    Robin

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  13. We recently made the decision to halt our adoption process. Various reasons. Reading things like this make me want to throw it all out the window and start it up again. Crying...

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    1. I'll be praying for you friend whatever the circumstances! Hugs!

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  14. Ugly cry is right! This is the BEST story ever!!! I'll share a tiny one of my own... we adopted our sweet little cleft affected kiddo when he was 21 months old. I remember being anxious about his speech development. When he finally put 3 words together, it was a Sunday after church, and he looked at us and said, "God loves ME!" Best 3 word sentence EVER!! :) There should be a blog out there where people post these stories all day long. I would eat that up! :)

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    1. Oh my goodness. I surrender. I surrender to tears again. That is precious!! God Loves ME!! Yes sweet boy!! He loves YOU!! Sweetness!!!

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  15. I just wonder how that teacher was able to tell you that with out breaking into tears herself....beautiful..Thank you so much for sharing

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  16. God is MORE than we can take it~ Bless His Name through your precious boy!!! LOVE this story! Blessings and love!

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  17. on my way to church, good I don't wear mascara

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  18. Wow! That's all I can say. Wow! Thanking Him for sending a Mama a glorious message today. Blessings, Jennifer

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  19. Thank you for sharing this powerful testimony of God's Love for Joshua ( and all orphans)!
    I must tell you, your **tissue alert** ended up being a "Bounty paper towel" alert in my case!!!
    I would LOVE to share your story on FB and my blog. For all those out there that ask that one question......
    "Why do you adopt?" There is NO better answer than what Joshua gave. JESUS * SAVED * MY * LIFE !!!!

    Off to cry some more!!!

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  20. Absolute bawl-inducer. Goodness gracious, you warned me, but I cried anyway. So incredibly moving... that is some special boy you have there. May his life always glorify Jesus in such a big and beautiful way :)

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  21. That is the most beautiful thing......oh, praising Jesus!!!!

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  22. Wow!! What big plans God must have for his life!!

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  23. Sonia, friend, that is awesome. Listen, girl, you are making a difference, Glory to God. In the craziness of everyday I honestly think of you several times a week. Knowing you know. And thanks for bringing laughs to my day, and tears like today. You encourage, you understand, you know, you bring a laugh to this life.
    thanks
    goosebumpy-crying lady :)

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  24. I remember meeting your sons and husband on Gotcha Day last year at the Civil Affairs office. They all touched me, and you would have been so proud of the instant connection. This also made me have te ugly cry and i am by no means religious.at.all....happy to see how well everyone is doing!

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  25. Wow! What a way to start my day! I was feeling a bit down but that message from Joshua's teacher to you was incredible! Praise God! Thank you so much for your blog and for following the Lord's leading and adopting your boys from China! May God continue to bless your family!
    Grandma to Many

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  26. Oh my word, TEARS!! That is beautiful!!!

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  27. Oh my goodness... wow! teary, amazed, thankful, amazed and amazed again!

    What a day maker!

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  28. God is good and I am teary eyed.

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  29. I should have known better than to read your blog after just applying mascara.

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  30. You were right about the Kleenex. Oh, my. Yep, that is what it is all about. Bringing glory to the Savior.

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  31. So, so sweet! This is what it is all about!!!

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  32. Ok, I have tears. What an awesome boy. How sad that he was that sick and how glorious that Jesus cared for him and got him the family he was intended for and the medical care he so deserves. These are the moments that make all the ickiness go right away. I am glad you received this phone call.

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  33. Wow...so so so amazing is our GREAT GOD!!!! This made my day! Thank you sooooo much for sharing this moment! :)

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  34. Oh my...I just clicked over from No Hands But Ours, and now I'm in tears. What a beautiful story!

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